Feeds, waters, and examines pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Cleans and disinfects cages and work areas, and sterilizes 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.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Support Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Holds or restrains animals during veterinary procedures.
- Cleans and maintains kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
- Fills medication prescriptions.
- Assists veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries.
- Monitors animals recovering from surgery and notifies veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms.
- Cleans, maintains, and sterilizes instruments or equipment.
- Examines animals to detect behavioral changes or clinical symptoms that could indicate illness or injury.
- Educates or advises clients on animal health care, nutrition, or behavior problems.
- Administers medication, immunizations, or blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians.
- Collects laboratory specimens, such as blood, urine, or feces, for testing.