Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians.
- Education requirements: Most workers entering the occupation have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and receive on the job training.
- Soft skills: Communication Skills, detail oriented and dexterity
- Average annual salary: $25,300
- 3 in state schools: Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton ,OR), Treasure Valley Community College (Ontario, OR), Portland Community College (Portland, OR)
Watch a video about what it is like to be a veterinary technician:
"A Day in the Life: Veterinary Technician"