Veterinary Assistant

Treatment · WASHINGTON, North Carolina
Department Treatment
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Veterinary Assistants must possess good critical thinking and problem-solving skills, patience, attention to detail, compassion, a positive attitude, excellent communication skills and teamwork skills. Multi-tasking and accepting constructive criticism are essential.



  • Basic restraint of canines and felines
  • Cleaning cages
  • Walking and feeding patients
  • Restocking products and supplies
  • Cleaning exam rooms
  • Preparing charts; drawing up vaccines and labeling proper sample tubes
  • Assisting clients and pets into the exam room and brining the patients to the treatment room for samples
  • Vaccine and blood testing knowledge: Snaps/Geriatric Profiles/Fecal test/Vaccines
  • Answering phones in a polite and professional manner
  • Using the practice management system (Cornerstone) for ordering blood tests, basic price checks, taking and saving photos, and scheduling appointments
  • Filling medications
  • Working with patients: trimming/filing nails, cleaning ears, drawing blood from felines and canines, taking fecal samples, taking temperatures, and giving vaccinations
  • Running lab work: Geriatric Profiles, reading fecal samples, ear stains/checking for ear mites, urinalysis 
  • Releasing patients/explaining home care after specific to different procedures
  • Calling owners with updates/lab results
  • Assisting with invasive surgeries such as spay/neuter, dentals, growth removal, wound repair, hematomas, 
  • Drug/product inventory
  • Product knowledge: Flea/Tick/Heartworm preventions, dewormers, general products


Skills and Knowledge

  • Apply knowledge and skills in controlling and handling individual animal temperament
  • Ability to gain animal confidence when restraining them for transport, grooming and/or treatment
  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint
  • Ability to use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency
  • Ability to perform moderate physical labor
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as accept direction on given assignments. Understand and carry out oral and written direction



Physical Qualifications


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job.


  • Regularly required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, work in a bent position
  • Frequently use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms
  • Use strength or agility in capturing and restraining stronger, more active animals
  • Often lift and/or move up to 30 pounds


This job description does not necessarily cover every task or duty that might be assigned. There may be additional responsibilities assigned as necessary.

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    WASHINGTON, North Carolina
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