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Ethos Veterinary Health Surgical Veterinary Assistant, VESH in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Join Our Surgery Team at Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (VESH)!

Are you a Veterinary Assistant craving more excitement and opportunity to expand your skill set? Look no further as Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (VESH) ( located in West Springfield, MA has THE opportunity for you!

We are seeking a passionate Veterinary Assistant to join our Surgery team - if you are committed to the highest standards of veterinary care, we would love to hear from you!

About the role: As a Surgical Veterinary Assistant, your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with patient examinations: prepping exam room, setting up equipment, taking patient history, recording vitals, performing diagnostic procedures, restraining animals, providing take-home instructions, and scheduling follow-up appointments.

  • Preparing and reviewing surgical estimates with clients accurately.

  • Assisting with surgical procedures: prepping patients, performing blood draws, IV catheter placements, setting up the surgery suite, sterilizing surgical packs, and ensuring the surgery suite is clean and well-stocked.

  • Communicating with clients and referring veterinarians (RDVMs), including appointment reminders, follow-up calls, prescription call-ins, managing discharges, and providing post-op care instructions.

  • Accurately recording nursing care information, healthcare team communications, and clinical data in the hospital’s software system. Review doctor notes and treatment histories for accuracy.

  • Entering all charges related to surgery services accurately and prepare take-home medications (TGH).

  • Managing surgery inventory, track supplies, reorder as needed, and ensure exam and surgery rooms are well-stocked.


  • $16 - $20 pending skill assessment leveling

    Anticipated Schedule:

  • Tuesday-Friday, specific hours TBD.

    What to Expect:

  • A Supportive Environment: Join a team that works like a TEAM. We foster a welcoming atmosphere where every team member feels valued, supported, and encouraged to grow. From seasoned experts to those just starting out, we believe in mentorship and collaboration.

  • Opportunities for Growth: At VESH, learning never stops. Our experienced Doctors and Technicians take pride in mentoring and guiding newer team members. You'll have the chance to expand your knowledge and refine your skills in a supportive environment.

  • Commitment to Excellence: We believe in providing nothing but the best for our patients. Our team utilizes cutting-edge equipment and techniques to deliver top-notch care, ensuring every pet receives the treatment they deserve.

    About You:

  • You are a confident, skilled, and experienced Veterinary Assistant dedicated to outstanding client service and excellent patient care.

  • Prior experience in prepping patients for surgery, setting up surgery suites, and sterilizing surgical packs. Familiarity with surgical instruments required .

  • Proficiency in patient anesthesia and recovery, or willingness to learn, including drug dosage preparation, equip ment use, patient care, and all aspects of induction, monitoring, and recovery of anesthetized patients. Experience with epidurals and surgical ventilator use is a plus!

  • It is incredibly important to our team to find the RIGHT fit. We want to find someone that shares our same goals and values, someone that is friendly, compassionate, dependable, and genuinely wants to make a difference.

  • You understand the importance of maintaining a positive, respectful, uplifting hospital culture and genuinely love working with people that share that same value.

  • You’re not afraid to jump in and get your feet wet! A diligent worker who takes initiative and contributes to the operation of the entire hospital, you will help get all the day’s duties done!

  • You are eager to continue enhancing your skill set and enjoy learning & collaborating with a team.

    About Us:

    Like human medical specialists, VESH supports primary care veterinarians with the evaluation and treatment of pets affected by trauma, chronic issues, serious illness, or unusual disorders requiring advanced training along with providing critical & emergency pet care.

    We offer a variety of specialty services including Advanced Imaging (CT), Internal Medicine, Surgery, and of course Emergency and Critical Care.

    Benefits: At VESH, we believe in investing in our team's growth and development. Here's what we offer:

  • CE Allowance

  • Paid Shoe Stipend

  • Scrubs provided by VESH at no cost to the employee!

  • Paid Time Off

  • Sick Time

  • Shift Differential

  • Employee Pet Discount/Immediate Family Member Discount

  • 401k

  • Medical/Dental/Vision

  • Short/Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Life Insurance


  • License application and renewal reimbursement for CVTs.

    Why Choose Us?

  • Variety and Challenge: Every day brings new challenges and opportunities to learn. You'll never feel stuck in a routine at VESH, where every case is unique and every patient deserves personalized care.

  • Making a Difference: Join a team where your contributions truly matter. Whether it's saving a life in an emergency situation or providing comfort to a pet in need, your work at VESH has a meaningful impact on the lives of animals and their families.

  • Professional Development: We're committed to helping you reach your full potential. From continuing education opportunities to hands-on training, we invest in your growth and development every step of the way.

    For more information about our hospital, please visit

    Ethos Veterinary Health is at the forefront of innovation and world-class medicine. As the premier network of over 140 specialty and emergency hospitals across North America, Ethos brings together a dedicated community of more than 1,500 specialized doctors providing care for nearly 2 million pets annually. The integrated and collaborative network of veterinary professionals utilize state-of-the-art technology and a scientific, evidence-based approach to deliver compassionate, unparalleled care and rewarding careers. Committed to revolutionizing veterinary medicine, Ethos sets the standard in veterinary excellence. Discover more at

    Ethos Veterinary Health offers a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, a 401k with employer match, and paid time off (including sick time) for all eligible employees.  The team can provide more information about compensation and benefits for your specific location during the process.  For positions based in Colorado, Ethos provides eligible employees with paid sick and safe leave and public health emergency leave in accordance with the requirements of Colorado's Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.


    Ethos Veterinary Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, and any other state or local hiring regulations, we will consider for employment any qualified applicant, including those with arrest and conviction records, in a manner consistent with the applicable regulation.

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