Veterinarian Assistant


Job Description: Veterinary Assistant

Position Description:

Reporting directly to the Shelter & Spay/Neuter Clinic Veterinarian, the Veterinary Assistant will work with and assist a small surgery team led by our Veterinarian to support the Society’s Spay/Neuter program and provide Shelter Medicine to animals in care, when necessary. The Veterinary Assistant will provide comprehensive preventive medicine services, including spay/neuter preparation and recovery/vaccination/micro-chips/anti-parasitic treatments, and general out-patient medical & surgical services.


Client Services and Humane Education is also a key component of the Veterinary Assistant, providing intake and discharge services for Clinic patients and Education to Pet Parents. Client Services include but are not limited to:


  • Providing quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff
  • Providing in-person and telephone services to clients and answer inquiries
  • Actively promoting spay/neuter and educating clients on responsible animal ownership
  • Representing the clinic in a professional and courteous manner at all times
  • Receiving payments and preparing invoices for services
  • Performing thorough patient intake/discharge


General Duties

The general duties of the Veterinary Assistant are as follows:

  • Perform daily cleaning of kennels and cages
  • Stock prep and operating room and notify Controller Shelter Operations or designate if stock becomes low
  • Spot clean throughout the day
  • Clean prep room and operating room at the end of the day
  • Wash and sterilize all surgical packs throughout the day
  • Other duties as assigned



Patient Care Duties

The Patient Care duties of the Veterinary Assistant are as follows

  • Provide excellent patient care
  • Assist veterinarians in surgery as needed
  • Maintain all necessary drug logs, surgery logs, radiograph logs, and patient records
  • Stay current in knowledge of emergency drugs and protocols
  • Administer animal vaccinations, tests, medications and treatments as directed
  • Monitor patients during surgery and recovery time
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

The Job Requirements of the Veterinary Assistant are as follows:

  • Must be comfortable handling cats and dogs
  • Must be able to learn characteristics of animal behaviour (e.g. be able to identify aggression or fear)
  • Must be able to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals (will train)
  • The use of safety equipment is mandatory
  • Must possess excellent reflexes
  • Should be able to identify own limitations and be willing to ask for help
  • Must become proficient at animal restraint for various procedures


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 hours or more
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help
  • Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly


Emotional/Mental Requirements

  • Must be able to work efficiently and effectively under stressful conditions
  • Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)
  • Must be able to cope with death, due to either surgical complications or euthanasia
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately process information
  • Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
  • Ability to make decisions
  • Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm


Potential and Prolonged Exposures

  • Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions including, but not limited to:
    • Dish soap
    • Chlorhexidine
    • Iodine solution
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Isopropyl alcohol
    • Ultrasonic cleaner
  • Potential exposure to sharps (e.g. needles and surgical blades)
  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases
  • Potential exposure to formalin solution
  • Potential/prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
  • Prolonged exposure to cleaners and bleach
  • Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam


Education Requirements


  • Must be willing to proceed with enrolling in the Registered Veterinary Technician course on line and complete such course within a three year time frame at own cost.
    • To be reimbursed after completion of certification with certain commitments