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Occupational Employment Statistics


31-9096 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

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. Excludes "Nonfarm Animal Caretakers" (39-2021).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 6011$15.91/hr$12.49/hr$13.92/hr$14.97/hr$18.43/hr$19.21/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services840$16.22/hr
Education and Health Services290$19.86/hr
Other Services40$13.60/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$16.32/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$15.73/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$15.38/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 50$18.62/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$15.73/hr12.0%
Southwest Minnesota 60$14.97/hr14.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60$15.73/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$15.17/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 60$15.71/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$15.81/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 80$18.62/hr12.2%
Central Minnesota 130$16.22/hr5.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 830$19.63/hr10.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 960$19.53/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,230$18.92/hr11.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 4,300$36.52/hr7.1%
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 3,450$18.96/hr11.6%
Dental Assistants 5,330$26.45/hr7.2%

  • Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.
  • Prepare examination or treatment rooms by stocking them with appropriate supplies.
  • 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.
  • Perform office reception duties, such as scheduling appointments or helping customers.
  • Provide assistance with euthanasia of animals or disposal of corpses.
  • Clean, maintain, and sterilize instruments or equipment.
  • Place orders to restock inventory of hospital or laboratory supplies.
  • Prepare surgical equipment and pass instruments or materials to veterinarians during surgical procedures.
  • Fill medication prescriptions.