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Equine Veterinary Assistant (Overnight Shift)

Primary Hospital/Clinic: Salinas

We are seeking Veterinary Assistants to join our growing team. Successful candidates will provide exceptional support to veterinarians in their daily schedules by assisting with patient care and performing critical administrative duties. The Veterinary Assistant will work well under time constraints and pressure, being able to maintain a positive attitude and pivot quickly as circumstances and schedules change.


  • Perform patient treatments and monitor patients, documenting treatments and patients notes in HVMS

  • Proactively assist veterinarian with patient care using appropriate protection and safety measures, including (but not limited to) preparing treatment area for patient examination, restraining horses during examination and procedures, assisting with and/or performing diagnostic imaging and treatment, assisting with unloading from and onto trailers

  • Collect and organize equipment for daily appointments, including restocking of veterinarian vehicle and treatment rooms

  • Help maintain cleanliness of the practice (when onsite), including but not limited to disinfecting surfaces, cleaning treatment and surgery areas, cleaning drains, stocking feeding stalls, and emptying trash

  • Perform routine laboratory tests, documenting results and communicating with veterinarian

  • Assist with preparation of surgical packs, tables, carts, medications, drapes, etc.

  • Track procedures performed and medications used during appointments, to assist the veterinarian with invoicing and restocking

  • Perform post-surgical and post-treatment cleaning procedures

  • Other duties as requested


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent with prior equine restraint and handling experience required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to build and maintain relationships internally and externally

  • Superb organizational skills that reflect proven ability to multi-task and own the details

  • Tech-savvy, adaptable to new software and programs

  • Resourceful and collaborative team-player

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Proficient in working online

  • Must pass background check and have clean motor vehicle records history

  • Language Ability:

  • Math Ability: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, and volume. Ability to apply simple math formulas.

  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

  • Computer Skills:


  • Ability to work 4 days, 10 hour shifts — from 7pm to 5:30am (into the next day).

  • To treat other people with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.

  • To be dependable and punctual on working hours scheduled and to be willing to stay beyond scheduled hours if needed.

  • To be a self-starter and take the required initiative to perform all tasks successfully.

  • To obtain required knowledge and skills relevant to the job responsibilities.

  • To promote continuous quality of service improvements.

  • To maintain confidentiality with regards to client, doctor, and patient information.

  • To conduct oneself professionally as a representative of Avanti Equine Veterinary Partners, and its network Practices, refraining from inappropriate language and behavior.

  • To constructively communicate progress, problems or other issues requiring attention to the Operations Manager.

  • To offer solutions and demonstrate a positive attitude when dealing with clients, supervisors, doctors, owners, and other team members.

  • To maintain a professional appearance and a courteous attitude.

  • To contribute to the overall team by utilizing your skills and knowledge to achieve performance excellence.


The work environment/conditions characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Majority of time is spent in the office area, but some also out in the barns of the hospital.

  • Limited exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Able to sit, for long periods of time; walk and stand regularly.

  • Able to speak frequently.

  • Repetitive use of hands and fingers.

  • Must be able to sit in front of a computer for long periods of time.

  • Must be able to physically operate the equipment used for the job.

  • Physical demand requirements are in keeping of those for sedentary work.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


  • Full-time, hourly position — $19-$23 per hour, plus an additional $8 per hour shift differential (on top of regular rate)

  • Employer contribution to medical insurance

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • Health Savings Account

  • Additional voluntary insurance options

  • 401(k) with employer match

  • Employee assistance program

  • Paid time off and paid holidays

  • Employee discount

  • Referral program

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Steinbeck Peninsula Equine Clinics provides world-class equine healthcare. Our state-of-the-art hospitals, outpatient clinics and mobile services offer preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and treatment services, in addition to medicine and surgery. We continue to expand our range of services, keeping pace with technology by acquiring leading-edge equipment and expertise.

At Steinbeck Peninsula Equine Clinics, our core values focus on consideration for our clients, colleagues, and fellow team members. We cultivate collaboration by clearly communicating with clients, caregivers, and colleagues, respecting referring veterinarians and encouraging our own team members to engage in dialogue that fosters professional growth and personal work-life balance. We are fueled by and embody compassion in every interaction with our equine patients, as well as with all the people concerned and invested in their wellbeing.

Steinbeck Peninsula Equine Clinics is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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