Job Title: Veterinary Assistant
Department: Clinical Team
Reports To: Nursing Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
The primary objective of the Veterinary Assistant is to maintain an efficient work flow of the hospital, provide excellent care to our patients and clients, all while depicting the highest standard of professionalism, leadership, and compassion consistent with the goals and values of United Veterinary Specialty and Emergency.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Although additional duties and related tasks may be assigned, the essential duties and responsibilities of this position are below. Our internal Clinical Competencies will determine whether you classify as level I, II, III which all depend on experience and the success rate of successfully completing tasks in the following categories of: hospital procedures and surgery set-up, and equipment, pharmacology, diseases, patient care, emergency, laboratory, and surgical procedures under the supervision of a Veterinarian or RVT.
- Assist Veterinarians and RVT’s in patient care and medical treatments including but not limited to: medication administration, acquiring laboratory samples, processing in-house and reference lab samples, anesthesia monitoring, surgical preparation, hospitalized patient care, critical / emergency care and triage.
- Assisting with the gentle and compassionate care of patients and talking with clients.
- Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification
- Able to work patiently with clients in varying emotional states.
- Check in patients, work with owner/ client to take medical history, obtain patient vital signs.
- Regularly clean the veterinary hospital, ensuring that it remains in a sanitary and attractive condition; clean and sterilize the animal enclosures in order to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and provide a pleasant living environment for the clinic’s patients.
- Walk hospitalized patients with proper care around or in hospital premise.
- Maintains restocking of cabinets, drawers, and shelves and using dishwasher and washer/ dryer as needed.
- Assist with proper care of feeding and water all animals that are currently under their care, ensuring that the dietary instructions provided by the veterinarian are followed.
- Safe and gentle animal restraint and handing; safely transporting pets in and out, and round the hospital.
- High School Diploma or GED Equivalent required.
- Valid California Driver’s License in good standing.
- Minimum of 2 years working as an Veterinary Assistant is preferred.
- Candidate must obtain and initiate the process for a Veterinary Assistant Controlled Substance Permit immediately upon hire and continue to keep such permit active at all times during employment.
- Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
- Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance
- 401(k) retirement savings plan
- Continuing Education allowance
- Professional Liability Coverage