Veterinary Assistant

Grand Rapids, MI
Full Time

Job Overview & Purpose: The purpose of the Emergency Veterinary Assistant is to provide high quality medical support and nursing care to companion animal patients.  In addition, this position is responsible for the general oversight and workflow efficiency of the hospital and client/patient services, especially during the overnight hours in absence of hospital management personnel. A veterinary assistant is non-state licensed supportive role to the veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Responsibilities and Duties:
Technical Duties, 90%:
  • Assist veterinarians in the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery
  • Proficient IV catheter placement
  • Proficient and accurate drug calculations and administration
  • Quality nursing and husbandry care of patients
  • Strong working knowledge of veterinary procedures and pharmacology
  • Perform in-hospital lab testing and prepare specimens for outside labs
  • Perform and/or participate in all other diagnostics such as radiology, ultrasound, ECG, BP and glucose monitoring
  • Assist veterinarians in outpatient exams by taking histories, vital signs and weights as well as providing client education
  • Provide nursing care for in-hospital patients including all DVM requested treatments, diagnostics and medications
  • Accurately and completely record all treatments
  • Conduct pre-admission exams and discharge hospitalized patients
  • Perform client callbacks as necessary
  • Maintain legally defensible medical records in cooperation with veterinarians
  • Actively engages in nursing rounds
    • Rounds delivered/received at shift changes, anytime a staff member comes/leaves
    • Rounds will be complete, detailed and relative to patient & client care

Examinations & Triage
  • Prepare and maintain exam rooms (cleanliness and stocking of supplies)
  • Assist veterinarians in exam rooms by taking patients’ history, vital signs and weight; preparing medications; and assisting with medical records
  • Collect samples and perform a variety of in-house diagnostic tests
  • Fill prescriptions per veterinarians’ instructions
  • Educate clients about medication instructions and administration
  • Perform admission exams for patients being hospitalized, including weight, vital signs
  • Perform pre-anesthetic exams on surgery patients if the veterinarian has not already assessed patients
  • Discharge patients as requested; review discharge instructions
  • Responsible for in-hospital lab testing such as intestinal parasite screens, pre-anesthetic testing, senior screens, complete blood count, urinalysis, heartworm, tick-borne diseases, Feline Leukemia, FIV, cytology, etc.
  • Collect and prepare samples for both in-house and outside laboratories
  • Report diagnostic testing results to veterinarians
  • Maintain quality controls and record keeping on in-house lab equipment
  • Complete proper sample preparation and paperwork for outside diagnostic laboratory tests

  • Perform treatments noted on treatment board and in medical records (hospitalized patients, surgeries)
  • Assist veterinarians with daily treatments
  • Monitor intensive care patients
  • Provide nursing and husbandry care
  • Facilitate patient radiographs
  • Record x-rays in log and medical records; attach digital images to the patient record
  • Use and maintain IV pumps

  • Set up the surgical area
  • Keep surgical materials stocked
  • Prepare gown and surgical packs
  • Check oxygen lines and waste gas scavenger system; turn off scavenger system after surgical procedures are completed
  • Prepare instruments; knowledge of surgical instruments required for specific surgeries
  • Prepare patient for surgery including pre-op medications, induction/intubation and surgery prep
  • Monitor anesthesia utilizing equipment such as pulse oximeter and electrocardiogram
  • Maintain anesthesia machine
  • Assist veterinarian performing surgery
  • Monitor patients through anesthesia recovery
  • Ensure the cleaning of the surgery suite and surgical instruments after each procedure following hospital sterilization protocols
  • Keep accurate anesthesia/surgical medical records
  • Ensure hospital patients go home well-groomed and in an appropriate medical state; remove catheters
Medical Records
  • Update medical records with progress notes
  • Communicate with doctors and technicians through notations in medical records
  • Record information for hospitalized patients including:
    • Daily status each time a technician touches a patient, with initials, time, procedures and observations
    • Hospitalized procedures such as surgeries, radiographs and dentistry
    • Pre-surgical exam findings, anesthesia risk
    • Time anesthesia begins, ends and how many minutes
    • Suture material, suture pattern; incision location and size; veterinarian’s surgical notes
    • Lab test results
    • Injections, medications, fluid therapy, pain management
    • Note homecare instructions given to and reviewed with client
    • Create estimates/treatment plans
    • Collect signatures on consent forms and estimates/treatment plans

