The Veterinary Assistant is responsible for various aspects of the animal patient care process. They assist doctors with physical examinations, provide assistance to the client service representatives, and help veterinary technicians position patients for and process radiographs, prepare patients for surgery, provide nursing and comfort care, and perform treatments or basic laboratory diagnostic tests. Veterinary assistants must build positive, respectful relationships with clients and staff members. Listed below, but not limited to, are the job duties of the Veterinary Assistant.
General Knowledge and Tasks (in part)
Admit and discharge patients to/from the hospital.
Record doctors’ and technicians’ notes in patients’ computer records or on paper records.
Check files for completeness of notes, charges, callbacks, and reminders before refiling. Ensure that records include current laboratory tests, procedure results, current patients’ weights, immunizations, diagnoses, and treatments.
Measure and record each patient’s weight, temperature, pulse rate, and respiratory rate.
Answer questions and educate clients about basic pet care and procedures including nutrition; internal and external parasite control; immunization protocols; the administration of topical, oral, otic, and ophthalmic medications; spay and neuter procedures; and behavior and training.
Clean and straighten exam rooms to prepare for incoming patients. Spray disinfectant on exam tables, wipe them clean, and dry them. Remove sources of offensive odors; empty trash if necessary. Check floors, walls, doors, and counters, and sweep or clean them as needed to remove hair, body fluids, and dirt.
Using aseptic procedures, draw up vaccines and/or injections that doctors will administer.
Administer vaccines subcutaneously and intramuscularly. Follow the practice’s policies, the manufacturers’ directions, and AAFP guidelines for the placement of vaccines.
Dispose of used needles and syringes and other sharp objects as set forth by the practice’s policy and OSHA standards.
Perform suture removals, nail trims, and express anal glands.
Assist with routine exam-room procedures, such as venipunctures, skin scrapings, fine-needle aspirates, corneal stains, and ear treatments.
Lay out and/or set up instruments that doctors will use during ophthalmic, otic, oral, and/or skin examinations, as determined by the patients’ presenting complaints, prior to the doctors’ arrivals in rooms.
Have the physical strength and ability to stand for an entire shift when needed, and be able to lift, push and pull, pets and objects weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance. Assist in lifting patients weighing more than 50 pounds.
Associate is routinely exposed to a variety of pets that may bite or scratch, and on occasion, exposed to anesthesia, radiation, biological hazards and medication/controlled substances.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
have physical mobility and dexterity to frequently stand, walk, bend, push, twist, kneel, climb, squat, stoop, and reach overhead
Considerable mental/visual concentration, coordinating manual dexterity with mental/visual attention, requires good hand-eye coordination, arm-hand-finger dexterity with the ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard and operate equipment.
The noise level in the work environment is moderately high.
Must wear closed-toe shoes, gloves, and other protective items as required.
A consistent presence at work is required.
Must pass company required drug screen.
Job Type: Full-time
Paid time off
(Company benefits offered in accordance with company policy and according to plan documents)