Posted on: November 21, 2022
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The purpose of this position inherently involves providing
excellent medical care to our Vetco Total Care full-service
hospital patients and phenomenal customer care to their owners. The
Veterinary Assistant represents the mission and values to all
clients. Our Veterinary Assistants set the tone for the technical
and customer support in the hospital, and are responsible, like all
team members, for fostering cohesion and motivation within the
All hospital staff are responsible for performing their duties in a
way that creates an environment in which:
- The patients needs always come first.
- Every team member understands that they have the power to do
what it takes to create an exceptional customer experience.
- contentious issues are dealt with and resolved as they occur
when possible, or as soon as is possible.
- exceptional teamwork and commitment to shared goals benefits
the entire organization.
Essential Job Functions
List the essential duties and responsibilities that are required of
this position. This section includes the primary accountabilities
or duties of the job. The incumbent must be able to perform all the
following duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable
- Greet clients and patients arriving for appointments and escort
them into an exam room, obtain weight and vital signs (temperature,
pulse, respirations) and record the electronic medical record.
Veterinary Assistants will collect thorough patient histories and
document the patient visit in the EMRs.
- Assist doctors with appointments (routine and emergency),
surgery, dentistry, and euthanasia, under supervision from the
veterinarian credentialed veterinary technician, , HOM and
- Perform patient restraint, obtain and process laboratory
samples, handle and dispense medications at the direction of the
veterinarian and help maintain the electronic medical record.
- Schedule appointments, provide client education, relay test
results to doctor and clients, and maintain and update
- Help prepare patients for surgical and dental procedures and
assist doctor and/or veterinary technician in anesthetizing
patients. Under supervision of the veterinarian and/or veterinary
technician, assistants will maintain patients safely under
anesthesia while monitoring vital parameters, help monitor patients
during recovery and prepare them for hospital discharge or transfer
to an overnight care facility.
- Under supervision of the veterinarian and/or veterinary
technician, perform in-hospital treatments for sick patients
including giving injectable and oral medications as well as
intravenous fluid therapy; keep patients clean, watered, and fed
(when indicated and directed by doctor), safely walk canine
patients when necessary for elimination.
- Under direction of the HOM/HLOD, assist in the training of new
staff members and general dissemination of knowledge as
- Keep hospital environment neat and clean; perform regular
cleaning of environment based on necessity as well as based on a
pre-determined maintenance schedule.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
- Perform additional duties as assigned
- Provide backup phone and front desk support as needed
Nature of Supervision
In all activities related to the care of individual patients, the
incumbent will take direct supervision from the veterinarians as
well as the Veterinary Technician. For purposes of overall
supervision, the incumbent takes direction from the HOM/HLOD or
from the supervising technician for the shift.
Planning and Problem Solving
Like all team members, the Veterinary Assistant plays a crucial
role in ensuring that day-to-day operation of the hospital is
efficient and provides an optimal experience for our patients and
This position will impact the organization by contributing to the
growth of productive practice while focusing on a high-quality
standard of care. From an overall hospital organizational
standpoint, this position in critical to ensuring that we have a
cohesive, well-trained, and motivated technical team. The desired
end-result is the creation of an optimal environment that ensures
employee retention, patient well-being, and customer
This position has no immediate supervisory duties.
- Preferred to have at least 1-year previous experience working
in veterinary practice or sufficient relatable animal care
experience to ensure excellent performance at the above-listed
- Must have excellent written and verbal communication
- Must be compassionate and sympathetic, and be able to maintain
a professional attitude and demeanor during emotional and stressful
- Must have telephone and computer skills
- Must be a team player willing to learn new techniques and
treatments, offer creative ideas, and accept change
The majority of job duties are conducted in the Veterinary
Hospital. Position requires bending, kneeling, lifting (up to 30
pounds, as necessary) and standing for long periods of time. A
large amount of this partners time will be spent in direct contact
with clients and their pets.
This position will regularly communicate with clients, veterinary
specialists, and companies that provide products and/or services
that the practice utilizes.
Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected
veteran status, or any other protected classification.
The pay range(s) below are provided in compliance with state
specific laws. Pay ranges may be different in other locations.
$15.50 - $25.00
Exact rate of pay will be based on position and experience level.by
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