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(Archived) Veterinary Assistant

Last Updated: 9/01/21

Job Description

Veterinary Assistant Job Description


This position is responsible for performing and assisting the necessary support work related to the health care of the cats and dogs under direct supervision.


1. Knowledge of and compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and all procedures and protocols in the Nestlé Purina R&D Petcare Manual, QMS and GLP

2. Perform pet care procedures as follows:

  • Perform daily rounds & treatments and report to the veterinarians sick or unusual behavior
  • Observe animals during treatment; monitor & report progress to vets
  • Provide care of pets in clinic
  • Prepare drugs & instructions for weekend treatments
  • Assist with colony wellness program
  • Contact & assist relief vet when needed
  • Perform surgery supply set-up including sterilization of surgical instruments
  • Prep patient for surgical procedure
  • Monitor heart rate, respiration & temp of patient during and after anesthetic procedure

3. Maintain necessary records as follows:

  • Record animal medical/clinical data as outlined in protocol; enter health into pertinent database
  • Maintain animal records in orderly manner
  • File laboratory results
  • Maintain anesthetic logbook
  • Enter pertinent medical information into puppy adoption file in a timely manner
  • Maintain updated treatment list

4. Maintenance of veterinary suite and associated areas:

  • Maintain safe, sanitary & orderly work area
  • Clean & sanitize work area daily (vet suite) or as used (DEXA, radiology…)
  • Clean-up of surgical suite & instruments post-op

5. Practice safety in the work area


  • Assist veterinarians & other technicians with sample collections
  • Actively participate in training and skill development as needed
  • Additional duties as assigned

JOB QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, and Knowledge):

  • Minimum 1 year experience working with animals in a clinical setting
  • Skillful at handling animals
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team
  • Good interpersonal, communication, organization, and math skills
  • Computer literacy


  • Advanced training or experience in animal science, veterinary technology, or animal handling, grooming, or behavior
  • Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology
  • Licensed Veterinary Technologist in the State of Missouri

The Nestlé Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Job: Veterinary Assistant Primary Location: St. Joseph, MO US Other Location: Career Area: Professional Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Company Details

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Nestlé Purina PetCare has been advancing pet nutrition for over 80 years. Our team of over 18,000 employees and 400 scientists, including nutritionists, aim to develop products that deliver comprehensive nutrition to help ensure the long healthy lives of pets and make discoveries that can further enhance the lives of pets everywhere. Nestlé Purina is focused on delivering world-class products with...