Highlands Veterinary Center

Veterinary Jobs

We have been serving the Chesapeake, VA community since 1972. Learn more about our story and tour our new facility below!

Join The Team Of Highlands Veterinary Center

Are you interested in a veterinary career?

We’re always looking for outstanding people to join our team. If you’re passionate about pets, people, and fun, complete the form below to tell us about yourself and the type of position you are interested in.

Veterinary Technician

Our practice is excited to add another Licensed Veterinary Technician to our team. We are looking for an individual who is good at communicating, organization, and multi-tasking and who is ready to work in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate would have at least 1-2 years’ previous experience in veterinary medicine.

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm

We are proud to offer our teammates comprehensive benefits

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) with match
  • Personal pet care discount
  • Scrub allowance
Essential Functions
  • Able to perform basic animal handling and restraint
  • Be able to position for radiographs accurately
  • Assist veterinarians in the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery
  • Perform in-hospital lab testing and prepare specimens for outside labs
  • Assist veterinarians in outpatient exams by taking histories, vital signs, and weights, as well as providing client education
  • Collect and prepare diagnostic samples
  • Anesthesia monitoring
  • Assist in maintaining practice equipment
  • Assist veterinarian performing surgery
  • Assist veterinarians in any other assigned tasks
  • Maintain cleanliness of surgery suite, treatment area, and exams rooms for all surfaces
  • Support DEA compliance as it relates to the role
  • Any other duties as assigned
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Virginia
  • Ability to lift patients and carry equipment up to 40 pounds; ability to lift patients or carry equipment over 40 pounds with assistance
  • Practice OSHA safety techniques, including proper PPE
  • Computer skills, MS Office applications, etc.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $17.00 – $19.00 per hour

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance
  • 8-hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends only
Supplemental pay types
  • Bonus pay

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Veterinary Assistant


The Veterinary Assistant assists both the licensed veterinary technician and the veterinarian with patient care and treatment, monitors hospitalized pets, maintains inventory, prepares prescriptions, performs routine in-house laboratory work, educates clients regarding veterinary care and procedures, and assists with surgical procedures at Highlands Veterinary Center, Inc. The Veterinary Assistant operates under the direct supervision of the Licensed Veterinary Technician.


