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Job Description: Veterinary Assistant

General Job Description:

The Veterinary Assistant will assist the veterinarian in all tasks pertaining to the health and wellbeing of the animals being cared for at the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County and its medically related off site events.  They will be responsible for the maintaining of the hospital area, interacting with client’s, foster parents, and members of the public regarding issues pertaining to veterinary care of the animals.  

Job Requirements/Skills/Physical Demands

An employee in this position must have at minimum two years’ experience in the veterinary assistant field, have a strong desire to work with animals, show great compassion for their care, be able to recognize signs of basic illness and injury in animals, be able to work in a high stress environment, be able to handle and work with scared and aggressive animals, be able to stand and work on their feet for 6-8 hours a day, have great organizational skills, understand basic computer word processing and data management software, read and write in English, be able to lift dogs up to 50 pounds to chest height, be able to walk dogs up to 100 pounds safely, and be able to easily interact and work with various different departments in the Pantry.

Essential Duties

    • Help create and maintain records of all animals that are seen through the veterinary program
    • Induce and maintain animals under anesthesia under the supervision of the veterinarian
    • Check in and check out animals that are presented for medical/surgical procedures
    • Prep animals for surgery
    • Monitor animals during surgery and recovery
    • Draw blood for basic testing purposes
    • Restrain animals for procedures/exams
    • Help schedule appointments for the spay/neuter service
    • Assist in vaccine clinics
    • Administer oral, injectable, and topical medications to animals
    • Maintain inventory of medical supplies and order supplies as needed
    • Keep the surgical suite clean and organized
    • Assist the public and foster parents with basic medical concerns of their animals
    • Maintain any drug logs
    • Fill prescriptions for animals and properly label medication containers/vials
    • Assist in the carrying out of feral cat TNR clinics
    • Vaccinate animals under supervision of the veterinarian
    • Use proper cleaning protocols to sanitize cages
  • Other duties as assigned,

Reports To

Medical Director and/or President

Job Description: Animal Care & Front Desk Assistant

General Job Description:

The Animal Care & Front Desk Assistant will keep cages of animals in the building clean to the standards of the Rescue Director. They will follow proper cleaning protocols and ensure fresh food and water is available for every animal. They will also ensure that animals that are being treated for a condition, receive their proper medication. After cages are cleaned, it will be the job of the Animal Care and Front Desk Assistant to be sure the room is cleaned and restocked of supplies. After the cleaning and caring for the animals is complete, the Animal Care and Front Desk Assistant will assist with answering and returning phone calls, scheduling appointments, answering general questions, and covering the front desk position as needed. 

Job Requirements/Skills/Physical Demands

An employee in this position must have a strong desire to work with animals, show great compassion for their care, be able to recognize signs of basic illness and injury in animals, be able to work in a high stress environment, be able to handle and work with scared and aggressive animals, be able to work in a team with volunteers to get tasks completed, be able to stand and work on their feet for several hours a day, have great organizational skills, have excellent customer service skills, understand basic computer, word processing and data management software, read and write in English, and be able to easily interact and work with various different departments in the Pantry.

Essential Duties

    • Use the proper cleaning protocols to sanitize cages, bowls, etc
    • Administer oral, injectable, and topical medications to animals
    • Recognize signs of basic illness and injury in animals
    • Answer/Return phone calls to give general information to the public
    • Help schedule appointments for the spay/neuter service
    • Manage transactions for the thrift shop/etc at the front desk
  • Other duties as assigned,

Reports To

Rescue Director and/or President