Vet Assistant- Full Time ES

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Vet Assistant- Full Time ES

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Vet Assistant- Full Time ES

Job Profile Title
Veterinary Nurse Assistant A

Job Description Summary
Veterinary Nurse Assistant A
This position provides support to the Emergency Room, as well as the nurses and clinicians, by assisting with room organization and patient care.

Job Description

Veterinary Nurse Assistant A

Veterinary Assistant Duties


  • The first priority for the Veterinary Assistant is room organization. Please make sure the area is clean and stocked so that the shift runs smoothly.
  • Make sure there are enough heparinized saline syringes for 24 hours.
  • On slow days, there are extra cleaning duties that can be done by all members of the team.
  • The nurse on duty will provide instructions on what to prioritize during the shift.
  • Patient Restraint: Understand appropriate restraint techniques for all animals. If you are uncomfortable with the animal you are handling, inform the nurse immediately.
  • Walking more stable patients in appropriate areas.
  • Admitting and discharging outpatients once properly trained.
  • Proper handling and running of a blood sample for patients in the room and from other departments. Novas must always be checked with a nurse after being analyzed.
  • Proper handling and running of glucometer, PCV/TS, and COPs, lactate and ketones.
  • ANTICIPATE NURSES NEEDS. This includes setting up for an IV catheter, preparing for post op cases.
  • In arrest situations, the best thing to do is stand back and wait for direction.
  • VA's can enter charges under nurse's direction.
  • Pharmacy and clinical lab runs.

Treatment Guidelines

  • Veterinary Assistants can perform specific treatments on the more stable patients under direct supervision of a nurse and assist nurses on duty with unstable patients as directed.
  • If a treatment involves giving medications, a nurse must be notified and the nurse is responsible for drawing up and administering the medication.
  • ANY abnormalities that you notice or questions that you have when assisting with treatments should be brought to the attention of a nurse.
  • VA's can assist a nurse with patient care under the direct supervision of the nurse, only when deemed appropriate by the nurse on duty.
  • Examples of approved duties( under direct supervision):Performing TPRs, BP checks, EKG hook up, walking patients, TPN set up, hanging plain fluids, setting up O2, setting up for IV cath placement, monitoring blood transfusions, setting up heat support, assisting with recoveries from anesthesia, and appropriate documentation in the medical record.
  • VA's are NOT to perform Venipuncture, CRI set ups, Administering Medication, NO HANDLING OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
  • High School diploma and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Physical effort required: Lifting over 25 pounds with assistance, kneeling, bending and reaching around patients

Working conditions: Can be loud with barking dogs, equipment alarms. Use of PPE during entire shift.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$15.00 - $23.25

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Posted: 8/31/2020
Application Due: 10/30/2020
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