Veterinary Assistant Job Description
This position is primarily responsible for: (1) Performing daily medical treatments to the animals; (2) Giving initial vaccinations at the time of intake to the shelter; (3) Performing/assisting with initial intake examinations; (4) Performing and scheduling exams for animals in foster care; (5) Assisting in surgery; (6) Preparing surgical equipment, surgical packs, and supplies for use in surgery (7) Following up on the animals care, including giving booster vaccinations and deworming, re-treating ear mites, etc; (8) Assisting veterinary staff with keeping track of the animals medical care, and putting animals on the veterinary check list if they reported to be sick, injured, if they are not responding to the current medical treatment that is being provided; (9) Assisting with the humane euthanasia of animals, and eventually becoming euthanasia certified to perform humane euthanasia
To perform daily medical treatments to the animals in our care. This includes giving injections, giving topical and oral medications, medicated baths/dips, monitoring patients on IV fluids, and providing medical care to the animals as directed by the vet staff. This also includes checking the daily medical concerns from the volunteers as noted in the binders (PAC cat wing) and (PAC dog wing)
To monitor the animals currently being treated daily, and record the findings on the animals treatment sheet.
To communicate any concerns regarding the animals medical care. There is a veterinary check list where concerns will be addressed by a vet on a daily basis.
To give initial vaccinations at the time of the animals intake into the shelter. Vet assistants are expected to check for new animals throughout the day and give the vaccinations as soon as possible.
To assist with the appropriate placement of animals coming in to the shelter, and animals already in our care, that may be sick/contagious to other animals. Vet assistants are expected to move sick animals into the appropriate isolation area as soon as possible, or alert a veterinarian for assistance if there may be a more serious illness or serious contagious disease.
To perform/assist with basic initial intake examinations. This includes giving vaccinations (except Rabies vaccine-that is to be given by a vet or vet tech), drawing blood for FeLV, heartworm testing, and running those tests. Giving the appropriate dewormer, flea treatment, and ear mite treatment. Write any concerns on the vet check list. Write any animals that are ready for surgery on the surgery schedule. Write animals that are medically cleared on the behavior evaluation list. Communicate with the rest of the staff by labeling cage cards with information regarding that animal.
To perform examinations on animals in foster care, provide the appropriate vaccinations, treatments, and schedule surgery when the animals are ready to come back to the shelter. This includes assisting foster parents with illness regarding their foster pets, using the protocols provided, and scheduling vet checks with a doctor if needed.
To provide booster vaccinations, deworming, ear mite treatments on a regular basis. This includes the mall Annex location.
To assist in surgery as needed (see surgery assistant job description)
To prepare surgical equipment, surgery packs and supplies as needed for use in surgery.
To monitor the weights of the animals in the shelter on a weekly basis and report concerns to the vet staff.
To enter data into Petpoint as needed.
To transport samples to the Cornell diagnostic lab.
To transport animals for medical care as needed or to offsite adoption locations as needed.
To assist with the humane euthanasia of animals as needed. This position does require that the vet assistant be willing to become euthanasia certified to perform euthanasia as needed.