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Vet Assistant/Kennel Attendant - Metro Dayton, OH  Dayton, OH  Posted: 7/30/2020
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Bigger Road Veterinary has an opportunity for a Hybrid Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant in Dayton Metro, OH.
Bigger Road Veterinary Center
718 N. Main St.
Springboro, OH 45066
Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic
5655 Bigger Rd.
Kettering, OH 45440
Bigger Road Veterinary Center, a busy, nine-doctor, AAHA accredited companion animal practice with two locations in Kettering and Springboro is looking to welcome a full-time or part-time additional VA/Kennel Attendant for our growing practices!
Summary: A veterinary assistant must be able to provide assistance and support to the medical support staff in the operation of a small animal facility in accordance with hospital policy and procedures and provide medical care to patients as allowed in the veterinary practice act. A Kennel Attendant provides daily care, feeding and exercise of boarding and hospitalized pets. He or she also pays close attention to pets’ status such as signs of stress and changes in eating or elimination habits, promptly notifying technicians and veterinarians when a pet needs medical attention.  Proper record documentation and accurate completion of boarding forms and cage cards is critical. A Kennel Attendant must pay close attention to details, understand and follow proper feeding and sanitation procedures and monitor boarding and hospitalized pets. 
Reports to: Practice Manager
Veterinary Assistant Duties
  • Provide patient care under the direction of a DVM.
  • Maintain excellent client communication.
  • Be proficient in a variety of skills ranging from but not limited to: laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, surgery, dental and nursing skills.
  • Record all pertinent medical, client and case related information in the patient record accurately with appropriate grammar, terms and accurate information.
  • Review medical records, estimates or discharge instructions with clients.
  • Reception Skills: Provide client care for scheduling appointments, taking payments and check-ins.
  • Answer the phones in a courteous and informative way.
Kennel Attendant Duties
  • Provide compassionate care to boarding pets and hospitalized patients.
  • Walk through kennel area regularly, checking each pet for any abnormal activity such as vomiting, diarrhea or blood in the cage or run.
  • Report abnormal activity to doctors and technicians, pull patient’s medical record.
  • Recognize emergency situations, enlisting the aid of doctors and technicians.
  • Mark records correctly for eating, drinking and elimination habits.
  • Feed and water animals according to schedules.
  • Clean and disinfect cages, runs and yard as needed, using hoses and spray bottles of disinfectant. Use a squeegee to remove excess water.
  • Clean cat litter boxes and disinfect kitty condos.
  • Clean and disinfect all food and water bowls.
  • Wear personal protective equipment required for the area and maintain the personal protective equipment in good working order. Personal protective equipment includes goggles or face shields, aprons, full body aprons, gloves, boots and booties or other equipment assigned.
  • Move pets to yard or other areas so runs can be disinfected; return animal to correct run after the run is clean and dry.
  • Remove soiled bedding and take it to the laundry area.
  • Place clean bedding in runs.
  • Operate washer and dryer to clean kennel bedding and hospital laundry.
  • Know proper animal restraint techniques.
  • Administer medications to pets that require medications while boarding
  • Supervise animals when they are in the yard
  • Perform “TLC” play times or walks for clients who have requested it.
  • Check-in animals for boarding, talk with owners, write specific feeding and medication instructions, play times, walks, additional services; Record all information on boarding forms.
  • Administer flea and tick control on all animals.
  • Take pets to treatment area for all medical services to be administered.
  • Record and label all personal belongings.
  • Record medication instructions on the kennel medication board.
  • Check out animals for boarding, talk with owners, return all personal belongings and review boarding report card with client.
  • Take animals to exam room if there is a doctor discharge.
  • Make medical records for animals needing a doctor exam, inform receptionists that there are now doctor charges and a doctor discharge is needed.
  • Collect any samples requested by the doctor or technician.
  • Maintain food and supply storage areas.
  • Understand infectious diseases and how to control and prevent their spread.
Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Assist in all daily duties for clinic care.
  • Participate in any special cleaning duties.
  • Perform clinic upkeep as directed.
  • Perform equipment maintenance as directed.
  • Identify areas or items needing additional attention.
Special Working Conditions
  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and climb as well as manipulate (lift, carry, move) up to 50 pounds, and over 50 pounds with a co-worker.
  • Endure sitting, standing and walking on hard floor surfaces for extended periods
  • Ability to be confident around pets.
  • Able to work in noisy work conditions with sounds from animals and equipment that can be moderately high.
  • Client needs and work volume may often require more than 40 hours per week to complete essential duties of this job.
  • Requires sufficient ambulatory skills in order to perform duties while in a hospital environment.
  • Employee is routinely exposed to a variety of pets that may bite or scratch, and on occasion, exposed to anesthesia, radiation, biological hazards and medication/controlled substances.
  • Minimal travel required, possibly for vendor visits and associate education.
  • Fluent in the written and verbal skills necessary to perform successfully the essential functions, duties, and responsibilities of the position.
  • Must be able to exchange accurate information with all clients and team members.
Apply today for immediate consideration!


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