Dallas Animal Services is seeking an experienced Veterinary Assistant to provide professional and efficient care to each of the pets in our shelter. As a Veterinary Assistant, you will be responsible for providing exceptional patient care and will act as the extra eyes, ears and hands for the veterinarians to deliver the highest quality care for all the pets in our organization.
Experience in a high volume spay/neuter and/or shelter environment is a plus!
Duties include but not limited to assisting the veterinarian staff and the animal care team with pet exams, laboratory sample collection and general patient care and cleaning.
Qualified applicants must be organized, thrive in a fast-paced multifaceted environment and have great verbal and written communication skills. Candidates must be proficient in time management be able to adhere to all standards of care that keep pets safe and healthy.
Prepares for and assists veterinarians with routine and emergency medical procedures to ensure activities are conducted in an efficient manner; performs microchipping and various intake responsibilities for animals.
Collects and prepares biological samples to examine samples under microscope, conducts lab tests, and reports results to veterinarians.
Monitors animals' general health while in facilities and vital signs during procedures and while recuperating.
Assists veterinarians with and administers prescribed medications to animals in order to provide support and nursing care; calculates dosages for sedation, pain management, and antibiotics.
Prepares, sterilizes, and monitors surgical instrument packs and supplies for surgical procedures and treatment; performs euthanasia when needed or requested.
Assists in maintaining the inventory of pharmaceuticals, equipment, and supplies and restocks medical kits to ensure supplies are readily available.
Evaluates the general condition and disposition of animals to determine which animals have the best chance for adoption.
Maintains accurate records on all animals; updates software and systems with correct information.
Performs any and all other work as needed or assigned.
High School Diploma or GED
One (1) year of experience as a veterinary assistant/technician working in a veterinary clinic or animal shelter/animal control setting
An Associate degree (or higher) in an animal/veterinary science or veterinarian technology field will meet the education and experience requirements
A current Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) certificate issued by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) will meet the education and experience requirements
LICENSE(S) and/or CERTIFICATION(S):
Must obtain Euthanasia certification issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) within probationary period
Must obtain Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) Introduction certification issued by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) within one (1) year of appointment
NO Felony Drug offenses within the last 10 years
NO Animal Cruelty convictions
Availability to work varying shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays
College coursework in animal/veterinary science, veterinary assistant certification, animal control officer certification or euthanasia technician certification is a plus. Experience in a high quality, high volume spay and neuter clinic is a plus
Dallas Animal Services (DAS) is one of the largest municipal animal shelters in the country, taking in any Dallas pet in need, regardless of space. DAS serves tens of thousands of pets and even more people within the city of Dallas each year.
DAS recently exceeded a 90% annual Live Release Rate for Fiscal Year 2020 (October 2019 – September 2020) while prioritizing lifesaving, public safety, quality of life and the family unit.