Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

General Information

Description

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 postoperative 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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit88.68%
  2. Self-employed5.08%
  3. Private, not for profit2.97%
  4. State and local government2.16%
  5. Federal government0.68%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 19,800 openings for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$29,930

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$38,750
$23,690
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 78%
  • Post-secondary certificate 10%
  • Less than high school 6%
  • Some college 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Medicine and Dentistry

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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