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Per Diem Hospital Veterinary Assistant, ASPCA Animal Hospital

Please make sure to attach both a resume and cover letter to complete your application.

Summary:

The ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) is designed to provide life-saving care and relieve suffering for animal victims of cruelty and neglect who come to us through internal partners (our own ASPCA adoption center, kitten nursery, and community advocate team) and external partners (NYPD and other NYC organizations). Additionally, we provide subsidized care exclusively for animals whose owners are experiencing financial challenges and could not otherwise afford medical care for their pet.

The ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) Veterinary Assistants are passionate, level-headed professionals committed to animals living good lives, who excel in a fast-paced environment and can collaborate and effectively support the entire veterinary medical team as they deliver high quality, practical veterinary care within hospital medical parameters.

This position is a per diem or as needed role.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Medical and Nursing Care (50%)

  • Assist Veterinarians and LVTs with general duties in all departments

  • Comprehend veterinary medical concepts to support patient needs. Able to communicate such information to clients

  • Treat animals and clients with care and respect, providing compassionate, low-stress patient care to all patients utilizing the AAH Fear Free guidelines.

  • Proficient in animal handling and restraint for medical procedures

  • Capture radiographs while practicing AAH Fear Free protocols

  • Knowledge and ability to intake and release patients and competently explain medications, physical therapy, and warning signs

  • Monitor and document vital signs. Capable of recognizing abnormal values and immediately communicating concerns to LVTs /Veterinarians

  • Assist with inpatient nursing care as directed by LVTs including and not limited to: bottle-feeding neonates, administrating oral, topical and ophthalmic medications, performing physical therapy, running in-house tests (a-Stat, BG, PCV, TS, etc.) and preparing samples for laboratory pick-ups

  • Prepare patients for treatment room and surgical procedures, observing all hospital policies, to enforce sterility and safety of patients

  • Follow LVT/Veterinarian directions during emergencies and maintain competency in CPR

  • Ensure prompt and accurate documentation of treatments and procedures and communicate patient concerns or observed changes to LVTs /Veterinarians

  • Safely lift and transport patients up to 40 pounds.

  • Walk dogs outside in any weather as instructed

Professionalism and Training (30%)

  • Represent ASPCA in professional and courteous manner

  • Support organization and departmental policies and protocols

  • Communicate in effective and professional manner with clients, public, and all ASPCA staff members to ensure the safety and compassionate care of our patients

  • Adopt a learner mind-set demonstrating willingness to learn, implement, and teach policies

  • Support onboarding and coach assigned trainees through responsibilities and patient care

  • Effectively prioritize the needs of trainees, patients, and the veterinary medical support staff

  • Provide management with regular feedback about training needs, new hires, coworkers, interns, hospital operations, etc.

  • Ensure and maintain high quality standard of care, work ethic, and performance

  • Work calmly and efficiently under challenging conditions; independently and as part of a team

  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions

  • Advise supervisor of unsafe conditions including hazards or infractions of safety rules

Operational Support (20%)

  • Follow all PPE protocols while cleaning and disinfecting all hospital departments including: treatment, surgery, wards, exam rooms, and kennels

  • Follow all protocols put forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental Standard Operating Procedures

  • Set up wards and treatment, exam, and operating rooms for patient procedures, anesthesia, surgery, and support pack and prep room responsibilities

  • Ensure equipment in all areas is functional and report equipment malfunctions to management

  • Take inventory and stock supplies as needed in all departments

Exemplifies the ASPCA s Core Values:

  • HasCommitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

This list may be revised at any time and additional duties not listed here may be assigned as needed.

Additional Information

  • 1 - 3 years veterinary hospital and/or shelter experience preferred
  • 1 - 2 year s experience in the Animal Care Technician role or equivalent
  • We encourage a candidate who demonstrates outstanding inter-personal communication and the ability to work in a team environment or independently, with a high degree of integrity and accountability. This position welcomes a candidate with a sense of humor that can balance flexibility and enthusiasm and thrives on detail. This is a full-time position. Weekends may be required. Position may require occasional flexibility and occasional overtime.
  • To apply, please complete our application and upload a cover letter that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position.

Qualifications:

Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. Proficiency in Impromed preferred, Must possess excellent customer service skills., Must speak fluent English. Bilingualism (fluent in English and Spanish) preferred but not required

Language:

English (Required), Spanish

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)Experience Working Directly with Animals at a Well Established Doggy Care, Dog Walking Service, Animal Shelter or Animal Care Facility, Veterinary hospital and/or shelter experience preferred

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA. Please inform the ASPCA s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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