Veterinary Assistant job description

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Job brief

We are seeking a professional, kind, and caring Veterinary Assistant to join our team. The ideal fit for the role will have a strong background in animal care, both educationally and practically, and have a genuine love for animals! The focus of the role is to aid the veterinarians and veterinary technicians, and surgeons to help all procedures and appointments run smoothly.


  • Assist in greeting animals and their owners while they attend appointments.
  • Check animals and owners in for appointments.
  • Provide a recap on the last appointment if applicable.
  • Assist with holding and restraining animals when needed for examinations to be done or for medication to be administered.
  • Take blood samples from animals under the supervision of the vet and insert IV lines when required.
  • Pass on all samples to the lab for the samples to be run.
  • Provide lab results to the vet.
  • Administer medication under the supervision of the vet.
  • Assist with kenneling animals if applicable, including cleaning out kennels and attending to animals' needs.
  • Provide food and water to animals in the practice care.
  • Provide updates to pet owners about the status of their pets.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Vocational training or certification in animal care or vet assisting
  • Two years’ experience working in an animal-focused environment
  • Good knowledge of animal breeds
  • Demonstrated ability to use veterinary equipment
  • Confident in restraining animals in a non-harmful way
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Kind and caring in nature

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