Veterinary Assistant, ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance

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ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance (ASNA) is the premiere training center for high-quality, high-volume companion animal sterilization. Altering 25,000 shelter, rescue, and publicly owned companion animals annually, ASNA has trained more than 6000 veterinary professionals and fourth year veterinary student externs at our campus in Asheville, NC since 2005. ASNA is proud to set the bar for the standard of care in HQHVSN and provide world-class S/N surgical instruction to veterinary professionals and students.     

Our team is in search of an enthusiastic and dedicated Veterinary Assistant who will be responsible for daily care of all surgical patients, assisting doctors and veterinary technicians with pre-, peri-, and post-operative care, monitoring anesthesia, general cleaning, and training others to utilize our patient care protocols. While this challenging job is fast-paced and physically demanding, it is extremely rewarding and offers the opportunity to join a hard working team that has directly impacted so many animals and families throughout western North Carolina and helped train both U.S. and international staff.

We encourage candidates who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and who have the ability to work in a team environment or independently with a high degree of accountability to apply. This is a full-time position that requires flexibility and occasional overtime.

The ASPCA offers great benefits and a competitive compensation, which starts at $16/hour for this position and is commensurate with experience.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Daily Operational & Patient Support (40%)

  • Knowledge and ability to intake and release patients
  • Ability to implement low-stress handling/restraint techniques with our patients
  • Know basic veterinary medical terminology, concepts and have mathematical ability to support patient needs
  • Daily care of surgical patients, assisting doctors and technicians with surgical and anesthetic procedures, including monitoring anesthesia
  • Able to respond appropriately during an emergency.  Able to take directions from a veterinarian during the event.  Maintain competency in CPR procedures
  • Responsible for prepping patients for surgery, observing all clinic procedures, to enforce sterility and safety of patients
  • General duties in the operating room during surgery, assisting with movement of patients, recovery of patients, and general flow
  • Able to monitor anesthesia, with a clear idea of normal and abnormal conditions
  • Ensure prompt and accurate paperwork procedures are followed each day
  • Clean surgical laundry, clean and sonicate surgical instruments and prepare surgical packs as needed
  • Be proficient at cleaning and running an autoclave
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the facility by following disease control protocols

Cleaning and Maintenance (30%)

  • Perform daily cleaning of holding cages, crates and the daily cleaning/maintenance of medical facility and animal kennels, following proper disease control protocol to ensure the highest standard of cleanliness
  • Support the daily cleaning and care of patients, and participate in a weekly deep clean of the Spay/Neuter Alliance facility
  • Keep Director, Medical Support Staff and Manager, Veterinary Assistants informed of animal behavior, and any health concerns
  • Stock kennel/cleaning supplies as needed throughout the clinic
  • Spot clean kennels and public areas as needed
  • Separate, wash, fold, and stock kennel laundry throughout the clinic daily
  • Prepare clean mop buckets
  • Wash and disinfect water bowls and cage carabiners daily

Training & Communication (30%)

  • Train veterinary assistants, new staff members, and trainees to utilize our patient care protocols and support other onboarding for new staff as appropriate
  • Direct and lead assigned trainees through clinic responsibilities
  • Direct the flow of surgery by supporting trainees
  • Effectively balance the needs of trainees, patients, Veterinarians and other medical support staff
  • Clearly and consistently communicate patient status with all members of the surgical team during anesthetic procedures, recovery, and boarding to ensure the safety and care of our patients
  • Clearly and consistently communicate with clients discharge instructions to ensure proper at home care of our patients

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

Additional Information

  • Some prior work with animals or animal welfare organizations is required, such as involvement in private veterinary practice, or volunteer experience, with at least 6 months of experience strongly preferred
  • Prior training, management or other leadership experience strongly preferred
  • Cat and dog handling experience in a professional setting is strongly preferred
  • Able to work as a Kennel Assistant, Recovery Assistant or Pack Assistant as assigned
  • This is a full-time position and requires approximately 40 hours of work Monday through Friday, with occasional, paid overtime.  Current operations consist of working 9 hours or more, including an hour paid lunch, each day Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7am and 8pm.  Friday hours consist of working 4 or more hours between 7am and 3pm.  Operational needs are subject to change.

  • Position requires evening hours, as well as flexibility and occasional overtime during off-hours, weekends, and possible holiday support
  • Must provide a valid driver’s license upon hire and pass a motor vehicle history check demonstrating a safe driving history
  • Must be willing to lift and move domestic and non-domesticated and potentially dangerous animals in stressful conditions
  • Able to occasionally work in physically challenging conditions and be able wear appropriate protective gear, including a protective mask. Potential environmental factors include:
    • Exposure to chemical and biological hazards, such as feces, urine and blood
    • Exposure to sharp objects
    • Working in environments that include loud noises
    • Working in environments that may have uneven, wet, slippery, greasy, oily, dirty surfaces or strong odors, and exposure to fumes, gases and dust


Displays care and concern for the safety and well-being of self, animals and others, especially during stressful situations, Encourages candid and respectful dialogue and feedback, Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures, Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds repeatedly throughout the day (large oxygen tanks, large animal handling) and up to 100 pounds with support, Must be able to work standing for 10 or more hours, Must be able to work standing for 10 or more hours be able to repetitively crawl, climb, bend, squat, reach overhead, kneel, balance and repetitively use hands in order to meet the physical demands of this role, Plans, organizes and prioritizes work, Presents information clearly in verbal and written form, Supports the development of others within and across teams by proactively sharing advice and knowledge



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)


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.

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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.