Housekeeping Duties, 5%:
  • Maintain cleanliness of surgery suite, treatment area and exams rooms for all surfaces, including lights, tables, cabinets, walls and floors
  • Maintain equipment cleanliness and longevity by vacuuming pet hair from keyboards, wheels and equipment
  • Vacuum computer keyboards in treatment area, lab/pharmacy and exam rooms
  • Clean glass windows and doors in surgery suite, treatment area and exam rooms
  • Sweep and mop floors in surgery suite, exam rooms and treatment area
  • Keep food and drinks out of treatment area and surgery suite
  • Discard syringes in proper containers
  • Empty trash
  • Clean water and food bowls for hospitalized pets
  • Clean cages and bedding for hospitalized pets
  • Organize radiology gowns, gloves and badges, making sure they are neatly hung or stored
  • Scrub and polish sinks
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards in the surgery suite, treatment area and exam rooms
  • Clean cages
  • Do laundry

Administrative Duties, 3%:
  • Log controlled drugs
  • Assist with inventory physical count
  • Know how to use the inventory module in our veterinary practice-management software
  • Restock shelves and drawers in exam rooms and treatment area
  • Follow OSHA requirements
  • Follow practice’s health and safety protocols
  • Utilize Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Be proficient in using our veterinary practice-management software
  • Assist receptionists as necessary
  • Attend staff and department meetings as available and needed

Client Services, 2%
  • Answer incoming phone calls; respond with appropriate information; encourage patient exam/evaluation
  • Greet incoming clients/patients; facilitate medical record paperwork/computer entry
  • Create estimates for services
  • Admit/discharge patients
  • Collect fees/deposits
  • Fax outgoing paperwork as necessary to rDVMs
  • Receive incoming faxes and distribute as necessary

Teamwork:  defined as “Cooperative effort by the members of a group to achieve a common goal and/or outcome.”
  • Participates in a positive manner in all group sizes.
  • Refrains from participating in gossip.
  • Supports team members by assisting other areas, is receptive to feedback and suggestions.
  • Engages in active problem-solving vs. problem-identifying.
  • Makes suggestions related to client/patient service improvements and hospital efficiency.

  • Standard veterinary medical equipment associated with exam room use.
  • eZyvet computer software and system
  • Laboratory equipment and tests
  • Veterinary diagnostic equipment

  • Experience equivalent to job duties and responsibilities
  • Excellent veterinary nursing and technical skills
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong ability to multi-task, delegate and oversee daily workflow
  • Strong working knowledge of veterinary medicine – primary and emergency care
  • Strong work ethic and professionalism

  • Able to properly restrain dog and cat patients for veterinary care and procedures
  • Able to stand, sit, bend, restrain, squat for extended periods of time
  • Able to function within a busy, stressful work environment in a mature, professional manner
  • Able to lift 60 lbs in a safe manner
  • Able to type, write and verbally converse
  • Able to work the posted schedule

  • Full time
  • 3/12's
  • Overnights, 7pm-7am
  • Starting at $17/hr
  • Our pay ranges are primarily determined by role, level, and location. The range provided for each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for the position. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.
 **NVA and AEH management reserves the right to change the job requirements as necessary to meet the operational needs of the hospital, clients and patients.** 
If you are qualified and interested in applying for this position, please submit your application and resume. Feel free to email your resume along with your question(s) to [email protected] with any questions and I will be happy to help!

NVA Compassion-First is now Ethos Veterinary Health

We are excited to announce Ethos Veterinary Health as our new name. Ethos is the new, industry-leading community of legacy Ethos Veterinary Health, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, SAGE Veterinary Centers, and legacy NVA Specialty and Emergency hospitals. This powerful new community brings together a dynamic network of ~145 hospitals, an unmatched team of experts, cutting-edge technology, and an unwavering commitment to the advancement of the animal health profession and better patient outcomes.

Our commitments to the industry, the profession, our teammates, and our patients, will not change, and in fact will be stronger than ever, as we forge new ground as this new dynamic community.

Ethos Veterinary Health offers a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, a 401k with employer match, and paid time off (including sick time) for all eligible employees.  The team can provide more information about compensation and benefits for your specific location during the process.  For positions based in Colorado, Ethos Veterinary Health provides eligible employees with paid sick and safe leave and public health emergency leave in accordance with the requirements of Colorado's Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.
 Ethos Veterinary Health 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, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, and any other state or local hiring regulations, we will consider for employment any qualified applicant, including those with arrest and conviction records, in a manner consistent with the applicable regulation.



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