Salary & Benefits for Veterinary Offices

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  • 0:01 Applying for a Job
  • 0:21 Salary, Payroll, and More
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

In this lesson, we'll go over some basic but important points regarding salary and benefits in veterinary medicine and we'll define and delineate salary, payroll, gross pay, and net pay.

Applying for a Job

Any job listing you find online is going to list a few similar things. First, it'll list the duties and responsibilities of the job. Then, it'll have a section about the requirements necessary for the job. Finally, it may have a section that discusses potential salary options and benefits offered by the company.

Actually, this lesson will focus on precisely that: salaries, benefits, and the like in veterinary medicine.

Salary, Payroll, and More

A salary is the amount of money an employee will earn each year. This salary may be based on a set wage or an hourly wage. To the clinic paying the salary, salary is part of payroll, the salary paid to every employee by way of writing a check on a regular basis.

What you actually get paid and what you actually take home is not the same. When you negotiate for a salary, be aware of the terms 'gross pay' and 'net pay'. They aren't the same thing. Gross pay is the total amount you earn before taxes, while net pay is the total amount you earn after taxes.

Similarly, you may want to negotiate to receive a certain amount or kind of benefits. Possible benefits in veterinary medicine are often times what you'd find in an office job but there are some more unique to the medical field. For example, benefits in veterinary medicine not found in a typical office job may include professional liability insurance or coverage for mandatory continuing education studies to maintain a medical license.

In general, benefits can include paid time off, health insurance, and sick days. Things specific to veterinary medicine can include reimbursement for professional continuing education to further your medical skillset.

The Basics of Salaries & Benefits in Vet Med

Now for the fun part. You're probably wondering how much you can get paid in veterinary medicine. Well, the honest answer is it depends. And that is true for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and all other workers employed by a veterinary hospital. Sure, it depends on education, experience level, and position level, just like anywhere else. But there are a few other things to keep in mind.

First, it depends on which field of veterinary medicine you work. Generally, if you work in a small (or companion) animal practice, you're likely to earn more than if you were to work in a large animal practice mainly focused on treating cattle. So, in terms of wages in veterinary medicine, small is actually greater than large when it comes to making a living, if you catch my drift.

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