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Veterinary Assistant

Company: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Omaha
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Job Description:

Title: Spay and Neuter Clinic Veterinary Assistant
Department: NHS Spay & Neuter Center
This position reports to: SNC Manager
Hours: Full-time; 40 hours/week Monday-Thursday 7:00am-6:00pm

Purpose of Position: The SNC Veterinary Assistant provides vital support for veterinary medical staff at the NHS Spay & Neuter Center. The SNC Veterinary Assistant enhances the lives of animals at the Nebraska Humane Society Spay & Neuter Center by assisting in preparation of animals for surgical sterilization. Periodic rotation through the NHS Animal Medical Department occurs on an as need basis.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees are required to follow any other job related duties assigned by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, and does not alter the "at --- will" relationship.

  • Perform accurate, high quality and high volume data entry of animal medical records:
    • Veterinary examination findings
    • Surgical records
    • Treatments and procedures
    • Review medical entries for fidelity of data and completeness of care
    • Prepare surgical instrument packs for veterinary use by:
      • Cleaning surgical instruments and drapes
      • Wrapping surgical packs
      • Sterilize surgical packs
      • Training volunteers
      • Assist SNC Veterinarian Liaison in overseeing surgical instrument inventory and quality
      • Assist in the cleaning and disinfection of other surgical and medical equipment
      • Maintain clean treatment, housing and examination areas through cleaning, disinfection and organization of animal housing and workspaces
      • Collect specimens and assist in performing diagnostics as requested and allowed for by Nebraska regulations
      • Provide enrichment and stress reduction for animals through humane handling
      • Ensure prompt and accurate medical record updates
      • Assist in examination of surgical candidates
      • Assist veterinary staff in the surgical preparation of animals
      • Assist in monitoring anesthetized patients
      • Assist in animal emergency triage and resuscitation
      • Recover anesthesia patients with the assistance of veterinary technicians and trained volunteers
      • Administer prescribed pain medications, antibiotics, antiparasitics and vaccines as allowed for by Nebraska regulations
      • Prepare prescription medications for dispensing
      • Handle and record controlled substances for large volumes of surgical patients
      • Assist in training new staff members and department volunteers
      • Collaborate with personnel from other NHS departments
      • Act as a resource for clients by answering pre and post-surgery medical questions, with guidance from licensed personnel as needed
      • Periodically review, provide input and adhere to NHS Spay & Neuter Center, as well as Animal Medical Department and shelter protocols
      • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Operations Manager or veterinarian Position Qualifications: Education, Experience, Certification, and Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
        • Minimum: High school diploma or GED
        • Must adhere to applicable state and federal laws governing the practice of veterinary medicine
        • Display affection and compassion for animals and concern for their welfare
        • Must adhere to highest ethical standards; possess trustworthiness, exercise maturity and sound independent judgment while maintaining a professional manner and personal appearance
        • Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing
        • Must have valid driver's license with acceptable driving record and be able to provide proof of vehicle insurance
        • Be comfortable and skilled working with a culturally diverse staff and community
        • Must be considerate, respectful and display a helpful demeanor to all employees, volunteers and customers
        • Must be able to work cordially, safely and efficiently in face-paced, stressful conditions
        • Must possess the ability to cope with loss of animal life from illness, injury and euthanasia
        • Must exhibit the organization core values of compassion for all animals, respect and dignity for all, strive for excellence and teamwork
        • Ability to safely and humanely handle animals
        • Ability to respectfully give and receive feedback
        • Ability to work independently and part of a team
        • Ability to work in close proximity of others Desired
          • Previous experience in a veterinary or medical clinic or shelter
          • Familiarity with Microsoft operating systems and computer literate in Microsoft Office Work Conditions:
            The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions within the work environment
            • Evening, weekend and holiday hours will be necessary in the event of an emergency, staffing shortages or special events.
            • The noise level in the office environment is usually quiet, though barking or whining of animals may be escalated at certain times in certain areas of the building.
            • High exposure to animals whose reactions to the shelter environment cannot be predicted.
            • Temperatures in the shelter environment are varied, though usually moderate, and dependent on the season.
            • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases and hazardous chemicals.
            • Ability to work around animals without severe allergic reactions.
            • As work may need to be done outside of the shelter, the employee may encounter environmental issues outside of our control such as fallen tree limbs, rain storms or snow/ice. When this occurs the employee must report the issues immediately to their direct supervisor who will work to resolution. Physical Requirements:
              The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

              Physical Demand








              Lifting up to 50 lbs with or without assistance

              Lifting over 50 lbs with assistance



              Distinguish smell/temperature


              Exposure to hazardous materials



              Hand/finger dexterity


              The Nebraska Humane Society provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, status as a veteran, or any other protected category, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

              Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Keywords: Nebraska Humane Society, Omaha , Veterinary Assistant, Healthcare , Omaha, Nebraska

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