Emergency Veterinary Assistant Overnight

PetVet Care Centers

Position Overview:

The veterinary assistant provides support to the veterinarians and technicians in their daily tasks by cleaning and maintaining equipment, feeding, exercising and grooming patients, preparing and sanitizing surgery suites, restraining and handling patients, and clerical and administrative work. They deliver quality care for all patients and provide exceptional service.

Essential Functions:

Provide compassionate care to all patients
Greet patients and their owners as they arrive and show them to an examining room, taking the patient’s weight and other vital signs upon arrival
Triage patients, perform physical exams, treatments, and administer medication as directed by the licensed veterinary technicians (LVT’s).
Calm and soothe anxious patients
Assist doctors and technicians with the administration of medications or with patient restraint
Perform laboratory tests and take radiographs
Operate and maintain hospital equipment, including EKG, fluid pump, syringe pump, scales, anesthetic monitors, and machines, etc.
Fill prescriptions, calculate and administer medications, maintain proper documentation, logging, and security of controlled drugs.
Feed patients as prescribed by the attending doctor or as the client has requested; record appetites; recognize and report any unusual conditions or abnormal behaviors
Communicate in a positive manner with clients and ensure that they feel comfortable leaving their pet(s)
Educate clients about insurance, wellness, and medicinal plans
Maintain the cleanliness of the hospital each day; clean equipment, kennels, and facilities using chemicals and supplies; ensure the safe use of chemicals; complete laundry
Bath and care for patients who stay overnight; ensure that every animal released is clean and properly groomed prior to their release
Adhere to the hospital’s safety and wellness regulations
Understand and carry out oral and written directions
Maintain accurate medical records
Show up for work regularly; full-time presence at work is essential for every shift
Promote hospital products and services and support the organization
Respond respectfully with urgency to directions given by Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVT).
Perform any other duties as assigned by the Manager; may have other assigned duties if working in a specialty area (i.e., dentistry, surgery, emergency, radiology, cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, etc.)


High school diploma or equivalent
One or more years’ experience in a veterinary environment successfully performing all of the duties of this position
Vet Tech (VTNE) Certification preferred
Experience with surgical monitoring, radiology, dental prophylaxis, and client education preferred
May consider an equivalent combination of education, certification, training, and/or experience

Position Requirements:

Maintains current knowledge in the field of expertise and actively seeks opportunities for continuing education and skill improvement.
Ability to restrain animals, fill prescriptions, and monitor sedation procedures
Ability to work with or around sick animals, potentially hazardous materials, cleaning chemicals, gas anesthetics, zoonotic diseases, and unpleasant odors
Requires knowledge of hospital procedures, policies, and services; client and patient treatment protocols; hospital computer systems; and the standard procedures, records, and terminology used in a veterinary hospital.
Must be flexible with scheduling and able to work some weekends and holidays
Depending on the functional area of assignment, tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation and/or extended periods of time standing and/or walking.
This is a strenuous job that requires a lot of lifting, cleaning, and constant motion. May involve some climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling
Some tasks involve the periodic performance of moderately physically demanding work, usually involving lifting or carrying moderately heavy animals (up to 50 pounds)

Additional Information:

The list of essential functions, as outlined in this job description, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of any job function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

Pay Range

$22—$26 USD

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