Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers (31-9096)
Occupation description: 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).
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Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.
Labor Force Indicators
|2015 Worker Characteristics
|Total workers||Nonresident workers
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|2015 Potential Supply
|Qualified but working in another occupation||87
|Currently employed in a lower paid occupation||3
|UI claimants previously working in occupation||14
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Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training
|Education: High school diploma or equivalent
||Work experience: None
||On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training