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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

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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.

Key Competencies
* Attention to Detail
* Cooperation
* Stress Tolerance
* Integrity
* Initiative
* Dependability
* Concern for Others
* Self Control
* Adaptability/Flexibility
* Achievement/Effort

Representative Tasks
* 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.
* Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries.

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Job Family
Healthcare Support

Sample Job Titles
Animal Care Provider, Animal Care Service Worker, Animal Care Taker, Animal Caregiver, Animal Caretaker, Animal Health Technician, Avian Keeper, Emergency Veterinary Assistant, Laboratory Animal Caretaker, Research Animal Attendant, Small Animal Caretaker, Technician Assistant, Veterinarian Assistant, Veterinarian Helper, Veterinary Assistant (Vet Assistant), Veterinary Attendant, Veterinary Technician Assistant (Vet Tech Assistant).