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Are you an animal lover who is looking to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals? Why not consider joining the team at Tails Humane Society!

We are currently hiring for the position of Veterinary Assistant.



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Veterinary Assistant

Reports to: Veterinarian

Type: Part-time position (approx. 20 hours on average, work days are every other Mon and Wed, every Fri)

Responsible for daily care of all surgical patients, assisting veterinarian and veterinary technicians with pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients, maintaining a clean and orderly clinic.

Job Responsibilities
 Take directives from veterinary staff; follow clinic procedures and protocols
 Responsible for prepping patients for surgery, including administering pre-anesthetic medication
 General duties in the operating room during surgery include assisting with movement of patients, recovery of patients and general flow
 Ability to monitor anesthesia and recognize abnormal conditions
 Ensure prompt and accurate paperwork procedures are followed each day
 Able to respond appropriately during an emergency, maintain competency in CPR procedures
 Must be able to learn/understand basic veterinary medical concepts, including but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
 Knowledge and ability to intake and release patients in a competent and friendly manner; this will include obtaining animal’s medical history, deliver post-operative instructions
 Ability to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to give information relayed by the vet
 Ability to handle 35-50 dogs and cats per day on average
 Position is based mostly within the medical department but may also include assisting in the care of shelter animals
 Must work well independently and also as part of a team to perform responsibilities listed
 Must be able to learn/recognize characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior)
 Must be able to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals (will train)

 High school diploma or GED equivalent
 Vet Assistant certificate preferred
 Experience in a veterinary clinic, veterinary hospital and/or animal shelter or control facility
 Knowledge of basic veterinary medical concepts
 Ability to read/write/communicate in English, Spanish bilingual a plus
 Ability to perform physical work involving bending, scrubbing, mopping, walking, reaching, squatting, lifting up to 50 pounds with reasonable accommodation
 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
 Positive attitude and professional demeanor
 A strong commitment to the welfare and proper treatment of animals
 Ability to work independently in a fast paced team environment, handle fluctuating priorities and multiple projects
 Ability to work occasionally on evenings and weekends

Work Conditions
Work performed in a high noise level area. May be exposed to industrial cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal feces, zoonotic (human to animal) diseases, bites and scratches. Safety procedures must be adhered to at all times.

The responsibilities described herein reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the position, however, should not be construed as a complete description of all the requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Qualified candidates should submit their inquiries or resumes to Michelle Groeper at

2250 Barber Greene Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815.758.2457 (815.75.TAILS)
Fax: 815.487.4944
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