Career Opportunities

We are always glad to accept resumes from enthusiastic, hard-working, dependable, team-oriented people who wish to join our team of veterinary health care professionals. Positions for which we may have openings include:

PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMER

Great Groomer? Paid your dues/commitment to corporate? Tired of driving a van?
Why not check out our private grooming facility/business. It's small, quaint, with a devoted client base and lots more potential. Looking for a professional dog/cat groomer, who is gregarious, team and business oriented, with prior experience in grooming that is dedicated to excellent pet care to join our team. Salon management experience a plus. Pay for the right candidate is guaranteed hourly $18-$21/hour with additional commission (Pro-sal).


Interested? Please send your cover letter and resume to:

 

Sylvia White, sylviasvvh@gmail.com
Veterinary Practice Manager
Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital
703-723-1017 phone

Modern Medicine, Hometown Hospitality

Groomer Job Description

The purpose of this position is to serve as Groomer at the Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital. The Groomer provides cosmetic care, grooming, and basic aesthetic services to patients who are being groomed or boarded, or who are patients of Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital. These aesthetic services include, but are not limited to, medicated and/or non-medicated bathing, drying, fur/coat trimming or styling, nail trims, external anal gland expressions, and physical wellness scans. The Groomer reports directly to the Practice Manager.

Tier 1 Primary Job Responsibilities: Groomer

  • Observe patient appearance and activity for general physical condition, obvious signs of illness, disease and discontent.

  • Take charge of and handle patients; as required, restrain hard to control animals.

  • Admit pets to be groomed noting owner’s specific instructions and pick up time by actively communicating with client, listening, and interpreting their needs. Discuss all grooming needs with client at admission or via phone. Ascertain what veterinary services are required to be completed, verifying with veterinary office staff. In accordance with hospital operating instructions, determine care required in agreement with the individual needs and circumstances of animals.

  • Set clear expectations to the Grooming Assistant as to daily duties and coach to perform these duties in a timely manner. Monitor overtime of assistants.

  • Adhere to and enforce grooming schedule standard of 8 grooming slots per 5-hour block-off, with one hour a day allotted for clean up. Organize and direct the day’s work, to include advising the Grooming Assistant.

  • Educate staff about pricing index, especially as it relates to breed. Create scripts for reception staff to use when quoting phone-shoppers.

  • Locate and report to veterinary staff any noted medical conditions or abnormalities that may need to be addressed.

  • Perform grooming services, including brushing, clipping, hand-scissoring, trimming, and shaping dogs’ coats using knowledge of canine characteristic, grooming techniques and styles, and owners’ instructions. All services are to be performed in a manner to ensure the safety of both grooming staff and pets.

  • Provide medicated and general cleansing, parasite control baths, pedicures, medicated dips, and ear cleansing, as required for each pet.

  • At the request of the receptionists, admit animals; assure animals receive required veterinary services by properly filling out record; place properly completed cage identification card (pet’s name, owner’s last name, contact number, grooming instructions) on each animal’s cage.

  • Perform all general maintenance of grooming room and yard; clean and disinfect cages, tubs, grooming tables, and yard at least once daily; vacuum floor; mop floor; empty trash; clean clipper blades, scissors and brushes after use; perform monthly dryer and clipper maintenance.

  • Oversee and coordinate- with Practice Manager- the upkeep of grooming facility (to include the immediate yard) and all equipment therein.

  • Oversee and coordinate- with Practice Manager- semi-annual local price comparison study. Pursuant to survey results, work with Practice Manager to update pricing indices.

  • Train, supervise and assist the Grooming Assistant in performance of a variety of service functions. Set performance standards and monitor performance. Conduct timely performance evaluations.

  • Exhibit a technical knowledge of products and medications sold, including dietary products. Demonstrate the ability to explain and educate clients on products and answer their questions regarding product purchase/use.

  • Exhibit ability to work with chemicals when performing medicated baths and dips. Follow OSHA requirements when handling hazardous chemicals (i.e. medicated shampoos and dips). Demonstrate knowledge of animal safety guidelines (for example, those outlined in Hospital Manual).

  • Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the practice philosophy.

  • Directly, or by delegation, market both repeat grooming services and veterinary services, as noted on salon report cards, products related to quality veterinary care, including medical, grooming, behavior, and day care/boarding.

  • Maintain computer and/or physical records, including (as applicable) photos and grooming report cards, to note client preferences for pet grooming. Assure that such records are clear to and usable by any and all Groomers on staff.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Pay scale (As of January 1, 2012): 50% commission with assistant, 55% commission without assistant.

*Note: Any and all tips received from clientele must be submitted to Reception staff to be received and recorded as part of daily business invoiced income. Grooming staff should encourage clients to submit such tip payments to Reception staff, rather than directly to Grooming staff. This helps to ensure proper and legal income tax reporting.

Controls Over Work

The Groomer works under the direct supervision of the Practice Manager. Managers, Veterinarians, or LVTs may provide specific instructions for grooming or special sanitary procedures. Recurring assignments are performed independently. Deviations or unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint and control, accounting for individual animal temperament. Ability to gain animal confidence when restraining them for grooming.

  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint

  • Knowledge of grooming practices for wide range of small animals, including hand-scissoring skills.

  • Ability to place dog on grooming table.

  • Knowledge of spelling and meaning of commonly used veterinary terminology in order to accurately enter specific information onto patient records. Familiar with common medical conditions related, but not limited to, good hygiene and health (i.e.—skin disorders, ear and eye disease, dental disease) and ability to effectively communicate medical concerns to veterinary staff and to clients.

  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments. Understand and carry out oral and written directions.

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.

  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Knowledge of computers and relevant software application, including MS Office.

 

Physical Effort

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job.

  • Frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, stretch, walk, sit, talk, and listen, frequently working in a bent position.

  • Frequently use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms.

  • Use strength or agility in capturing and restraining stronger, more active animals.

  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 lbs. Assistance will be provided by animal handlers when working with larger animals.

  • Frequently communicate with clients, team members, and associates. Must be able to exchange accurate information.

 

Work Environment

Work is normally performed inside; some outside work is required. Employee can expect to stand and walk on tiled or cement floors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patients; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; hazards associated with sharp, hot, or heavy equipment; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.

 

Job Type: Commission

 

Experience:

  • dog grooming: 1 year (Required)

 

Commission Only:

  • No

 

Work Location:

  • Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital 

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Seeking a trained CNA or retired nurse wanted to care for companion animals in busy veterinary hospital. Assist Doctors of Veterinary Medicine with dog and cat patients in exam rooms and treatment area. Learn more about triage, preventative and diagnostic medicine, Radiology, Laboratory, and Pharmacology, even anesthesia monitoring and surgical assistance.

FT or PT position, salary range 15-17$/hour, the former with medical insurance, 401k retirement, continuing education opportunities. Please send cover letter and resume to our Practice Manager, Sylvia, at sylviasvvh@gmail.com.

 

Veterinary Assistant Job Description

The purpose of this position is to assist veterinarians with patient care and treatment, monitor hospitalized pets, maintain inventory, prepare prescriptions, perform routine in-house lab work, educate clients regarding veterinary care and procedures, and assist with surgical procedures. Technicians ensure a comfortable and sanitary environment for all patients. Technicians operate under the supervision of the Technician Team Leader and the Practice Manager. This position requires a practical knowledge of hospital organization and services, the basic rules and regulations governing visitors and animal patient treatment, data transcribing, word processing, and a practical knowledge of the standard procedures, veterinary records, and terminology used in the hospital. A high school diploma is required, along with a willingness to learn and work hard each day.

Tier 1 Primary Job Responsibilities: Veterinary Technician Assistant / Veterinary Technician

  • Provide friendly, quality care to the patients and clients of Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital, including assisting with Reception duties when necessary. Must be personable and helpful to both clients and coworkers. Must stay calm and efficient during a medical crisis.

  • Provide compassionate, safe, and thorough animal care and a comfortable and sanitary environment for every patient.

