Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
- Monitor animals recovering from surgery and notify veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms.
- Clean, maintain, and sterilize instruments or equipment.
- Administer medication, immunizations, or blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians.
- Provide emergency first aid to sick or injured animals.
- Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
- Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.
- Perform routine laboratory tests or diagnostic tests, such as taking or developing x-rays.
- Fill medication prescriptions.
- Collect laboratory specimens, such as blood, urine, or feces, for testing.
- Examine animals to detect behavioral changes or clinical symptoms that could indicate illness or injury.
- Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries.
The data sources for the information displayed here include: O*NET™; US Department of Labor (BLS); Virginia Workforce Connection.
Projections Quick View:
National: + 9.0%
High School Diploma
Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Moderately Low ($17,000 - $27,999)