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Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Veterinary assistants take care of animals in veterinarian offices, animal hospitals, clinics, kennels, animal shelters and laboratories. Their major responsibilities include providing animals with food and water, exercising the animals, taking care of basic kennel tasks, and handling and restraining animals. They also perform basic laboratory and clerical procedures necessary for the daily operation of a facility.

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Veterinary Assistant Schools

A passion for animals, above-average academic performance in math and the sciences, good decision-making and communication skills, and the ability to work well with your hands are all characteristics of a successful veterinary assistant. You can learn these skills in one of the following vocational and community college programs:

  • Ashworth College: Though this veterinary assistant training program is offered online, it also assists students with finding local externships in a clinical setting.
  • Animal Behavioral College: This online program offers hands-on training in veterinary assistance. This program also includes placement in an externship located near you.
  • Brookdale Community College: This community college in Lincroft, New Jersey provides training for veterinary assistants. The program is approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
  • Foothill College: This community college in Los Altos Hills, California offers a veterinary assistant certificate program that provides entry-level training for those starting careers in animal care.
  • Penn Foster College: This online school's veterinary assistant career diploma prepares students to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination.

Veterinary Assistant Education Requirements

Depending on the veterinarian office in which she works, a veterinary assistant can learn her duties on the job and can be hired with little formal education. However, prior experience in dealing with animals is helpful. Veterinary assistant programs offered through some vocational schools and community colleges, such as those above, can help train future vet techs in a more formal setting. Veterinary assistant training involves a balance of classroom education and hands-on training.

Veterinary assistant programs usually include courses in the basics of dogs and cats, animal behavior, handling and restraining animals, veterinary terminology, nutrition and parasites. A solid foundation is also provided in obtaining animal health histories and records, body systems of animals, pathology and other subjects.

Currently, there is no credentialing examination or required certification for veterinary assistants. Certification programs, however, can be beneficial in helping you get your foot in the door with employers.

Resources for Veterinary Assistants

Sources:

  1. Animal Behavioral College, http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/VeterinaryAssistant/
  2. Ashworth College, https://www.ashworthcollege.edu/career-diplomas/veterinary-assisting/
  3. Brookdale Community College, http://www.brookdalecc.edu/continuinged/healthcare/hctraining/vet-assistant/
  4. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinary Assistant, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-assistants-and-laboratory-animal-caretakers.htm
  5. Penn Foster College, http://www.pennfoster.edu/programs-and-degrees/veterinary-studies/veterinary-assistant-career-diploma
  6. Foothill College, http://www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/vetasst/

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Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Metro Area Jobs Salary
(2013)
Relative
Popularity

Alabama

     
Auburn 110 $26580 3.67
Opelika 110 $26580 3.67
Huntsville 0 $21950 0
Mobile 0 $21780 0
Montgomery 120 $23680 1.35

Alaska

     
Anchorage 90 $27350 0.93
Fairbanks 40 $28450 1.96

Arizona

     
Phoenix 970 $24530 0.95
Mesa 970 $24530 0.95
Scottsdale 970 $24530 0.95
Prescott 40 $22650 1.24
Sierra Vista 40 $22590 2.31
Douglas 40 $22590 2.31
Tucson 130 $24110 0.66

Arkansas

     
Jonesboro 60 $20950 2.01
Little Rock 290 $19380 1.57
North Little Rock 290 $19380 1.57
Conway 290 $19380 1.57

California

     
Bakersfield 170 $22740 1.07
Fresno 140 $26780 0.75
Chico 110 $26010 2.71
Oxnard 200 $28630 1.26
Thousand Oaks 200 $28630 1.26
Ventura 200 $28630 1.26
Redding 60 $26330 1.71
Riverside 890 $25120 1.23
San Bernardino 890 $25120 1.23
Ontario 890 $25120 1.23
Sacramento 470 $26030 0.98
Roseville 470 $26030 0.98
Arden 470 $26030 0.98
Arcade 470 $26030 0.98
Salinas 0 $27440 0
Los Angeles 3680 $26730 1.19
Long Beach 3680 $26730 1.19
Anaheim 3680 $26730 1.19
Merced 50 $22690 1.46
Modesto 170 $23260 1.84
Napa 80 $25390 2.14
San Diego 1240 $28970 1.67
Carlsbad 1240 $28970 1.67
Santa Maria 0 $28840 0
Santa Barbara 0 $28840 0
Santa Rosa 150 $27030 1.44
San Francisco 1250 $30680 1.04
Oakland 1250 $30680 1.04
Hayward 1250 $30680 1.04
Stockton 150 $22900 1.25
Lodi 150 $22900 1.25
San Jose 560 $33610 1.01
Sunnyvale 560 $33610 1.01
Santa Clara 560 $33610 1.01
Vallejo 0 $28040 0
Fairfield 0 $28040 0
Visalia 60 $24280 0.77
Porterville 60 $24280 0.77
Yuba City 40 $24550 1.99
San Luis Obispo 240 $27140 3.88
Paso Robles 240 $27140 3.88
Arroyo Grande 240 $27140 3.88

