A Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker earns an average wage of $10.44 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Total Pay (?
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$19,982 - $45,009
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MEDIAN: $29,900
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Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Total Pay (?
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$8.17 - $14.79
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,982 - $45,009  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $960  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $3,561  
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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$17,194 - $33,995  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,069
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $14.79  
   
Overtime
$12.15 - $24.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $960  
   
Profit Sharing
$590 - $3,561  
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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$17,194 - $33,995  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,069
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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 31%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$23,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 129 votes.
Gender
Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 55%
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