  • Listen to and correctly relay client concerns for office call appointments and drop off appointments. Accurately and completely obtain and record patient histories, certain subsequent exam findings, and treatments in medical records. Explain basic treatment plans and follow-up/homecare instructions to clients.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of veterinary procedures and products, such as spay, neuter, dental, radiography, heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, and general classes of pharmaceuticals. Appropriately and effectively market such services and products.

  • Complete basic laboratory procedures, including fecal exams, heartworm tests, and Iddex machine functions. Accurately record results in medical files.

  • Utilize effective and safe methods of animal handling/restraint for a variety of medical treatments.

  • Discharge patients. Enter medical services and products (charges) in computer system. Review with client notes, medications, and instructions provided by your medical team.

  • Take and follow through with orders. Complete the “Circle of Life,” from initial requests, to appropriate actions, to maintaining appropriate records, and even to cleaning up after treatments/procedures.

  • Stocking supplies, cleaning work/treatment areas, maintaining patient cleanliness and comfort, etc.

  • Work well with all employees and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the practice philosophy. Demonstrate initiative and teamwork in everyday duties.

  • Follow OSHA regulations.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Tier 2 Primary Job Responsibilities (in addition to above Tier 1 responsibilities): Veterinary Technician / Licensed Veterinary Technician

  • Hold LVT certification or Bachelors degree with experience that may equal certain certification standards. May or may not have direct on-the-job experience.

  • Exhibit venipuncture and IV catheter placement skills. Give SQ, IM, and IV injections.

  • Calculate drug dosages, including CRI and compounded medications.

  • Dispense and administer medication, certain vaccinations, serums, fluids, and treatments as prescribed by veterinarian.

  • Monitor surgical procedures (ability to troubleshoot anesthetic complications, ability to plan and prep surgical cases, etc.).

  • Maintain medical supplies and equipment, including controlled drugs, surgical suite, and surgical equipment.

  • Demonstrate advanced laboratory knowledge (cytology, CBC, smears, gram stains, etc.).

  • Perform dental cleanings and dental radiographs.

  • Prepare and explain estimates, including discussing financial commitments, with clients.

  • Educate clients on products and medications sold, including dietary products, and answer questions regarding product purchase and use.

  • During patient discharge, review patient chart for completeness of information and to note changes in patient status as necessary. Set up future reminders in computer system.

  • Conduct medical call-backs with clients concerning certain patients; recommend additional visit if patient’s progress does not appear satisfactory.

  • Fill veterinary prescriptions with appropriate medication (potentially including controlled substances); provide routine instructions to owners concerning medications.

  • Assist in the ordering of supplies.

  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding federal and state animal health laws and regulations, including OSHA and DEA. Ensure that the hospital and its employees are in compliance with regulations. Inform Practice Manager of any regulatory issues.

 

Tier 3 Primary Job Responsibilities (in addition to above Tier 1 and Tier 2 responsibilities)

  • Hold LVT certification and direct on-the-job experience.

  • Able and willing to train less experienced team members.

  • Exhibit more in-depth scope of knowledge/responsibilities in business management (marketing products; marketing services; brainstorming, presenting, and implementing ideas; launch and complete improvements to the hospital, etc.).

  • Able to maintain all areas of the facility.

  • Demonstrate more specialized tech skills, such as wound care, suturing, emergency procedures, etc.

  • Able to answer client questions and make recommendations based on hospital policy.

Controls Over Work

The Veterinary Technician Assistant, Veterinary Technician, and Licensed Veterinary Technician work under the Veterinary Technician Team Leader, the Practice Manager, and the Veterinarians who provide continuing or individual assignments indicating generally what is to be done, limitations, quality and quantity expected, deadlines, and priority of assignments. The practitioners provide additional, specific instructions for new, difficult, or unusual assignments in animal health care, including suggested work methods or advice on source materials available.

The Veterinary Technician Assistant, Veterinary Technician, and Licensed Veterinary Technician use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instructions, but refer deviations, problems, and unfamiliar situations not covered by instructions to the practitioner for decision or help. The practitioners assure that finished work and methods used are technically accurate and in compliance with instructions or established procedures. Review of the work increases with more difficult assignments, if the Technician has not previously performed similar assignments. Administrative supervision may be provided by the Technician Team Leader and/or the Practice Manager.

