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Working As A Laboratory Animal Caretaker

  • 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

  • $66,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Animal Caretaker 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 Laboratory Animal Caretaker

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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Average Yearly Salary
$66,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Median 50%
$150,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Charles River Systems
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Colorado
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Laboratory Animal Caretaker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Laboratory Animal Caretaker in the United States is $66,929 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $150,000.

Real Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Animal Caretaker Meadow Grove Farm CA Aug 10, 2012 $39,131
Animal Caretaker Jackson Hole Polo Club WY Apr 01, 2011 $35,416
Animal Caretaker MacKinac Island Carriage Tours MI Apr 20, 2012 $31,305
Animal Caretaker Goldens Bridge, Inc. D/B/A Heritage Farm NY May 01, 2012 $30,345
Animal Caretaker Peninsula Equine, Inc. CA Jan 15, 2012 $29,364
Animal Caretaker Performance Horse Shoeing CA Apr 01, 2012 $29,364
Animal Caretaker Dominic Galluscio Stable, LLC NY Jun 01, 2012 $27,131
Animal Caretaker Dominic Galluscio Stable, LLC NY Apr 27, 2012 $27,131
Animal Caretaker Diamond Mountain Stables CA Jan 24, 2012 $25,795
Animal Caretaker Horrigan Enterprises, Inc. CA Jan 18, 2012 $25,795
Animal Caretaker Acres West CA Jan 18, 2012 $25,795
Animal Caretaker Millennium Farm CA Jan 10, 2012 $25,086
Animal Caretaker EWC & Associates, Inc. DBA Portola Valley Training CA Apr 01, 2012 $25,086
Animal Caretaker Waldenbrook Farm, Inc. CA Apr 01, 2012 $25,086
Non Farm Animal Caretakers (Kennel Worker) Alpha K-9 Pet Services Houston, TX Mar 09, 2015 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Hamilton A. Smith WV Dec 01, 2011 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Pkt, LLC MD Aug 01, 2011 $20,536
Non Farm Animal Caretakers (Kennel Worker) Alpha K-9 Pet Services Houston, TX Apr 03, 2015 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Sola DEI Gloria Stable MD Apr 01, 2012 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Hillbizon Farm MD Apr 01, 2012 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Carlos Garcia Thoroughbred Management MD Apr 01, 2012 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Hamilton A. Smith MD Apr 01, 2012 $20,536
Animal Caretaker Junior Construction Company, Inc. TX Apr 01, 2011 $18,366
Animal Caretaker Goldens Bridge, Inc., D/B/A Heritage Farm NY Apr 01, 2011 $18,324
Animal Caretaker Kiesner Training TN Apr 01, 2012 $18,303
Non-Farm Animal Caretakers Juan Garcia Racing Stable Arcadia, CA Jan 27, 2011 $18,282
Non-Farm Animal Caretakers Neil Drysdale Racing Stables Inglewood, CA Feb 17, 2011 $18,282
Animal Caretaker Herringswell Stables, Ltd. DE May 01, 2011 $18,261
Animal Caretaker Tim F. Ritchey Racing Stables, Inc. DE Apr 01, 2011 $18,261
Animal Caretaker TEH Racing Stables LLC OH Apr 01, 2012 $17,990

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Animal Caretaker

  1. Bathe Dogs
  2. Animal Care
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Bathe dogs and trim nails and excessive fur when requested.
  • Maintain records pertaining to animal care, supply inventory, machinery operation and facility maintenance.
  • Practice proper animal containment and safety procedures.
  • Experienced in providing quality customer service and performing accurate cash transactions in a fast-paced, high-volume restaurant setting.
  • Performed routine animal husbandry to breeding and non-breeding colonies.

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Laboratory Animal Caretaker Demographics

Gender

Female

64.6%

Male

26.9%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.7%

German

6.7%

French

6.7%

Japanese

3.4%

Russian

2.8%

Chinese

2.8%

Mandarin

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Somali

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Telugu

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Fuzhou

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%
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Laboratory Animal Caretaker Education

Schools

Iowa State University

10.4%

Michigan State University

9.9%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

University of Pennsylvania

6.1%

Madison Area Technical College

5.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.6%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

University of Georgia

4.8%

The Academy

4.8%

Purdue University

4.6%

Frederick Community College

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Montgomery College

4.1%

Delaware Valley University

3.6%

Prince George's Community College

3.6%

University of Delaware

3.3%

Colorado State University

3.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.0%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

3.0%
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Majors

Biology

16.5%

Medical Assisting Services

13.2%

Animal Science

12.6%

Business

8.1%

Psychology

6.9%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Zoology

5.3%

General Studies

3.8%

Nursing

3.7%

Environmental Science

2.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.8%

Veterinary Science

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Veterinary Medicine

2.3%

English

2.0%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Other

35.5%

Associate

14.0%

Certificate

5.3%

Masters

4.2%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.3%
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