Veterinary Assistant, Black River Veterinary Hospital (Chester)

Job Title: Veterinary Assistant, Black River Veterinary Hospital (Chester)
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PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Veterinary Assistant supports the veterinarians, practice manager, technicians and receptionists in all duties of the hospital. Ensure a comfortable and sanitary environment for all patients. Responsible for care of hospitalized patients including keeping all wards and kennels properly cleaned and disinfected, exercising, feeding, laundry. General cleaning of public and employee areas to maintain clean, odor-free, and attractive environment. Clean exams rooms after each visit and preparing for the next client and patient. Ensure supplies are always available and adequately stocked. Prepare and sanitize surgery suites. Properly and safely restrain patients, reliably and with compassion to prepare for procedures performed by technicians and/or doctors. Is conscious of patient comfort needs. Observe patients throughout the day for signs of illness, parasites and disease control, assessment of change in patient status. Report any abnormalities or concerns to the veterinarian in charge. Communicate with pet owners using a professional, cheerful, and helpful attitude, using knowledge of preventative health care recommendations to accurately answer questions and relay doctor's information. Assist receptionists with out-patients, boarding and hospitalized patients from admission to discharge with clerical and administrative work, including knowledge of patient folders, vaccine schedules, proper phone call etiquette, and other front desk procedures. Performs in-house laboratory tests, complete forms for out sourced laboratory tests, accurately file laboratory reports and clean up laboratory area. Under direction of veterinarian, administer oral medications. Assist with nail trimming, ear cleaning, client education, filling prescriptions and computer transaction entry during office hours or treatment times. Assist in inventory procedures. Assist in radiology. Follow OSHA regulations. Perform other duties as assigned.

Regular attendance and timeliness are an essential function in order to fulfill the requirements of this position. Strong communication and client service skills. Ability to work with clients and patients in a professional, friendly, hospitable manner. Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the practice philosophy. Perform general physical activities that require bending, standing, stooping, moving from room to room, sit, talk, and listen; may be required to walk or stand for long periods of time; will use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms. Frequently lift, carry and handle dogs weighing 50 lbs. High school diploma or equivalent required. Accredited Veterinary Assistant (AVA) certification preferred but not required.

Salary: $14.00 - $17.00 per hour

Benefits:  Health insurance, paid time off

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