Surgery/Medical duties

  • Collect and record of medical information and history regarding the reason for the patient’s visit
  • Take vital signs including temperature, pulse, respiration, pain score
  • Record information in patient records; Highlight pay sheets when services are completed
  • Provide nursing care for patients
  • Treatments: Ear cleanings, nail trims, application of bandages/splints, oral/topical medications, injections, iv catheters, assist in CPR, etc.
  • Surgery/Anesthetic procedures: Check in patients. Prepare patients for surgery, monitor vital signs of anesthetized patient, provide post-anesthetic instructions to the family, removal of sutures, etc.
  • Dentistry: prophylaxis, radiology, record keeping
  • Observe patients for changes in behavior
  • Call backs to check on patients
  • Prepare and label medications for patients
  • Feed, walk and bathe animals when applicable


  • Maintain and use medical equipment
  • Collect blood, stool, urine, cytology and tissue samples for testing
  • Laboratory tests: Urinalysis, hematology, parasitology, blood chemistry. skin/ear cytology
  • Radiology: Patient preparation and positioning, taking radiographs, preparing image CDs
  • Insure that lab specimens are prepared for pick up from the lab courier


  • Assist in reception duties, admissions, phone calls
  • Assist in clean up
  • Re-supply and organize examination room drawers and equipment

Physical requirements for veterinary technicians and assistants

  • Restraint at eye level
  • Lifting 50lbs.
  • Continuous repetitive motions (shaving, dentistry, mopping, etc.)
  • Standing for 8+ hours per day
  • Hand dexterity
  • Restraint of dogs 80lbs+