Position Filled: Daytime Hospitalized Patient Care Lead for Equine Hospital

Help horses heal as part of our hospital care team.

Do you have a passion for horses, a knack for multitasking and an attention to detail? Are you a team player who thrives in a fast-paced environment? If so, then we have the perfect in-hospital opportunity for you!

Bend Equine Medical Center is seeking a compassionate and dedicated Daytime Hospitalized Patient Lead Veterinary Assistant or Licensed Veterinary Technician with horse experience to join our team. In this role, you’ll play a vital part in ensuring the well-being of our recovering equine patients, providing exceptional care and support from dawn to dusk.

Daily duties:

  • 6 a.m.: Arrive, clock in, and hit the ground running. Conduct a quick survey of all hospitalized patients, identifying and addressing any urgent needs like colic pain or IV issues.
  • Getting the lowdown: Review overnight technician notes and treatment sheets to prepare for the day’s tasks.
  • Treatment time: Administer medications and treatments according to schedules, prioritizing isolation patients and collaborating with other team members as needed.
  • Making rounds: Attend both technician and doctor rounds, actively participating and bringing up any pertinent observations about your patients.
  • Giving surgical support: Lend a hand to our surgery team by prepping horses for procedures, ensuring patients are ready to go.
  • Keeping things on track: Throughout the day, continue scheduled treatments, ensure veterinarians review treatment sheets, and verify accurate invoicing for all procedures and medications.
  • Maintaining patient comfort: Keep stalls, water and feed sources appropriately refreshed and clean, groom patients and make comfort adjustments.
  • Making patient updates: Keep the veterinarians informed of any changes in patients’ conditions, ensuring the horses’ well-being is always top priority.
  • Prepping patients for hospital discharge: Schedule and ensure all go-home appointments are complete, including sending medications and belongings with departing equine friends.
  • Maintaining the hospital: Alongside your team, keep the hospital ward clean, tidy, and functional – from sweeping aisles to stocking hay and keeping treatment areas organized. 
  • Being a team player: Assist with lunch coverage and collaborate with the Inventory Manager to maintain medication and supply stock.  You will be working alongside a great team that collaborates and understands how to jump in and help anyone with anything to get through our busy days. 
  • 3 p.m.: Clock-out after rounding your patients to the hospital intern doctor.
  • Being an on-call hero (future you): Once trained, you’ll join our on-call rotation for an average of 4 to 6 shifts per month

Are you the one we’re looking for? Here’s what you offer:

  • A love for horses and a commitment to their well-being
  • The experience to safely handle horses of all ages
  • A Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) credential or Veterinary Assistant experience with equine patients
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks efficiently
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A positive attitude and a dedication to providing compassionate care
  • Physical stamina to stand for extended periods, lift up to 40 pounds, and work in an active environment

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • The opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of horses
  • Continuous learning and development opportunities
  • A chance to be part of a passionate and dedicated team

Ready to make a difference? Please fill out our online Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant, or Staff application and submit your resume and cover letter with your application submission. For more information, contact Jen at jharrison@bendequine.com.