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Veterinary Assistant

Nestle Purina PetCare

Last Updated: 5/14/23

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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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 is preferred
  • Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology is preferred
  • Licensed Veterinary Technologist in the State of Missouri is preferred

It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.

To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestlé seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé home.

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Job: Veterinary Assistant
Primary Location: St. Joseph, MO US
Other Location: United States--
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...