Veterinary Assistants and 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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $26,060.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 4,179
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 26.64 %

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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Customer Service
Resource Allocation
Written Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Provide food and water to wild, domestic, or farm animals
Groom animals for beautification or health
Handle wild, domestic, or farm animals
Perform animal dental cleanings
Care for plants or animals
Provide animal health care
Clean laboratory, healthcare, or medical equipment
Develop relationship with animals to facilitate training and care
Treat animal injuries or illnesses
Clean patient or treatment rooms
Train wild, domestic, or farm animals
Repair pens, yards, or cages
Clean rooms, floors, or facilities in agricultural, farming, or forestry settings
Perform housekeeping duties
Apply appropriate physical restraint
Build pens, yards, cages, and other enclosures
Move materials, equipment, or supplies

Handling and Moving Objects

Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
Collect biological specimens
Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use
Prepare medical treatment room
Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Prepare vaccines, biologicals, or serums
Collect blood or tissue samples
Prepare surgical supplies or equipment
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis
Collect specimens from patients
Cultivate microorganisms for study, testing, or medical preparations
Employ hair, cosmetic, or nail care instruments
Set-up laboratory or field equipment
Prepare foods or meals
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Prepare sterile solutions, infusions, or intravenous packs
Set-up patient care equipment
Maintain proper level, amount, and quality of animal feed
Collect environmental data or samples
Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use

Analyzing Data or Information

Examine animals to detect illness, disease, or injury
Interpret animal habits, behaviors, or needs
Analyze biological material samples
Examine biological material specimens
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Perform biological testing
Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Analyze chemical or biological data
Analyze organic compounds
Analyze blood samples
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Isolate microorganisms
Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment
Take vital signs
Conduct patient assessments
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform health, safety, and environment (HSE) related research
Analyze patient activity
Analyze medical or health data
Interpret research or operational data
Analyze ecosystem data
Determine nutritional needs or diet restrictions

Assisting and Caring for Others

Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Attend to patient's personal care
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Give medications or immunizations
Administer medical injections
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Provide in home patient care
Assist individuals with dressing, undressing, grooming, bathing, or other daily activities
Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities
Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures
Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety
Administer anesthetics or sedatives
Apply bandages, dressings, or splints
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients
Feed food to individuals
Administer enemas, irrigations, or douches to patients
Treat medical condition of patient
Fit patients for prosthetic or assistive devices

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor animal care
Monitor animal behavior, health, or condition
Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities
Monitor patient condition and health
Store medical laboratory specimens
Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards
Assess compliance with environmental laws
Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments
Monitor patron activities to identify problems or potential problems

Getting Information

Study animal development
Conduct medical laboratory tests
Conduct biological research
Collect scientific or technical data
Collect statistical data
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct field research
Conduct vivisection for scientific research
Research human or animal disease or parasites
Study plant development
Study development of microscopic organisms
Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms
Research microbiological or chemical processes or structures

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