Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Assistant

Dec 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00043311

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The NC State Veterinary Hospital (VH), established in 1983, is one of the highest rated veterinary academic medical centers in the country, serving communities throughout North Carolina as well as many other states. The hospital staffs over twenty clinical services with board-certified specialists that are nationally and even internationally renowned, ensuring the VH is on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine. Patients benefit from the combined expertise of multiple specialists utilizing a team approach to patient health care. Each year, nearly 25,000 patients are treated in the VH. The VH provides compassionate care, state of the art specialty health care, expert clinical instruction for 4th-year veterinary students from College of Veterinary Medicine, and ongoing investigation of innovative techniques and procedures to further advance the field of veterinary medicine.

Essential Job Duties: Provide veterinary assistant support for all Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center patients. Directly responsible for all hourly treatments, monitoring, and husbandry care. Responsible for triage and treatment of emergency caseload. Assist veterinarians with examinations, treatments, animal handling, and restraint. Maintain supplies and equipment, including repair schedules. Participate in on call schedule, weekend rotations, and holiday rotations as needed. Ensure compliance with all Infectious Disease protocols. Assist with inventory control, correct billing, supply ordering/purchasing, monitoring flow sheets for accuracy, and ensuring effective communication and collaboration with all ancillary services and other areas of the hospital.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Department Required Skills: Extensive large animal handling experience. Ability to work with or around sick animals, potentially hazardous materials, cleaning chemicals, gas anesthetics, zoonotic diseases, and unpleasant odors. Ability to communicate professionally and effectively at all times and maintain professionalism in emotionally charged / challenging situations. Ability to provide high quality customer service. Ability to work beyond scheduled work hours when needed. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and be an active participant in problem solving and team advancement. Ability to work effectively with computers and electronics. Ability to maintain physical work for extended periods of time. Ability to work independently and practice good judgment to ensure high-quality care for all patients and request assistance when needed. Ability to lift up to 75 pounds frequently with or without a reasonable accommodation. Excellent organizational skills. Accuracy in recording. Work well with minimal supervision. Prioritizes tasks appropriately according to importance and urgency. Convey information clearly and simply, with the ability to read your audience and ensure understanding.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: At least one year of experience as a veterinary assistant in a large animal clinical setting. Experience with referral / tertiary care is desired. At least one year of experience as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary teaching facility.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: Must possess or be able to obtain a valid NC Driver's License within 60 days of hire and maintained throughout employment.

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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