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Veterinary Assistant - Small Animal

Apply now Department: 3670080070 Veterinary Health Center
Job no: 514345
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Veterinary Medicine
Pay Grade: 05A

About This Role:

The Veterinary Health Center (VHC) within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking Veterinary Assistants for Small Animal Medicine/Urgent Care and Small Animal ICU. The purpose of this position is to provide assistance to VHC veterinarians and veterinary nurses in the performance of their duties to improve the patient and client service experience. This position will provide patient care, clerical support, and serve as a veterinary assistant in the service area. Assisting with patient care is of the utmost importance and will be a priority for this position. This position is also responsible for scheduling and preparing for patient appointments, working with clients, stocking, lab submissions, and cleanliness of the service area. The search committee will provide more details about the specific areas looking to hire during the interview process.

The College of Veterinary Medicine has a variety of sections such as Small Animal ICU, Central Preparation, Pet Health, Exotics and Specialty Surgical Services. These sections are seeking applicants for a Veterinary Assistant. The search committee will provide more details about the specific areas looking to hire during the interview process.


Small Animal ICU: Assist VHC Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians: A) Provide patient care B) Monitor, record and report physical signs of hospitalized patients C) Assist with compliance of all biohazard and infection control protocols D) Enter charges for the service and ensure accuracy E) Restock and reorder supplies. 

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Specialist A) Enter documentation into EMR as directed and appropriate B) Provide input in the creation and development of EMR forms C) Serve as EMR and Hospital Information System resource for students, staff and faculty.

Small Animal Medicine/Urgent Care: The position requires strong communication and organization skills as well as the ability to prioritize, remain calm and think clearly when emergencies present to the hospital. Patient care including feeding and exercise, completion of approved treatments. Monitor, record and report physical signs of hospitalized patients. Assist with compliance of all biohazard and infection control protocols (clean cages and runs, provide clean bedding, water and litter boxes, maintain cleanliness and general upkeep of service area, restock supplies). Restraint of patients for drug administration and catheter placement; Moving patients from one location to another when instructed to do so; Resource in management of daily Medicine services activities, This requires knowledge of hospital protocol and customer service techniques; Knowledge of faculty and staff rosters, daily census sheets and sound decision making skills are paramount to maintaining quality performance in this area.

Why Join Us:

The Veterinary Health Center is a teaching hospital that offers routine, emergency, and specialty care services. The VHC strives to provide exceptional care for patients from high-quality routine healthcare to state-of-the-art advanced therapy for seriously ill patients. The Veterinary Health Center is located in Manhattan, Kansas, and is a vibrant college community with a population over 55,000 in the Flint Hills. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes 24 vacation days plus other paid time off (holidays, sick, and discretionary), health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a high school diploma and one year of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year of previous experience working in a large animal veterinary hospital setting.
  • Large animal handling skills.
  • Ability to handle, restrain, and provide medical treatments to domestic animals.
  • Willingness to master new techniques.
  • Ability to work with and provide preventative maintenance for ordinary veterinary medical hospital equipment.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please complete the application and submit the following documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Contact info for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$14.25 - $20.96 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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