Salary. According to DVM360, in 2013 office managers earned an average of $19.91 per hour, practice managers earned $21.60 per hour and veterinary hospital administrators earned $28.94, although salaried workers of all types earned slightly more than hourly workers. Information available from Payscale from 2015 indicates that these jobs pay between $30,786 and $59,287 annually. The animal clinic manager would fall among the office or practice manager salaries. Besides practice size and type, location and experience also play a role in the manager’s salary. Expect to earn more in major metropolitan areas and less in rural animal clinics.
“Expect to earn more in major metropolitan areas and less in rural animal clinics.”
Education. The best degree for an animal clinic manager is in business or a related field, according to the Canadian Veterinary Journal. You should also have experience with animals, either as a pet owner or caregiver for small animal practices, or familiarity with equines or livestock for a large animal practice. Even if your clinic does not require you to physically deal with clients, understanding veterinary terms and related animal diseases and conditions can aid you in all aspects of your job.
If you want a career involving animals with skills you can transfer to other fields, consider becoming an animal clinic manager. Another perk – you may receive discounts from your employer for treatment of your own pets.
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