2017 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Median Pay: US$24,360
Entry Level: High school diploma or equivalent
Summary
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians.
Duties

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers typically do the following:

  • Feed, bathe, and exercise animals
  • Clean and disinfect cages, kennels, and examination and operating rooms
  • Restrain animals during examination and laboratory procedures
  • Maintain and sterilize surgical instruments and equipment
  • Monitor and care for animals after surgery
  • Help provide emergency first aid to sick and injured animals
  • Give medication or immunizations that veterinarians prescribe
  • Assist in the collection of blood, urine, and tissue samples

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are responsible for many daily tasks, such as feeding, weighing, and taking the temperature of animals. Other duties may include giving medication, cleaning cages, and providing nursing care before and after surgery and other medical procedures.

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers play a large role in helping veterinarians and animal scientists with surgery and other minor procedures. They may prepare equipment and pass surgical instruments and materials to veterinarians during surgery. They also move animals and restrain them during testing and other procedures.

Veterinary assistants typically work in clinics and animal hospitals, helping veterinarians and veterinary technologists and technicians treat injuries and illnesses of animals.

Laboratory animal caretakers work in laboratories under the supervision of a veterinarian, scientist, veterinary technician, or veterinary technologist. Their daily tasks include feeding animals, cleaning kennels, and monitoring the animals.

2017 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers in Other Cities:

Analytical Chemist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
VMDL Analytical Chemist PositionThe Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL), Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Missouri is seeking a qualified candidate for an analytical chemist to supervise and manage the Chemistry-Toxicology Analytical...
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Technician Assistant - Animal Clinic Del Rancho

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Animal Clinic Del Rancho is seeking a smiling, hard-working Technician Assistant to join their AMAZING team!This is a full-time position and candidate needs to be available Monday through Saturday. One year experience in veterinary field required or recent graduate with Veterinary Assistant...
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Veterinary Oncologist

Type: Part Time
The Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is seeking a Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist or resident currently in a residency program to join our AAHA-accredited, multi-specialty practice in Lynnwood, Washington (just north of Seattle).The ideal candidate - a desire to both learn and teachbe...
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Asst Gen Counsel-Innovation, Science, Technology, & Edge

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
A mutually rewarding experience.Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there's more to being in business than just making a profit. That's the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you,...
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Germantown, MD

Veterinary Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Veterinary Assistant is responsible for various aspects of the patient care process. More typically, they will divide their time between assisting the receptionists, helping doctors with physical examinations, and helping veterinary technicians position patients for and process radiographs,...
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Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Company Info: VCA Inc. owns, operates, and manages the largest network of freestanding veterinary hospitals and veterinary clinical reference laboratories in North America, with over 900 hospitals located in the U.S. states and Canada, and more than 55 clinical laboratories. VCA is also a leading...
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Associate Veterinarian (DVM)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Mason Family Pet Hospital is seeking an Associate Veterinarian to join our growing team!We are a busy, 4-doctor, small animal practice (dogs, cats, rabbits, furry pocket pets) looking to hire a 5th, full time veterinarian to allow for continued rapid growth. Located in Northeast Cincinnati, Mason...
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Associate Veterinarian - Mixed Animal

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Lee's Summit Animal Hospital in Lee's Summit, MO seeks an Associate Veterinarian to join our team!Lee's Summit Animal Hospital has been serving Lee's Summit and the surrounding area for over 70 years. We have a deep connection to the community and there is a fantastic sense of...
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Credentialed Vet Tech Lead

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
*Position comes with generous SIGNING BONUS*VCA Canada Feltham Gordon Head Animal Hospital is looking for a full time Registered Veterinary Technologist Lead to join our amazing and dedicated team. Our highly compassionate staff deliver an exceptional client experience and excellence in veterinary...
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Cardiology Doctor's Assistant

Type: Part Time
Company Info: VCA Inc. owns, operates, and manages the largest network of freestanding veterinary hospitals and veterinary clinical reference laboratories in North America, with over 900 hospitals located in the U.S. states and Canada, and more than 55 clinical laboratories. VCA is also a leading...
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ZooMed Support Intern

Type: Internship
Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is...
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Overnight Vet Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Company Info: VCA Inc. owns, operates, and manages the largest network of freestanding veterinary hospitals and veterinary clinical reference laboratories in North America, with over 900 hospitals located in the U.S. states and Canada, and more than 55 clinical laboratories. VCA is also a leading...
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Veterinary Radiologist

Type: Part Time
The Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is seeking a Board Certified Radiologist to join our AAHA-accredited, multi-specialty practice in Lynnwood, Washington - located just north of Seattle.The ideal candidate:should have clinical experiencea desire to both learn and teachbe able to...
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Veterinary Cardiologist

Type: Part Time
The Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is seeking a Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist or Cardiology resident currently in a residency program to join our AAHA-accredited, multi-specialty practice in Lynnwood, Washington - located just north of Seattle.The ideal candidate:should have...
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Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Type: Part Time
The Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is seeking a Board Certified Ophthalmologist to join our AAHA-accredited, multi-specialty practice in Lynnwood, Washington - located just north of Seattle.The ideal candidate:should have clinical experiencea desire to both learn and teachbe able to...
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Veterinary Anesthesiologist

Type: Part Time
The Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is seeking a Board Certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist to join our AAHA-accredited, multi-specialty practice in Lynnwood, Washington - located just north of Seattle.The ideal candidate:should have clinical experiencea desire to both learn and teachbe...
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VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center provides advanced specialized veterinary care and 24-hour emergency services for the Rogue Valley and surrounding areas. SOVSC is looking for a friendly, compassionate, career minded veterinary assistant to become a member of our fast-paced professional...
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Associate Veterinarian

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are looking to hire an Associate Veterinarian here is a little about us:White Rose Veterinary Clinic is a progressive 1 doctor small animal practice. We are located 30 minutes south of Charlotte NC. We are privately owned and looking to add a second veterinarian to our growing family....
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TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED - ENTRY LEVEL - CLASS A CDL - ALABAMA

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Department of Clinical Sciences at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants to fill a 12-month appointment. Depending upon experience, qualifications and interest, the successful candidate may be appointed to either a tenure-track (Assistant/Associate/Full...
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Veterinary Assistant Instructor - Part Time - Madison Heights MI

Type: Part Time
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Madison Heights, MI