Veterinary Assistant
Job Details
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Bellevue - Bellevue, WA
Full Time
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Health Care
Description

POSITION SUMMARY:  Responsible for daily care of all shelter animals and surgical patients, assisting Veterinarians and Licensed Veterinary Technicians with pre-, peri-, and post-operative care of patients, general cleaning, and following patient care protocols.

 

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:  Works closely with Veterinarians, Licensed Veterinary Technicians, other staff, and volunteers.

 

KEY OR ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Know basic veterinary concepts
  • Knowledge and ability to intake and release patients, including delivering and relaying important information in a friendly and competent manner
  • Communicate in a professional and effective manner with the public, Seattle Humane Staff, and all volunteers
  • Represent Seattle Humane in a professional and courteous manner at all times
  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures
  • Animal husbandry duties including: cleaning, feeding, watering, medicating and monitoring all animals in the veterinary clinic to maintain high standards of veterinary care. 
  • Responsible for prepping patients for surgery
  • General duties in the Veterinary Clinic, assisting with movement of patients, recovery of patients, and general flow
  • Ensure accurate paperwork procedures are followed each day
  • Able to respond appropriately during an emergency, able to take directions from a Veterinarian or Licensed Veterinary Technician and maintain competency during CPR procedures
  • Able to work independently taking care of patients and provide proper medical care as assigned by a Veterinarian
  • Able to work closely with all department and communicate effectively the medical needs of shelter animals
  • Works closely with volunteers in the department and related programs and provides support and training as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned
Qualifications

Minimum age: 18 years

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION OR TRAINING:

  • Animal health and behavior
  • Low Stress animal handling skills as related to a clinic/shelter environment
  • Must be able to read, write, listen and communicate effectively
  • Experience in the animal welfare or veterinary field preferred

 

LICENSES/CERTIFICAITON REQUIRED:

  • Must have high school diploma or GED

 

ANIMAL HANDLING:

  • Will be asked to handle up to 40 dogs and cats per day
  • Able to learn characteristics of animal behavior
  • Able to learn and use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals
  • Should be able to identify personal limitations and be willing to ask for help
  • Become proficient at animal restraint for various procedures

 

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to work standing or sitting for 10 or more hours
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly with assistance
  • Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly
  • Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
  • Must be able to use a ladder and step stool
  • Must have an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers

 

EMOTIONAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENT

 

  • Must be able to work efficiently under stressful conditions
  • Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately process information
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

 

POTENTIAL AND PROLONGED EXPOSURES

 

  • Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions
  • Potential exposure to formalin solution
  • Potential/prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
  • Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades
  • Potential exposure to X-ray

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

 

The operations of an animal shelter and veterinary clinic can be a high stress environment at times.  This position is scheduled for 40 hours per week scheduled over four 10 hour shifts.  The Shelter and Veterinary Clinic are open 7 days per week and on holidays.  Candidate must be flexible with schedule.

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