Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salary

Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers in the United States take home approximately $11.84 per hour on average. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but over one-half have medical insurance, and close to two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women account for the majority of Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,395 - $50,635
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$19K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,594
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$8.57 - $18.65
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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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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
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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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