Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant Port Orchard, Washington


Position at Thrive Pet Healthcare

Veterinary Assistant | Full-Time and Part-Time Opportunities      

Port Orchard, WA      

More than a word, care is present in everything you do. At Cedar Creek Animal Clinic, a Thrive Pet Healthcare partner, we take action to empower your best care for pets, their families, and yourself.        

We are a community of 400 clinics forming an extraordinary network of unparalleled resources and people. Through outstanding learning and career options, comprehensive benefits, and abundant support, you’ll be nurtured and appreciated for who you are and what you bring to the table. We come together in both the joys and heartaches of our profession to lift each other up through laughter and empathy.        

And, we have plenty of fun along the way!       

Who we are       

At Cedar Creek Animal Clinic, you’ll feel the warmth and openness of a small clinic, while having the opportunity and support of a united network.        

 Pets are beloved members of the family, so it's important that our clients choose a veterinary hospital that will fulfill their health needs and consider their well-being as a whole. At Cedar Creek Animal Clinic we are dedicated to providing the highest standard of patient care within a compassionate, patient-centered environment.      

Provide your best care with more bridges and less barriers.       

Cedar Creek Animal Clinic is looking for a Veterinary Assistant to join us as part of the Thrive Pet Healthcare community.        

As a Veterinary Assistant, you’ll play an important role in pets lives by providing end-to-end care for our precious patients. Your life-changing work will range from the hands-on care of facilitating outpatient treatments and performing laboratory tests, to support services including admitting and discharging patients.       

Role Responsibilities:       

  • Support veterinarians to ensure quality veterinary care, advocate for pets, and educate clients. 
  • With each hospital function, assist veterinarians and the medical team to maximize productivity and maintain positive patient flow. 
  • Assist with surgeries and procedures in accordance with your state's Veterinary Practice Act outlined for credentialed veterinary technicians. 
  • Communicate with clients about individualized pet health concerns and offer guidance on Thrive Membership options, medications, and additional treatments. 
  • Assist in maintaining relevant, comprehensive medical records with the support of practice systems. 
  • Obtain relevant health history and information from clients and maintain medical charts. 
  • Use safe restraining techniques, follow standard protocols, and sustain clean, sterile, organized treatment areas, exam rooms, and labs. 
  • Be willing to guide, mentor, and support fellow team members. 

Experience & Skills Requirements:        

  • • At least two years of recent experience in veterinary practice or medical environment, with increasing responsibilities.
    • Demonstrated ability to accurately manage and record detailed information in medical records and other data-management systems.
    • Ability to properly restrain patients.
    • Knowledge of spelling and meaning of commonly used veterinary medical terminology and procedures.
    • Ability to complete assigned tasks in the time allotted without direct supervision.
    • Demonstrated ability to show empathy toward clients and treat animals with respect and compassion.
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
    • A commitment to outstanding client service.
    • Ability to lift objects weighing 40 pounds without assistance and objects weighing more than 40 pounds with assistance.
    • Ability to stay on task and work energetically for entire shift, sometimes exceeding 10 hours per day.

You’ll Grow With Us       

Here, you can grow your career as best fits you through access to comprehensive learning and skillset programs. You can build your skills and earn credentials through:       

  • Our vast, diverse, and free library of continuing education courses - ThriveU 
  • Live, virtual interactive workshops to develop valuable leadership skills  
  • A program to designed to teach you the fundamentals of running a pet hospital  
  • ​​​​​​​Earn your AVMA-CVTEA Accreditation and become a Vet Tech through our fully accredited distance learning program for veterinary technicians 
  • Scholarship opportunities and tuition reimbursement   

And, with so many locations nationwide, you can find and move into any specialty, hospital type, or environment. Join us and provide your best care at a clinic that is deeply rooted within its community and bolstered by the resources of Thrive Pet Healthcare.       

Benefits – our care in action       

We provide benefits spread comprehensively across your mental, physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing designed to meet your needs as a unique individual. Some key benefits include:       

  • ​​​​​​Paid time off including 8-weeks of full-pay parental leave, bereavement to grieve both humans and pets, and time off for new pet adoptions 
  • Top quality medical, dental, and vision insurance plus health savings account and flexible spending account ​​​​​​​ 
  • Pet perks including free exams, discounts on products and services, and more at all Thrive Pet Healthcare locations 
  • Generously subsidized backup and ongoing care support for children, adults, and pets 
  • Mental health benefits including coaching and therapy sessions 
  • 401k with employer contribution and no waiting period 
  • Continuing education and development support through our library of free CE courses and paid time off to complete 
  • Scholarship opportunities and student loan support program and so much more!     

Compensation negotiable based on credentials and experience with a hourly pay rate starting at $19-$22 / hour. The actual rate offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including your skills, qualifications, experience, and location.        

At Thrive Pet Healthcare, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and diversity of all of our team members, pet parents, and pets. We strive to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture where all team members belong and feel empowered.