Senior Large Animal Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Job Summary

The Senior Veterinary Assistant is responsible for maintaining a clean and stocked service, providing basic animal care needs, and allowing the Registered Veterinary Technician team to work efficiently to complete orders and patient treatments to achieve the goals of the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital. This position requires senior level skills and proficiency in understanding the behavior and restraint of equine and farm animal patients, hospital cleaning protocols, and hospital treatment protocols to anticipate need. Senior Veterinary Assistants will have the skills and training necessary to work independently on tasks and help to train newly hired Assistants as well as participate in teaching basic restraint and husbandry skills to both veterinary and veterinary nursing students.  Assignment to other areas of the hospital may be required, as well as holiday rotation and possible participation in on-call coverage.


Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is a beautiful campus that supports both a College of Veterinary Medicine as well as an Associate and Bachelor degree program in Veterinary Nursing. As a university employee, veterinary assistants are afforded a generous benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and retirement contributions.



  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Four years of relevant work experience (2 years in a veterinary hospital setting or related experience and 2 years of customer service experience; or a combination of these)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in emergency situations
  • Ability to read and write in English
  • Must have excellent skills handling horses, cattle and other farm animals
  • Ability to lift and carry 25-50 pounds frequently and 60 pounds occasionally



  • NAVTA Veterinary Assistant certificate
  • Specialty veterinary experience


Additional Information: 

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines
  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply


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