Assists the veterinarian during examination of animals, providing restraint as needed in order to work safely and effectively.
Prepares and administers medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments as prescribed by the veterinarian.
Performs routine dental cleanings and takes dental radiographs on animals under the direction of the veterinarian.
Obtains radiographs of animals with knowledge of proper positioning and techniques.
Cares for and monitors the condition of animals during surgery as well as recovering from surgery.
Performs laboratory tests on blood, urine, and feces, such as urinalyses and blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
Collects, prepares, and labels samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
Cleans and sterilizes instruments, equipment and materials.
Fills prescriptions, measures medications and properly labels containers.
Prepares animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas and placing IV catheters.
Maintains clean examination rooms and treatment areas.
Works collaboratively with veterinarians to ensure that all animals are being cared for properly.
Veterinary Assistants will have similar duties but with some limitations.
Skills and Basic Qualifications:
Certification as a Veterinary Technician is desirable but not required.
Excellent communication skills and has the ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast paced environment.
Ability to effectively handle and control aggressive animals.
Must be able to handle the physical and emotional aspect of work in a veterinary clinic environment.
Demonstrates a professional and courteous manner with staff and clients.
Commitment to ongoing educational development and growth.
Must have active listening, critical thinking, complex problem solving, time management, judgment and decision making skills.