An average Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.62 per hour. While one in three report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers survey respondents are women (78 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,818 - $85,086
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$18K
$39K
$85K
MEDIAN: $39,305
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$8.66 - $18.31
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$17,818 - $85,086  
   
Bonus
$1,179  
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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$18,203 - $50,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.66 - $18.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06  
Overtime
$13.14 - $36.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,179  
   
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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$18,203 - $50,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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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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 42%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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