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Veterinary Assistant

Job Posted 5/13/2024
Humane Society Pikes Peak Region
610 Abbot Lane
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
United States
Category Veterinary
Healthcare / Health Services
Application Closing Date
$16.50 to $17.00 Per Hour
Job Description

Job Summary

Responsible for ensuring high veterinary medical standards and assisting in all aspects of the Surgery Team or the Patient Care team in an efficient and professional manner. Works cohesively with all departments of the organization.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists the veterinarians with patient exams by providing proper animal restraint, obtaining a medical history from records and/or, performing tasks and treatments as directed, and filling medications.
  • Communicates with shelter veterinarians regarding the status of animals in treatment. Reports concerns and triages priorities while working with medical and shelter staff.
  • Calculates appropriate drug dosages.
  • Medicates animals, ensuring all animals receive the appropriate medication.
  • Animal handling, including kenneling animals after surgery and retrieving animals for owners following appointments within the surgery center.
  • May assist during surgeries by providing animal restraint, assisting with pre-medication administration, and overseeing recovering patients.
  • Cleans kennels and provides animal care as directed by the Veterinary Services Supervisor or Manager
  • Computer data entry and record keeping according to established protocol.
  • Checks and re-stocks supplies as needed.
  • Assists with Euthanasia as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR.
  • Appropriately documents observed animal behaviors utilizing objective language as required in relevant procedures and/or policies.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned

Supervisory Duties


Physical Demands

  • Regularly sits at computer station, often in a shared office environment.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move 25 or more pounds of moving weight and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 or more pounds of moving weight.
  • May be occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.
  • Regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, hear, and is frequently required to stand and walk. May be expected to be on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Regularly exposed to noise and potential exposure to hazardous weather conditions.
  • Potential exposure to cleaning supplies and/or other substances containing toxic or caustic chemicals.

Schedule Requirements

Schedule may include weekend and evening work.

Education/Experience Necessary

  • Ability to effectively read, write, interpret, communicate, perform basic problem solving, and perform basic math as commonly expected from completion of a High School Diploma or Equivalent Education.
  • Prior animal handling experience preferred.

NOTE: The job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.

The core values of the staff unite us and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization, and our community.

Core Values Statements-

    • Compassion: We believe that animals matter. We are committed to treating animals and people with kindness, respect, and compassion.
    • Stewardship: We are accountable and transparent in our actions and in the use of our resources to build trust in those we serve.
    • Integrity: We believe we can make the greatest impact by staying true to our mission, always doing what is best for the animals and people of our community, and by standing united in our decisions.
    • Excellence: We are passionate about our mission, and strive for excellence through continual learning, innovation, and the development of our board, staff and volunteers.
    • Collaboration: We seek strategic partnerships and alliances to advance the welfare and protection of animals and people.
    • Service: We exist to serve our communities and operate with this commitment to serve as front and center in all we do.

610 Abbot Lane
Colorado Springs CO 80905
United States
Humane Society Pikes Peak Region Humane Society
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