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Veterinary Assistant I (VAI) Task Check Off Sheet

submitted by Nanette Walker Smith, RVT, CVT with permission from Sacramento Veterinary Surgical Services, Inc.

This form is to be used as a check off list of tasks that a Veterinary Assistant level one (VAI) should be able to
perform. You may use it as a training tool for new personnel, as a yearly check off list prior to annual review,
as a goal oriented sheet of tasks the kennel assistant (for example) might want to attain for promotion, etc.
Note: This sheet may be used in accordance with the "Hourly Wage Chart"

The Veterinary Assistant should be able to efficiently do the following tasks in a timely manner. Each task should be
initialed by a Veterinary Technician, veterinary staff supervisor, or person in charge of the individual area. The final
check could be by the person supervising the VAI if using this sheet as a review prior to a yearly evaluation.

In order for each task to be initialed (or signed off), the VAI or VAI candidate needs to demonstrate the task
completely by showing the person reviewing the task through it in a step-by-step fashion (a "teach one" philosophy).

Task
Initials
Initials
Initials
Location of Materials

Catheters

Fluids

     

Anesthetic Masks and Tubes

     

Gastric Pump and Tubes

     

ECG Machines

     

Supplies - Backstock

     

Supplies - Surgical

     

Supplies - Bandage

     

Emergency box/Crash Cart

     

Epinephrine

     

Fire Extinguishers

     
Intravenous Fluid Operations

Drip Sets

     

Set - Up

     

IVAC Pumps

     

Replacing Fluids

     

Fluid Additions

     

Checking for Leaks and Swelling

     

Flushing Catheters

     

Monitor Volume - Animal not on IVAC

     

Monitor Volume - Animal on IVAC

     
Hospital Maintenance

Laundry

     

Cage Cleaning

     

Isolation Room Protocol

     

Restocking Supplies (Inventory Procedures)

     

Vacuuming, Mopping

     

Refilling Squirt Bottles

     
Receptionist Duties

Telephone Protocol

     

Emergency Form (find and fill out)

     

Making Referral Files

     

Drop off Forms (location and use)

     

Appointment book (location and use)

     

Client Entry into the computer

     

Estimates

     

Invoicing

     

Payments - credit card

     

Payments - check authorization

     

Payments - cash

     

Hold checks

     

Credit Applications

     
Pharmacy

Filling prescriptions

     

Presciption labeling

     

Refills

     
Familiarization (location, warnings)

Commonly used drugs

     

Vaccines - Canine schedules

     

Vaccines - Feline schedules

     

Drugs that can be harmful to employees

     

Emergency drugs

     

Controlled drugs

     

Eye and Ear medications

     

Insulin

     
Administration of medicines

Calculations - conversion kg > lbs and lbs > kg

     

Calculations - drug dosages (mg, ml, mEq.)

     

Fluid rates

     

Creating % fluids (i.e. 2.5% dextrose in LRS)

     

Injections - subcutaneous

     

Injections - subcutaneous fluids

     

Injections - Intracatheter

     

Injections - Intramuscular

     

Pilling a dog

     

Pilling a cat

     

Oral administration of liquid to a dog, cat, bird

     

Nitroglycerin Ointment

     

Tube feeding - bird

     

Tube feeding - puppy/kitten

     
Treatment Room Skills
Animal restraint - dog      

Animal restraint - cat

     

Animal restraint - rabbit

     

Animal restraint - bird

     

Animal restraint - exotics

     

TPR, MM, CRT

     

Nail Trim

     

Venipuncture - cephalic

     

Venipuncture - saphenous

     

Venipuncture - jugular

     

Venipuncture - femoral

     

Hospitalized Patient Monitoring

     

Urinary catheter Monitoring

     

Palpate/Express Bladder

     

Oxygen Cage operation

     

Incubator operation

     

Changing N2 and O2 tanks

     

Chemotherapy or Zoonotic Risk Patients:

Cage Sheet

     

Patient Maintenance

     

Patient Cleanup

     
Paperwork

Writing up Treatment Sheet

     

Charge Sheet

     
Laboratory Skills

Microscope

     

Fecal flotation

     

Fecal direct smear

     

Difil Heartworm Test

     

Cite Tests/Snap Tests

     

Outside Lab paperwork

     

Outside Lab tubes for Chemistry and CBC profiles

     

PCV/II/BC/TP

     

Blood Glucose

     

BUN - Azostrip

     

In house Lab machine operation

     
Radiology

Xray Card

     

Processing

     

Xray Log

     

File Folder Prep

     

Filing Xrays

     
Surgery

Clean up

     

Autoclave

     

Folding Towels

     

Folding Drapes

     

Folding Gowns

     

Pack Preparation

     

Location of Materials/Packs

     

Endotracheal Extubation

     
Care of Remains Protocol

Standard Care

     

Private Care

     

Holds

     
Disposal

Hazardous Waste

     

Sharps

     

 


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