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VCA Animal Hospitals Veterinary Assistant in Des Moines, Iowa

Are you looking to be a part of a supportive hospital team that offers the resources to push your career forward? If so, we would love to connect with you! VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital in Des Moines, IA is seeking an experienced Veterinary Assistant to join our one-of-a-kind 6-Doctor practice!

VCA Avondale has something for every career path! We perform ultrasounds, surgeries, and advanced dentistry in addition to excellent preventive medicine. We even have a Rehabilitation and Laser Therapy Center! If you are a fan of the felines, we have a separate cat only hospital section where our feline friends can get the best of care in a calm, quiet environment. We also have a great boarding facility that includes deluxe vacation suites and offers Doggie Day Care and Grooming. If there is an area you want to grow in, we are here for you!

Our hospital has been serving the Des Moines community for over 45 years. We are AHAA accredited and believe in providing the best possible care to our patients. We are a Gold Standard Feline Friendly practice and are a Fear Free Certified Practice as well.

At VCA Avondale, you can be the Veterinary Assistant you have always wanted to be! We have a unique culture in our hospital that values each person’s individual skill and personality. There’s something special about you and we are excited to learn more!

Among the reasons to consider joining VCA are:

  • VCA hospitals are former private-practices that retain the spirit that made them successful

  • Access to the people and financial resources of a large veterinary community

  • Network of 4,500+ doctors, including more than 600 Specialists

  • Largest provider of Private Practice Internships and Residencies in the U.S.

  • WOOF University, offering abundant CE for Doctors and Technicians

  • Robust Clinical Studies program

  • Opportunities to give back through strong Shelter partnerships and VCA Charities

VCA adds value to your compensation package with the following:

  • Competitive Wage based on experience

  • Medical, Dental & Vision insurance

  • Opportunity to teach and mentor

  • 401(k)

  • Life and Long Term Disability insurance

  • Short Term Disability and Supplemental insurance

  • Access to Lyra Health and Headspace

  • Scholarships to Penn Foster available

Ready to be part of the best team around? Apply today! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

If you are a current associate, you will need to apply through our internal career site. Please log into Workday and click on the Jobs Hub app or search for Browse Jobs.

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!

The information in this position description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of associates assigned to this job. Management reserves the right to revise the job description or require that other tasks be performed when the circumstances of the job change (for example, emergencies, change in personnel, workload, or technical development)

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans / Disabled. For a complete EEO statement please see our career page at