Veterinary Nurse - Part Time




FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

SUMMARY The Veterinary Nurse will be primarily responsible for assisting the shelter veterinarian and animal care staff in all duties relating to the veterinary care of animals in the shelter as assigned.  These responsibilities will vary with the current needs of the shelter, the season of the year, the facility location, and the individual abilities demonstrated by the employee. 


  • Communicate exam findings and provide direct support to the veterinarian with adopted, foster, and shelter animals.
  • Complete thorough medical examinations while working alongside veterinarians and animal care staff. 
  • Read and interpret medical records to determine vaccination status and medication needs. 
  • Performing and assisting with initial shelter exams and vaccinations of animals upon intake to Morris Animal Refuge. 
  • Examination and care of sick shelter animals including cage cleaning, exercising, feeding, observing  animals for illness, following disease prevention protocols, knowledge of common diseases, their symptoms and means of transmission, laundry and bathing.
  • Assisting the veterinarian with general surgeries including but not limited to inducing and prepping patients for routine spay, neuter, dentals, and other specialty procedures as needed. 
  • Performing and working cooperatively with other staff members to accomplish the general cleaning of all areas to maintain a clean odor free dispensary/exam room and shelter; maintain clinic and surgical equipment such as microscopes and surgical packs; assist in maintaining healthy, safe, sanitary, pleasant and clean facilities for the animals under the care of Morris Animal Refuge at all times.
  • Obtaining certification in euthanasia and performing and assisting with euthanasia.
  • Assist with training new nursing assistants, medical volunteers, or animal care staff as needed. 
  • Perform, read and interpret laboratory tests, complete forms for out-of-house laboratory, filing and scanning of laboratory tests, cleaning up of laboratory areas, data entry
  • assisting the shelter veterinarian with the development and implementation of environmental enrichment for animals housed at Morris Animal Refuge. 
  • Assist shelter management team with general animal pathway planning including but not limited to identifying animals with long length of stays and helping determine animal flow within the shelter. 
  • Assisting the shelter veterinarian with monitoring animals on bite quarantine and checking monitoring sheets for rabies symptoms. 
  • Assisting the shelter management team with scheduling surgery for in house, adopted, and foster animals. 
  • Performing daily rounds to check for the welfare of animals housed at MAR, checking daily monitoring sheets, and constantly checking medical records of long term residence and updating treatments as needed.  
  • Assist the shelter veterinarian with the daily maintenance and upkeep of the controlled substance logs. 
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure that all established procedures and                                                                                                                                                                   policies of Morris Animal Refuge are followed; follow established procedures governing safe work practices including, but not limited to, wearing protective clothing and/or equipment when necessary; perform duties in a manner which encourages attainment of goals, contributions and business for the Morris Animal Refuge and its mission.
  • Treat people and animals with respect; contribute to effective teamwork; and foster public relations beneficial to Morris Animal Refuge and its programs; promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals and treat all animals humanely, properly and with compassion at all times, regardless of circumstances including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive.
  • Assist when needed in all areas of the shelter, including but not limited to the adoption floor for general counseling regarding medical records. 
  • Assist when needed with animal transports from outside animal welfare organizations. 
  • The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.



  • Medication administration: oral, topical, aural, ocular, subcutaneous and intravenous.
  • Equipment use: centrifuge, refractometer, heating pads, pulse ox ecg, microscope, glucometer.
  • Patient Monitoring: TPR/CRT/MM color assessment, anesthetic depth, heart rate, pulse quality, maintaining charts properly, post surgical assessment, hydration.
  • Medical Care: feeding amounts, cleanliness, minor wound bandaging, suture/staple removal, ear cleaning/flushing, triage patients and therapeutic bathing
  • Client/Patient care: review discharge instructions with owner, demonstrate routes of medication to owner, answer basic client questions, obtain history from client for healthy animals, follow-up calls with owners.
  • Medical Records: scan in and attach medical records, update records for weights, data, pictures, properly log history and client communication and enter notes as directed by veterinarian.
  • Pharmacology: prescription labels, proper routes of administration, proper handling and storage of drugs, can convert mg dosing to ml volume for treatment, dose calculations, reconstitute and label IV properly. 
  • Medical Terminology: vaccine protocols, parasite preventives, retrovirus risks and testing protocol and heartworm testing protocol
  • Laboratory skills: read direct fecal float and smear, read fecal cytology, read skin scrape, read urine sediment, set up blood smear and stain, set up/read gram stains of ear/skin samples, knowledge of blood tubes, perform PCV/TS, able to run dilution for chem machine when needed, run snap screen for combo, 4dx, parvo etc., prepare antech/idexx forms and samples.
  • Surgical skills: CPR, reversal drugs and doses, anesthesia/monitoring skills, knowledge of anesthesia machine operation, knowledge of appropriate size ET tube, O2bag, O2 line, understand the need for exhaust, proper use of heating pad when indicated, maintain sodasorb and isoflorane/sevoflorane chambers, proper cleaning and disinfection techniques, aseptic technique/sterile procedures, names and uses of surgical instruments, surgical assisting, proper extubation of patients and understanding of “tank” induction. 
  • Patient restraint: restraint of non-fractious and fractious or fearful animals for vaccines/injections, cephalic blood draw, anal gland/ear assessment and micro-chipping.
  • Dentistry skills: identify and stage dental disease, aware of canine and feline dental formula, can teach owners proper home care and perform dental cleaning/polishing. 



  • Minimum High School diploma or GED required; some college, trade, vocational school, college or further education preferred.  
  • Must be proficient using computer. Knowledge of Internet, Microsoft Word and Excel required, knowledge of Pet Point Animal Management System, VIA software and web based software a plus.
  • CVT or experience in the veterinary field working as a veterinary assistant or technician.



  • Ability to problem solve and work cooperatively in a team environment; affection for animals and concern for their welfare.
  • Comfort and ability to work humanely with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.
  • Ability to accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
  • Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional, pleasant, respectful, courteous and tactful manner at all times. 
  • Maturity, good judgment and professional personal appearance including the wearing of neat and clean uniforms.
  • Physical strength and ability to lift and carry a pet or other object weighing up to fifty (50) pounds without assistance; must be able to assist in lifting patients or other objects weighing more than fifty (50) pounds.

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Operations  

HOURS FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT POSITION Part-time position hours are dictated by the needs of the organization. Daily hours and days of the week (for both full and part-time positions) may vary according to the needs of the department schedule. Includes weekends, night, and holiday work.  

INTRODUCTORY ASSESSMENT PERIOD The introductory assessment period runs from the date of hire for three months thereafter. For employment in any position with Morris Animal Refuge, this introductory assessment period is the period during which the specifics of the job are learned. During this period, either the employee or Morris Animal Refuge may end the employment relationship without notice or prejudice.

EMPLOYMENT There is no minimum period of employment guaranteed or implied by acceptance of an employment offer. It is the policy of Morris Animal Refuge that even exempt positions are governed by the needs of the agency, which means that employment is for no specified term and either Morris Animal Refuge or the employee, may terminate that employment at any time. The Executive Director has final authority over these decisions and determinations.