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Large Animal Hospital Service Veterinary Assistant


Assists Large Animal Hospital staff in cleaning and maintaining holding areas and equipment; feeding, exercising and grooming patients; preparing and sanitizing hospital facilities; restraining and handling patients; and clerical and administrative work.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Assist veterinary technicians in performing basic non-invasive treatments on patients.
  • Provide handling and restraint of horses and other large animal patients as directed including but not limited to feeding, exercising, grooming, loading and unloading.
  • Maintain a clean/sanitary and functionally organized clinical service area in accordance with hospital protocols and Bio-Security directives including laundry, inventory maintenance and replenishing stock.
  • Monitor, record and report physical signs of patients as requested.
  • Perform maintenance service checks and minor repairs to assigned equipment and notify Veterinary.
  • Care Manager of any equipment or facilities in need of repair.
  • Assist with patient admissions and discharges, collect payments/deposits, capture and input fees for materials and services; scan medical records.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and two years of experience loading, unloading, restraining and handling horses and one year of experience utilizing equipment in farm facility maintenance.

Licensure and Certification



Received: Detailed and precise supervision from clinicians, supervisors or higher ranking technicians. Instructions are both written and oral. Minimal supervision is required but supervisor is normally available for advice and consultation.

Exercised: None

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