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Assistant - Veterinary Medicine


Posted November 13, 2022

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile
Kanab, UT
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pay starting at $19.76 per hour

About This Job

*This is a temporary position.

Position Summary: Acting as a member of the Veterinary Medical team, provide high quality medical care to the animals that come through the Lifesaving Center.  Provide support to Lifesaving and Care Supervisor in administrating medications, monitoring health of animals, and implementing treatment plans as prescribed by veterinarian on staff at the Atlanta Lifesaving Center.  

Essential Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Administering prescribed medications, both oral and injectable. 
  • Assist Lifesaving and Care Supervisor with coordinating medical care with external veterinary providers. Includes but not limited to, scheduling appointments, planning surgery days, transporting animals, and coordinating foster/adopter pick-ups. 
  • In collaboration with animal care staff assist with performing intake exams (including vaccines and diagnostic tests) for verification of health and behavior wellness as well as data entry of history in the assigned pet management software on both cats and dogs.
  • Monitor pet eating habits, behavior and medical habits/issues and ensure documentation is relayed to the appropriate staff member.
  • Ensure documentation and reporting of all reportable diseases to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. 
  • Assist with daily feeding, cleaning, medicating and enrichment of our pet population in accordance with organizational protocols.
  • Regular check-ins with the fosters/boarding facilities who are housing our pet population.
  • Maintain accurate, organized, up-to-date records for all the pets in the building. 
  • Perform inventory of all medical supplies, medications, dry storage and cleaning supplies as well as daily pet population inventories as instructed by Lifesaving and Care Supervisor. 
  • Assisting the outcomes team when needed, in the daily feeding, cleaning, medicating and enrichment of our pet population in accordance with schedules and protocols.

Skills and Experience: 

  • Prior experience as a Veterinary Assistant, or relevant education and or certifications.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat, and energetic, takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy. 
  • Work requires continual attention to detail. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands. 
  • Demonstrates personal accountability to ensure that all responsibilities are completed effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to professionally advocate Best Friends’ position on issues.
  • Demonstrates approachability when dealing with clients and coworkers. Experience in interacting with the general public (customer service) preferred.
  • Experience with or ability to learn clinic software.
  • Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule: includes weekends, night, and holiday work.  Must have flexible schedule. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to effectively interact with and handle all animals including cats and dogs.
  • Work at a computer for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion. 
  • Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds. 
  • Will be required to visit off-site Best Friends programs and events. 
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to above 90 degrees.
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to: walking, hiking, bending, lifting, carrying, twisting, reaching, stooping and squatting.
  • Ability to handle a variety of animals and spend extensive periods of time with those animals in close quarters effectively and safely.
  • Valid driver’s license, ability to qualify to be added to Best Friends insurance, ability to travel, including overnight stays, when needed. Ability to drive a van/commercial vehicle. 
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Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile

30 North 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741

Telephone (435) 644-2001
Reservations (435) 644-3400

40 Room Hotel

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About Best Friends Animal Society

The Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is an extension of the longstanding hospitality experienced at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with thousands of animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has operations in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Salt Lake City and Northwest Arkansas and runs the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary.

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to about 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,300 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. 

While you are in Kanab, we welcome you to learn more about our lifesaving work, schedule a tour of the Sanctuary, and consider becoming a member of Best Friends Animal Society

Who We Are 

For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters.

The Best Friends Roadhouse Story

Your southern Utah vacation experience just got better: Welcome to the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, the latest (and greatest) lodging option among Kanab’s fast-growing hotel and motel offerings.

Located in the heart of Kanab, Utah, just five miles south of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile welcomes pets and their people. For visitors to the Sanctuary and nearby national parks, it provides a pet-friendly place to stay.

The Roadhouse features 40 rooms as well as a variety of dog- and cat-friendly amenities and services, such as built-in cubbies for snuggling, dog washing stations, pet walking and a fenced dog park area with a splash zone. It’s an animal lover’s dream come true! We can’t wait to welcome you to the Roadhouse, where you can experience the warmth of Best Friends hospitality.

Just for Pets

At the Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile, pets are just as much guests as their people are. For their comfort and happiness, we are pleased to provide:

  • Personal pet welcome
  • Complimentary self-serve pet washing facilities
  • Complimentary cleaning products, located in the service building
  • Pet walking service provided in half-hour increments by Best Friends volunteers and staff (a fee applies)
  • Pet visits by our staff during the day (a fee applies)
  • Fenced pet-park area with splash water feature (for pets of lodging guests)
  • Pet treats, beds and retail items in the mercantile building
  • Built-in cubbies and snuggling areas in select guest rooms

Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.