BluePearl Veterinary Assistant - Emergency - Full Time in Tacoma, Washington

Our BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Tacoma, WA is hiring an exceptional Veterinary Assistant for our Emergency Department!

Our busy hospital in Tacoma is seeking an eager Veterinary Assistant to join our animal-loving team! This opportunity is full time in our ER Department. We offer direct, responsive management, competitive wages and benefits, and have a strong team environment.

Are you a compassionate person who thrives on challenges? Are you dependable, energetic, and self-motivated? Do you enjoy working with people and their pets?

Come join us!

The primary function of the Veterinary Assistant is to be responsible for treatments of stable hospitalized patients and stable outpatient diagnostics and treatments. This opportunity requires the ability to work well as part of a team, and includes substantial cleaning as well as animal care taking duties.

Previous experience is preferred, but not required. We will train!

Essential Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Compassionately, calmly and gently approaches and handles patients.

  • Uses practice management software to maintain client and patient records according to hospital protocol.

  • Maintains solid grasp of common veterinary medical terms and abbreviations and is able to converse with other veterinary professionals in medical terms.

  • Implement appropriate animal husbandry skills to decrease disease spread, injury and stress to patients.

  • Understands and provides safe restraint for cooperative canine and feline patients during examination or procedures, including radiology, ultrasound and anesthetic induction.

  • Performs and recognizes normal physical exam parameters of temperature, heart rate, pulse quality, respiration and mucous membranes.

  • Prepares appropriate patient meals and thoroughly documents consumption.

  • Documents patient attitude, recognizes abnormal behavior and changes in condition and notifies appropriate associate of changes.

  • Accurately identifies and reports quality and quantity of vomiting, regurgitation, urine and fecal output.

  • Performs all in-house laboratory diagnostics.

  • Appropriately submits out-house laboratory samples to all diagnostic labs used.

  • If legally permitted by state laws, performs phlebotomy.

  • Able to set up intravenous fluids.

  • Can operate all brands of intravenous fluid pumps and can troubleshoot errors.

  • Able to disconnect and connect patient from intravenous fluids aseptically

  • Prepares supplies for IVC placement, blood draw and urinary catheter placement.

  • Prepares supplies for procedures to be performed by technician or veterinarian.

  • Assist across services during primary service downtime or as directed by supervisor.

  • Maintains continuing education and licensure according to state and hospital guidelines.

  • Processes deceased patients for both mass and private cremation. Accurately and promptly completes associated paperwork and prepares sympathy cards.

  • Transports non-critical patients for client visitation or discharge.

  • Additional job duties as assigned.


  • Experience working in a veterinary practice preferred.

  • Strong interpersonal skills: able to communicate effectively with clients, doctors, management, hospital personnel, tenant specialists, consulting professionals and clients.

  • Strong organizational/time management skills: able to set, prioritize and attain goals with attention to detail.

  • Strong professional development skills: able to complete continue education in the field of veterinary medicine concurrently with job description.

  • Strong sense of integrity: able to maintain highest ethical standards, personal responsibility and accountability and confidentiality of clients, doctors, and all staff.

  • Strong analytical thinking skills: ability to use objective data to solve problems/create solutions.

Who are we?

BluePearl Veterinary Partners grew from the dreams of numerous veterinarians who believed pets should have access to high quality, cutting edge healthcare.

We are seeking hospital support with the same philosophy who are looking to grow their career in an exciting environment with a family atmosphere!

Your success is our success!

At BluePearl, the continued education of our techs is paramount. Not only do our techs get to work in state of the art facilities with the best veterinary teams in the nation, but they also have access 90% paid scholarships with Penn Foster and CE allowances. We also go even further to hold monthly CE meetings, associate feedback sessions, and opportunities for mentorship and cross-training .

Additional Benefits:

BluePearl offers health benefits options, competitive compensation, flexible hours, scrub allowance, opportunity to bring your dog to work, additional training, and unlimited growth potential!

Why our Tacoma location?

BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tacoma, WA, is one of several BluePearl hospitals serving the area. Formerly known as Specialty & Emergency Veterinary Care in Tacoma, the hospital has been the leading 24/7 emergency and specialty center in the South Puget Sound region since 1999. The practice joined BluePearl in 2015.

Our highly qualified BluePearl Tacoma team delivers compassionate, comprehensive care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology & diagnostic imaging, and surgery. In addition, through our partners we offer access to acupuncture, avian and exotic animal medicine, and dermatology and allergy treatment. The 9,000-square-foot hospital in Tacoma is being remodeled to accommodate growth and expansion. The hospital has an onsite MRI and CT scanner and was the first private practice in Washington to perform MRIs on veterinary patients. Additional equipment includes arthroscopy, ultrasound and a fully equipped intensive care unit.

The Seattle metropolitan area is a wonderful place to work and live! The area has some of the best parks in the nation—more than 6,189 acres of them—perfect for swimming, hiking, fishing and more, offering outdoor activities to fit all interests. Tacoma is close to the spectacular Mount Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

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BluePearl is committed to a diverse work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, sexual or affectional preference, or gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

Job Category: Technicians

Requisition Number: VETER06649

Posted: 2018-03-13T23:42:57.836Z

Full Time

Location: Tacoma, WA, USA