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Working As A Kennel Assistant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $24,360

    Average Salary

What Does A Kennel Assistant Do

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians.

Duties

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers typically do the following:

  • Feed, bathe, and exercise animals
  • Clean and disinfect cages, kennels, and examination and operating rooms
  • Restrain animals during examination and laboratory procedures
  • Maintain and sterilize surgical instruments and equipment
  • Monitor and care for animals after surgery
  • Help provide emergency first aid to sick and injured animals
  • Give medication or immunizations that veterinarians prescribe
  • Assist in the collection of blood, urine, and tissue samples

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are responsible for many daily tasks, such as feeding, weighing, and taking the temperature of animals. Other duties may include giving medication, cleaning cages, and providing nursing care before and after surgery and other medical procedures.

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers play a large role in helping veterinarians and animal scientists with surgery and other minor procedures. They may prepare equipment and pass surgical instruments and materials to veterinarians during surgery. They also move animals and restrain them during testing and other procedures.

Veterinary assistants typically work in clinics and animal hospitals, helping veterinarians and veterinary technologists and technicians treat injuries and illnesses of animals.

Laboratory animal caretakers work in laboratories under the supervision of a veterinarian, scientist, veterinary technician, or veterinary technologist. Their daily tasks include feeding animals, cleaning kennels, and monitoring the animals.

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How To Become A Kennel Assistant

Most veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers have a high school diploma and learn the occupation on the job. Experience working with animals can be helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Most workers entering the occupation have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Training

Most veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are trained on the job, but some employers prefer candidates who already have experience working with animals.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not mandatory, it allows workers to demonstrate competency in animal husbandry, health and welfare, and facility administration. Employers may prefer to hire candidates who have certification, and it may be required for advancement.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) offers the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation for veterinary assistants. To qualify for the designation, candidates must graduate from a NAVTA-approved program and pass an exam.

Laboratory animal caretakers can become certified through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). AALAS offers three levels of certification: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT), Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT), and Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG). For AALAS certification, candidates must have experience working in a laboratory animal facility and pass an exam. 

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers often communicate with pet owners, veterinarians, veterinary technologists and technicians, and other assistants. Good communication skills are especially important when dealing with an emergency, such as an ill or injured animal needing immediate attention.

Detail oriented. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers must follow strict instructions. For example, workers must be precise when sterilizing surgical equipment, monitoring animals, and giving medication.

Dexterity. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers must handle animals and use medical instruments and laboratory equipment with care.

Empathy. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers must treat animals with kindness and be empathetic to both the animals and their owners.

Physical strength. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers must be able to handle, move, and restrain animals.

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Kennel Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

81.1%

Male

17.7%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

83.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.7%

French

9.1%

German

7.8%

Chinese

3.9%

Japanese

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Portuguese

1.3%

Khmer

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Bosnian

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Serbian

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Croatian

1.3%
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Kennel Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Kansas State University

8.3%

Michigan State University

6.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.5%

Kennesaw State University

5.5%

North Carolina State University

5.5%

Saint Petersburg College

5.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.1%

Ashworth College

4.6%

Columbus State Community College

4.1%

Appalachian State University

4.1%

Auburn University

4.1%

San Juan College

4.1%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.7%

Minnesota School of Business

3.7%

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill

3.7%

Kirkwood Community College

3.7%

Diablo Valley College

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

18.7%

Biology

12.2%

Business

10.7%

Animal Science

9.6%

Psychology

7.3%

General Studies

6.2%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

Nursing

3.6%

Veterinary Medicine

3.3%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Zoology

2.7%

English

2.3%

Communication

2.0%

Veterinary Science

1.9%

Environmental Science

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.8%

Fine Arts

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Nursing Assistants

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

36.2%

Bachelors

35.6%

Associate

16.8%

Certificate

5.0%

Masters

3.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.5%
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Real Kennel Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Kennel Assistant Miller Trust Farm Lexington, KY Oct 01, 2015 $23,291
Kennel Assistant Miller Trust Farm Lexington, KY Oct 01, 2016 $22,560
Kennel Assistant Miller Trust Farm KY Oct 01, 2013 $22,018
Kennel Assistant Miller Trust Farm KY Oct 01, 2014 $22,018

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Top Skills for A Kennel Assistant

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Top Kennel Assistant Skills

  1. Dog Kennels
  2. Facility Laundry
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Keep dog kennels and animal shelter spotless.
  • Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and equipment.
  • Vaccinated all pets for adoption customer service assisted in adoption events
  • Train incoming Kennel Assistants and Veterinary Technicians.
  • Clean kennels to ensure sanitary environment.

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