Job Description

Veterinary Assistant


Under the direction of a veterinarian, assists in the provisions of basic care for animals in the shelter by providing support to the licensed veterinary technicians and
veterinarians. Performs initial screening examinations, documents medical findings, and administer a variety of medical treatment. Facilitates accurate and timely data entry, including photographic documentation as needed. Administers topical and oral medications, bathe and groom animals, and provide direct assistance to veterinary medical staff as otherwise directed. Ensures basic maintenance tasks are performed in a timely fashion to ensure smooth functioning of the department.

This position is based within the medical department at a specific ACC location but flexibility to work at other locations may occasionally be required.


Medical and nursing care (60%)

Provide safe and effective restraint for all procedures
Medicate animals orally and/or topically
Learn and understand basic pharmacology including abbreviations, medications, and their purpose
Assist with all aspects of surgery – pre, intra, and postoperatively
Obtain basic vitals of hospitalized animals when directed and notify veterinarians when outside of the normal parameters
Assist in performing and obtaining diagnostics (radiographs, blood work, cultures, etc.)
Assist in feeding and other basic husbandry care of animals
Implant microchips as needed
Operational and administrative support (25%)

Under the direction of a veterinarian, accurately document medical exam findings, vaccinations, medications, surgery information and treatments in Shelter Buddy medical records
Facilitate transfer of animals from intake or medical areas and into appropriate housing
Work cooperatively with ACC volunteers and partners and all departments.
Communicate effectively, cordially, and promptly within and outside of the department
Housekeeping and maintenance (15%)

Clean medical areas, kennels and cages as needed
Maintain handling and restraint equipment
Assist in stocking and maintenance of adequate inventory
Other (5%)

Required to obtain ACC-provided euthanasia certification in order to perform the humane euthanasia of animals when needed
Other duties as assigned by veterinary team management staff

Must be 21 years of age or older. Eligibility for and willingness to apply for certification as a euthanasia technician. Good written and oral communication skills and basic computer skills, including a basic understanding of medical terminology. Dependable, reliable, and efficient. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time.

Education and Work Experience

High school diploma or GED. Some college preferred. Minimum 12 months previous experience working with animals in a veterinary or shelter setting.

Work Environment

At ACC it's all hands-on deck. We work together as a team, which means you may be asked to help with tasks that involve working outside in all sorts of weather. As a busy animal shelter in one of the biggest cities in the world it can get noisy inside. Employees should have the ability to remain calm yet professional in stressful situations involving animals and/or members of the public. ACC houses hundreds of animals in its facilities at any given time and with that comes fur, odors and other airborne particles in abundance.

ACC offers many low-cost services to pets and people in need. This includes compassionate end-of-life services for people who cannot afford to go to a private veterinary office but still want to provide a professional and peaceful transition for their beloved pet.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. New hires must have one dose of a single-dose vaccine (J&J) or a first dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) by their first day of employment. For Pfizer or Moderna, you must provide proof your second dose within one month of your start date. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.

Reports To: Veterinary Team Manager

Overtime: This position is eligible for overtime.

Animal Care Centers of New York City is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital status, citizenship status, or sexual orientation. Accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals requiring them. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.

This is a full time job

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Closing Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022

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