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31-9096.00   Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

O*NET SOC Title
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Lay Titles
Animal Care
Animal Care Provider
Animal Care Service Worker
Animal Care Taker
Animal Caregiver
Animal Caretaker
Animal Health Technician
Animal Hospital Manager
Laboratory Animal Caretaker
Large Animal Care Technician
Research Animal Attendant
Small Animal Caretaker
O*NET SOC Description
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.
O*NET SOC Tasks
Administer anesthetics during surgery and monitor the effects on animals.
Administer medication, immunizations, or blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians.
Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries.
Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
Dust, spray, or bathe animals to control insect pests.
Educate or advise clients on animal health care, nutrition, or behavior problems.
Examine animals to detect behavioral changes or clinical symptoms that could indicate illness or injury.
Exercise animals or provide them with companionship.
Groom, trim, or clip animals' coats.
Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.
Monitor animals recovering from surgery and notify veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms.
Perform hygiene-related duties, such as clipping animals' claws or cleaning and polishing teeth.
Prepare feed for animals according to specific instructions, such as diet lists or schedules.
Provide assistance with euthanasia of animals or disposal of corpses.
Provide emergency first aid to sick or injured animals.
Record information relating to animal genealogy, feeding schedules, appearance, behavior, or breeding.
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