Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salary

Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers in the United States take home an average $10.97 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, a little less than half have medical insurance and nearly one in three receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,857 - $43,172
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MEDIAN: $28,340
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$8.25 - $16.21
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$19,857 - $43,172  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $488.67  
Total Pay (?
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$17,488 - $37,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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Hourly Rate
$8.25 - $16.21  
   
Overtime
$12.22 - $27.14  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$0.00 - $488.67  
   
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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$17,488 - $37,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 327
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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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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 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 52%
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