  • Communicate with clients regarding the medical status of their pet. Provide accurate information to clients concerning fees, hospital policies, and procedures, etc.
  • Instruct clients as to what they should do prior to bringing their pets in for procedures, how to care for their pets after discharge from the hospital, how to administer medications, etc.
  • Educate clients regarding preventive medicine and vaccination requirements. Recommend laboratory procedures, such as pre-anesthetic profiles, geriatric screening, fecals, urinalysis, heartworm checks, FeLV testing, etc. Give clients handouts and educational materials to take home to further their understanding of veterinary issues.
  • Demonstrate warmth, courtesy, and professionalism in all interactions with clients. Exercise compassion and care in all interactions with patients.
  • Restrain animals in a safe, efficient, and compassionate manner during examinations and procedures. Know how to properly handle difficult or contentious animals.
  • Follow established procedures in order to assist the veterinarian with examinations and facilitate the flow of clients and patients through the out-patient clinic. Consult with the veterinarian on a daily basis to plan each day’s activities. Keep doctors apprised of potential problems, discussions with clients, etc.
  • Review medical records and notes made by the admitting receptionist in order to discern the nature of the visit and any tests or procedures that may be needed as well as for accuracy.
  • Greet clients and escort them and their pets into an exam room. Place the patient on the exam table and prepare for the doctor to enter the room. Obtain basic information (weight, temperature, pulse rate, and respiration rate) on the pet.
  • Discuss with the client the reason for the visit (chief complaint), any symptoms or problems being experienced, and any procedures that may need to be done (i.e., vaccinations, fecal, or heartworm tests, etc.). Obtain any laboratory samples that may be needed from the pet or make sure that laboratory work is performed by the licensed veterinary technician. Utilize a fecal loop when necessary. Anticipate and prepare any medications or vaccines the doctor will need to treat the patient.
  • Notify the veterinarian of the information when patients in the exam room are ready to be seen. Advise the veterinarian of the information already known, such as the nature of the visit, preventive procedures due, tests that are to be run, etc. Assist the veterinarian within the exam room by restraining the animal, preparing forms, obtaining instruments, etc. Remain in the exam room until excused by the doctor.
  • Ensure all procedures rendered during the visit are documented for proper billing. Ensure that all vaccinations, procedures, notes, etc., have been documented in the medical record.
  • Escort the client and patient to the front desk and give the medical record to the receptionist for client receipting. Prepare the exam room for the next visit.
  • Prepare specimens for outside laboratory and place them in the refrigerator in the kennel area. Place the samples in the lab locker and hang it over the front door if not picked up before closing.
  • Restrain the patient while the doctor/veterinary technician takes, develops, and maintains radiographs following proper safety procedures.
  • Perform routine nail trims and weight checks. Assist with the application of bandages and splints under the direction of the attending veterinarian/veterinary technician.
  • Promote the practice’s products, programs, and services. Utilize passive marketing. Make suggestions to clients about products appropriate for their pet’s condition.
  • Accurately dispense prescription medications as directed by veterinarian. Prepare prescription labels and appropriately package medications. Ensure that medications are added to the patient’s record and appropriately charged to the client.
  • Follow DEA and OSHA guidelines. Follow appropriate safety and handling of hazardous materials. Follow established hospital safety guidelines regarding radiographs, controlled drugs, animal handling, etc.
  • Clean and straighten exam rooms, treatment, and lab areas. Restock exam rooms with supplies as needed. Assist other team members in keeping the public areas of the practice clean and well maintained. Clean and maintain all medical equipment as required.
  • Demonstrate initiative and teamwork in everyday duties, assisting other team members within the practice.
  • Organize work area and exercise time management skills to maximize personal efficiency within the practice. Prioritize tasks and handle multiple tasks in a calm, organized manner.
  • Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctor, and the practice philosophy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The purpose of this position is to serve as a receptionist at Highlands Veterinary Center, Inc. to perform record-keeping duties, perform clerical duties related to patient care and treatment, and provide miscellaneous support to the veterinary Practice Manager and health care team. These service functions include, but are not limited to, reception (visitor and telephone), maintenance of veterinary medical records, accounts maintenance, payment processing, data entry, and word processing. This position requires a practical knowledge of hospital organization and services, the basic rules and regulations governing visitors and animal patient treatment, data transcribing, word processing, and practical knowledge of the standard procedures, veterinary records, and terminology used in the hospital.


