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Clinical Veterinary Assistant

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Equine Medical Ancillary
Location: Leesburg, Virginia
Categories: Veterinary Medicine

Position Summary:

Assists clinicians with the performance of their daily patient care needs including emergency, outpatient and inpatient cases. Provides quality care for all equine patients to include intensive care cases. The role of the Clinical Veterinary Assistant is to provide treatments and medication administration, assist with diagnostic procedures involving all imaging modalities, operating room support and case circulation, laboratory and pathology testing, necropsy support, dispensary support, and anesthesia recovery support. Provides skills training for veterinary technician students, veterinary students and interns. Provides shared rotational emergency after-hours and weekend on-call coverage for the operating room and after-hours (evening and night shift) coverage for the nursing department.

Required Qualifications:

Current experience handling and working with a variety of sport, pleasure and competition horses. Skills and knowledge to assist with a variety of biomedical, performance, imaging, nursing, clinical laboratory and pathology/necropsy, and equine veterinary care procedures. Working knowledge of equine anatomy and veterinary terminology. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to follow established protocol and procedures. Ability to make decisions and react quickly in order to maintain the safety of patients and personnel. Experience with computers. Must be able to safely move and handle up to 50 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

Licensed Veterinary Technician. Experience with veterinary practice management information system.

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