Laboratory Animal Caretaker Jobs

Laboratory Animal Caretakers Overview


Laboratory animal caretakers are responsible for the care and well-being of animals in clinics and laboratories. Perfect for someone who loves animals, a laboratory animal caretaker’s duties will typically be to clean, feed, and walk the animals, clean the cages, care for the animals after procedures, and other related tasks. Laboratory animal caretakers are needed in veterinary offices, at scientific research labs, and at universities.

Laboratory Animal Caretakers Education Requirements


Most laboratory animal caretakers have a high school diploma although quite a few later go on to obtain associate and bachelor’s degrees, often in a field like biology or veterinary medicine. Laboratory animal caretakers are expected to have strong mathematical skills, the ability to spend long hours on their feet, and a genuine concern for animals. Skill in using needles and other medical tools is also beneficial. In addition, strong communication skills may be required for working alongside doctors and other lab technicians.

Laboratory Animal Caretakers Job Market


The job outlook for laboratory animal caretakers is good, and the number of jobs is expected to rise by about 10 percent by 2022. This growth is expected to produce 2,310 new jobs per year during that time. Laboratory animal caretakers are most often employed by animal hospitals, medicinal companies working to develop new treatment methods and at universities. Many people working as laboratory animal caretakers work as interns and later move on to a higher paying, more specialized job. Because of this, there is often a high turnover rate with a lot of upward mobility.

Laboratory Animal Caretakers Salary


The average hourly wage of laboratory animal caretakers is about $12 an hour although it can be as low as $8 and as high as $16. The average annual wage is around $32,000. The place of employment largely determines the wage paid although experience certainly plays a role.
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Our patients and clients are our reason for being and they deserve the very best care. Our main goal is to provide the best possible experience for our clients, and to engage them in a personal and memorable way. We are looking for an experienced veterinary laboratory coordinator who understands that having excellent medical and surgical skills is only 30% of what is required to provide exceptiona...
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