Website Trinity Animal Hospital
The responsibilities of veterinary assistants vary considerably from one practice to another. In some situations, they may be assigned to assist only in the exam room or to assist only the veterinary technicians. More typically, though, they will divide their time between assisting the receptionists, helping doctors with physical examinations, dispensing medications, and helping 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, professional relationships with clients and staff members. Assistants should have completed or be in the process of completing their high school diplomas and must pursue significant on-the-job training.
General Knowledge and Tasks
- Give directions to the practice.
- Know the range of services the practice provides and the species it treats.
- Be reasonably familiar with breeds and coat colors.
- Follow OSHA standards. Be able to find Material Safety Data Sheets quickly.
- Know and use standard medical and business abbreviations.
- Use proper medical terminology when speaking and writing.
- Understand the life cycle and pathology of common parasites (intestinal parasites, heartworms, fleas, ticks), and know the names of most common preventatives, recommended treatments, and diagnostics.
- Be familiar with zoonotic (contagious) diseases, including their prevention and steps to reduce or eliminate transmission.
- Know the policies regarding provision of veterinary care, treatment of stray animals, deposits for hospitalized patients, payments, credit, pet health insurance, and finance fees.
- Competently speak and write the English language.
- Know vaccination protocols, requirements for boarding, standards and policies for potentially contagious animals and isolation procedures, radiology safety, and safe and gentle animal restraint.
- Always be in position and prepared to work by the start of each scheduled shift.
- Maintain accurate time clock function, and utilize time card adjustments as indicated.
- Observe the practice through the front door so that you see what clients see. Routinely pick up trash or feces from the parking lot, sidewalks, or entryway.
- Maintain a professional appearance while at work, including clean uniforms, pleasant odors, and no offensive body décor.
- Smile and maintain an even, friendly demeanor while on the job.
- Perform job tasks efficiently without rushing.
- Promote a positive attitude among staff.
- Handle stress and pressure with poise and tact.
- Be willing and available to stay late or through breaks, when needed, to assist with emergency or critical-care patients.
- Show respect for clients, team members, and animals (alive or deceased) at all times.
- Effectively promote preventive health care, nutrition, and pet health insurance to clients. Support what fellow staff members have said to clients.
- Have the physical strength and ability to stand for an entire shift when needed, and be able to lift pets and objects weighing up to 40 pounds without assistance. Assist in lifting patients weighing more than 40 pounds.
- Maintain a list of tasks and engage in productive work during slow periods.
- Assist other employees as needed. Avoid waiting for coworkers to ask for assistance.
Worksite City: Weaverville
Wages / Salary: DOE
Benefits: Health, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays
Number of hours/week: 35-40
Contract Status: Regular
Job closes on: 2020-09-25
Driver's License Required: Yes
FMCSA Medical Card Required:
Lifting requirement: up to 40 pounds
Education Level: Completed or be in the process of completing high school diploma