Job Title: Veterinary Assistant 

Department: Operations

Location(s): Garden Grove

Reports To: Clinic Manager

FLSA Classification: Non-exempt
Status: Full-time (30+hours/week)    

Posting Date: June 27, 2019




The primary purpose and function of the Veterinary Assistant is to assist in multiple procedures providing care for animals including physical examinations, surgeries, immunizations, euthanasia as well as client education. Must have a working knowledge of pharmaceutical drugs and common diseases; their symptoms, means of transmission, treatment and prevention, and other basic preventative health care recommendations. This is an overview of the position and the job responsibilities listed do not encompass the entire position.


  • Promote GSHS in all duties and tasks.

  • Assist Veterinarians and RVT in surgery, patient care and client interaction including but not limited to: vaccine administration, acquiring laboratory samples, processing in-house and reference lab samples, anesthesia monitoring, surgical preparation, medical documentation and logging, and post-operative patient care.

  • Dispense and administer medications, vaccines and treatments as prescribed by the Veterinarians.

  • Compassionate and gentle care of patients.

  • Check in clients, take medical history, obtain vital signs.

  • Fill prescriptions.

  • Client education.

  • Assist in cleaning the hospital including but not limited to: cleaning surgery suite and prep area, cleaning exam rooms, kennels, floors, and taking out trash.

  • Answer phones and make appointments as needed.

  • Relay appropriate information to/from clients to veterinarians/RVT and/or management.

  • Maintain proper documentation in veterinary software as well as written controlled substance logs.

  • Computer skills: effectively use veterinary software and any web-based searches.

  • Assist with euthanasia.

  • Support RVT as needed to complete daily tasks.

  • Insure that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, monitors, breathing apparatus, heat sources and autoclaves are in good working order.

  • Operate and maintain Idexx blood machine.

  • Proper methods of safely handling and restraining dogs and cats.

  • Animal care, behavior and breed knowledge.

  • Proper use of common equipment used in veterinary practice.

  • Understanding of medications commonly used in veterinary care.

  • Must be able to work at our Garden Grove and Long Beach locations.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • 2 years practical experience as a Veterinary Assistant required.

  • High volume surgery experience is preferred.

  • Some shelter or humane society experience preferred.

  • Experience with Cornerstone software preferred.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) required.



  • None




  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. on a regular basis.

  • Extensive direct handling, lifting, carrying and restraining of animals large and small.

  • Frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, and work in a bended position.

  • Work is often done in a time sensitive and demanding environment.

  • Evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required.



  • Strong psychological stamina to work with public and maintain decorum

  • Interface productively with all employees and clients




  • Work takes place in an animal clinic, both indoors and outdoors.

  • May be exposed to heights, such as step stools or ladders.

  • Must employ basic safety standards at all times


Additional requirements: A demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare; be dedicated to GSHS’s mission; be willing to work mornings, evenings, weekends and some holidays as required by the job; have a valid California driver’s license and insurable by GSHS insurance vendors; meet the physical requirements of the job.




This is a non-safety sensitive position. Safety is to be given primary importance in every aspect and performing all related activities. We want to protect you against injury and illness, as well as minimize the potential loss.  Please report all injuries (no matter how slight) to your manager immediately, as well as anything that needs repair or is a safety hazard.  A post accident drug test will be conducted if you are involved in on-the-job accidents that may have involved human error and which cause a fatality, a serious injury, an injury requiring immediate treatment away from the scene, or an accident involving significant property damage. 



GSHS authorizes and provides an unpaid meal period, which must be taken for at least thirty minutes and it must commence before the end of the fifth hour of employment. If a non-exempt employee works more than ten hours in one day, the employee may take a second unpaid meal period of at least thirty minutes, which may be waived by mutual consent of both the employer and employee provided the first meal period was taken as long as a Meal Break Waiver Form is on file with Human Resources. If the total work period per day is no more than six hours, the meal period may be waived by mutual consent of both the employer and employee.




GSHS authorizes and provides duty-free rest periods for all non-exempt employees. Rest periods consist of at least ten minutes of "net" rest time for each four-hour work period or a major fraction thereof. Rest periods generally occur in the middle of the work shift to the extent practicable. Rest periods are not documented in employee time records.



In the event that an employee is or becomes disabled from performing one or more of the essential functions of the job, GSHS will engage in an interactive dialogue in a good faith attempt to identify a reasonable accommodation that permits a qualified employee to perform the essential functions of the employee’s job if the requested accommodation does not result in an undue hardship to the company.