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Veterinary Assistant

Compensation: $15-$18/hour

Employment type: full-time

Job Description

The St Francis Team is looking for individuals ready for a challenge, ready to learn every day and make a difference in the lives of our clients and patients. We seek individuals who get excited to help us and our staff develop a close client patient bond. We want candidates who are self-motivated to support our staff's goal of providing progressive, compassionate and comprehensive high quality care with an emphasis on exceptional client service and patient care. Our Support team works closely with the practice manager/co-owner to address complex questions and requests and to identify areas for improvement.

We’re looking for someone who is enthusiastic about medicine, has not only the existing technical skills to be successful but also the acumen to learn even more; you’ll never run out of things to learn here. You’re comfortable being a mediator, helping doctors and clients reach solutions to achieve the best medical care for their pet. There is plenty of room for advancement in this role within the department or otherwise within our company that is a meritocracy.


  • Provide compassionate care to patients and clients.
  • Conduct oneself in a confident and professional manner even when stressed and/or focused on individual tasks.
  • Legibly keep accurate medical records in accordance with hospital policy.
  • Prepare and maintain the exam rooms and treatment areas.
  • Perform physical assessments; record observations in computer.
  • Effectively restrain pets even when large or difficult.
  • Understands all common vaccinations and vaccination protocols and can explain to clients.
  • Understands the importance of a clean and orderly facility, does not hesitate to clean or organize as part of a normal job duty.
  • Maintains positive, cooperative relationships with other employees.
  • Gives SQ injections.
  • Handle client’s medical questions with confidence and direct to veterinarians when appropriate.
  • Prepare estimates for procedures and discuss financial commitments with clients supporting hospital financial policies.
  • Explain necessary follow-up and homecare instructions.
  • Understands usage, dosage, and common side-effects for commonly used prescription drugs and can readily explain them to the clients.
  • Maintain an appropriate inventory of all medical supplies as determined by the inventory control system.
  • Properly care for all surgical materials; keep the operating room properly stocked and prepared for surgery.
  • Perform clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams, skin scrapings, urinalysis, and fungal cultures; maintains file of lab test results and ensures that test results are recorded in patient records.
  • Effectively position for and take radiographs and dental radiographs.
  • Knows common disease states and can alert veterinarians when symptoms change or when concerns arise with hospitalized patients.
  • Admit patients following hospital policy and doctors written orders.
  • Discharge patients based on the veterinarian’s orders, ensuring that patients are well groomed and in a medically appropriate state.
  • Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

High school diploma or equivalent.
Minimum 6 months of experience as veterinary assistant.
Minimum of 18 years old.
Genuinely enjoys working with animals and can deal with them even when they are stressed, ill or in pain.
Can stay calm and efficient during a medical crisis.
Is well-spoken and approaches his/her job duties in a mature nature.
Is experienced in the teamwork approach and works well with all levels of hospital team members.
Has excellent client communication skills.

Work requires lifting and carrying animals (will be assisted by other staff members in lifting animals over 40 lbs). Walks or stands for extended periods or time; frequently works in a bent position.
May be exposed to unpleasant odors, noises and animal feces. May be exposed to euthanasia, bites, scratches and contagious diseases.

$15-$18 per hour based on level of experience.
For Full Time Only: Medical benefits, Dental, Vision, paid vacation, paid sick leave, paid holiday, Flexible spending, pet benefits, Employer matching retirement plan.
St. Francis Pet Clinic is a drug free workplace. A background check is required for all hires.

St Francis Pet Clinic does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without an agreement in place is hired; such resumes will be deemed the sole property of St Francis Pet Clinic. St Francis Pet Clinic is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused
  • People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused
  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative
Email your resume to [email protected], give us a call at (805)963-0577 to inquire more about the position or apply online at Indeed.

138 W. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Mon-Fri 8:00AM-6:00PM