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Career Details :: Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Assists veterinarian in variety of animal health care duties, including injections, venipunctures, and wound dressings.
- Completes routine laboratory tests and cares for and feeds laboratory animals.
- Inspects products or carcasses to ensure compliance with health standards, when employed in food processing plant.
- Assists professional personnel with research projects in commercial, public health, or research laboratories.
- Assists veterinarian during surgical procedures, passing instruments and materials in accordance with oral instructions.
- Prepares examination or treatment room and holds or restrains animal during procedures.
- Prepares patient, medications, equipment, and instruments for surgical procedures, using specialized knowledge.
- Agricultural Technicians
- Dental Hygienists
- Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
- Nursery Workers
- Respiratory Therapists
- Surgical Technologists
General Work Activities
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Assisting and Caring for Others
- Establishing & Maintaining Relationships
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Communicating With Other Workers
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Hazardous Situations
- Provide a Service to Others
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done