Clinic · Wichita, Kansas
Department Clinic
Employment Type Full-Time (10hr)
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $10.00 per hr

Come join the Kansas Humane Society pack! We are looking for a Surgical Assistant that loves being an important part of an animal's life. 

We offer:

  • 4-day work week
  • Paid time off
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Discounted YMCA membership
  • Discounts on adoptions, retail store items, basic veterinary services and medicine, and pet food
  • Comprehensive low deductible health, pharmacy and dental plans
  • Vision insurance plan
  • SIMPLE IRA Retirement Plan with a generous company match
  • Pre-tax spending accounts for health care and child care expenses
  • Aflac voluntary policies

Position Summary


Provides assistance to the surgery team, so that it can efficiently perform all assistive functions for quality surgical and medical care of patients in the Spay/Neuter Clinic. This includes, but is not limited to: physical examinations, accurate documentation, determining surgical flow, induction, intubation, surgical prep, medication administration, instrument care, and cleaning. Respect for the human animal bond is a must!

Job Responsibilities
Animal Care:

  • Promote the humane care and treatment of animals.
  • Perform basic exam, and understand normal vs. abnormal, and bring abnormal findings to the attention of the DVM.
  • Collect specimen samples for testing.
  • Monitor animal wellbeing during surgery. Perform appropriate and safe animal handling.
  • Uphold hospital standards honestly and ethically. Good understanding of KHS preventative health care policies.
  • Maintain a clean environment for both animals and people in the KHS Clinic.

Instrument Care:

  • Provides proper instrument and equipment cleaning.
  • Requests maintenance when appropriate.
  • Readies surgical packs.
  • Runs and utilizes various equipment, including the autoclave, ultrasonic cleaner, centrifuge, and microscope.

Resource Management:

  • Assists the Supervisor and/or Shelter Manager in maintaining adequate stock of Clinic supplies.
  • Requests supplies as needed. Stocks and rotates supplies.

Volunteer Management:

  • Assist the Supervisor and/or Shelter Manager with the supervision of volunteers.

Customer Service:

  • Provides and models timely, polite, and respectful internal and external customer service regardless of the circumstances.
  • Must remain calm, flexible, and willing to see other perspectives.
  • Provides recognition and support to both staff and volunteers for their individual contributions to our agency.


  • Performs accurate, complete, and concise surgical documentation.
  • Basic understanding of data entry and retrieval in PetPoint.


  • Participates in staff training and development opportunities as requested.
  • Participates in special events, projects, and cross training programs as needed.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent.
  • High degree of customer service skills, flexibility, conflict resolution, and team building.
  • A background in a care-giving or customer service field.
  • Should prefer and have the ability to cope with emotionally demanding work.
  • Attention to detail a must. Should be able to work as a member of a team, and independently.
  • Should be able to exercise sound judgment and make independent decisions.
  • A respect for the human/animal bond is a must.


TALKING: Ability to speak effectively and communicate clearly.

AVERAGE HEARING: Able to hear average conversations.

REPETETIVE MOTION: The employee must be able to use both hands for repetitive actions; firm grasp, precise movements, fine manipulation, typing.

FINGER DEXTERITY: The employee is regularly required to use hands to type.

AVERAGE VISION: Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

BODY FLEXIBILITY: The employee may be required to climb, balance, kneel, stoop, crouch, or crawl. The employee may be pulled, jolted or jumped on by small and large animals.

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. May also walk, sit, or stand for long periods of time.


May work in areas with high noise level, occasional foul odors, dangerous animals, toxic chemicals, environmental contaminants, zoonotic diseases, and challenging customers. Adequate lighting. Adequate ventilation. Adequate seating. Adequate safety & protective products and equipment. May be required to work in excess of normal work day and work weekends.


REASONING ABILITY: Ability to deal with a variety of variables under only limited standardization and to remain focused during times of distraction.

MATHEMATICS ABILITY: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure using whole numbers and common fractions.

LANGUAGE ABILITY: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents. Read, interpret, and record medical data. Ability to communicate clearly (verbal & written).

EMOTIONAL ABILITY: Ability to cope with stress, loss/ death/grief, emotional and physical fatigue, long hours, and a variety of different human personalities.


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All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have been excluded. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization.

Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

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  • Location
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time (10hr)
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $10.00 per hr