Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 31-9096 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 post-operative 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. Exclude "Nonfarm Animal Caretakers" (39-2021).
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures. Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease. Fill medication prescriptions. Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries. Monitor animals recovering from surgery and notify veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms. Clean, maintain, and sterilize instruments or equipment. Examine animals to detect behavioral changes or clinical symptoms that could indicate illness or injury. Educate or advise clients on animal health care, nutrition, or behavior problems. Administer medication, immunizations, or blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians. Collect laboratory specimens, such as blood, urine, or feces for testing. Prepare surgical equipment and pass instruments or materials to veterinarians during surgical procedures. Prepare feed for animals according to specific instructions, such as diet lists or schedules. Provide emergency first aid to sick or injured animals. Perform routine laboratory tests or diagnostic tests, such as taking or developing x-rays.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.63   Entry $17,950.00
Mean $11.60   Mean $24,116.00
Experience $13.08 Experience $27,194.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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31-9096.00 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers