Veterinary Assistant, ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance

Job Type

Full Time




North Carolina
United States



ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance, previously known as Humane Alliance, focuses on the training of high-quality, high-volume, and low-cost companion animal sterilization. Starting in 1994 as a small spay/neuter clinic in Asheville, NC, Humane Alliance grew into a nonprofit organization nationally recognized for fostering a mentoring culture across the country to successfully replicate its tried and tested clinic model. In 2015 Humane Alliance merged with the ASPCA, thus allowing us even greater exposure and resources to expand our programs.

The Veterinary Assistant will be responsible for daily care of all surgical patients, assisting doctors and veterinary technicians with pre-, peri-, and post-operative care of patients, general cleaning, and training others to utilize our patient care protocols.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Daily Operational & Patient Support (70%)

  • Knowledge and ability to intake and release patients
  • Know basic veterinary medical concepts and have mathematical ability to support patient needs
  • Daily care of surgical patients, assisting doctors and technicians with surgical and anesthetic procedures
  • Able to respond appropriately during an emergency. Able to take directions from a veterinarian during the event. Maintain competency in CPR procedures
  • Responsible for prepping patients for surgery, observing all clinic procedures, to enforce sterility and safety of patients
  • General duties in the operating room during surgery, assisting with movement of patients, recovery of patients, and general flow
  • Able to monitor anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions
  • Ensure prompt and accurate paperwork procedures are followed each day
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the facility by following disease control protocols
  • Support pack room responsibilities including the maintenance and supply of surgical packs, operation of equipment to sterilize medical instruments, and support with surgical laundry.

Training & Communication (30%)

  • Train veterinary assistants, new staff members, and trainees to utilize our patient care protocols and support other onboarding for new staff as appropriate
  • Direct and lead assigned trainees through clinic responsibilities
  • Direct the flow of surgery by supporting trainees
  • Effectively balance the needs of trainees, patients, Veterinarians and other medical support staff
  • Clearly and consistently communicate with clients and all members of the surgical team to ensure the safety and care of our patients

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Additional Information

  • Some prior work with animals or animal welfare organizations is required, such as involvement in private veterinary practice, volunteer experience, or university or industrial research.
  • Prior training, management or other leadership experience strongly preferred
  • Cat and dog handling experience strongly preferred
  • Fully available to work first or second shifts typically between 7am-7pm on Monday through Friday and able to work as a kennel assistant or pack assistant as assigned
  • Position requires evening hours, as well as flexibility and occasional overtime during off-hours, weekends, and possible holiday support
  • Must provide a valid driver’s license upon hire and pass a motor vehicle history check demonstrating a safe driving history.
  • Must be willing to lift and move domestic and non-domesticated and potentially dangerous animals in stressful conditions
  • Able to occasionally work in physically challenging conditions and be able wear appropriate protective gear, including a protective mask. Potential environmental factors include:
  • Exposure to chemical and biological hazards, such as feces and blood
  • Exposure to sharp objects
  • Working in environments that include loud noises
  • Working in environments that may have uneven, wet, slippery, greasy, oily, dirty surfaces or strong odors, and exposure to fumes, gases and dust


Displays care and concern for the safety and well-being of self, animals and others, especially during stressful situations, Encourages candid and respectful dialogue and feedback, Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures, Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds repeatedly throughout the day (large oxygen tanks, large animal handling) and up to 100 pounds with support, Must be able to work standing for 10 or more hours, Must be able to work standing for 10 or more hours be able to crawl, climb, bend, reach overhead, kneel, balance and repetitively use hands in order to meet the physical demands of this role., Plans, organizes and prioritizes work, Presents information clearly in verbal and written form, Supports the development of others within and across teams by proactively sharing advice and knowledge



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma or GED (Required)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School