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Veterinary Assistant - Surgery for VMSG - Ventura

Job Locations US-CA-Ventura
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Opportunity for a Surgical Veterinary Assistant


A Veterinary Assistant is the foundation of a solid clinical medical practice and the primary support of our doctors.  The duties of a assistant require practical knowledge of hospital procedures, policies and services; client and patient treatment protocols; hospital computer systems; and the standard procedures, records, and terminology used in a veterinary hospital. They assist in pet restraint, lab work, procedures, surgery, nursing care, and triage/discharge of patients.


VMSG is a world class specialty referral and emergency center providing pets with extraordinary care.  Our highly qualified team delivers compassionate, comprehensive care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which is overseen by board-certified Veterinary Critical Care specialists.


VMSG has the highest possible nurse-to-patient ratio using state-of-the-art monitoring, diagnostic, and treatment equipment.

  • Ability to work with animals that are under an extremely high level of stress.
  • Perform emergency procedures and monitor the recovery process.
  • Evaluate traumatic injuries, performing surgical procedures, evaluating diagnostic tests, compiling detailed case reports, supervising intensive care units, and provides specialty consultations on referral cases.
  • Excellent at working with animals that are suffering the effects of physical trauma, shock, respiratory problems, cardiac problems, neurological issues, or other severe injuries that require immediate and intensive veterinary care.
  • Great communicator
  • Capacity to make decisions and problem solving in a fast paced environment

Our Critical Care services include:

  • 24-Hour Doctor Supervised Care
  • State Of The Art Monitoring
  • In-House Lab Capabilities
  • Imaging Capabilities; C-Arm, 64 slice CT, 2 Ultrasound Units, 2 Digital Radiology Suites
  • In-house Blood Bank
  • Ventilators
  • O2 And Thermoregulatory Assistance
  • Low Patient/Staff Ratio
  • 24-Hour Surgicenter
  • Endoscopy: Ridged, Flexible and Ureteroscope

We are able to attract the finest clinicians by offering:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Full benefits including 401k
  • PTO
  • Uniform and CE allowance

Ventura, California is one of America's most livable communities, located between Malibu and Santa Barbara on the blue Pacific Ocean, overlooking Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands.


Please see our website at to learn more about our center.





Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform TPR (temperature, pulse and respiration) assessments, treatments, and administer medication as directed by the veterinarian
  • Prep and assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
  • Triage patients and gather brief medical histories
  • Perform laboratory tests and take radiographs
  • Operate and maintain hospital equipment, i.e., EKG, fluid pump, syringe pump, scales, syringe pump, anesthetic monitors and machines
  • Anesthetize animals and monitor anesthesia under the direction and supervision of the veterinarian
  • Communicate with clients/owners about the status of patients, as directed by the veterinarian
  • Fill prescriptions/administer medications, including proper documentation, logging, and security of controlled drugs
  • Maintain cleanliness of exam rooms (after each patient), reception areas, hospital grounds, and treatment areas, as needed
  • Clean cages, as needed
  • Do laundry
  • Communicate patient status with oncoming staff and veterinarians, and update records and financial information, as needed, in the computer
  • Display confidence and reassurance when dealing with pets experiencing severe stress, illness, and/or pain
  • Communicate and approach job duties in a mature manner
  • Foster teamwork approach and work well with all levels of hospital team members
  • Participate in on-call schedule as assigned
  • Participate in all staff and technician/assistant mandatory staff meetings
  • Answer phones and perform other reception duties as needed by the hospital
  • Proactive role in developing new skills and furthering knowledge base by attending CE.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to float to other departments in times of need
  • Support the team in welcoming new employees and assist in the training process when needed


  • Clinical laboratory procedures
  • Medication calculations and administration
  • Venipuncture
  • Intubation
  • Catheter placement
  • Animal restraint
  • Vital sign monitoring
  • Client communications
  • Radiographic technique and anesthesiology




Current Veterinary Technician Registration or Certification or Appropriate equivalent work experience



Graduate of an accredited veterinary technology program (preferred)

High School diploma or equivalent


Work Experience

One or more years’ experience in veterinary environment, including intern assignments


Physical and Other Requirements

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds (work requires lifting, carrying, and restraining animals – with assistance from other staff members for animals weighing over 50 pounds)

Ability to walk or stand for 10 to 12 hours (or longer shifts, as needed); frequently working in a bent position

Ability to handle stressful situations

Ability to complete assigned tasks, even if extended work hours are required in order to do so

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please apply for this position at or email your CV to Sera Cullen. If you have any questions please contact Sera at 203-502-7438.  


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