Veterinary Assistants & Laboratory Animal Caretakers


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 called: Animal Caregiver, Technician Assistant, Veterinarian Assistant, Veterinary Assistant (Vet Assistant)

Knowledge:

    Business
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
    Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Dependability

Technology:

    Medical software
  • IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX Cornerstone
  • McAllister Software Systems AVImark
    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
    Label making software
  • Labeling software

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
    associate's degree
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