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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Quick Facts : Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers*
2010 Median Pay$22,040
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201273,200
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change10,400


Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after nonfarm animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the well-being of animals by doing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, or veterinary technologists or technicians. They may prepare equipment and pass surgical instruments and materials to veterinarians during surgery.

What Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers Do

  • Monitor and care for animals after surgery
  • Maintain and sterilize surgical instruments and equipment
  • Clean and disinfect cages, kennels, and examining and operating rooms
  • Give medication or immunizations that veterinarians prescribe
  • Collect samples such as blood, urine, or tissue for testing

Work Environment

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers work mainly in clinics, animal hospitals, and research laboratories. Their work may be physically or emotionally demanding.
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Job Outlook

Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020 because the industry is expected to grow very quickly during the projection decade.
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Pay

The average salary of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers was $22,040 in May 2010.
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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

22040

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers*
Percent Change in Employment

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

14.2077

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Most veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers have a high school diploma and learn on the job. Experience working with animals can be useful.
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