Hospital Veterinary Assistant, AAH (Evening)

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Summary:

ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace.  To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires.  ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated. 

The ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) is designed to provide life-saving care and relieve suffering for animal victims of cruelty and neglect who come to us through our internal partners:  ASPCA Adoption Center, Kitten Nursery, Community Medicine and Community Engagement (CE) teams; and our external partners: NYPD and other NYC organizations.   Additionally, we provide subsidized care exclusively for animals whose owners are experiencing financial challenges and could not otherwise afford medical care for their pet.

The Hospital Veterinary Assistant is responsible for the daily care of surgical patients and assisting the Licensed Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians in a high-quality, high-volume emergency hospital.

This is a full-time, evening position. Weekends may be required.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Medical and Nursing Care (50%)

  • Assist Veterinarians and LVTs with general duties in all departments
  • Comprehend veterinary medical concepts to support patient needs.  Able to communicate such information to clients
  • ·Treat animals and clients with care and respect, providing compassionate, low-stress patient care to all patients utilizing the AAH Fear Free guidelines.
  • ·Proficient in animal handling and restraint for medical procedures
  • Capture radiographs while practicing AAH Fear Free protocols
  • Knowledge and ability to intake and release patients and competently explain medications, physical therapy, and warning signs
  • Monitor and document vital signs. Capable of recognizing abnormal values and immediately communicating concerns to LVTs /Veterinarians 
  • Assist with inpatient nursing care as directed by LVTs including and not limited to: bottle-feeding neonates, administrating oral, topical and ophthalmic medications, performing physical therapy, running in-house tests (a-Stat, BG, PCV, TS, etc.) and preparing samples for laboratory pick-ups
  • Prepare patients for treatment room and surgical procedures, observing all hospital policies, to enforce sterility and safety of patients
  • Follow LVT/Veterinarian directions during emergencies and maintain competency in CPR
  • Ensure prompt and accurate documentation of treatments and procedures and communicate patient concerns or observed changes to LVTs /Veterinarians
  • Safely lift and transport patients up to 40 pounds.
  • Walk dogs outside in any weather as instructed
  • Provide a safe and compassionate environment for animals in our care, our staff, and for our clients by using low-stress handling techniques

Professionalism and Training (30%)

  • Represent ASPCA in professional and courteous manner

  • Support organization and departmental policies and protocols

  • Communicate in effective and professional manner with clients, public, and all ASPCA staff members to ensure the safety and compassionate care of our patients

  • Adopt a learner mind-set demonstrating willingness to learn, implement, and teach policies

  • Support onboarding and coach assigned trainees through responsibilities and patient care

  • Effectively prioritize the needs of trainees, patients, and the veterinary medical support staff

  • Provide management with regular feedback about training needs, new hires, coworkers, interns, hospital operations, etc. 

  • Ensure and maintain high quality standard of care, work ethic, and performance

  • Work calmly and efficiently under challenging conditions; independently and as part of a team

  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions

  • Advise supervisor of unsafe conditions including hazards or infractions of safety rules

Operational Support (20%)

  • Follow all PPE protocols while cleaning and disinfecting all hospital departments including: treatment, surgery, wards, exam rooms, and kennels

  • Follow all protocols put forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental Standard Operating Procedures

  • Set up wards and treatment, exam, and operating rooms for patient procedures, anesthesia, surgery, and support pack and prep room responsibilities

  • Ensure equipment in all areas is functional and report equipment malfunctions to management

  • Take inventory and stock supplies as needed in all departments

This list may be revised at any time and additional duties not listed here may be assigned as needed. 

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Qualifications:

Able to lift up to 40 pounds, Able to work standing for 10 or more hours, Basic to advanced computer skills, including Excel, Microsoft Office and ImproMed, Knowledge of veterinary hospital protocols and procedures, Must have a high degree of integrity and accountability, Must possess excellent animal handling and restraint skills, Must possess excellent customer service skills., Outstanding inter-personal communication and the ability to work in a team environment or independently, Position may require occasional flexibility and occasional overtime during off-hours, weekends, evening hours and possible holiday support, Possess a sense of humor that can balance flexibility and enthusiasm and thrives on detail., Proficiency in Impromed, preferred

  

Language:

English (Required), Spanish

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)

  

1 - 2 years’ experience in the Animal Care Technician role or equivalent, 1 - 3 years’ veterinary hospital and/or shelter experience preferred., Experience in surgery preferred but not required, Fear Free Shelter certification is required within 60 days of hire

COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status,  or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.