Dartmouth SPCA – Veterinary Assistant

Location 7 Scarfe Crt, Dartmouth
Number of Positions 1 – 2
Job Start Date ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type  1 Part Time, 1 Full time
Salary $15/hr+ depending on experience

The Nova Scotia SPCA is seeking an experienced and dedicated Veterinary Assistant to join our team working in a fast-paced, high volume hospital and shelter environment in Dartmouth, as well as interacting with the public to deliver other wellness services through a variety of SPCA programs.   The SPCA Veterinary Hospital prides itself on providing quality veterinary and surgical services to animals and their owners, with a focus on underserved low income populations of pet owners.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will need to meet the following qualifications:

  • Experience in assisting with surgery prep of animals, assist Vet and Vet Tech with preparing animals for surgery.
  • Knowledge and experience in proper and safe patient restaint
  • Reception experience, knowledge and experience booking patients and taking payments
  • General clinic cleaning duties
  • Responsible for care of hospitalized patients including keeping all wards and kennels properly cleaned and disinfected, exercising, feeding, laundry, bathing and dipping procedures and keeping patients clean.
  • Clean exams rooms after each visit and preparing for the next client and patient. Ensure supplies are always available and adequately stocked in exam rooms and treatment room.
  • Prepare and sanitize surgery suites. Clean and maintain holding areas.
  • Assures all nutritional, housing, grooming and medical needs are met on a daily basis according to approved processes. Responsible for maintaining a safe and sanitary facility for animals and people. Provides humane handling and care for all shelter animals.
  • Administers medication as directed
  • Grooming, health checks, flea treatments and administering parasite control.
  • Performs continual maintenance duties that include repairs and upkeep. Cleans all equipment and work areas to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness and sanitation. Follows health and safety regulations and protocols.
  • Maintain accurate records for animal inventory, health, medications, treatments, procedures and behavior history
  • The ability to follow protocols, and be comfortable working with pediatric patients.

In addition to the duties listed above, the SPCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the shelter; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; demonstrates exceptional customer service; communicates regularly with supervisor about issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; participates in events and on committees as needed or required; and Completes other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

In addition to having the ability to travel and a valid Drivers license, the following are some of the skills required of this role:

  • Time Management: work with multiple staff, managers and volunteers across the province. Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure situations is essential.
  • Decision-Making Skills: Whether it is dealing with staff, management, government agents, veterinarians or suppliers, this person will have to make decisions that affect the Society. Having the ability to make hard decisions under pressure is crucial to success.
  • Speaking and Writing: strong written and oral communication skills.

 Qualifications

 Education; A Veterinary Assistant program with several years work experience,  or equivalent work experience

  • Animal welfare knowledge, Dog handling experience, volunteer relations, and computer skills are an asset.
  • Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses, diseases and injuries.
  • Ability to identify different medications and methods of administration.
  • Ability to perform sanitation procedures and general maintenance.
  • Ability to perform the SPCA’s basic medical intake process and other duties as outlined in SPCA Manuals
  • Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (including co-workers, customers, volunteers and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.
  • Employees must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality

 Additional Information

  • Driver’s license is required

Physical Requirements

  • Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular work shift.

Hours of Work

Work week can be flexible to work within applicants schedule but will be set consistent times each week, some flexibility may be required.  Scheduled hours range between 16-28 hours per week for the part time position, full time is approximately 40 hours..  Some travel may be required occasionally.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations.

Please quote “Dartmouth SPCA Hospital Vet assistant ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.