 

Advancement

Veterinary Technicians in this practice will be taught and trained to the limits of their potential. If, during training, an individual shows interest in a specific field, such as radiology or anesthesiology, continuing education in that field will be encouraged. Such encouragement may be in the form of a subsidy for taking outside courses or formal training given in the practice.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

  • Knowledge of hospital procedures for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering (or requesting order of) medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests.

  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint, accounting for individual animal temperament.

  • Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment, including sterilization.

  • Knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to make preparations and provide “tableside” assistance.

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.

  • Knowledge of computers and relevant software application, including MS Office.

Physical Effort

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job.

  • Frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, and listen, frequently working in a bent position.

  • Frequently use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms.

  • Use strength or agility in capturing and restraining stronger, more active animals.

  • Frequently transport inventory to stock shelves. Frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds independently and 50 pounds and above with assistance.

  • Occasionally independently handle (on leash) dogs weighing up to and over 150 pounds.

  • Often transport patients to weigh on scales.

  • Frequently communicate with clients, team members, and associates. Must be able to exchange accurate information.

 

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patients; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances/medical drugs and chemicals; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches, and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases; and possible exposure to radiation.

 

Job Type: Full-time

 

Experience:

  • Hospital and animal: 1 year (Required)

PET GROOMING ASSISTANT

Do you love dogs, think you love cats?
Would like to get a start in a lucrative pet industry? If you are an organized, tireless, clean freak, gregarious, artist by nature, and have had prior experience in bathing and/or grooming, this may be the job for you.

FT salary $10-$15/hr with additional commission and benefits for the right person.

 

Send your cover letter and resume to:

Sylvia White

sylviasvvh@gmail.com

Veterinary Practice Manager
Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital
703-723-1017 

Modern Medicine, Hometown Hospitality

 

Assistant Groomer Job Description

The purpose of this position is to serve as assistant to groomer at the Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital. The Assistant Groomer provides cosmetic care, basic grooming, and basic aesthetic services to patients who are being groomed or boarded, or who are patients of Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital. These aesthetic services include, but are not limited to, medicated and/or non-medicated bathing, drying, fur/coat trimming or styling, nail trims, ear cleaning and plucking, external anal gland expressions, and physical wellness scans. The Assistant groomer reports directly to the Groomer and practice Manager.

 

Tier 1 Primary Job Responsibilities: Assistant Groomer

  • Observe patient appearance and activity for general physical condition, obvious signs of illness, disease and discontent.

  • Take charge of and handle patients; as required, restrain hard to control animals.

  • Admit pets to be groomed noting owner’s specific instructions and pick up time by actively communicating with client, listening, and interpreting their needs. Discuss all grooming needs with client at admission or via phone. Ascertain what veterinary services are required to be completed, verifying with veterinary office staff. In accordance with hospital operating instructions, determine care required in agreement with the individual needs and circumstances of animals.

  • Adhere to the grooming schedule standard of 8 grooming slots per 5-hour block-off, with one hour a day allotted for clean up.

  • Locate and report to groomer or veterinary staff any noted medical conditions or abnormalities that may need to be addressed.

  • Perform basic grooming services, including bathing, brushing, drying, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and basic clipping or styling under the direction of the groomer. All services are to be performed in a manner that ensures the safety of both grooming staff and pets.

  • Provide medicated and general cleansing, parasite control baths, pedicures, medicated dips, and ear cleansing, as required for each pet.

  • At the request of the receptionists, admit animals; assure animals receive required veterinary services by properly filling out record; place properly completed cage identification card (pet’s name, owner’s last name, contact number, grooming instructions) on each animal’s cage.

  • Perform all general maintenance of grooming room and yard; clean and disinfect cages, tubs, grooming tables, and yard at least once daily; vacuum floor; mop floor; empty trash; clean clipper blades, scissors and brushes after use; perform monthly dryer and clipper maintenance.

  • Exhibit a technical knowledge of products and medications sold, including dietary products. Demonstrate the ability to explain and educate clients on products and answer their questions regarding product purchase/use.

