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Veterinary Assistant, Emergency & Critical Care - College of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Veterinary Assistant, Emergency & Critical Care - College of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, invites applications for the position of Veterinary Assistant. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a veterinary assistant with the small animal emergency/critical care service.  Assists veterinary nurses, clinicians, and students with patient care of hospitalized critically ill/injured, post-operative and infectious small animal patients. Attends to patient needs such as feeding appropriate diets, walking and husbandry. Restrains patients for procedures using appropriate restraint techniques. Stocks supplies for efficient function of the unit. Keeps ICU and Emergency Triage rooms clean and organized using appropriate techniques for adequate infection control. May provide information to the clients waiting to be seen or during the treatment/hospitalization phase of the visit. Assists with patient flow. Ensures administrative duties of the ECC service are accomplished. Required to be on-call on a rotating basis and work some holidays.  Depending on qualifications of the successful candidate, position will begin as a Veterinary Assistant 1 or 2 or Senior Veterinary Assistant 1 or 2.  More responsibilities will be expected of those hired in at a more advanced level.


Typical Responsibilities:

  • Assists veterinary nurses, clinicians, and students with basic nursing care needs of hospitalized patients
  • Assesses patients for cleanliness and need for care and assists with bathing
  • Feeds patients appropriate diets and offers water
  • Walks patients outside on a scheduled basis
  • Stocks cabinets and drawers with drugs and supplies
  • Restrains patients for medical procedures utilizing proper restraint techniques
  • Maintains cleanliness and appropriate disinfection of cages, floors, and other surfaces for adequate infection control
  • Makes saline and heparinized saline syringes for ICU and ER use
  • Ensures patient records are complete and all required forms have been completed            
  • Facilitates discharge of patients by ensuring discharge instructions are complete and the final bill has been processed with Client Services

Desired Competencies:

  • Basic knowledge of small animal care, behavior, monitoring, and handling
  • Basic knowledge of and ability to use common hospital equipment
  • Knowledge of general sanitation and disinfection protocols
  • Good Computer skills
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong observation skills
  • Ability to lift and restrain small animals
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to follow directions and work with a diverse population
  • Ability to work with others in a respectful and cooperative manner
  • Ability to adhere to safety and training procedures
  • Ability to work under stressful or demanding conditions

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience working with small animals, including but not limited to dogs, cats, birds, and rodents

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 29, 2024, 4:22:48 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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