Anderson’s Veterinary Assistant is an integral member of our South Elgin 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: Part-time, Hourly (based on a 40-hour workweek; 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 audience.  

  • Administer intramuscular and SQ injections as needed. 

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

  • Other duties as delegated. 

While applicants who are proficient in the desired skills for this role and have open availability are preferred; candidates who may lack the skills, but demonstrate ambition, compassion, understanding of Anderson’s mission, and enthusiasm for our future will be given strong consideration.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required; two years of professional vet clinic experience preferred.

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

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

  • Demonstrates clear and concise written and verbal communication skills.  

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

  • Ability to work confidently with limited supervision. 

  • Maturity, sensitivity, attentiveness, 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. 

  • Work Environment: Exposure to animals; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches; exposure to high noise levels when in kennels; work may be performed outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions. 


  • Physical Activities: Able to drive, stand, bend, squat, walk, and talk for up to eight hours a day; Able to lift up to 50 pounds with assistance; Able to work a flexible schedule with regular weekend and evening shifts.  Must have the ability to input data, read computer screens and printed material, communicate effectively in-person, via phone, video conferencing and e-mail, and operate office equipment. Physical presence in the office is required for this position.


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.

Candidates with open availability will be preferred. Please email resume and cover letter to for consideration.


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.


Entrance is second door

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880 ext. 25

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.

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