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Veterinary Assistant

Pet Community Center
3.2 out of 5
Pet Community Center in Nashville, TN 37207
From $16 an hour - Full-time


Pet Community Center in Nashville, TN 37207

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account

Full job description

JOB TITLE: Veterinary Assistant

REPORTS TO: Director of Clinic Operations

HOURS: Full Time, Monday - Thursday, 7am - 5pm (No Fridays or weekends)

Salary Range: Starting at $16 per hour

Benefits: Medical, Dental and Vision plans; Paid time off; Holidays off; Retirement plan; HSA; Employee discount plan; 3 day weekends; Eligibility for public service loan forgiveness; Paid Training


Pet Community Center is a nonprofit on a mission to strengthen the human-animal bond through accessible veterinary care and support services. We operate a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter and vaccine clinic serving the Metro Nashville area. Our programs include a Community Cat Program and Pets for Life outreach program. Since 2011 Pet Community Center has served more than 100,000 animals. We are moving to a new location on Harding Place, 37211 in January.


Pet Community Center believes that people love their pets and want the best for them. We serve and share information with pet owners in a non-judgmental, respectful way. We are looking for compassionate individuals who share that belief and who are motivated by serving underserved people and their pets.

We are searching for team members who are comfortable with being responsible for daily care of surgical or vaccine clinic patients, general cleaning, and training of others. Team members also cross-train with other positions such as Client Services Associate, and they have the opportunity to build strong skills in animal welfare services.


+ You love animals and want to make a difference for people and their pets!

+ You enjoy perfecting your skills and learning new things! You don't mind repetition and enjoy the challenge of making each day better than the last.

+ Working on a team is your strength, and you enjoy working with hardworking people.

+ You enjoy a fast-paced environment that requires a high level of attention to detail and high energy.

+ You tend to be curious about everything. You ask a lot of questions. You're also a problem-solver. If you see something that isn't working quite right, you find a way to fix it.

+ You are an early bird and are ready to smile and help pets and people first thing in the morning.


  • Handle and track controlled substances for large volumes of patients
  • Efficiently premedicate, induce, and intubate surgical patients
  • Monitor anesthesia with a working knowledge of abnormal parameters
  • Communicate in effective and professional manner with public, trainees, and staff members
  • Follow written and verbally communicated standard operating procedures
  • Intake and release patients, including delivering instructions
  • Train new staff members to utilize our patient care protocols
  • Respond appropriately during an emergency situation.
  • Glove in sterilely and assist doctor with surgery when appropriate
  • Efficiently maintain patient flow
  • Assist doctors with exams, administer vaccinations, and draw blood for tests.
  • Assist pet owners in making informed decisions with knowledge of preventative products.
  • All other duties as assigned


Professional and Interpersonal

  • Solution focused approach to problem solving
  • Adaptability to change in fast moving environment
  • Personal resilience in the face of adversity or difficulty
  • Participate in personal and organizational learning to achieve excellence.
  • Embrace failure as a learning opportunity rather than placing blame.

Medical Communication

  • Learn medical concepts including vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
  • Take medical histories
  • Deliver exceptional service using Customer Service for Social Change protocols

Animal Handling

  • Handle 30-40 dogs and cats per day – this could increase as the clinic expands.
  • Learn characteristics of animal behavior, ie. identify fearful behavior
  • Use appropriate restraint techniques and safety equipment for fractious or feral

animals (will train)

  • Possess excellent reflexes
  • Identify own limitations and be willing to ask for help

Physical Requirements

  • Work standing or sitting for 10 or more hours
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs repeatedly throughout the day with help
  • Bend and kneel repeatedly. Work and reach on hands and knees
  • Good hearing including ability to distinguish changes in pitch
  • Acceptable sense of touch and smell
  • Good range of motion in joints and back
  • Use a ladder and step stool
  • Acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers
  • Good vision including peripheral vision, fine detail, distance, and ability to focus.

Emotional/Mental Requirements

  • Respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)
  • Cope with the loss due to either due surgical complication or euthanasia
  • Delegate tasks

Potential and Prolonged Exposures

  • Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions ie. chlorhexidine, spectra soap
  • Prolonged exposure to isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium

cleaners and bleach

  • Potential exposure to formalin solution, isoflurane gas. pressurized steam
  • Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades

Technological Requirements

  • Use PC operating system, Google Drive, and Google Voice systems
  • Ability to learn software systems such as time clock system, inventory system, and

other database systems as needed


  • One or more years experience in a veterinary clinic, hospital, or animal shelter.
  • Registered veterinary technician, with a license to practice in Tennessee

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $16.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 10 hour shift

COVID-19 considerations:
Curbside service for all customers, surfaces are sanitized regularly, staff require to wear mask and uphold COVID vaccination requirement.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Nashville, TN 37207: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Veterinary assistant: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Veterinary clinic: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location: One location