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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

  • $24,885

    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

81.3%

Male

17.6%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

66.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.7%

French

8.6%

German

7.4%

Chinese

3.7%

Japanese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Portuguese

1.2%

Khmer

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Bosnian

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Serbian

1.2%

Carrier

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Croatian

1.2%
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Kennel Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.3%

Kansas State University

8.0%

Michigan State University

6.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.2%

North Carolina State University

5.8%

Kennesaw State University

5.3%

Saint Petersburg College

5.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.9%

Appalachian State University

4.4%

San Juan College

4.4%

Ashworth College

4.4%

Columbus State Community College

4.0%

Minnesota School of Business

4.0%

Auburn University

4.0%

Liberty University

4.0%

Iowa State University

4.0%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.6%

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

3.6%

Kirkwood Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

19.1%

Biology

11.9%

Business

10.4%

Animal Science

9.6%

Psychology

7.4%

General Studies

6.2%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Nursing

3.5%

Veterinary Medicine

3.2%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Zoology

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

English

2.3%

Education

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.8%

Veterinary Science

1.8%

Nursing Assistants

1.8%

Environmental Science

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

36.5%

Bachelors

35.3%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

4.8%

Masters

3.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.4%
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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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  1. Dog Kennels
  2. Animal Care
  3. Facility Laundry
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  • Helped maintain a clean environment by washing dog kennels, floors, and dishes.
  • 43537-Provided facility maintenance-Provided animal care and cleanliness
  • Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and equipment.
  • Scheduled appointments, processed financial transactions, and provided outstanding customer service by being compassionate and understanding.
  • Maintained cleanliness of the hospital, while also assisting veterinary technicians and veterinarians when necessary

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