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.
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.