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VCA Animal Hospitals Veterinary Assistant Pack Prep Surgery in West Hartford, Connecticut

VCA Veterinary Specialists of CT is looking to expand their surgery team with the additional of a sterile processing assistant . ( Pack Prep Assistant )

Vet Specs of CT is seeking a Sterile Processing Veterinary Assistant to join the specialty team at our 24-7 hybrid & specialty referral hospital in West Hartford, CT. We have a unique culture in our hospital that values team building, connectivity, and wellness as well as strive to celebrate each person’s individual skill and career progression. We truly are a family and our team has a shared devotion to providing progressive medicine with compassionate care as a driving force.

Why Join the Vet Specs Family?

We have an incredible leadership team and an onsite technician manager who is passionate about supporting our veterinary assistants and technicians. We are committed to your continuing education and personal career development and strive to create an environment where training advanced technician skills is our top priority. We support a work environment where you can focus on your career, happiness, and the patients you serve.

(Please take a moment to view our brief video on veterinary technician utilization from a VCA technician’s point of view)

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Prefer working knowledge of surgical sterilization techniques, but willing to train for the right candidate.

  • Professional behavior & appearance, excellent interpersonal skills, and a positive, friendly attitude.

  • Able to handle multiple tasks at once, and deal with high levels of stress in an environment of changing priorities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Clean surgical instruments using surgical sterilization techniques.

  • Prepare surgical packs and PPE (gloves, gowns, drapes and masks) for sterilization.

  • Properly set up and run sterilization equipment - gas sterilizer and autoclave

  • Decontaminating and cleaning operating rooms, sterile supply room and equipment daily and after surgical procedures

  • Maintain proper stock of surgical supplies in pack area and surgical suites

As a Sterile Supply Assistant, you will:

  • Prepare instruments and operating room for surgery.

  • Troubleshooting and removing faulty equipment from service to submit for repair or replacement.

  • Maintaining appropriate quantities of surgical supplies and equipment.

  • Decontaminating and cleaning operating rooms, sterile supply room, and equipment according to established procedures.

  • Serving as a resource/reference to surgical team with regards to surgical equipment.

Potential Schedule: Full-time (Monday Thru Friday)

Compensation : $18 – 20 / hr based on skill set, and experience

What Makes Veterinary Specialist of CT Unique?

Whether you are a seasoned Veterinary Assistant or a Technician in training, we welcome your experience and allow you to utilize your medical knowledge to the fullest extent. With a bustling General Practice wing, your daily dose of puppies and kittens will be met. In addition to our advanced procedures on the specialty side such as: Neurology and MRI, Internal Medicine and Endoscopy, Surgery and Stem Cell Therapy, as well as the option of a Holistic approach offering acupuncture and nutrition support.

As a team we work hard, and we encourage self-care with team hikes and picnics (four legged friends welcome). Halloween best costume contests, Seasonal egg hunts with prizes, and of course bean bag chairs in the lounge. Don’t forget our annual summer BBQ!

At VCA Animal Hospitals, we are committed to equity, inclusion, and diversity and strive to be a place where a talented mix of people want to come, stay, and do their best work.

VCA Total Rewards Benefits Package:

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

  • Free NAVTA Membership & RECOVER Training

  • Discounts to Fear Free Certification & VetGirl

  • Growth & leadership opportunities

  • Medical, Dental & Vision

  • Career development programs

  • Veterinary Technician education tuition support and scholarships

  • $750 continuing education funds for credentialed associates

  • Veterinary Technician license reimbursement

  • Generous hospital discounts and product discounts

  • Employer-paid life, long- and short-term disability insurance

  • VTS Path financial, and mentorship support

  • Paid vacation and sick time

  • Paid parental leave

  • 401(k)

  • Free mental health resources and wellness subscriptions (Headspace)

  • Referral bonuses

  • Infertility benefits

  • Competitive wage

  • Free access to Plumbs , and education platforms such as Vetfolio

Why You Should Consider Us

Candidates must be positive and motivated. The hospital team meets frequently, and your ideas and suggestions are encouraged to help us continue to grow.

Our team takes pride in fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect and recognition while being adaptable, goal driven and engaged. We work hard to protect our culture and assure we hire associates that are going to have the determination to rise above obstacles, wear multiple hats and work as a team.

Ready to grow with a collaborative and supportive team?

Apply now- We look forward to hearing from you!

If you are a current associate, you need to apply through our internal career site. Please log into Workday and click on the Career worklet on the landing page or search for Find 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