  • Provide friendly, quality client care to the patients and clients of Highlands Veterinary Center.
  • Receive incoming calls, screen those that are handled by other health care team members, and take care of routine calls. The routine calls include those seeking information about veterinary services (“telephone shoppers”). Provide knowledgeable sub-professional advice concerning the care and treatment of animals.
  • Follow established hospital policies and procedures in referring clients for immediate treatment of their pets when requests are accompanied by complaints of acute symptoms. Determine nature of injury/illness and attempt to reassure distressed pet owner. Determine whether immunizations and/or tests are current. Recommend update of necessary immunizations and/or tests to clients when applicable.
  • Schedule appointments, obtaining all necessary data concerning the patient and owner. Prepare all required forms in advance when possible.
  • Prepare to receive appointments by retrieving client records. Complete required forms such as new client form, check-in sheet, consent forms, estimates, Virginia Disclosure form, etc., and obtain all necessary information.
  • Check-in clients – Greet clients in a professional, friendly, hospitable manner.
  • Discharge patients. Review charts of patients being discharged from the clinic for completeness of information, make new appointments, or note changes in patient status as necessary. Enter charges and set up future reminders in the system—present clients with medications and instructions.
  • Assure that all financial obligations are met by owner. Collect client fees, make change, process credit card transactions and assist in making count of cash drawer, run end of day transactions.
  • Perform over-the-counter selling of specialty merchandise comprised of pet grooming aids and sundry veterinary items. Exercise technical knowledge of products sold and demonstrate salesmanship abilities. Explain and demonstrate products, answer questions concerning product’s purchase/use.
  • Fill veterinary prescriptions with appropriate medication; provide routine instructions to owners concerning prescriptions for medications.
  • Collect lab specimens from pet owners, match patient records to the sample, and submit samples to veterinary technician or assistant.
  • Assist in the updating of client files; prepare and mail sympathy cards and reminders—follow-up with clients when clinic records indicate no recent visits.
  • As required, enter data into the computer system, retrieve and modify computerized records. The practice management software includes, but is not limited to, such areas as reminder list of patients for periodic notifications, receipt and/or invoice to update medical/financial records; accounting to include accounts receivable, billing and aging of accounts, inventory control, client records, pet records, medical records, word processing to produce letters for general correspondence and special mailings to clients, etc.
  • Perform a variety of clerical duties, receiving, sorting, distributing mail, sending out mailings, cleaning, organizing reception area, type memos, correspondence, reports, and other documents. Assist in the ordering, receiving, stocking, and distribution of supplies.
  • Work well with all employees and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctor, and the practice philosophy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Associate DVM


Our team at Highlands Veterinary Center prides itself on providing high-quality medicine to our patients. We are currently looking to expand our team by adding an additional associate who shares our same passion for providing the best quality of medicine to their patients. Our ideal candidate is one who possesses both clinical knowledge and skills, as well as compassion for their patients. We are also able to provide great hands-on mentorship for our newer doctors. Considering the close relationships that we have built with our rapidly growing clientele, we would like to add on an associate that possesses the drive to build trusting relationships with their clients/pet parents.

Our team is like our family, and together we run like a well-oiled machine. We believe in not only building relationships with our clients but building good working relationships as well. Our team consists of one MDVM, one LVT, three Veterinary assistants, and two customer service representatives.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Wellness exams
  • Surgery
  • Digital Radiography
  • In-house Labs
  • Cold Laser Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Exotic Mammal Care

At Highlands Veterinary Center, our mission is to improve the lives of veterinarians by providing you with comprehensive benefits:

  • Generous compensation package
  • Flexible 4-day schedules with rotating weekends
  • Career path opportunities
  • Structured mentorship program
  • Generous paid time off
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance
  • 401k
  • CE Allowances
  • Relocation assistance available

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of the company to afford equal opportunities to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, non-disqualifying disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.


  • Obtain and record patient histories
  • Collect specimens and perform routine laboratory procedures and tests in hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Dispense and administer medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • Administer fluids and blood products as prescribed by the veterinarian.
  • Provide specialized nursing care for injured or ill animals.
  • Prepare patients, instruments, and equipment for surgery.
  • Assure that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, cardiac monitors, scopes, and breathing apparatus are in good working condition.
  • Assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures using a range of high-tech diagnostic equipment, including electrocardiographic, radiographic, and ultrasonic equipment.
  • Take and process radiographs.
  • Communicate with and educate clients.
  • Maintain knowledge of preventative healthcare recommendations in order to answer client questions, provide education on vaccines, flea, and heartworm products, and assist in marketing veterinary services from which their pet would benefit, such as a dental cleaning, senior wellness, spay or neuter, grooming, and boarding.
  • Educate clients on products and medications sold, including dietary products, and answer questions regarding product purchase/use.
  • Maintain inventory of pharmaceuticals, equipment, and supplies.
  • Clean, maintain and sterilize instruments, equipment, and materials.
  • Train and supervise the Veterinary Assistants.
  • Knowledge regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA as well as AAHA. Ensure that the hospital and its employees are in compliance with regulations. Inform the practice manager of any regulatory issues or changes.
  • Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctor, and the practice philosophy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Pet Laser Therapy

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