Veterinary Assistant

Job Description & Responsibilities

JOB TITLE:    Veterinary Assistant

Job Relationships:    Reports to: Lead Veterinary Technician

Works closely with attending veterinarian(s).

 Job Summary:    Responsible for assisting veterinarians/veterinary technicians in the daily care of all surgical patients and following general cleaning protocols.


Patient Care:

  1. Restrain patients during initial exams, anesthesia induction, and intubation.
  2. Preparation of patient for surgery in a sterile manner.
  3. Carry patients from prep table, to surgery, to the beach, and to their cage in an appropriate and safe manner.
  4. Monitor patients during every phase including; induction, prep, surgery and recovery periods.
  5. Provide food, water, and medication to patients as instructed.
  6. Record medical information on daily logs as needed.
  7. Administer fluids or drugs as instructed.

General Cleaning Protocols:

  1. Scrub instruments and prepare packs for autoclaving.
  2. Stock and clean prep area and surgery suite.
  3. Disinfect carriers, traps, equipment, and holding cages.
  4. Vacuum, sweep, and mop floors daily.
  5. Wash, dry, and fold pack and kennel laundry.
  6. Maintain a clean and safe work environment at all times.

Required Interpersonal skills:

  • Unconditional Regard: Ability to keep interactions with clients, partners, supporters, and staff professional and positive at all times. Able to defer judgment of others; creating a safe, empowering, and successful relationship.
  • Positive Attitude: Ability to communicate clearly and work as a team in a positive manner, even when stressed.
  • Time Management: Ability to work well in a fast paced environment, maintain stamina, and prioritize multiple tasks appropriately.
  • Confidentiality: Able to keep all information regarding our patients, clients, organizational partners, and supporters confidential.
  • Mission-oriented: Support and advocate for our mission, understanding the urgency in which we need to act and knowing it’s vital to our success.

Required Professional Skills:

  • Ability to interpret animal’s body language and react accordingly.
  • Ability to restrain dogs, cats and other small animals.
  • Familiar with and understanding of feral/fractious cat behavior.
  • Able to learn how to administer SQ, IM, IT and IV drugs


Client Interactions:     

  • Must be able to learn basic veterinary medical and surgical concepts such as: vaccine protocols, anesthetic risk factors, and surgery recovery process.
  • Collect patient’s history.
  • Able to explain basic care to owners and repeat medical information relayed by a veterinarian.


Patient Interactions:

  • Should always demonstrate good judgment when interacting with patients.
  • Will be expected to implement the use of safety equipment when needed to ensure the safety of all people and the patient.
  • Must be able to adjust your body and tone of voice to establish a positive rapport with the patient.
  • Should always consider the stress level of the patient and accommodate to lessen it.
  • Respect every surgical patient and the value of their life.
  • Must be able to detect a slight change in the patient and adjust your restraint accordingly.
  • Able to participate/perform CPR in an emergency situation.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work standing for 8 or more hours.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly without assistance.
  • Must be able to lift more than 50 pounds repeatedly with assistance.
  • Must be agile: able to kneel, bend, climb a ladder, and maneuver in tight spaces.
  • Must have the stamina to work quickly for 8 or more hours.
  • Must be able to work in temperature extremes.

Emotional/Mental Requirements:

  • Must be able to work efficiently and effectively in a quick paced, high stress environment.
  • Must be able to respond quickly and remain calm in an emergency situation.
  • Must be able to assess a situation, recognize the need for assistance and ask for help.
  • Must be understanding of a patient’s behavior during recovery.
  • Must be accepting of a patient’s death either due to surgical complications or euthanasia.