Veterinarian Assistant, Animal Welfare - 3311

Career Purpose

The Animal Welfare Veterinarian Assistant performs technical, supervisory and administrative work as part of kennel operations within the Division. With direct interaction, selection of animals which need the assistance of assigned Veterinarian, including sick, injured, selecting those animals which will be spay and/or neutered on assigned days. This position will carry out directions from assigned veterinarian on treatment/follow up on all animals within the facility, to include but not limited to administrating medications, changing dressing, and general care for the health of the herd. This position also carries out daily cleaning of the kennel, as assigned by the Kennel Supervisor.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.     

  • Select Animals for Spay / Neuter.
  • Create and track reports prepared during each surgery.
  • Assists Superintendent in planning and establishing operating policies and procedures, on the medical side of operations.
  • Assists Superintendent in selecting proper procedures in combating outbreaks such as Kennel Cough, Dog Flu, and other zoological infections present in working kennel environments.
  • Must have working knowledge on tools, equipment, and medication for  a plethora of situations; to include, but not limited to the use of an autoclave, anesthesia, veterinary monitors, clippers, microscopes, track respiration/ ventilation, oxygen monitors, operate scales, anal thermometers, draw blood samples, use an X-ray and ultrasound machine.      
  • Train staff members in methods of operation and ensures proper knowledge of policies, procedures, and cleaning methods, and proper animal handling, as directed by the Superintendent.
  • Completes daily reports detailing all actions taken in the veterinarian area, as well as in the kennel in response to request for service and investigations, and daily cleaning, and medical procedures.
  • Track weekly inventory, purchasing, of supplies and medication, for use within the division.
  • Ability to work independently and accurately when performing assigned tasks.
  • Ability and willingness to conduct euthanasia procedures according to established protocol and guidelines to include record keeping of all medications used.


  • Cleans, sanitizes kennel following specified procedures.
  • Set up pens and provides general daily care for all kennel animals. 
  • Conducts public speaking programs for the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership and explaining city/state ordinances at public schools, neighborhood watch meetings and civic organizations.
  • Provides assistance to out of town law enforcement agencies to include: Sheriff, Highway Patrol, Tribal Police and Ft. Sill Police during raids, evictions, domestics, deaths, arrests, seizures and impounds.
  • Provides assistance to USDA agents as well as Oklahoma State Veterinarian investigators as needed and requested.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalency, at least (3) years’ experience as a veterinarian assistant or similar position working with animals, or code enforcement background.
  • Possession of a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a state animal euthanasia certificate within 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel while maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Extensive knowledge of the city’s geography.
  • Extensive knowledge of acceptable animal husbandry techniques as well as small animal/livestock behavior.
  • Ability to work with animals without fear. Willingness to work with sick and/or vicious animals.
  • Above average skill in handling animals, and compassion towards animals.


This position is assigned to the Animal Welfare Division, which is located within the compound of the City of Lawton Public Works Yard located at 2104 SW 6th Street.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly:is required to sit, speak, listen, read, write, and various other office related functions. Must be able to lift up to 100 lbs, for short durations.

Frequently: required to reach, handle, finger, grasp, speak, see (shape/size/distance/ motion/color), climb, lift and/or carry containers weighing up to 50 pounds, and must be available for emergency situations during various hours including  weekends, and holidays.

Occasionally:works in the capacity of acting superintendent, attending administrative meetings.

Rarelyis required to pick up donations from local citizens and/or businesses.

  • Static and trunk strength to use all the muscle forces possible to lift, carry, push or pull heavy objects, (Dead, injured, tranquilized animals).
  • Flexibility to bend, twist or reach out with the body and/or arms, use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and run.
  • Ability to work in a confined area with little movement outside that area.
  • Ability to have good memory recall.
  • Ability to work under stress and maintain mental and emotional control.
  • Skill in the use of the four basic arithmetic operations.


The work environment characteristics described here are reprehensive of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

  • Regularly: Outside, exposed to heat, cold, humidity, rain, etc.
  • Regularly: Subject to working on slippery surfaces.
  • Regularly: Exposed to steady and fairly loud noises.
  • Regularly faces: Possibility of exposure to zoonotic and/or infectious diseases.
  • Regularly: Contact with water at various work sites.
  • Regularly: Subject to working in cramped positions.
  • Regularly: Exposed to allergens such as bee/wasp stings, pollen, cat and dog hair, etc.
  • Regularly: Exposed to chemical irritants such as cleaning solutions, bleach, etc.


The candidate for this position must possess the interpersonal skills as well as attitude necessary in promoting smooth relations between parties without jeopardizing policy structure or impeding progress in conflict resolution. 

This position requires extensive interaction between the employee and superintendents, supervisors, co-workers, subordinates, representatives from other agencies and divisions, and the general public, and the animals within the care of animal welfare. The employee must possess the ability to react to, and address, daily situations without interjecting personal feelings and/or opinions, basing responses on guidelines established in divisional/departmental policies and procedures, therefore resulting in a positive outcome to any given situation.



Provides direct supervision to Kennel Staff when Kennel Supervisor is not present.



The employee performs duties under the direction of the Animal Welfare Superintendent, and Kennel Supervisor. The employee plans and carries out the superintendent’s directives in accordance with departmental / divisional policy and procedures, for the health and welfare of all animals housed within the facility.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on March 22, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. 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. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

Vacancy #
Closing Date
Career Type
$1,156.80 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Animal Welfare

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