Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salary

A Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker earns an average wage of $11.84 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
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$19,395 - $50,635
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,594
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$8.57 - $18.65
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$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,395 - $50,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $912  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,337 - $42,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.57 - $18.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01  
Overtime
$12.01 - $29.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $912  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,337 - $42,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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Job Description for Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker

A veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker works with a veterinarian or other supervisor to carry out tasks related to animal care; this work may take place at a private practice, laboratory or an organization such as a shelter or animal control center. The assistant may help the veterinarian handle animals while treatments or testing are being carried out. Some small practices also require the assistant to perform receptionist duties such as greeting customers, answering the phone and scheduling appointments. Clerical work such as creating and updating medical records is often done by the assistant as well. Some jobs require the assistant to work on weekends and evenings depending on the hours of the clinic and whether or not boarding services are offered.

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Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Tasks

  • Restrain animals and assist with exams, treatment, anesthetic, and surgeries.
  • Maintain medical inventory, stocks, supplies and clean rooms, cages and kennels.
  • Process animals from initial reception, through exams or procedures to discharge.
  • Provide first aid and rapid diagnosis in emergency situations.

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What is it like working as a Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker?

Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker in Chico:
"It is a very rewarding job."
Pros: Giving stray and feral dogs and cats some quality of life while they are in our care.
Cons: Dealing with fractious dogs that could potentially bite or maul me.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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