Veterinary Assistant

Job Type: Full Time or Part Time

Veterinary Assistants are the glue that holds everything together. You assist the technical team with everything from surgical preparation to hand feeding patients. Here, that is vitally important, as we believe that everything we do should adhere to a simple standard: the best there is. You will see it in our AAHA accreditation, you will see it in the way our team trains, grows, and collaborates, and you will see it in the level of client and patient care that we provide every single day.

Incredible Veterinary Assistants are critical in our ability to consistently provide such high levels of client and patient care. Here, we look for special people. People who believe that caring for animals is more than a profession – it is a calling in life. People who want to become the best possible versions of themselves. People who will work to help us create a truly special environment, where every person and pet is treated with respect, compassion, and love. If you would like to find more than a job, but a true career and calling, we would love to hear from you.

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  • Clean and stock treatment area, surgery suites and radiology.
  • Properly clean all canine wards, feline ward, isolation ward, and ICU wards.
  • Properly fold and prepare surgical laundry for sterilization.
  • Wash and treat surgical instruments and sterilize equipment and surgical packs.
  • Use Autoclave and Ultrasonic cleaner and troubleshoot issues.
  • Use washer and dryer in surgery laundry area for all surgical laundry.
  • Use commercial washer and dryer in ward laundry area for all ward laundry.
  • Read patient treatment sheet and feed patients according to doctors’ orders.
  • Properly mark ICU sheets and patient records with observations.
  • Properly restrain patients for treatment by doctor or technician.
  • Restrain fractious animals without injury.
  • Assist with treatments as directed by doctor or technician.
  • Prepare and feed special diets by hand, syringe, or dish to a variety of species.
  • Recommend bathing and or changes in patients care for comfort and cleanliness.
  • Give oral medications and treat patients topically **as directed by doctor or
  • technician**
  • Walk dogs outside using all safety precautions.
  • Assist with euthanasia and body disposal.
  • Feed patients
  • Assist clients visiting hospitalized patients.
  • Discharge routine surgical patients, covering homecare instructions with clients.
  • Observe patients for appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
  • Take temperature, pulse, and respiration, report condition to the doctor or technician as needed.
  • Set up oxygen cage when required.
  • Assist with treatments, set up CRI pumps and record on ICU sheets.
  • Assist technicians and doctors with emergency procedures.
  • Use ambu-bag and high flow 02 to oxygenate emergency patients.
  • Assist emotional and/or grieving clients without undue stress.
  • All lab work as directed by doctor or Lab Technician.
  • File incoming lab work ensure it is directed to the appropriate Doctor.
  • Count and dispense proper prescriptions.
  • Collect and run all routine lab samples on in house machines.
  • Collect and prepare samples for reference lab submissions.
  • Ensure charges are entered as necessary.
  • General knowledge of and ability to troubleshoot lab equipment
  • Radiology
  • Know and use appropriate safety precautions during radiographs.
  • Assist with restraint during radiographs.
  • Diacom transfer and troubleshoot images.
  • Position patients appropriately for radiographs.
  • Knowledge of proper PPE.
  • Sending images for consult.
  • Clean, pack and sterilize surgical instruments.
  • Set up for surgical procedures.
  • Utilize aseptic techniques to assist in surgery.
  • Assist technicians and/or doctors with resuscitation of newborns after caesarean section.
  • Remove patient from surgery suite and monitor recovery.
  • Remove fecal matter several times daily.
  • Empty trash in designated area.
  • Maintain landscaped areas.
  • Remove snow and ice on sidewalks.
  • The veterinary assistant’s primary responsibility is to assist the technician in the well planned, accurate, and orderly flow of patient care and treatments and to assist the Ward Attendant as needed.
  • Adhere to all hospital directives and protocols and maintain the highest ethical, moral, and professional standards.
  • Maintain a professional appearance (neat and clean uniform and appearance)
  • Maintain a professional, courteous attitude.
  • Ensure a pleasant, respectful, and productive doctor-staff and staff-staff relationship.
  • Keep the spirit of co-working alive.
  • Support the value of all hospital services.
  • Attend and participate in all required staff meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as directed by the doctors, Practice Manager or Lead Technician.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs.