Behavior Veterinary Assistant

Washington, DC /
Friendship Hospital for Animals – Assistants /
/ On-site
The Behavior Veterinary Assistant works closely with the veterinarian to facilitate appointments and assists the entire behavior team to keep the day running smoothly. The assistant prepares the room for each patient, ensuring both behavior and dietary needs are met. They prepare the discharge from a template and add to that document during the appointment for review by the veterinarian following completion of the appointment. During appointments, their role is to provide treats / distraction / redirection as needed, provide enrichment and take notes on key discussion points for the discharge. Following the appointment, they assist in checking clients out, scheduling follow up appointments, and providing medication (where appropriate) as well as preparing the room for the next appointment. In this fast paced and emotionally charged (humans and animals alike) environment, the behavior team is looking for someone who keeps a cool head under pressure, communicates well with a team, and is able to take direction (even at a moment’s notice for safety reasons). Their additional duties include assisting with daily laundry, cleaning rooms between clients, documenting communications in the medical records, and sending / documenting discharges.
Empathy and compassion for our clients and patients is paramount to assist in forming a long standing relationship with the service and the hospital as a whole, understanding the needs of this client base, and the mental health conditions these patients suffer from. They must be knowledgeable about the purpose of why clients should pursue consultations with a veterinary behaviorist, as well as, have an in-depth knowledge of the services provided. They will need a basic level of cross-training as a technical assistant and positive reinforcement training skills so that they can assist in appointments – this can be provided as “on the job” training for the right candidate. 

This role reports to the Specialty Services Supervisor

Essential Functions/Technical Duties

    • Generate and send referral letters
    • Prepare appointment room for consultations / Clean appointment room following consultations
    • Perform daily housekeeping duties – laundry, bowl / enrichment cleaning, enrichment and treat stocking
    • Comfortable relaying information from the veterinarian to the client
    • Knowledgeable about commonly diagnosed behavioral and medical conditions and their treatments
    • Knowledgeable about various medical tests and what they entail
    • Other duties as assigned

Other Requirements

    • Ability to work flexible hours when required
    • Consistently detail oriented and highly organized
    • Ability to work independently when given a task
    • Fear Free Certified Professional Level 1 - either current or completed within 3 months of start date

Skills and Abilities

    • Excellent communication skills -- both verbal and written
    • Ability to multi-task in a stressful environment
    • Ability to speak and hear by phone or in person
    • Ability to read, write and type English
    • Ability to work as a team player
    • Ability to use and learn computers
    • Ability to master large volumes of detailed information
Meet our hospital:
Established in 1936, Friendship Hospital for Animals provides high quality, compassionate veterinary care to the dogs and cats of the Washington D.C. metro area. Our vision is to be the most medically progressive small animal hospital in the country while adhering to our core values of teamwork, collaboration and respect. We are AAHA accredited and provide wellness, emergency and specialty care with over 60 veterinarians on staff, including 13 rotating interns and over 20 specialists.

Friendship has specialty departments including emergency/critical care, clinical pathology, radiology, anesthesiology, oncology, ophthalmology, neurology/neurosurgery, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine/hemodialysis, rehab therapy, and surgery. We have MRI, CT, a separate dedicated ICU, long-term ventilator capability, and hemodialysis onsite. In addition to providing clients and their pets the highest quality of medicine and service, Friendship Hospital is also a fun and rewarding place to work and grow.

Excellent compensation and generous benefits are offered.

Living in Washington, DC:
Friendship is proud to be a part of the Washington DC community. Our diverse and historic neighborhoods provide enrichment, entertainment, and excitement to new and long-term residents alike. While known for its monuments and museums, the District is also known for its parks and pet-friendly accommodations. Most residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park - including Rock Creek Park, the oldest urban park in the country, popular for hiking and outdoor activities. DC's Kennedy Center and Lincoln Theater offer world-class entertainment and theater. Top universities such as Georgetown, Howard, George Washington, and American (situated around Friendship's campus) attract students and scholars from around the world. Public transportation includes metrorail, metrobus, electric scooters, Capital Bikeshare, and Car2Go. Enjoy DC's varied and eclectic food scene, celebrate a win with the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals, visit the century-old cherry blossoms or take a weekend trip to nearby Shenandoah Valley, Harper's Ferry, or Annapolis.