Veterinary Assistant

Job Title:  Veterinary Assistant

Location:  Thousand Palms, CA

Salary Range: $11 – $15 DOE

Full Time or Part Time:  Full-time or Part-time

Job Description:


Animal Samaritans, an animal welfare organization committed to improving the lives of animals and people, is looking for a dedicated Veterinary Assistant to join our staff.

Job Summary: Under the general direction of our Clinical Supervisor as well as working alongside and under the direction of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine the Veterinary Assistant performs veterinary tasks along with client service functions.


Veterinary Assistant Job Responsibilities:

    • Surgery check-ins: Perform a brief examination of external body, ask pertinent medical questions regarding medical history.
    • Create a surgical template; Record all exam and surgical information in template. (Drugs administration and surgery times).
    • Assess in-take form; compare against surgical template entered; make revisions as authorized and needed.
    • Take vital signs of animal including temperature, pulse and respiration.
    • Communicate clearly and effectively with all surgery staff.
    • Make necessary additions to the patient record as is necessary and conveyed by the surgery staff.
    • Enter any additional charges/ notes that may have accrued during the surgery period. (pregnancy, in-heat and medication prescribed etc.)
    • Convey additional charges information; record in the patient pop-up window.
    • Keep accurate account of inventory in surgery prep room (syringes, needles e-collars etc.) Provide a summary of all items in need of order to floor supervisor.
    • Maintain and sterilize surgical instruments and packs.
    • Maintain and utilization surgical equipment.
    • Surgery rechecks with attending veterinarian.
    • Administers and prepare vaccines according to our vaccine protocol.
    • Monitor pets under anesthesia.
    • Assist veterinarian in medical procedures using proper restraint.
    • Assist veterinarian in medical procedures using proper aseptic technique.
    • Assist surgery veterinarian in exam rooms.
    • Prepares patient medications (two staff members must sign and check off all medication)
    • Complete ear cleaning and nail trims.
    • Maintain and use medical equipment such and autoclave etc.
    • Monitors animal’s vital signs before and after surgery.
    • Maintain pharmacy records, and controlled drug, anesthesia, fecal and heartworm test logs.
    • Clean work areas
    • Follow doctors protocol at all times.
    • Perform other duties as assigned including covering front desk and working in scheduling department.
    •  Education and Experience:
  • Qualifications


    • High school diploma required
    • Knowledge of computers and relevant software
    • Knowledge of customer service principles and practices
  • Physical Requirements:


    • Dependable attendance is required.
    • Any allergies to animals must be controllable through medication.
    • Must be able to lift 40 pounds
    • Must be willing to work long or irregular hours under pressure conditions.Key Competencies:


    • Must be friendly, outgoing, “people oriented.”
    • Must be capable of being cross-trained
    • Must be responsible for clocking in/out
    • Must be a team player willing to learn new techniques and treatments and accept change.
    • Ensure that client and pets feel welcome and comfortable
    • Practice professional customer service by treating the client with courtesy and respect at all times.
    • Serve as “Ambassadors” for creating and maintaining goodwill for the company.
    • Build rapport with clients and pets.
    • Immediately greet clients and their pets by name making eye contact with clients while speaking to them.
    • If there is a delay, keep clients informed of expected waiting time.
    • Ability to effectively communicate and educate clients and answer non-medical questions.
    • Professional appearance required, scrubs are to be worn at all times and are furnished by the employee.
    • Ensure compliance with all company policies, procedures, and guidelines
    • Avoid gossip and treat co-workers with courtesy and respect at all times.


Animal Samaritan offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental and Visions options
  • Retirement Plan – Simple IRA with discretionary match
  • Paid time off including; holidays, vacation, sick and personal days
  • Discount on veterinary services
  • Employee recognition awards


How to Apply:

Interested candidates please contact Bill Rielly, Human Resources Specialist, 760-601-3758. Email CV / Resume to:


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.



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