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Veterinary Assistant

Job ID: R-63515

Location(s): 5656 Hood St, West Linn, Oregon, United States, 97068

Job status: Full time Apply now
SUMMARY OFJOBPURPOSE ANDFUNCTION
TheVeterinaryAssistantsupports the veterinariansandveterinarytechniciansin ensuring quality veterinarycare for all pets, advocates forpets, educates clients on all aspects ofpet health, and ensures a safe andeffective hospital environment.
ESSENTIALRESPONSIBILITIES ANDTASKS
Live andexemplify the Five Principles of Mars, Inc. within self and team.
Act as the extra eyes, ears and hands for the veterinarianand veterinary technicianto ensure the bestqualitypet care and to maximize the veterinarian'sand veterinary technician’sproductivity.Communicate withveterinarian, veterinary technicians and all otherassociates to maintain the flow ofpatients.
Provide professional, efficient and exceptional service at all times. This includes performingor preparingprocedures that do not require veterinarianor veterinary technicianassistance, completing preparatorywork for other procedures, ensuring that clients andpets are comfortable in the hospital, and monitoringhospitalized or surgicalpetsas allowed in the state practice acts.
Educate clients about Optimum Wellness Plans, preventive care,pet health needs,hospitalservices andother issues.
Obtain relevant information and history from clients and maintain proper and complete medical charts.
Ensure the safety ofpets, clients andassociates by utilizing safe restraining techniques, followingstandard protocols, and maintaining clean, sterile and organized treatment areas, exam rooms and labs.
Assist with surgery as applicable.
Utilize technical skills to the fullest, withinstatepracticeacts and as outlined in the NAVTA guidelines forveterinaryassistant skills and duties.
Mentor other paraprofessionals in the hospital.
Other job duties as assigned.
THEFIVEPRINCIPLES
Quality-The consumer is our boss, quality is our work and value for money is our goal.
Responsibility-As individuals, we demand total responsibility from ourselves; as associates, wesupport the responsibility of others.
Mutuality-A mutual benefit is a sharedbenefit; a shared benefit will endure.
Efficiency-We use resources to the full, waste nothing and do only what we can do best.
Freedom-We need freedom to shape our future; we need profit to remain free.
HIRINGQUALIFICATIONSCOMPETENCIES
Leadership
Action Oriented
Customer Focus
Listening
Peer Relationships
Personal Learning
Functional
Ensure medical quality
Effective communication
Drive for results
Functional Skills
Priority Setting
CAPABILITIES ANDEXPERIENCE(CANDO)
Ability to multi-task-Manages multiple tasks at one time; quickly and accurately shifts attention amongmultiple tasks under distracting conditions without loss of accuracy or appearance of frustration.
Communication skills-Reads, writes and speaks fluent English, using appropriate grammar, style andvocabulary. Correctly spells commonly used English words and job specific terms.Demonstratesexceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills.
Organizational abilityDemonstrates a systematic approach in carrying out assignments. Is veryorderly and excels at cutting through confusion and turning chaos into order.
Problem solving skills-Demonstrates a strong ability to identify, analyze and solve problems.Translates problems into practical solutions.
Client service skills-Consistently ensures the team provides the client with attentive, courteous andinformative service. Gains and shows personal satisfaction from delivering great service.
Intellectual ability-Accurately and consistently follows instructions delivered in an oral, written ordiagram format. Can provide directions.
Mathematical ability-Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and to compute rate, ratio andpercent; ability to convert units of measurement.
Computer skills-Comfortably and confidently uses a computer and specializedmedicalsoftware,aswell asMicrosoft Outlook, WordandExcel.
ATTITUDES(WILLDO)
Initiativeshows willingness and aptitude totakeappropriate steps in finding solutions to problems;presents options and ideas to enhance current processes or procedures. Takes on additionalresponsibility when both big and small tasks need to be done.
IntegrityFirmly adheres to the values and ethics of Banfield Pet Hospital. Exhibits honesty, discretion,and sound judgment.
CooperativenessWilling to work with others, collaborating and compromising where necessary;promptly share relevant information with others.
FlexibilityIs open to changing situations and opportunities and is willingto perform all tasks assigned.
IndependenceAble and willing to perform tasksand duties without supervision as appropriate.
Tolerance for Stress / ResiliencyMaintains a positive “cando” outlook, rebounds quickly fromfrustrations and unpleasantness, and maintains composure and friendly demeanor while dealing withstressful situations.
SPECIALWORKINGCONDITIONS
Ability to work at a computer for long periods of time.Ability to beconfident aroundpets (i.e., dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, etc.)
Client needs and work volume may often require more than 40 hours per week to complete essentialduties of this job. This position requires special hours including working weekends and evenings.
Must have mental processes for reasoning, remembering, mathematics and language ability (reading,writing, and speaking the English language) to perform the duties proficiently.
The noise level in the work environment is moderately high.
Requiressufficient ambulatory skills in order to perform duties while at hospital.
Ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and climb as well as manipulate (lift, carry, move) upto 50pounds.
Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm-hand-finger dexteritywith the ability to grasp, and visualacuity to use a keyboard and operate equipment.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheralvision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Associate is routinely exposed to a variety ofpets that may bite or scratch, and on occasion, exposed toanesthesia, radiation, biological hazards and medication/controlled substances.
EXPERIENCE,EDUCATION AND/ORTRAINING
Certificate of completion from a NAVTA approved VeterinaryAssistant program,or the equivalentcombination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, andabilities.High School Diplomaor equivalent preferred.
Must be able to perform all required skills ofNAVTA approved veterinaryassistantprogramsat a level inwhich to aid in the efficiency of the practice.
Must be at least 18 years old to perform duties involving radiography (x-ray) and exposure to radioactivesubstances.
One year relatedexperience required with customer service preferred.
WE ARE A DRUG-FREE, SMOKE-FREE, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
Company Policy, Federal and State Laws Forbid Discrimination Because of Age, Color,Race, Religion, Sex, Disability, Sexual Orientation or National Origin
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