PAWS has a large and diverse caseload of in-house, foster, and client-owned animals who need a dedicated, compassionate, and versatile person to care for their daily needs. The ideal candidate has experience assisting veterinarians in clinic appointments, is outgoing, patient, and a strong communicator with clients and coworkers.
Veterinary assistants are integral members of PAWS’ medical team, being key players in our low-cost Wellness Clinics, and our veterinarians’ right-hand helpers. Veterinary assistants interact regularly with the public and owned pets, as well as foster parents and shelter animals, and must strive to provide excellent customer service and positive experiences for these individuals at all times. Veterinary assistants must treat people and animals with respect and foster a spirit of teamwork.
- Handle and restrain pets visiting the clinic in a safe, effective and humane manner, including larger and possibly untrained or fearful animals.
- Assist veterinarians and collaborate with other veterinary technicians to perform daily medical tasks.
- Gather histories on clinic clients for the clinic veterinarian, with an eye for detail.
- Prepare medications and other treatments for clinic clients at the direction of the clinic veterinarian and assist the veterinarian with discharging clinic clients.
- Communicate respectfully and patiently with clinic clients about PAWS clinic procedures and their pet's health.
- Perform and accurately record examinations, vaccinations, and medical treatments for publicly owned and shelter animals under the direction of veterinarians using PAWS’ record keeping systems.
- Administer first aid treatments and medications to sick and injured animals.
- Perform or prepare laboratory tests and diagnostics including fungal cultures, fecal flotations, cytologies, blood smears, and digital radiographs.
- Admit and release animals in a responsive, courteous, and tactful manner, and communicate pertinent medical information to volunteers, staff, and the public.
- Participate in job related trainings and professional development activities.
Required Skills and Qualities:
- Minimum of one year of experience working in a shelter, animal hospital, and/or private veterinary practice.
- Minimum of two years of experience working in a general practice or wellness clinic setting, with experience taking histories and discharging pets.
- Ability to read, write and understand English.
- Computer proficient in Microsoft office.
- Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
- Flexibility, maturity, and ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
- The ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations, and to turn people down, firmly when necessary, without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.
- High school diploma or equivalent is required.
- Post-secondary education in the veterinary sciences field preferred but not required.
- Positions are available at both PAWS clinics (Northeast and Grays Ferry). Ability to work at both locations preferred but not required.
- PAWS is open seven days a week. A minimum of 8 hours per day is required. Daily schedule may vary according to the needs of the organization.
How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.