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Career and Education Opportunities for Veterinary Attendants in Sacramento, California

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for veterinary attendants in the Sacramento, California area. There are currently 8,500 jobs for veterinary attendants in California and this is projected to grow by 22% to 10,400 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for veterinary attendants, which sees this job pool growing by about 22.8% over the next eight years. In general, veterinary attendants feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics.

The income of a veterinary attendant is about $11 hourly or $24,590 yearly on average in California. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $10 per hour or $21,210 annually on average. Veterinary attendants earn less than people working in the category of Veterinary generally in California and less than people in the Veterinary category nationally. People working as veterinary attendants can fill a number of jobs, such as: veterinary assistant , veterinary surgery technician, and large animal care technician.

There are four schools within twenty-five miles of Sacramento where you can study to be a veterinary attendant, among forty-two schools of higher education total in the Sacramento area. The most common level of education for veterinary attendants is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become a veterinary attendant if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Veterinary Attendant

Veterinary Attendant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, veterinary attendants feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. They also clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment.

Veterinary attendants hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures. They also monitor animals' recovering from surgery and notify veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms. Equally important, veterinary attendants have to ready examination or treatment rooms by stocking them with appropriate supplies. They are often called upon to assist veterinarians in examining animals to establish the nature of illnesses or injuries. They are expected to clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination and operating rooms, and animal loading/unloading facilities to manage the spread of disease. Finally, veterinary attendants dust or bathe animals to manage insect pests.

Every day, veterinary attendants are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for veterinary attendants to administer medication and blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians. They are often called upon to execute office reception duties such as scheduling appointments and helping customers. They also sell pet food and supplies to customers. They are sometimes expected to administer anesthetics during surgery and monitor the effects on animals. Somewhat less frequently, veterinary attendants are also expected to write reports, maintain research data, and execute clerical duties.

Veterinary attendants sometimes are asked to clean and sterilize instruments and apparatus. And finally, they sometimes have to execute accounting duties, including bookkeeping, billing customers for services, and maintaining inventories.

Like many other jobs, veterinary attendants must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Veterinary Attendant Training

Western Career College-Stockton - Stockton, CA

Western Career College-Stockton, 1313 W. Robinhood Drive-Ste B, Stockton, CA 95207. Western Career College-Stockton is a small college located in Stockton, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 439 students and an admission rate of 100%. Western Career College-Stockton has an associate's degree program in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

Cosumnes River College - Sacramento, CA

Cosumnes River College, 8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95823-5799. Cosumnes River College is a large college located in Sacramento, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 14,518 students. Cosumnes River College has one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant which graduated two, twenty-two, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Western Career College-Sacramento - Sacramento, CA

Western Career College-Sacramento, 8909 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826. Western Career College-Sacramento is a small college located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 1,538 students and an admission rate of 100%. Western Career College-Sacramento has an associate's degree program in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant which graduated thirty-two students in 2008.

Western Career College-Citrus Heights - Citrus Heights, CA

Western Career College-Citrus Heights, 7301 Greenback Lane-Ste A, Citrus Heights, CA 95621. Western Career College-Citrus Heights is a small college located in Citrus Heights, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 774 students and an admission rate of 100%. Western Career College-Citrus Heights has an associate's degree program in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant which graduated twelve students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician: The technician certification designations of ALAT, LAT, and LATG are well known and widely used throughout the varied fields of laboratory animal care.

For more information, see the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California photo by Urdangaray

Sacramento is located in Sacramento County, California. It has a population of over 463,794, which has grown by 13.9% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Sacramento, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Sacramento are valued at $185,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, nine hundred thirty-four new homes were constructed in Sacramento, down from 1,337 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Sacramento are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is construction, public administration, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 23.9% of Sacramento residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Sacramento is 14.7%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Sacramento residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 36.9%, is less than both the national and state average. Pearly Gate Missionary Baptist Church, Peace Lutheran Church and Parkview Presbyterian Church are among the churches located in Sacramento. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Assemblies of God.

Sacramento is home to the Southern Pacific Shops and the Bing Maloney Golf Course as well as Alkali Flat North Historic District and Silva Field. Shopping centers in the area include Farmers Center Shopping Center, Florin Square Shopping Center and Franklin and Florin Shopping Center. Visitors to Sacramento can choose from Best Western Sutter House, Best for Less Motel-Cababa Lodge and AAA Residence Inn for temporary stays in the area.