Veterinary Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretaker

Career Overview

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.


A high school diploma or equivalent is likely required to obtain this position. Completing a college or university program in veterinary technology is required to obtain a higher level position in a similar setting – two year program for technicians, four year program for technologists.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,000 /yr
$25,000 /yr
$37,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
Work Environment

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers work mainly in clinics, animal hospitals and research laboratories. Their work may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada