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Veterinary Assistants & Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Also called: Animal Caregiver, Technician Assistant, Veterinarian Assistant, Veterinary Assistant (Vet Assistant)

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What they do:
Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.
On the job, you would:
  • Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.
  • Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
  • Fill medication prescriptions.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX Cornerstone
  • McAllister Software Systems AVImark
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Label making software
  • Labeling software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Veterinary and Laboratory Animal Technician
  • Veterinary/Lab Animal Technician

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$25,250
$18,540
$37,810

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