Veterinary Assistant – Kenwood Animal Clinic – Cedar Rapids, IA

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Kenwood Animal Clinic

We are looking for a Veterinary Assistant to care for animals and support veterinary staff. You’ll play an important role in bringing comfort to our patients and ensuring the smooth running of our facility. One of the most important Veterinary Assistant responsibilities is to ensure all areas are clean, for animals and humans alike. We’ll rely on you to assist the Veterinarian in examinations and operations. This includes routine tasks, like weighing or restraining animals for vaccinations, ear cleaning, etc., but also readiness to care for injured or scared animals that might occasionally lash out. If you’re organized, quick on your feet and have the stomach to help with restraint, medical operations and euthanasia, we’d like to meet you.


  • Sterilize equipment and clean examination tables and rooms
  • Check clients in, collect routine info such as weight, vaccine history, other
  • Restrain animals during examinations or vaccinations
  • Lab work, operate blood testing equipment, heartworm and fecal tests
  • Handle administrative duties such as answering phones, scheduling appointments or calling patients in the examination room by priority
  • Keep accurate records and logs
  • Reassure clients that their pets are being cared for and explain issues (e.g. lack of appointments, insurance matters)
  • Set up for surgeries, help with surgery prep and surgery, monitoring after procedures


  • Experience as a Veterinary Assistant or similar position working with animals is preferred, but will train the right person
  • Experience in an administrative role is a plus
  • Current or former pet ownership is an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Patient and caring personality
  • Ability to follow instructions properly
  • Comfortable being around cats and dogs, even frightened or fractious pets
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the job (e.g. lift up to 40 lbs)
  • Availability to occasionally work in emergencies

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $12.00 – $14.00 per hour


  • Employee discount


  • 8 hour shift

Typical start time:

  • 8AM

Typical end time:

  • 6PM

Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place