Veterinary Assistant

  • New York, NY
  • Full-time

Company Description

Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) is the largest pet organization in the northeast, rescuing nearly 34,000 each year. As a not-for-profit since 1995, AC&C is under contract with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to rescue, care for and find loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in NYC. To service all NYC communities, AC&C operates facilities in all five boroughs. AC&C is a Full Service animal organization that takes in any animal in need in NYC.

Job Description

DEFINITION: Under the direction of a veterinarian, assists in the provisions of basic care for animals in the shelter by providing support to the licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians. Performs initial screening examinations, documents medical findings, and administer a variety of medical treatment. Facilitates accurate and timely data entry, including photographic documentation as needed. Administers topical and oral medications, bathe and groom animals, and provide direct assistance to veterinary medical staff as otherwise directed. Ensures basic maintenance tasks are performed in a timely fashion to ensure smooth functioning of the department.

This position is based within the medical department at a specific AC&C location but flexibility to work at other locations may occasionally be required.


  • Perform initial screening examinations of animals arriving at the Care Centers and identify animals requiring further veterinary attention
  • Administer oral and topical medications
  • Implant microchips
  • Assist in feeding and other basic husbandry care of animals
  • Clean medical areas, kennels and cages as needed
  • Perform humane euthanasia
  • Maintain handling and restraint equipment
  • Accurately document medical exam findings, vaccinations, and treatment in Chameleon medical records
  • Assist in stocking and maintenance of adequate inventory
  • Facilitate transfer of animals from intake areas through medical and into appropriate housing
  • Work cooperatively with AC&C volunteers and partners
  • Other duties as assigned by the medical supervisor

REPORTS TO:  Medical supervisor

OVERTIME: This position is eligible for overtime.

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may be required to perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.



  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Minimum 12 months previous experience working with animals in a veterinary or shelter setting
  • High school diploma or GED. Some college preferred but not required
  • Eligibility for and willingness to apply for certification as a euthanasia technician
  • Good written and oral communication skills and basic computer skills, including a basic understanding of medical terminology
  • Dependable, reliable, and efficient
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time


  • The employee will regularly be exposed to the following: potentially zoonotic diseases (including rabies), aggressive animals, loud noises (e.g. barking dogs), odors and airborne particles, including animal fur and toxic chemicals.  The noise level in the environment is very loud.  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Examination, restraint, and treatment of a high number of animals is physically and emotionally demanding. Euthanasia is performed in the facility and performing euthanasia is a specific job task for this position.

Additional Information

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