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Veterinary Assistants

Veterinary assistants may hold or restrain animals during procedures.

Veterinary assistants may hold or restrain animals during procedures.

Quick Facts:  and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
2010 Median Pay $22,040 per year
$10.60 per hour
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Short-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2010 73,200
Job Outlook, 2010-20 14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 10,400

What Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers Do

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.

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.

How to Become a Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker

There is no postsecondary education requirement for becoming a veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker.  However, most workers entering the occupation have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Pay

The median annual wage of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers was $22,040 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.

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