The Veterinary Assistant provides operational and patient care support for the patients at the OSU Veterinary Medical Center-Small Animal ECC. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to assist in the provision of care to ill and injured animals as well as providing assistance to clinicians, staff and professional students in the day-to-day operations of the Veterinary Medical Center.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: providing basic patient care functions; assisting in the collection of lab specimens such as blood, urine, and feces for testing; assisting with patient assessment, restraint and treatments; assisting with training student employees in prescribed care of animals; comforting and caring for hospitalized animal patients; walking patients and providing clean housing, food, and water at all times; monitoring patients and notifying higher level technician or veterinarian of any unusual changes or symptoms; assisting with the admission and discharge of patients including loading and unloading of animals; transporting patients within the Veterinary Medical Center and to Goss Lab; delivering specimens to necropsy; stocking supplies including feed, medical supplies and equipment; cleaning and disinfecting treatment and surgical areas, animals housing units, adjacent areas and supporting equipment following prescribed sanitation procedures and observing rules of epidemiology to prevent spread of disease; carrying out prescribed bedding; performing daily cleaning of all animal areas including windows, floors, light covers, ledges, hallways, vents, receiving rooms etc.; and notifying supervisor of need for non-routine repairs.
The successful candidates will be expected to work 40 hours a week on 3rd shift, 11:30 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. primarily on Mondays through Fridays with rotating weekends. Holiday shifts may be required and will be based on a team rotation. This position will be eligible for shift differential for evening hours and weekend hours worked. This position is subject to a background check prior to starting.