Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant

Job Description

Cincinnati Animal CARE is looking for energetic people who are enthusiastic about our mission, work with a sense of urgency, and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. Our medical staff is an integral part of our team and must share our goal to lead our region in progressive, best practice, data driven, no-kill animal sheltering. Teamwork and community are important to us as we believe people are the answer, not the problem. We are seeking a Veterinary Assistant who loves the idea and challenge of building a progressive program from the ground up, embraces change and growth, loves to learn and brings a positive and open-minded attitude to every challenge. This person must be a strong leader who values giving and receiving feedback. We believe that every day at Cincinnati Animal CARE is a day to do something great for the people and animals in our community.

Veterinary Assistants will be responsible for compassionate, high-quality veterinary services, ensuring animals are healthy and ready for adoption, and working in collaboration with shelter programs and departments. This position will report directly to the Medical Manager

A successful candidate must display the following characteristics:

  • Positive communication
  • Problem-solving mentality
  • Ability to practice holistic assessments
  • Outside-the-box thinking
  • Reliable
  • Show an attention to detail
  • Commitment to organizational lifesaving, mission


  • Assist the Medical Director and staff veterinarian in examining, handling, and treating patients
  • Administer treatments and medications to sick and injured animals as directed by the Medical Director or Veterinarian
  • Perform intake procedures including but not limited to exam, vaccines, medications, testing and treatment
  • Monitor sick and injured animals
  • Maintain a schedule of boosters and exams for all animals in care
  • Maintain medical records in PetPoint software
  • Stay current on shelter medicine best practice and follow shelter protocol
  • Perform any other shelter duties as directed by the Medical Manager or Medical Director.

Major Essential Duties

  • Be present and timely for the duration of each shift
  • Be empathetic and compassionate when interacting with the animals, staff and public
  • Adhere to the Cincinnati Animal CARE Culture Agreement which includes behaving in a manner that promotes a fun, positive work environment

Education and/or Experience

  • Experience caring for animals in a safe, effective, and humane manner
  • Knowledge of and commitment to high levels of customer service
  • Knowledge of animal behavior patterns and disease symptoms
  • Prior shelter, veterinary or kennel experience preferred but not required

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to walk or stand for long periods of time; frequently works in a bent position
  • Ability to read and interpret policies, procedures, and professional publications
  • Possess strong oral and listening skills

Other Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Ability to work under general supervision
  • Ability to maintain accurate medical records
  • Ability to exercise judgment, tack and diplomacy
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and corresponding safety precautions necessary for the safe performance of assigned duties


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have personal integrity and remain free of felony convictions
  • Must maintain confidentiality
Job Category: Kennel Staff
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: 3949 Colerain Ave

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