Colorado

     
Fort Collins 0 $19360 0
Grand Junction 50 $25040 1.39
Greeley 60 $23780 1.02
Colorado Springs 0 $23120 0
Denver 260 $25410 0.34
Aurora 260 $25410 0.34
Lakewood 260 $25410 0.34

Connecticut

     
Hartford 200 $24600 0.63
West Hartford 200 $24600 0.63
East Hartford 200 $24600 0.63
New Haven 240 $49400 1.57
Waterbury 30 $27380 0.82
Bridgeport 320 $23790 1.41
Stamford 320 $23790 1.41
Norwalk 320 $23790 1.41

Delaware

     
Dover 60 $25130 1.73

Florida

     
Gainesville 120 $18870 1.78
Homosassa Springs 30 $21510 1.89
Jacksonville 270 $22230 0.8
Cape Coral 170 $27060 1.28
Fort Myers 170 $27060 1.28
Crestview 80 $22830 1.48
Fort Walton Beach 80 $22830 1.48
Destin 80 $22830 1.48
Deltona 110 $21460 1.08
Daytona Beach 110 $21460 1.08
Ormond Beach 110 $21460 1.08
Orlando 580 $22710 0.94
Kissimmee 580 $22710 0.94
Sanford 580 $22710 0.94
Palm Bay 150 $23810 1.4
Melbourne 150 $23810 1.4
Titusville 150 $23810 1.4
Pensacola 160 $21440 1.78
Ferry Pass 160 $21440 1.78
Brent 160 $21440 1.78
Port St. Lucie 80 $22360 1.17
Lakeland 100 $22750 0.88
Winter Haven 100 $22750 0.88
Miami 1030 $23190 0.77
Fort Lauderdale 1030 $23190 0.77
West Palm Beach 1030 $23190 0.77
Naples 40 $20950 0.61
Immokalee 40 $20950 0.61
Marco Island 40 $20950 0.61
North Port 150 $23580 1
Sarasota 150 $23580 1
Bradenton 150 $23580 1
Ocala 0 $22620 0
Tallahassee 110 $19280 1.25
Tampa 880 $21380 1.32
St. Petersburg 880 $21380 1.32
Clearwater 880 $21380 1.32

Georgia

     
Athens 70 $0 1.62
Clarke County 70 $0 1.62
Atlanta 1510 $22710 1.11
Sandy Springs 1510 $22710 1.11
Roswell 1510 $22710 1.11

Hawaii

     
Urban Honolulu 150 $25010 0.6

Idaho

     
Boise City 130 $25930 0.83

Illinois

     
Bloomington 30 $24320 0.6
Carbondale 30 $20930 1.08
Marion 30 $20930 1.08
Champaign 100 $24380 1.95
Urbana 100 $24380 1.95
Decatur 50 $23650 2.06
Peoria 0 $26980 0

Indiana

     
Fort Wayne 170 $22570 1.45
Bloomington 30 $27230 0.88
Indianapolis 650 $25440 1.19
Carmel 650 $25440 1.19
Anderson 650 $25440 1.19
Lafayette 0 $24410 0
West Lafayette 0 $24410 0
Michigan City 40 $26770 1.69
La Porte 40 $26770 1.69
Muncie 0 $22260 0

Iowa

     
Iowa City 0 $21420 0
Cedar Rapids 120 $24040 1.54
Des Moines 110 $22500 0.58
West Des Moines 110 $22500 0.58
Dubuque 0 $20960 0

