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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 90

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $12.12 - $20.29

Typical Annual Salary: $25,200 - $42,200

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Administer anesthetics during surgery and monitor the effects on animals.
  • 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.
  • Clean, maintain, and sterilize instruments or equipment.
  • Examine animals to detect behavioral changes or clinical symptoms that could indicate illness or injury.
  • Administer medication, immunizations, or blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • Educate or advise clients on animal health care, nutrition, or behavior problems.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Animal shearing or clipping equipment
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
  • Muzzles
  • Urinalysis analyzers
  • Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories

Technology:
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Label making software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Word processing software

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