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Lead Veterinary Assistant

Davis Reeder Hall DVM PLC
Fairfax, VA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

The purpose of the Lead Veterinary Assistant (LVA) is to ensure the treatment team operations run efficiently and properly through the support of veterinary assistants, kennel technicians, Licensed Veterinary Technicians, Patient Care Manager, and Veterinarians. This person must assume many roles involving communication, leadership, correction and encouragement, team support, subject matter expertise, teaching and coaching, delegation, continuous improvement, process management, and compliance. While this is not an all-inclusive list in the duties and responsibilities of a Lead Veterinary Assistant, this job description will provide guidance to the expectations and requirements for the role.


· Communicates objectives, motivates others, promotes teamwork, builds and maintains morale. Demonstrates “take charge” capabilities. Takes an active role in daily operations and hospital/departmental meetings. Maintains core values and standards of conduct with staff.
· Promotes cooperative working environment. Understands the value of teamwork and shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the hospital function as a unit.
· Promotes continuous quality improvement for the practice’s success and vision.
· Is polite and respectful to all staff, even in times of stress.
· Assess staff and doctor’s needs, prioritizes critical tasks and emergencies, delegates assignments and tasks to appropriate team members.
· Train new staff members and provide continued educational opportunities to ensure all staff members are performing their duties correctly and efficiently.
· Support the management of the technical team; coordinate daily and shift activities and prioritizes, assigning staff members to projects and activities as needed. Hold staff members accountable for their shift duties and assignments, providing support and redirection when needed.
· Resolve issues during shifts such as correcting staff performance, checking the completion of duties by staff, attendance and punctuality concerns, and interpersonal conflict, seeking the support from Patient Care Manager if necessary.

Technical Responsibilities:

· Performs all duties in accordance with hospital medical policies and procedures.
· Prepares and maintains the exam rooms and treatment areas: regularly cleanliness, restocking, and assessing for workplace safety.
· Accurately maintains patient records: physical and electronic through Cornerstone.
· Assists the doctor and licensed veterinary technicians in medical, or surgical and dental procedures; prepares patients for surgery; assists the doctor in administering anesthetics; monitors patients during surgery and recovery; administers fluids.
· Gives injections and administers oral medications in accordance with government regulations and hospital policy.
· Performs emergency procedures such as control of bleeding, resuscitation with oxygen, opening airways, and external cardiac massage.
· Assists in restraining pets when necessary.
· Performs clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams, heartworm checks, skin scrapings, urinalysis, and fungal cultures; draws blood for laboratory analysis; maintains file of lab test results and ensures that test results are recorded inpatient records.
· Takes radiographs and administers EKGs and EEGs.
· Admits and discharges patients on the doctor's orders, ensuring that patients are well groomed and in a medically appropriate state. Counsels clients on various aspects of animal care; explains dosage/purpose of medications; reinforces the proper care and procedures that should be followed at home; makes follow-up calls to clients.
· Understands usage and dosage for all prescription drugs including heartworm preventative and prescription flea control products and can readily explain them to the clients.
· Properly cleans all surgical materials after they are used; keeps the operating room properly stocked and prepared for surgery.
· May include shifts in the pharmacy; filling prescriptions and maintaining proper inventory protocol.
· Kennel Maintenance: cleaning kennels/runs/crates, washing/drying food and water dishes, washing/drying bedding and towels, sweeping/mopping of treatment room.
· Walking hospitalized animals; picking up and mopping of animal waste from runs/crates and dog walk area. Feeding dogs/cats and administering medication as directed.
· Maintain cleanliness of workspace, equipment, treatment room, and exam rooms. Ensuring hospital protocols are followed to maintain high standards of care.
· Assists other staff members as required.
· Performs other duties as determined by the doctors and management staff.

· Minimum 6 months of service with either Town & Country Animal Hospital or Columbia Pike Animal Hospital and Emergency Center.
· Minimum 1-year experience as a veterinary assistant.
· Genuinely enjoys working with animals and can deal with them even when they are stressed or ill or in pain.
· Can stay calm and efficient during a medical crisis.
· Exemplifies hospital values: caring, communication, collaboration, client service.
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

· Physical Effort: Work requires lifting and carrying animals (will be assisted by other staff members in lifting animals over 50 lbs). Repetitive walking, standing, kneeling, stooping, gripping, pushing and pulling. Repetitive use of arms and legs and hands.

· Working conditions: Exposure to unpleasant odors, noises, including animal feces and urine, cleaning and surgical supplies. Exposure to bites, scratches and contagious diseases. Protective equipment is provided and expected to be used when required.

Davis Reeder Hall DVM PLC


Fairfax, VA
22030 USA



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