Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salary

For Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers, hourly average wages total $11.79 per hour. Some workers in this field — close to one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers making up 76 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$18,383 - $118,985
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MEDIAN: $41,284
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$8.63 - $18.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$18,383 - $118,985  
   
Bonus
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$18,300 - $50,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.63 - $18.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.66  
Overtime
$11.15 - $36.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$18,300 - $50,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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

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

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Q: 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.

Key Stats for Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salaries

Experienced
▲36%

Mid-Career
▲20%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 32%