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Assistant, Veterinary, and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesFeed, 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.

OutlookAverage job growth

Median Income$22,040 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsClean animal cages and lift, hold, or restrain animals, risking exposure to bites or scratches. This work often involves kneeling, crawling, repeated bending, and lifting heavy supplies like bales of hay or bags of feed.

Minimum Education RequirementsGeneral High School Program

SkillsActive Listening, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Problem Sensitivity, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsMaurice B