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    Veterinary assistants carry out advisory, diagnostic, preventive and curative veterinary tasks, more limited in scope and complexity than those carried out by Veterinarians, and they assist Veterinarians by preparing and taking care of instruments and other equipment, preparing materials and getting animals ready for examination and treatment.

    Tasks include -

    (a) advising communities and individuals on the treatment of animals and their diseases and injuries;

    (b) conducting examinations of animals to make diagnoses or refer more difficult cases to Veterinarians when needed;

    (c) treating ill or injured animals, especially for common diseases and disorders;

    (d) preparing and taking care of instruments and materials used in the treatment of animals;

    (e) carrying out technical tasks connected with artificial insemination of animals;

    (f) getting animals ready for examination or treatment and holding them during treatment, when necessary;

    (g) performing related tasks;

    (h) supervising other workers.

    Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Assistant, veterinary

  • Assistant, veterinary/artificial insemination

  • Vaccinator, veterinary

  • Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Aid, veterinary - 5139

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 Updated 18 September 2004, by VA.