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The purpose of this position inherently involves providing excellent medical care to our Vetco Total Care full-service hospital patients and phenomenal customer care to their owners. The Veterinary Assistant represents the mission and values to all clients. Our Veterinary Assistants set the tone for the technical and customer support in the hospital, and are responsible, like all team members, for fostering cohesion and motivation within the practice.
All hospital staff are responsible for performing their duties in a way that creates an environment in which: • The patient’s needs always come first. • Every team member understands that they have the power to do what it takes to create an exceptional customer experience. • contentious issues are dealt with and resolved as they occur when possible, or as soon as is possible. • exceptional teamwork and commitment to shared goals benefits the entire organization.
Essential Job Functions List the essential duties and responsibilities that are required of this position. This section includes the primary accountabilities or duties of the job. The incumbent must be able to perform all the following duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation: • Greet clients and patients arriving for appointments and escort them into an exam room, obtain weight and vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations) and record the electronic medical record. Veterinary Assistants will collect thorough patient histories and document the patient visit in the EMRs.
• Assist doctors with appointments (routine and emergency), surgery, dentistry, and euthanasia, under supervision from the veterinarian credentialed veterinary technician, HOM and HLOD. • Perform patient restraint, obtain and process laboratory samples, handle and dispense medications at the direction of the veterinarian and help maintain the electronic medical record. • Schedule appointments, provide client education, relay test results to doctor and clients, and maintain and update client/patient records. • Help prepare patients for surgical and dental procedures and assist doctor and/or veterinary technician in anesthetizing patients. Under supervision of the veterinarian and/or veterinary technician, assistants will maintain patients safely under anesthesia while monitoring vital parameters, help monitor patients during recovery and prepare them for hospital discharge or transfer to an overnight care facility. • Under supervision of the veterinarian and/or veterinary technician, perform in-hospital treatments for sick patients including giving injectable and oral medications as well as intravenous fluid therapy; keep patients clean, watered, and fed (when indicated and directed by doctor), safely walk canine patients when necessary for elimination. • Under direction of the HOM/HLOD, assist in the training of new staff members and general dissemination of knowledge as required. • Keep hospital environment neat and clean; perform regular cleaning of environment based on necessity as well as based on a pre-determined maintenance schedule.
Other Duties and Responsibilities • Perform additional duties as assigned • Provide backup phone and front desk support as needed
Nature of Supervision In all activities related to the care of individual patients, the incumbent will take direct supervision from the veterinarians as well as the Veterinary Technician. For purposes of overall supervision, the incumbent takes direction from the HOM/HLOD or from the supervising technician for the shift.
Planning and Problem Solving Like all team members, the Veterinary Assistant plays a crucial role in ensuring that day-to-day operation of the hospital is efficient and provides an optimal experience for our patients and clients.
Impact This position will impact the organization by contributing to the growth of productive practice while focusing on a high-quality standard of care. From an overall hospital organizational standpoint, this position in critical to ensuring that we have a cohesive, well-trained, and motivated technical team. The desired end-result is the creation of an optimal environment that ensures employee retention, patient well-being, and customer satisfaction.
Supervisory Responsibility This position has no immediate supervisory duties.
Education/Experience • Preferred to have at least 1-year previous experience working in veterinary practice or sufficient relatable animal care experience to ensure excellent performance at the above-listed skills • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills • Must be compassionate and sympathetic, and be able to maintain a professional attitude and demeanor during emotional and stressful situations • Must have telephone and computer skills • Must be a team player willing to learn new techniques and treatments, offer creative ideas, and accept change
Work Environment The majority of job duties are conducted in the Veterinary Hospital. Position requires bending, kneeling, lifting (up to 30 pounds, as necessary) and standing for long periods of time. A large amount of this partner’s time will be spent in direct contact with clients and their pets.
Contacts This position will regularly communicate with clients, veterinary specialists, and companies that provide products and/or services that the practice utilizes.
Vetco Total Care is making high-quality health and wellness care accessible to every pet. Our veterinarians and hospital staff work together as an integrated team to provide comprehensive care including wellness and sick exams, preventative care, dental care, and outpatient surgeries. Vetco Total Care full-service hospitals are in neighborhood Petco locations, giving pet parents convenient access to all the services and products they need for happier, healthier pets.
Vetco Total Care careers offer industry-leading compensation and benefits, continuing education stipends, career growth, generous discounts on products and hospital services, and work-life flexibility. All partners are welcome to bring their whole self to work every day in an inclusive, caring and positive environment.
Our vision at Petco is Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We’re making things better for pets, people and the planet through our Think Adoption First philosophy, the Petco Foundation and other important initiatives that focus on putting animals first, educating pet parents and reducing our carbon footprint. The journey starts with knowledgeable, passionately engaged associates who are p...roud to recommend Petco as a place to work, who believe in our Vision and who are committed to delivering a superior customer experience. We seek individuals who are passionate about animal welfare, have great people skills and are driven to grow and advance in their careers with us. Our ongoing growth is creating exceptional opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment throughout our organization.