How to write a Veterinary Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Veterinary Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Veterinary Assistant job titles

    Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant (3+ Years’ Experience)
    Large Animal Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant (Part-Time)
    Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Veterinary Assistant job summary

Our successful and growing animal hospital needs and experienced Veterinary Assistant to join our animal-loving staff. We run a fast-paced clinic that sees patients during regular daytime hours as well as on an emergency basis after hours. The ideal candidate will be willing to work as late as 11PM on at least three shifts per week as well as on weekends as needed. We’re looking for someone who is familiar with all different types of pets, from dogs and cats to birds and reptiles. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with all animals and with communicating with our patients’ owners.

Veterinary Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Veterinary Assistant responsibilities

    Provide assistance to our Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians
    Greet patients and their owners as they arrive and show them to an examining room
    Take pets’ weight and other vital signs upon arrival
    Provide patient restraint during procedures and examinations
    Feed, bathe and care for patients who stay overnight in our facility
    Provide assistance during radiology procedures
    Clean and maintain the surgical room in preparation for procedures
    Prepare instruments and medications as directed by veterinary personnel
    Calm and soothe anxious patients
    Adhere to hospital’s safety and wellness regulations
    Educate clients about our insurance, wellness and medicinal plans

Veterinary Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Veterinary Assistant skills

    High school diploma/GED required
    2+ years’ experience working with animals
    1+ years’ experience working as a Veterinary Assistant a plus
    Comfort around all types of animals required
    Experience with animal restraint a plus

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