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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers *
 
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
(O*NET 31-9096.00, SOC 31-9096)
What they do
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 Care Provider, Animal Caregiver, Avian Keeper, Emergency Veterinary Assistant, Research Animal Attendant, Small Animal Caretaker, Technician Assistant, Veterinarian Assistant, Veterinary Assistant (Vet Assistant), Veterinary Technician Assistant (Vet Tech Assistant)
 
 
Wages
Vermont - 2018
Percentile1HourlyYearly
10% $ 11.03   $22,940  
25% $ 11.88   $24,710  
Median $ 14.23   $29,600  
75% $ 17.10   $35,580  
90% $ 19.01   $39,540  
 
Average $ 14.62   $30,400  
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Industries of Employment
United States - 2016
IndustryPercent of total
  • Other professional, scientific, and technical services
85%
  • Educational services; state, local, and private
6%
  • Scientific research and development services
2%
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations
2%
  • Animal production and aquaculture
2%
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Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Customer and Personal Service
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology
    Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Sales and Marketing
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Active Listening
    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring
    Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation
    Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning
    Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving
    Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Interests
People in this career often prefer these work environments:
  • Realistic
    Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Social
    Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Investigative
    Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
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Work Styles
People in this career will do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
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Projected Employment
 Vermont
2016 employment 121
2026 employment 137
Annual percent change
(compounded)
1.2%
Annual projected job openings
(due to change and separations)
21
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Education and Experience:
  • Typical education needed for entry
    High school diploma or equivalent
  • Work experience in a related occupation
    No work experience
  • Typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency
    Less than 1 month on-the-job training
Based on BLS Education and Training Classifications
 
Job Zone
Medium Preparation Needed
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Range
    (6.0 to < 7.0) - A typical worker will require over 1 year up to and including 2 years of training to achieve average performance in this occupation.
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Education Level
How much education do most people in this career have?
Education level Percent of
U.S. Workers
Doctoral or professional degree
or post-MA certificate
  0%
Master's degree or
post-BA certificate
  0%
Bachelor's degree   0%
Associate's degree   33%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  24%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  34%
Less than high school diploma   9%
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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Problem Sensitivity
    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning
    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
    Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Getting Information
    Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Documenting/Recording Information
    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
  • Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
  • Control prescription refills or authorizations.
  • Give medications or immunizations.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
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Tasks
On the job, you would:
  • Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.
  • Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
  • Fill medication prescriptions.
  • Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries.
  • Monitor animals recovering from surgery and notify veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms.
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