Veterinary Assistants are valuable members of our medical teams and play a crucial role in patient care and client service. At Helping Hands, you will work closely with doctors and technicians to increase the efficiency within our hospital as well as the level of care we provide as a team. Come thrive in a fast paced, team-oriented environment.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Animal handling and restraint
  • Assist doctors and technicians with medical treatments, and procedures
  • Overall comfort with working in a surgical suite that includes prepping patients, monitoring general anesthesia, familiarity with surgical instruments, and operation of patient monitoring equipment
  • Ensure documentation is accurate and complete within the electronic medical record
  • Maintain cleanliness of treatment and patient areas
  • Restock and organize medical supplies

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 2 years of professional experience in a veterinary clinical setting (CSR, kennel attendant, vet assistant, other), preferred
  • Basic knowledge of IV fluid therapy set up and IV catheter maintenance
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and the ability to problem solve and handle multiple tasks
  • Must have the ability to adjust to changes in the environment and able to handle stress in a calm manner
  • Must be a team player, have patience and maintain a positive attitude. 
  • Must be able to anticipate and be detail oriented due to the high level of quality medicine.
  • Must be able to lift and restrain pets of at least 40 pounds, and work on feet most of the day.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance options, all starting first of the month following date of hire
  • 401K with company match
  • Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account options included
  • Long Term Disability options
  • Short Term Disability, paid for by employer
  • Complimentary Life Insurance $15,000; with options to purchase additional voluntary benefits for self or family
  • Personal Pet Discounts
  • PTO and Paid Holidays
  • Company Sponsored Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

At Helping Hands Veterinary Surgery & Dentistry, our mission is to provide quality veterinary surgical and dental services at affordable prices to help prevent economic euthanasia. We only focus on surgery and dentistry, and work with referring veterinarians for pre and post-care, which helps us keep our costs low without sacrificing quality or care. We offer over 40 procedures, ensuring that we can help many pets receive surgical and dental care they otherwise would not have access to.

We are a proud United Veterinary Care Partner hospital. United Veterinary Care supports the unique culture and individuality of each partner hospital while empowering the hospital teams in their care for patients. One of our goals is to support our community of hospitals in creating sustainable, fulfilling careers in a profession we love.

Veterinary Assistant

Location: Richmond, VA