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Veterinary: Career and Education Opportunities in Utah

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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Utah has a population of 2,784,572, which has grown by 24.69% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beehive State," Utah's capital and biggest city is Salt Lake City. In 2008, there were a total of 1,702,493 jobs in Utah. The average annual income was $32,050 in 2008, up from $31,800 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Utah was 6.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.9% since the previous year. Approximately 26.1% of Utah residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Utah include activities related to credit intermediation, nonferrous metal production, and sporting goods manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Utah State Government, the Hogle Zoo, and the Utah Museum of Natural History.


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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.