Equine Veterinary Assistant (Relief)

Veterinary Assistant Snohomish, Washington


Position at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital

We are looking for some relief help in our Large Animal Hospital. Hours would be flexible and the employee would be able to pick up shifts around their availability.  

Excellent horse-handling experience and veterinary assistant/technician experience is preferred.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES to be completed under the supervision of a licensed DVM:

  • Handle/restrain patients as required
  • Admit/discharge hospitalized patients.
  • Assist the veterinarians as needed.
  • Perform physical exams according to hospital procedures.
  • Prepare patients aseptically for surgical procedures.
  • Assist surgical procedures as directed;
  • Sterile tissue handling, retrieval of sterile supplies, sterile field maintenance.
  • Prepare billing for each surgery assisted.
  • Complete daily scheduled treatments, medicinal and otherwise.
  • Observe animals for changes in clinical status.
  • Maintain and monitor intravenous fluid administration.
  • Maintain accurate medical records for each patient.
  • Assist in dental procedures.
  • Assist in radiographic procedures.
  • Restrain for endoscopic procedures.
  • Draw and process laboratory samples.
  • Fill take-home prescriptions as directed by the veterinarian and in accordance with state regulations.
  • Perform hospital maintenance in the large animal area (i.e. sweep/mop/scrub/remove trash as needed).
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned.
  • Participate in the emergency on-call rotation for the large animal hospital, as needed.


  • Recent experience in an equine/mixed animal practice if preferred.
  • Horse and large animal handling experience is mandatory


  • Equivalent to completion of 12th grade or above.


  • Current possesses or ability to obtain a Veterinary Medication Clerk’s license.


  • Willing to learn new skills and work as directed with some supervision.
  • Often requires lifting and carrying materials weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Capable of walking and/or standing for long periods.
  • May be required to use strength and/or agility in walking and restraining stronger, more active animals.


  • Outside work is required.
  • Exposure to unpleasant odors and noises as well as bites, kicks and animal wastes.
  • Possible exposure to contagious diseases