PAWS Atlanta is seeking an experienced veterinary assistant or technician for a full-time, 16-week, shelter veterinary assistant position. Candidates must be willing to work four, 10-hour shifts per week with one of those shifts being on a weekend day.
The ideal candidate has some shelter medicine and/or emergency medicine experience. The candidate must work well autonomously and in a small team. They must be proactive when it comes to completing their assigned, routine, daily tasks and cleaning protocols. In general, the candidate should also be flexible to change, detail-oriented, organized, and an effective communicator. Due to the temporary nature of this position, the candidate also needs to be a quick learner who is willing to take on the daily excitement and challenge of working in a small, no-kill, shelter veterinary clinic.
Assist the veterinarian with patient exams, vaccine administration, and surgery.
Monitor and assist with proper anesthesia control during surgical and sedated procedures.
Ensure ALL tasks have been completed on the daily, weekly, and monthly task lists.
Perform basic animal care for all hospitalized animals.
Ensure proper medication administration to all hospitalized and sick shelter animals.
Clean, stock, and organize the veterinary clinic, medical equipment and medical supplies.
Input medical data into PetPoint for all shelter animals.
Assist with, and perform, temperament testing and basic medical exams on any potential owner surrendered animals. In the absence of an onsite veterinarian, you will be responsible for offering recommendations regarding the intake of owner surrendered animals based on your medical and behavioral assessment.
Accurately prepare and perform basic in-house laboratory tests including fecal parasite testing, skin scrapes, ear mite exam, urine specific gravity, DipQuick slide staining, blood PCV/TS, and glucose testing using a glucometer.
Ensure all outside laboratory specimens are properly collected, stored, and shipped in the appropriate time frame for all necessary testing.
Perform daily medical walk-through exams in ALL areas of the shelter. Discuss any noted concerns with the shelter veterinarian.
Knowledge of general animal care principles and practices.
Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities.
Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.
Ability to interact with sheltered dogs and cats including sick or injured animals as well as some aggressive animals.
Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.
Ability to learn the basic functions on our animal management software system
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.
Ability to handle assisting with medical euthanasia.
Must be comfortable and able to restrain/handle large dogs.
Must have reliable transportation.
About PAWS Atlanta
PAWS Atlanta is a private, not-for-profit animal welfare organization founded in 1966 whose mission is to build a community of caring by people helping pets and pets helping people. PAWS Atlanta is the oldest and one of the very few no kill animal shelters in Georgia.