Medical Assistant

Website Providence Animal Rescue League

The Medical Assistant will work side-by-side with the Medical Coordinator in the clinic to ensure the health of all shelter animals.

Primary duties include:

performing physical examinations, administering vaccinations, dispensing medications, providing care and treatment for sick shelter animals, communicating with staff, volunteers, shelter veterinarians and the public regarding treatment plans. Essential Function/Major Responsibilities

 Ensuring that animals arriving at the shelter receive a thorough intake exam, deworming and vaccinations.

 Daily, thorough cleaning of clinic and ongoing cleaning of cages and equipment through out the day.

 Daily feeding and care of animals in assigned area.

 Monitoring the health of the animals upon arrival, identifying any health problems or conditions, and treating as necessary.

 Creating and maintaining detailed records for each animal as they arrive at the shelter.

 Preparing and administering medications.

 Performing venipuncture to obtain blood samples and administer IV drugs.

 Performing and interpreting diagnostic tests such as fecals and skin scrapings.

 Scheduling recheck appointments and keeping foster animals up-to-date.

 Performing euthanasia as needed.

 Scheduling specialist appointments.

 Monitoring inventory levels and maintains medical supply and drug inventory.

 Discussing medical conditions and treatment plans with staff, volunteers, foster homes and adopters

 Identifying health concerns of shelter animals immediately and treating as directed by Medical Coordinator and consulting veterinarian.

 Providing a healthy, safe, clean and pleasant environment for animals and the public.

 Promoting a humane and caring attitude toward all animals. Specific Job Skills

 Experience in caring for and handling animals in a safe, effective and humane manner

 Knowledge of contemporary clinic or shelter maintenance techniques and accepted sanitary practices.

 Knowledge of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic veterinary treatment of domestic animals.

 Strong animal handling skills and knowledge of animal behavior.

 Good interpersonal, communication, and time management skills essential.

 Ability and initiative, working with minimal supervision and direction.

 Ability to read, write and understand English required.

 Treat people and animals with respect; contribute to effective teamwork; and, foster public relations beneficial to the shelter and its programs.

 Comfort and ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.

Educational Requirements

Significant experience as a Veterinary Technician in a Veterinary Clinic required.

Experience volunteering or working in an animal shelter is a plus.

Availability 40 hours/week, Wednesday-Sunday. Availability and a willingness to work a flexible schedule are a plus. Daily reporting hours and days of the week may vary in the future according to the needs of the department schedule. Includes weekend and holiday work.

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