Veterinary Assistant - Part Time

Animal Care Operations - Medical · Hailey, Idaho
Department Animal Care Operations - Medical
Employment Type Part-Time
Compensation $16 - $20 per hour

Mountain Humane (in Hailey, Idaho) is on a mission to enrich the quality of life in our community by connecting animals and people. We do this through innovative programs that inspire and have impact beyond southern Idaho. The first “no-kill” shelter in the state of Idaho (in 1999), annually we help more than 2,500 animals and touch the lives of more than 5,000 people through our programs. We are proud to be a model for other animal welfare organizations and to be at the forefront of best-practices in non-profit management.



The Veterinary Assistant assists in all duties necessary in maintaining the health and welfare of the Shelter population.  The Veterinary Assistant assists the Veterinarian(s), the Veterinary Clinic Manager, Veterinary Technician, and other Veterinary Assistant(s) in the examination and treatment of our Shelter population, including: handling, restraining, and preparing animals for medical procedures; assisting with surgical procedures; administering medication and vaccinations; assisting with euthanasia; recording medical treatments and procedures; sending animals for outside veterinary care when necessary; and contacting other members of the medical team when necessary.  The veterinary assistant also plays a vital role in assisting with Mountain Humane’s multiple weekly public Spay and Neuter Clinics. The Veterinary Assistant must maintain strong communication channels to ensure coordination of care with the Medical Team.


Classification: Part Time, Non-exempt

Reports to:  Veterinary Clinic Manager

Collaborates with: Kennel Staff, Medical Team, Adoptions and Intake Staff

Office Location: Hailey, Idaho



Excellent skills in companion animal handling and restraint


Knowledge of proper administration and dosage of medication to animals


A genuine compassion for all animals, regardless of their condition


A desire to learn, a commitment to Best Practices in Veterinary Shelter Medicine, and the ability to stay open-minded


A proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy, physically-demanding workplace environment


Must be highly organized, motivated and remain flexible under pressure; attention to detail and ability to organize and set priorities a must


Must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to work well in a team and independently


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public


Must work well with the public, including children, persons of varied racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual preference, and with individuals who are differently-abled


Should exhibit a positive attitude, common sense, flexibility, and teamwork with ability to exercise independent judgment


Minimum of a high school diploma, must have a valid driver’s license, and be at least 18 years of age



Veterinary Clinic and Medical Team

  • Assist Shelter Veterinarian(s) with surgeries, including: preparing, monitoring, and recovering animals; documenting surgeries; and cleaning equipment
  • Assist Veterinary Technician and Veterinarian with examinations, medical procedures, and other duties
  • Work with the Veterinary Clinic Manager to maintain all surgical and medical equipment
  • Assist the Veterinary Clinic Manager in ensuring that all needed Inventory is in stock and available for use
  • Ensure maintenance and cleanliness of the Veterinary Clinic and the Isolation Suites
  • Manage and complete medical projects, as assigned


Shelter Population Health

  • Follow proper cleaning protocols, both in the Veterinary Clinic and in the Isolation Suites
  • Provide care to all animals housed in the Veterinary Clinic and Isolation Suites, including: food, water, cleaning, medications, and social interaction/enrichment
  • Perform regular weight checks on the feline and canine population
  • Assist Shelter Veterinarian, Clinic Manager, and Medical Team in processing all animals
  • Ensure all in-house treatments are performed as directed
  • Have a thorough knowledge of vaccination protocols for the Shelter
  • Ensure vaccination status is current for all animals in the shelter population and all incoming impounds
  • Maintain accurate records in ShelterLuv for medications, vaccinations, and treatments
  • In cooperation with the kennel staff and management, monitor in-house animals on a regular basis and notify Clinic Manager, Veterinary Technician, or Shelter Veterinarian(s) of any animal with a suspected medical problem
  • Assist with preparation for, check-in, and check-out of Blaine County Spay and Neuter Clinic animals
  • When outside veterinary care is required, transport animal(s) to and from Clinic to outside facilities
  • At no time give veterinary medical advice or services to animals of staff, volunteers, or the public without consulting Veterinary Manager, Veterinary Technician, or staff Veterinarian.


Shelter Programs, Events, and Community Education

  • Be familiar with general shelter policies, procedures, programs, events, and history
  • Answer customer and adopter questions regarding current medications or ailments as appropriate, and/or relay questions to appropriate Medical Team staff



  • Maintain a neat and well-groomed personal appearance
  • Wear supplied uniforms and closed toed shoes during all working hours
  • Comply with all facility safety protocols
  • Assist in maintaining overall facility cleaning standards
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by supervisor



  • Indoors and outdoors, including in shelter environment with dogs, cats, pocket pets
  • Frequent interactions with children who may or may not be well-behaved, occasional contact with the public in an emotionally charged environment
  • Animal handling required; while all adoptable animals have health and behavior screening, by nature of the industry, there may be occasional exposure to dead, injured, sick, unruly, vicious, and/or dangerous animals in addition to possible exposure to parasites and infectious diseases
  • May require driving of company vehicles. Must maintain a valid driver’s license and good driving record. Drivers information will be submitted to the carrier
    • Regular use driving of company vehicles; employee’s must be at least the age of 18
    • Occasional use driving of company vehicles; employees under the age of 18 must be preapproved by the carrier
  • Work day includes walking, standing, sitting, bending, squatting, lifting (occasionally up to 50 lbs), answering telephones, and using a computer, work with a variety of cleaning agents, and work in an environment with daily changes in climate



Hours: Part-Time 16-32 hours/week, Ability to work with Veterinarian and Clinic schedule; Ability to potentially work one weekend day and some holidays.  Final schedule to be determined with Supervisor based on organizational needs.


Wage Range: $16-$20/hour depending on experience, proficiency/efficiency in job tasks and ability to work cooperatively while fostering the mission of the organization


Benefits:  Mountain Humane provides personal time off, 403b retirement plan and other benefits as outlined in the Employee Handbook



Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work performed by this position, but are not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Either employer or employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without notice and with or without cause.




 Mountain Humane is an equal opportunity employer

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  • Location
    Hailey, Idaho
  • Department
    Animal Care Operations - Medical
  • Employment Type
  • Compensation
    $16 - $20 per hour