Lead Veterinary Assistant

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:46 AM
    Message # 5270001

    The Sonoma Humane Society has a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals and we're seeking an experienced Lead Veterinary Assistant to work full-time in our Public Hospital. 

    Come and join our team!  This is an exciting opportunity to work for an organization voted Best Nonprofit, Best Animal Adoption Center, and Best Charity Event (Wags, Whiskers & Wine) in Sonoma County by the North Bay Bohemian!  We are passionate and dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love.  Serving our community since 1931, the Sonoma Humane Society is a donor supported safe haven for animals.  If you love animals and people...you will feel right at home in our pack!

    The Lead Veterinary Assistant duties include but may not be limited to keeping accurate medical records, clerical work, client education, promotion of hospital products and services, and support of the Veterinarians, Practice Manager, and other team members.  This position requires practical knowledge of hospital procedures, policies and services, client and patient interaction protocols, word processing, and standard procedures, records and terminology used in the veterinary hospital.  The Lead Veterinary Assistant is the Veterinarian’s primary support, assisting in patient restraint, routine laboratory test setup, nursing care and triage/discharge of patients.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assist Veterinarian staff with examinations, treatments, anesthetic procedures and associated record keeping for all animal patients.
    • Assist doctor in appointment or surgery room.
    • Blood draw skills required.
    • Catheter placement in animals.
    • Monitoring and recovering animals under anesthesia.
    • Assist with ordering and receiving hospital supplies.
    • Assist with position and taking radiographs.
    • Field questions and inquiries about services, triage, and products.
    • Provide knowledgeable advice concerning the care and treatment of animals.
    • Know common drugs and protocols and be able to explain them to clients.
    • Admit & discharge patients following hospital policy and veterinarian’s orders, ensuring that patients are well groomed and in a medically appropriate state.
    • Conduct oneself in a confident and professional manner even when stressed and/or focused on individual tasks.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of domestic animal breeds, diseases, health care and basic animal behavior.
    • Enjoy working will people as much as animals.
    • Ability to properly lift animals, food, and supplies up to 50 pounds.
    • Experience with Infinity/Impro Med a plus


    • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
    • Three years’ veterinary experience
    • Willingness to work flexible days and hours, including evening shifts and Saturdays

    Please submit resume and cover letter with salary history to jobs@sonomahumane.org.  We are sorry, we are unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person. All applications should be submitted to the "jobs" email listed above, or mailed to: Sonoma Humane Society, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.  For more information, please visit our website:  http://sonomahumane.org/careers/

    The Sonoma Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

    Last modified: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:47 AM | Cindy Roach
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