Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

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What do 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.

Also known as:

Animal Care Provider, Animal Caregiver, Avian Keeper, Emergency Veterinary Assistant, Research Animal Attendant, Small Animal Caretaker, Technician Assistant, Veterinarian Assistant, Veterinary Assistant (Vet Assistant), Veterinary Technician Assistant (Vet Tech Assistant)

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 6.4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #18 in job growth rate
  • 800

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.5%)
  • Master's degree (3.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (23.7%)
  • Associate's degree (18.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (27.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (20.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (4.2%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
  • Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
  • Control prescription refills or authorizations.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Give medications or immunizations.
  • Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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