  • Exhibit ability to work with chemicals when performing medicated baths and dips. Follow OSHA requirements when handling hazardous chemicals (i.e. medicated shampoos and dips). Demonstrate knowledge of animal safety guidelines (for example, those outlined in Hospital Manual).

  • Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the practice philosophy.

  • Directly, or by delegation, market both repeat grooming services and veterinary services, as noted on salon report cards, products related to quality veterinary care, including medical, grooming, behavior, and day care/boarding.

  • Maintain computer and/or physical records, including (as applicable) photos and grooming report cards, to note client preferences for pet grooming. Assure that such records are clear to and usable by any and all Groomers on staff.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Controls Over Work

The Assistant Groomer works under the direct supervision of the Groomer. He/She may provide specific instructions for grooming or special sanitary procedures. Recurring assignments are performed independently. Deviations or unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint and control, accounting for individual animal temperament. Ability to gain animal confidence when restraining them for grooming.

  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint

  • Knowledge of grooming practices for wide range of small animals.

  • Knowledge of spelling and meaning of commonly used veterinary terminology in order to accurately enter specific information onto patient records. Familiar with common medical conditions related, but not limited to, good hygiene and health (i.e.—skin disorders, ear and eye disease, dental disease) and ability to effectively communicate medical concerns to veterinary staff and to clients.

  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments. Understand and carry out oral and written directions.

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.

  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Knowledge of computers and relevant software application, including MS Office.

 

Physical Effort

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job.

  • Frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, stretch, walk, sit, talk, and listen, frequently working in a bent position.

  • Frequently use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms.

  • Use strength or agility in capturing and restraining stronger, more active animals.

  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 lbs. Assistance will be provided by animal handlers when working with larger animals.

  • Frequently communicate with clients, team members, and associates. Must be able to exchange accurate information.

 

Work Environment

Work is normally performed inside; some outside work is required. Employee can expect to stand and walk on tiled or cement floors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patients; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; hazards associated with sharp, hot, or heavy equipment; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.

 

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $10.00 to $15.00 /hour

 

Work Location:

  • One location

 

Work needed:

  • Evenings

  • Weekends

  • Holidays

Paid Training:

  • Reduced Pay

Physical Requirements:

  • Walking

  • Standing

  • Stooping

  • Kneeling

  • Climbing

  • Pushing

  • Pulling

  • Repetitive lifting

Management:

  • Team Lead

  • Ops Manager

Employees working per shift:

  • 11 or more

Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

KENNEL ATTENDANT

FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS!!

Excellent starter position for individual with previous animal experience, local college students, seeking PT evenings or FT employment. Animal Caretaker / Kennel Attendant for busy veterinary/ boarding/ doggy daycare facility.
Seeking:

  • energetic kennel attendant

  • attentive and responsive

  • team player

  • self starter

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • feed, walk, medicate, clean up after, TRAIN and love dogs, cats, and occasional small exotic pets.

Weekday evenings and rotating weekend shifts. 9 - 12$/hour PT; FT negotiable with benefits. Please send cover letter and resume to:

Sylvia White

Veterinary Practice Manager

sylviasvvh@gmail.com

703-723-1017

Kennel Attendant Job Description

The Kennel Attendant provides care and the basic needs of animals that are kenneled for the day or overnight at Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital for boarding, daycare, grooming, or veterinary services. This includes, but may not be limited to, cleaning of cages, runs, and ward areas; doing laundry; walking; and proper feeding, medicating, and providing care of all hospitalized animals. The Kennel Attendant operates under the supervision of the Kennel Manager.

 

Tier 1 Primary Job Responsibilities

(Tier 1 Kennel Attendants generally work in a part-time, entry-level capacity. Prior kennel work experience may not be necessary)

  • Acquire knowledge and competence in basic kennel care within the first ninety (90) days of employment.

  • Observe animal appearance and activity for general physical condition and obvious signs of illness, disease, and discontent. Report signs of illness, disease, injury, or unusual activity to medical staff.

  • Walk daycare, boarding, hospital, and grooming dogs several times a day to provide exercise and time for elimination of bowels and bladder.

