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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Job Information

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.


  • Animal lovers get satisfaction from this occupation, but aspects of the work can be unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes dangerous.
  • There are primarily two levels of education and training for entry to this occupation: a 2-year program for veterinary technicians and a 4-year program for veterinary technologists.
  • Employment is expected to grow much faster than average.
  • Overall job opportunities should be excellent; however, keen competition is expected for jobs in zoos and aquariums.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $22,830/yr ($11.42/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma