Veterinary Receptionist Job Openings
When looking for a job as a veterinary receptionist, besides being qualified for the position, it is important to know which types of companies have veterinary receptionist job openings and which of those you will be most suited for. Veterinary receptionists can find work from a few hours a week to full time employment, temporary placement and jobs within the private, public or voluntary (civic) sectors. Each has different requirements, and perhaps compensation and benefits will vary as well.
Full Time vs. Part Time Employment
While most often veterinary receptionists work full time, there are certain veterinary receptionist job openings that require employees for part time positions such as at clinics and/or private veterinary practices. This type of job would entail answering phones, greeting patients and their owners, perhaps collecting payments and dispensing medicine as the animals are sent home. While there are many other responsibilities that go hand and hand with being a receptionist in a veterinary office, each office will have different duties and responsibilities, and those duties may carry greater or lesser significance between full and part time help.
Veterinary Receptionist Jobs in the Private Sector
Working in the private sector simply means that the veterinary office is not government owned and operated and that it is a 'for profit' business. Most often a single vet or a group of veterinary doctors own the business and it could be a general practice office for animals of all kinds, or it could be a vet's office that specializes in cats, dogs, birds or other types of animals such as horses and other livestock.
Government Positions Available for Veterinary Receptionists
Most often government jobs as a veterinary receptionist would be offered at city or county animal shelters. Being able to work at one of these types of jobs is not for everyone. More often than not, animals are euthanized at local shelters if owners are not found, or when they are considered to be dangerous. Many animals are brought in injured and sick, and even though the receptionist may not deal directly with the patients, he/she will be responsible for keeping accurate records. Anyone who is sensitive by nature should probably not work at a government animal shelter.
Rewarding Careers in the Voluntary Sector
Jobs in the voluntary sector would include being a receptionist at one of the many rescue shelters, sanctuaries or humane societies that are classified as non-profit organizations. The term voluntary may be confusing, but positions are paid as it is only the business which is classified as 'not for profit.' Quite often this is the most rewarding job of this type because the mission of these types of veterinary entities is to save animals, find them homes or return them to their natural habitat. Many of these organizations have a 'no-kill' policy, which means that they make every effort to find placement for any animal that enters their facility whenever, and wherever possible.
A veterinary receptionist may not be a 'handler' but will come in contact with all the patients and their owners. Although there are several types of companies that hire veterinary receptionists, this position requires an individual who is personable, with excellent communication skills and has a good knowledge of veterinary terminology. It is also beneficial to be familiar with veterinary billing and office procedures. Further information is provided on this site regarding specific requirements for working in this field as well as how to go about finding the job that is right for you.