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Hillsborough County Government

Veterinary Assistant (#VETASTGENG) GENG
$11.90-$18.88 Hourly / $2,062.67-$3,272.53 Monthly / $24,752.00-$39,270.40 Yearly


Performs duties under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian to include assisting in the administration of vaccinations and medications, rendering minor medical treatments and monitoring the health of, and providing care to, impounded animals in a shelter facility.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
One year of experience in the treatment and care of small animals which included administering vaccinations, medications, and medical treatment to animals.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of veterinary medical procedures for the care and treatment of small animals.
  • Working knowledge of routine veterinary medical laboratory procedures.
  • Some knowledge of Florida laws and Hillsborough County ordinances pertaining to the treatment of small animals.
  • Some knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology.
  • Some knowledge of common animal diseases and health requirements.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to use animal handling equipment to control and move animals weighing up to 50 pounds including dangerous or suspected rabid animals.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Administers medications, vaccines, and medical treatments to animals at the shelter, while under the supervision and at the direction of a Veterinarian.
  • Assists veterinary staff in the evaluation and treatment of impounded animals.
  • Performs routine veterinary laboratory tests
  • Assists veterinary staff in the euthanasia of animals in accordance with established policies and humane guidelines for the treatment of diseased, injured or sick animals.
  • Enters and maintains computerized medical records in accordance with departmental policy and record keeping requirements.
  • Cleans and disinfects animal cages and performs general housekeeping duties to provide a sanitary and disease free environment.
  • Supports the department in mandated ESF-17 (Emergency Support Function 17) responsibilities in the event of a disaster or during an activation of the County‚Äôs Emergency Operations Center.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Successful completion of a Florida State approved 16 hour euthanasia technician certification course within the initial probationary period.

CLASS: VETASTGENG; EST: 1/10/2001; REV: 1/5/2012;