  • Apply knowledge of normal food and liquid requirements of animals. As required, provide special food and liquids.

  • Launder and dry towels and blankets.

  • Ensure that cages and animals are properly numbered and identified and that personal property (toys, treats, blankets, leashes, etc.) are identified and stored in proper area.

  • Clean, disinfect, and maintain kennels, cages, and runs as often as is necessary to ensure that no cages or kennels are soiled and odors are not apparent. Perform general cleaning in other areas of the hospital to control the spread of disease. Wash and sterilize water and food bowls and litter boxes.

  • Patrol hospital grounds (including play yards) throughout the day, picking up any trash and stool material. Collect trash and recycling from throughout the facility and bring refuse to dumpster.

  • Record information such as feeding schedules and appearance and/or behavior of kenneled animals.

  • Per instructions of medical staff, administer medications as necessary to kenneled animals. Record each dose.

  • Perform all actions and duties in adherence with policies outlined in hospital Safety Manual.

  • With assistance, learn to properly bathe, dry, and brush boarding pets as needed.

  • Work well with all employees and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the practice philosophy. Demonstrate initiative and teamwork in everyday duties.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Tier 2 Primary Job Responsibilities (in addition to above Tier 1 responsibilities)

(Tier 2 Kennel Attendants generally work in a full-time capacity. Prior kennel work experience may not be necessary)

  • Acquire and demonstrate competence with basic veterinary medical knowledge/vocabulary. With support and supervision of medical staff, monitor the conditions of sick, injured, or chronically ill kenneled pets. Aid in tracking need for updated services.

  • Completely and accurately enter client charges (i.e.—daycare stay, overnight stay, bath, nail trim, medication administration) into computer software system.

  • Handle animals as required and restrain animals. Demonstrate ability to assist with animal restraint in a safe manner for certain medical procedures.

  • Properly and thoroughly bathe, dry, and brush boarding pets as needed. Perform nail trims (generally for dogs and cats).

  • Comfortably and competently communicate with clients, relaying pertinent information regarding their pets’ stay and answering any related questions they may have.

 

Controls Over Work

The Kennel Attendant works under the direct supervision of the Kennel Manager, (who, in turn, is supervised by the Practice Manager), who will indicate general assignments, limitations, and priorities. Practitioners/animal health technicians provide specific instructions in giving medications, feeding specific diets, or following special sanitary procedures. Recurring assignments are performed independently. Deviations or unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor.

 

Skills and Knowledge

  • Apply knowledge and skills in controlling/handling individual animal temperament.

  • Ability to gain confidence when restraining them for transport, grooming, and/or treatment.

  • Knowledge of proper methods of animal restraint.

  • Knowledge of bathing/basic grooming practices for wide range of small animals.

  • Ability to use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency.

  • Ability to perform moderately heavy physical labor.

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

 

Physical Effort

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job.

  • Frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, site, communicate, and listen. Frequently work in a bent position.

  • Frequently use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms.

  • Use strength and/or agility in capturing and restraining stronger, more active animals.

  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds independently and 50 pounds and above with assistance.

  • Occasionally independently handle (on leash) dogs weighing up to and over 150 pounds.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patients; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances/medical drugs and chemicals; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches, and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases; and possible exposure to radiation.

Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, even in inclement weather.

Follow federal and state animal health laws and regulations, including OSHA and DEA.

 

Hours and Scheduling

Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital’s normal hours of operation are as follows:

Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (for boarder pick up)

We are generally open on New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Christmas Eve with adjusted holiday hours (8:00 am – 3:00 pm). We are closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day. However, even on these holidays, our kennel must be staffed from at least 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Kennel working shifts may begin up to 30 minutes before business opening, and may last 60 or more minutes past business closing. You will be expected to work shifts that include these mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

 

Job Type:Full-time

 

Salary: $9.00 to $12.00 /hour

Experience:

  • relevant: 1 year (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Paid time off

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction

  • High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment

42902 Waxpool Road

Ashburn, VA 20148

Phone: (703)-723-1017

receptionsvvh@gmail.com

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