Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistants typically help veterinarians and veterinary technologists and technicians treat injuries and illnesses of animals.

Veterinary Assistant Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Veterinary Assistant to join our team.

Responsibilities:

  • Carrying out or setting up procedures that do not require veterinarian or vet tech assistance;
  • Mentoring other members of the hospital team;
  • Effective communication;
  • Customer Focused;
  • Ensure exam and operating rooms are stocked;
  • Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, and tools;
  • Ensure all cages and kennels are clean;
  • Assist in collecting samples such as blood or urine for testing;
  • Perform administrative duties such as updating files and processing payments;
  • Educate owners about animal health, conditions, and proper care;
  • Sanitize examining rooms and surface areas;
  • Care for animals by bathing, feeding, watering, and with exercising;
  • Prepare animals for surgery as directed;
  • Answers questions from the public concerning animal care and veterinary concerns in a professional and courteous manner;
  • Answers phone calls from the public concerning foster animals and PACT exams.

Requirements:

  • Communicating with the veterinarian and vet techs;
  • Carrying out or setting up procedures that do not require veterinarian or vet tech assistance;
  • Mentoring other members of the hospital team;
  • Attention to detail in order to maintain accurate patient records;
  • Able to work nights, weekends, extended hours, and holidays;
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel);
  • One (1) year previous experience in animal care or in a clinic preferred but not necessary;
  • Interpersonal communication skills to communicate with owners and other veterinary staff;
  • Physical ability to restrain larger pets when necessary;
  • Basic understanding of animal behavior and health care;
  • High school diploma or equivalent; Approved Veterinary Assistant;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage numerous different patient needs at one time;
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively;
  • Familiarity with equipment and procedure;
  • Ability to multi-task effectively.