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North Central WDA II: Grant, Adams counties
Qualification: Balanced SOC code: 319096 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists. Excludes "Nonfarm Animal Caretakers" (392021).

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation is: High school diploma or equivalent. Additional training, experience, licenses or credentials may be required. Learn more at BLS.
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Qualification status for Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers in the other WDAs included below, for relevant areas.
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QualificationSoc area
Balanced All workforce development areas, all counties
Demand Pacific Mountain WDA: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties
Balanced Snohomish WDA: Snohomish County
Balanced Seattle King WDA: King County
Balanced Pierce WDA: Pierce County
Balanced Benton- Franklin WDA: Benton, Franklin counties
Demand Spokane WDA: Spokane County
Balanced Northwest WDA I: Whatcom county
Balanced Southwest WDA I: Cowlitz, Wahkiakum counties
Balanced North Central WDA I: Chelan/Douglas counties
Balanced South Central WDA I: Kittitas County
Balanced Olympic Consortium WDA I: Kitsap county
Balanced Northwest WDA II: Skagit county
Balanced Southwest WDA II: Clark County
Balanced South Central WDA II: Klickitat County
Balanced Olympic Consortium WDA II: Clallam, Jefferson counties
Balanced Northwest WDA III: Island, San Juan counties
Balanced North Central WDA III: Okanogan County
Balanced