Job: PT Veterinary Assistant

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City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and wellness programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces
Neighborhood Services - Animal Services Division
Aurora Animal Services provides animal-related services for the city of Aurora. You can call them to pick up an injured or stray animal. Owners should search kennels in the shelter frequently for lost pets. The shelter also has many animals available for adoption. 

The City of Aurora is seeking a professional for the position of Part Time Veterinary Assistant.  This position will assist the veterinarian to provide humane care and treatment of animals in the Aurora Animal Shelter.  This position examines animals for veterinary treatment, assists with behavioral assessments, and in surgical and medical procedures. 

This is a regular part time position, including, full benefits at a pro-rated amount, based on 20 hours/week worked.  Required hours may include weekends and holidays.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Observes animals for signs of disease or injury
  • Keeps medical treatment board up-to-date
  • Retrieves animals from the kennel and escorts them to the Treatment Room
  • Restrains animals for the Veterinarian and/or Animal Protection Officers
  • Assists the veterinarian with medical and surgical procedures
  • Prepares animals for surgery
  • Takes temperatures, provides vaccinations/inoculations, implants microchips
  • Medicates animals according to veterinary directives
  • Determines and documents sex and age of animals
  • Checks for incision scars
  • Properly documents each animal's veterinary treatment in the computer
  • Fills prescriptions and creates prescription labels
  • Creates and posts kennel cards
  • Advises owners/clients about their pet's veterinary treatment and/or medications
  • Performs and monitors cleaning and sanitation of the areas of the shelter
  • Monitors and stocks supplies for the shelter
  • Uses a variety of computer software programs
  • Performs additional duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  High School Diploma or GED. 

Experience: At least 1 year of progressively responsible experience in the care and handling of animals in a veterinary setting, animal shelter or kennel environment, 2 years' preferred.  An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge:  Knowledge of basic veterinary standards, animal shelter or veterinary clinic operations, dog and cat breed characteristics..

Abilities:  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and citizens; handle difficult or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; provide humane care and treatment for a variety of animals; assist with euthanasia by restraining animals; and operate a City vehicle.

Skills:  Skill in handling animals; provides good customer service skills.

Licenses, Certificates, and/or Equipment Required:  Must have current Veterinary Technician and/or Veterinary Assistant training or certification.  Valid Driver's License with a good driving record.  SAFER and Euthanasia Certification must be obtained within 6 months of hire.  This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands:  Moderate to heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 75 pounds with assistance; frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; regular walking and standing; a full range of body movements including bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, and crawling; foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle; vision to read reports, instructions, and other written material; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees, citizens and animals.

Work Environment:  Works primarily indoors in an animal shelter with exposure to dust, water, noise, animal dangers, odors, cleaning chemicals and fumes. 

Equipment Used: Uses a variety of tools and equipment common to veterinary, kennel and cleaning operations; motor vehicle for transporting animals to off-site animal hospitals.

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.


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