Kansas

     
Lawrence 40 $27180 1.57
Manhattan 60 $29100 2.94
Wichita 240 $25790 1.46

Kentucky

     
Bowling Green 50 $18650 1.3
Lexington 210 $21980 1.44
Fayette 210 $21980 1.44

Louisiana

     
Alexandria 30 $19800 0.91
Baton Rouge 350 $21950 1.61
Hammond 50 $20920 2.41
Houma 40 $24730 0.79
Thibodaux 40 $24730 0.79
Lafayette 100 $30060 0.82
Monroe 80 $19160 2.02
New Orleans 0 $23340 0
Metairie 0 $23340 0
Shreveport 140 $19030 1.37
Bossier City 140 $19030 1.37

Maine

     
Portland 60 $28020 0.55
South Portland 60 $28020 0.55

Maryland

     
Baltimore 800 $22910 1.11
Columbia 800 $22910 1.11
Towson 800 $22910 1.11

Massachusetts

     
Leominster 30 $23560 1.19
Gardner 30 $23560 1.19
Barnstable Town 70 $22670 1.33

Michigan

     
Ann Arbor 170 $32200 1.47
Battle Creek 70 $24460 2.47
Flint 120 $22940 1.64
Grand Rapids 0 $21960 0
Wyoming 0 $21960 0
Jackson 50 $23370 1.6
Detroit 620 $24060 0.6
Warren 620 $24060 0.6
Dearborn 620 $24060 0.6
Saginaw 0 $24870 0
Lansing 0 $23310 0
East Lansing 0 $23310 0
Kalamazoo 0 $21650 0
Portage 0 $21650 0

Minnesota

     
St. Cloud 0 $23080 0

Mississippi

     
Gulfport 120 $24410 1.55
Biloxi 120 $24410 1.55
Pascagoula 120 $24410 1.55
Hattiesburg 80 $18930 2.41
Jackson 200 $20900 1.36

Missouri

     
Jefferson City 170 $23810 4.47
Columbia 80 $20140 1.68
Springfield 0 $18730 0

Montana

     
Missoula 30 $23520 0.98

Nebraska

     
Grand Island 50 $27500 2.19
Lincoln 0 $23880 0

Nevada

     
Reno 0 $24480 0
Las Vegas 310 $22340 0.62
Henderson 310 $22340 0.62
Paradise 310 $22340 0.62

New Jersey

     
Trenton 0 $25310 0

New Mexico

     
Albuquerque 210 $25140 1.03
Las Cruces 100 $19140 2.64
Santa Fe 50 $31630 1.53

New York

     
Albany 230 $26380 0.97
Schenectady 230 $26380 0.97
Troy 230 $26380 0.97
Glens Falls 40 $25140 1.32
Ithaca 110 $38950 4.05
Buffalo 490 $24980 1.65
Cheektowaga 490 $24980 1.65
Niagara Falls 490 $24980 1.65
Binghamton 120 $23910 2.16
Kingston 0 $23310 0
Rochester 320 $25930 1.14
Syracuse 290 $26820 1.78

North Carolina

     
Asheville 120 $27820 1.17
Fayetteville 100 $33710 1.52
Greensboro 0 $22720 0
High Point 0 $22720 0
Hickory 0 $27150 0
Lenoir 0 $27150 0
Morganton 0 $27150 0
Jacksonville 80 $20760 3.03
Burlington 50 $25760 1.47
Durham 280 $31830 1.74
Chapel Hill 280 $31830 1.74
Raleigh 770 $19280 2.48
Wilmington 80 $23150 1.17
Winston 250 $22780 1.76
Salem 250 $22780 1.76

Ohio

     
Akron 140 $22310 0.78
Canton 0 $32330 0
Massillon 0 $32330 0
Cleveland 650 $25330 1.15
Elyria 650 $25330 1.15
Columbus 620 $21750 1.13
Dayton 0 $19590 0
Toledo 160 $19760 0.98

Oklahoma

     
Lawton 40 $18780 1.76
Oklahoma City 550 $18880 1.64
Tulsa 330 $26170 1.37

Oregon

     
Grants Pass 50 $23930 3.63
Bend 50 $26340 1.21
Redmond 50 $26340 1.21
Corvallis 80 $27580 4.13
Eugene 110 $22450 1.32
Salem 60 $27910 0.65
Medford 60 $24560 1.48

