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Veterinarian Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretaker

Matthew Renaud


3rd Hour

Career Tech Foundations



Did you know that in 2008, 220,400 people in America worked in the animal assistant field. The career I would like to be in is a Veterinarian Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretaker. The reason I want to be in this career field is because I love animals. I always enjoyed watching Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, he was a great inspiration to me. I have been interested in animals since I was about six. I will be researching the working conditions, education, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations for this field.


Nature of Work

  • These are some things that you would do on a daily basis if you are going to be a veterinarian assistant-
  • Train
  • Feed
  • Water
  • Groom
  • Bathe
  • Exercise animals
  • Clean
  • Disinfect
  • Repair their cages
  • Play with the animals
  • Provide companionship
  • Observe behavioral changes that could indicate illness or injury

Working Conditions

  • Work may be-
  • Unpleasant
  • Physical
  • Emotionally demanding
  • Sometimes dangerous
  • Shift are or can be 24 hours
  • Or 8 hours a day, 5-6 days a week
  • Indoor and outdoor work

Training, Qualifications, and Advancements

  • You need a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • In the future I will hopefully go to Florida State University
  • The classes I will take now are-
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • And other advanced science classes
  • I want to be in AP science classes

Job Outlook/Employment

  • I want to find career openings in Florida at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Or in a veterinarian clinic in Florida
  • Excellent job outlook
  • Much faster than average employment
  • Employment rate will grow 21 percent over the next decade
  • Employment is rising


  • Life style goals are-
  • Go to college in Florida
  • Being married with a family
  • High income
  • Live in Florida
  • Work in a good environment
  • $16,720 and $24,300 a year are the earnings
  • I would like more but I love this job
  • I will buy a nice house for my family with these earnings

Related Occupations

  • Back up career-
  • Animal control worker
  • Responsibilities-
  • Investigate reports of animal attacks/ animal cruelty
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Collecting evidence
  • Remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable condition
  • Always working around the area
  • Outlook is good in the future
  • Get $30,310 a year
  • Need a high school diploma and apply to a college
  • I do not like to see animals get hurt


My feelings about being a Veterinarian Assistant/Animal Caretaker are good. I really like animals and I feel good about this job. It has a good job outlook, it pays okay, but I don’t care because I will be doing something I love. I want to move to Florida and work at The Animal Kingdom at Disney World and take care of all of the animals. Since I love animals and Disney this would be a great job for me. I would like to have a family and go to work every day and be happy with what I am doing, and if I can go into this career I will be. I look forward to being with and caring for the animals and having a friendship with them. The one thing that I am not looking forward to is cleaning the cages and things like that. My learning experience over all is that I still want to be a Veterinarian Assistant or Animal Caretaker, and even though it does not pay the best I would still like to be in this field.


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