VETERINARY ASSISTANT (Non-Licensed/Non-Certified)

Anderson’s Veterinary Assistant is an integral member of our clinic team that helps to ensure our animals are consistently given the highest quality healthcare during their stay. This includes, but is not limited to: routinely cleaning and sanitizing the veterinary clinic environment and equipment, proper and safe handling/restraint of animals, and prepping patients for and caring for them after surgery.


Reports to: Director of Veterinary Services

Job Type: PT &/or FT openings available, Hourly (Rate is commensurate with experience), Non-exempt


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (to include, but not limited to)
  • Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals regardless of circumstance. 

  • Collect and process samples for in-house testing.

  • Remove drains and sutures; trim nails; express glands as necessary.

  • Administer nebulizer and feeding tube treatments when necessary.

  • Calculate drug dosages, prep and administer medications and non-Rabies vaccines according to clinic protocol.

  • Respond to the needs of all clients and staff with a high degree of urgency while communicating appropriate and pertinent medical information based on the audience. 

  • Administer intramuscular and SQ injections as needed.

  • Lead others by example in demonstrating safe practices and support a sanitary, organized work environment.

  • Quickly absorb and discern complex issues, be able to make thoughtful, principled decisions and act decisively under emotional and/or stressful conditions.

  • Diffuse situations before conflict develops by resolving constructively, directly and in a timely manner.

  • Occasional weekend, weeknight, holiday shifts and the ability to work during non-standard hours may be required.

  • Other duties as delegated. 

  • High school diploma or equivalent; two years of professional vet clinic experience and open availability a plus; VT Certification not necessary.

  • Thorough support of and understanding of the benefits of practicing low-stress, fear-free handling and positive reinforcement training in a veterinary clinic environment.

  • Demonstrate clear and concise, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excel at creative problem solving and principled decisiveness in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful work environment.

  • Ability to work confidently with limited supervision when needed.

  • Understanding of and ability to effectively communicate illnesses of dogs and cats.

  • Knowledge of and support for Anderson’s mission/vision; desire to advance the organization.

  • Maturity, sensitivity, compassion, attentiveness, self-motivation, reliable, honest with an outgoing, participatory work style.

  • Ability to maintain focus during frequent interruptions and flexibility to adapt swiftly to change in environment, priorities, or protocol.  

  • Motivated to sharpen technical skills and thrive through on-the-job training.


Willingness and ability to work with domestic animals of all temperaments and species.

Exposure to animals and high noise levels; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches.


Able to stand, bend at the waist, kneel, squat, walk, and talk for up to ten hours a day; able to lift over fifty pounds with assistance from floor to table height and vice-versa.

Can engage in repetitive motions of legs,

arms and hands and to hear and see at levels where the movement of animals and objects is not physically limited. Must have the ability to drive a vehicle, input data, read computer screens and printed material, communicate effectively in-person, via phone, video conferencing and e-mail, and operate office equipment.


Anderson Animal Shelter was incorporated in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois. Over the years, the shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. Anderson Animal Shelter collaborates with public and private organizations and individuals to shelter, care for and promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals. We advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of these animals through direct care, humane education and community outreach programs.



All volunteers and staff of Anderson Animal Shelter must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and emotional health of our shelter animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.

Shelter Holidays

New Year's Day  ·  Memorial Day  ·  Fourth of July  ·  Labor Day  ·  Thanksgiving Day  ·  Christmas Day

We will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Anderson Animal Shelter is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.

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