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Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salary

Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers in the United States can expect wages of $10.59 per hour on average. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a third collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (86 percent) of Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$20,047 - $46,452
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MEDIAN: $29,202
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$8.21 - $15.19
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,047 - $46,452  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $783  
Total Pay (?
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$17,359 - $35,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.21 - $15.19  
   
Overtime
$12.28 - $25.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $783  
   
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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$17,359 - $35,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 560
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Job Description for Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker

A veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker works to process animals from initial reception, through exams and procedures, and to discharge. It is also his or her job to maintain medical inventory, stocks, and supplies, as well as clean animal rooms, cages, and kennels as needed. The veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker must be able to restrain animals and assist with exams, treatments, anesthetics, and sometimes surgery. A veterinary assistant will work closely with the lead veterinarian in order to provide the best possible care and service to animals and their owners. As such, he or she must be capable of interacting in a professional manner with the patients' owners as well as provide the necessary attention and care to the patient.

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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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Experience Affects Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 54%