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Veterinary Assistant - Urgent Care

Company: VCA Animal Hospitals
Location: Oceanside
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

We are looking for an Experienced Veterinary Assistant to join our brand-new, VCA Urgent Care hospital in Oceanside, CA.

Have you ever wanted to be on the front lines of innovation? Do you enjoy a fast-paced environment with a collaborative, team-oriented approach to patient care? Can you provide high-quality nursing care while creating a fear-free environment for the patients under your care? You just may find yourself rekindling your JOY for veterinary medicine in this well-designed, people-focused, high-tech hospital with an innovative approach to Urgent Care.

Our Technical team works in pairs to maximize efficiency while providing patient care. Utilizing a digital whiteboard, all diagnostics and treatments are clearly communicated allowing the medical team to complete cases quickly while keeping the doctor up to date on diagnostic results. An emphasis on low-stress handling, hands-free radiology, and a well-organized treatment space allows you to keep the patients calm and safe during their visit. The virtual waiting room has a dynamic capacity analyzer that assesses the team's pace and updates clients on the wait time digitally. When the team reaches capacity for the day, the waiting room automatically closes. This allows all team members to leave on time, with all medical records and patient care completed. The technician and assistant team only does patient care, not answering phones, presenting estimates, or checking out clients needed.

What You'll Do

Follow digital treatment plans prescribed by DVM

Obtain quality lab samples via venipuncture, cystocentesis, fecal collection, etc.

Place intravenous catheters in feline and canine patients

Perform in-hospital laboratory diagnostics including urinalysis, cytologies, etc.

Process lab samples utilizing in-hospital laboratory equipment

Use low-stress patient-handling techniques

Perform diagnostic radiographs (hands-free as allowed)

Administer injections (intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular), medications, and nursing care as directed by a veterinarian

Monitor patients under general anesthesia and sedation utilizing multi-parameter assessment equipment

Maintain accurate, complete digital medical records

Fill prescriptions (as allowed by law)

Maintain a clean work environment including following any infectious disease protocols, handling medical/biomedical, and infectious waste appropriately


Minimum 3 years of veterinary experience in a general practice or emergency setting

Ability to operate with a sense of urgency and high pace

Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

Willingness to jump in as needed

Able to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment

Comfortable asking for help and clarification when needed

Possess high attention to detail

Schedule: 4/10's. Full and Part-time positions available. The hospital is open 7 days a week, 10 am- 8 pm. One weekend day per week and some holiday coverage are required.

Compensation: The pay range for this position is $19 - 24 / hour. Compensation is negotiable based on education, experience, and other relevant credentials.

Location: 3509 Cannon Rd., Suite E4, Oceanside, CA 92056

Benefits: Below are some of the many benefits of joining the VCA team for full-time associates (part-time benefits may vary)!

Paid vacation, sick time, and holiday pay

Free mental health sessions (Lyra) and wellness subscriptions (Head Space)

Referral bonuses

Medical, dental & vision insurance for you and your family

Health saving account, and Flexible spending account

Generous pet care discounts plus discounts on Mars, Royal Canin, and more

Life, short, and long-term disability insurance (company-paid)

Paid parental leave for new parents

401(k) (company match)

Opportunities for growth and leadership roles at VCA and Mars Veterinary Health

Dedicated onboarding and development support

Associate-led equity, inclusion, and diversity groups

Free Continuing Education through our online WoofU

If you are a current associate, you will need to apply through our internal career site. Please log into Workday and click on the Jobs Hub app or search for Browse Jobs.

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!

The information in this position description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of associates assigned to this job. Management reserves the right to revise the job description or require that other tasks be performed when the circumstances of the job change (for example, emergencies, change in personnel, workload, or technical development)

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans / Disabled. For a complete EEO statement please see our career page at vcacareers.com

Keywords: VCA Animal Hospitals, Oceanside , Veterinary Assistant - Urgent Care, Healthcare , Oceanside, California

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