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Veterinary Assistants/Laboratory Animal Caretakers
(SOC Code : 31-9096)
in Solano County

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).

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

Solano County is the same as Vallejo-Fairfield MSA.
Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
Vallejo-Fairfield MSA20221st Qtr$18.38$15.83$19.06$19.46

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
Solano County 2018 - 20281001707070.0290

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in Solano County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Other Professional & Technical Services 16879.7%
Colleges and Universities 98.8%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 602.3%
Social Advocacy Organizations 1032.1%
Employment Services 271.2%

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
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.
Administer medication, immunizations, or blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians.
Educate or advise clients on animal health care, nutrition, or behavior problems.
Collect laboratory specimens, such as blood, urine, or feces for testing.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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