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Veterinary: Career and Education Opportunities in Mississippi

Veterinary: Veterinary Assistants help manage, feed and care for the animals in a veterinarian's care. Along with their overall care for the animals, they assist in the office and in the administration of health care.

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Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and biggest city is Jackson. In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Audubon Society Jackson Chapter, the Manship House Museum, and the Glory of Baroque Dresden Exhibition.


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Veterinary Attendant

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. Veterinary Attendants need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.