Pennsylvania

     
Harrisburg 230 $21770 1.34
Carlisle 230 $21770 1.34
Erie 80 $20990 1.18
Pittsburgh 480 $24350 0.77
Reading 90 $21470 0.97
Lancaster 90 $23730 0.71
Lebanon 30 $25580 1.2
Scranton 130 $22820 0.92
Wilkes 130 $22820 0.92
Barre 130 $22820 0.92
Hazleton 130 $22820 0.92
York 150 $28360 1.5
Hanover 150 $28360 1.5

Puerto Rico

     
San Juan 230 $18890 0.63
Carolina 230 $18890 0.63
Caguas 230 $18890 0.63

South Carolina

     
Greenville 60 $21390 0.3
Anderson 60 $21390 0.3
Mauldin 60 $21390 0.3
Charleston 100 $23680 0.59
North Charleston 100 $23680 0.59
Columbia 110 $22870 0.56
Spartanburg 120 $24470 1.59

South Dakota

     
Rapid City 40 $22130 1.17

Tennessee

     
Jackson 50 $20210 1.43
Johnson City 90 $22330 2.21
Knoxville 190 $19060 0.95
Morristown 40 $21480 1.93
Nashville 960 $23810 1.99
Davidson 960 $23810 1.99
Murfreesboro 960 $23810 1.99
Franklin 960 $23810 1.99

Texas

     
Amarillo 30 $19090 0.52
Austin 520 $24080 1.02
Round Rock 520 $24080 1.02
Houston 1050 $23570 0.66
The Woodlands 1050 $23570 0.66
Sugar Land 1050 $23570 0.66
Beaumont 60 $25300 0.68
Port Arthur 60 $25300 0.68
College Station 110 $27270 2
Bryan 110 $27270 2
Corpus Christi 0 $19340 0
Dallas 1360 $22960 0.75
Fort Worth 1360 $22960 0.75
Arlington 1360 $22960 0.75
El Paso 70 $23560 0.43
San Antonio 680 $23460 1.3
New Braunfels 680 $23460 1.3
Longview 70 $23880 1.38
Lubbock 50 $23820 0.66
Killeen 130 $20610 1.79
Temple 130 $20610 1.79
Sherman 0 $34020 0
Denison 0 $34020 0
Tyler 70 $17770 1.31
Waco 40 $19900 0.66

Utah

     
Provo 70 $17560 0.59
Orem 70 $17560 0.59
Salt Lake City 120 $20650 0.34
Ogden 0 $18150 0
Clearfield 0 $18150 0

Vermont

     
Burlington 40 $26920 0.56
South Burlington 40 $26920 0.56

Virginia

     
Charlottesville 110 $28590 1.96
Richmond 450 $25760 1.32
Roanoke 140 $22040 1.68
Lynchburg 160 $18550 2.92
Staunton 40 $19030 1.38
Waynesboro 40 $19030 1.38

Washington

     
Bremerton 100 $25470 2.17
Silverdale 100 $25470 2.17
Bellingham 60 $27380 1.4
Longview 30 $25680 1.56
Mount Vernon 50 $24150 2.18
Anacortes 50 $24150 2.18
Kennewick 70 $25170 1.15
Richland 70 $25170 1.15
Olympia 120 $25720 2.12
Tumwater 120 $25720 2.12
Seattle 1270 $28560 1.27
Tacoma 1270 $28560 1.27
Bellevue 1270 $28560 1.27
Spokane 240 $24280 2.01
Spokane Valley 240 $24280 2.01
Yakima 40 $26190 0.87

West Virginia

     
Charleston 70 $19420 1.07

Wisconsin

     
Appleton 0 $19320 0
Green Bay 0 $22710 0
Janesville 40 $23270 1.23
Beloit 40 $23270 1.23
Eau Claire 40 $18290 0.81
Oshkosh 50 $24690 1.07
Neenah 50 $24690 1.07
Racine 50 $18050 1.14
Madison 0 $23730 0
Milwaukee 400 $24990 0.87
Waukesha 400 $24990 0.87
West Allis 400 $24990 0.87
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Most Popular Industries (as of 2008) for:
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industry Jobs Percent Salary
(2008)
Professional And Technical Services 65,710 91% $20,800
Education 3,890 5% $27,920
Non-profit 750 1% $22,480
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