Casual Student Assistant - Veterinary Teaching Hospital - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Veterinary Teaching Hospital - Atlantic Veterinary Hospital
Casual Student Assistant
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$16.10 per hour, plus 4% vacation pay


April 18, 2022 – June 12, 2022

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) invites applications from final-year (4th year) DVM students to work on a casual basis alongside primary care veterinarians, after completing clinical rotations, within the AVC-VTH Emergency Service as part of the AVC Emergency Service - Graduate Mentorship Program.

The primary emergency service provides primary urgent and emergency coverage, during and after-hours, for veterinary clinics and clients across Prince Edward Island. This service provides clinical teaching to fourth year DVM students in emergency medicine. 

We are seeking up to two students to work in a mentored capacity for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of eight weeks (based on the self-evaluation of the student, their comfort level and mentorship evaluations). 


  • Assist the emergency service clinicians, technicians and support staff with management of primary care cases while on shift, including working with interns
  • Assist with the TRIAGE, assessment, and treatment of all emergency cases that come in through the service, including assisting with basic emergency surgical procedures
  • Assist with the effective communication with referral services within the VTH to ensure smooth transfer of specialty referral level cases
  • Assist with ensuring that medical records are complete and accurate and that written communications are promptly sent to the client’s family veterinarian
  • Assist with ensuring that clients are regularly updated with estimates and billing updates, and that billing is completed accurately and that payment is received prior to discharge
  • Provide clear and professional communication for case management with clients, colleagues and island veterinarians
  • Assist with ensuring that the client has received adequate communication at discharge to know next steps for monitoring, at-home care (treatments), and follow up
  • Willingness to work flexibly within and among a pre-established academic, specialty referral setting and to assist with managing the unpredictable caseload associated with emergency medicine
  • Willingness to work in a shift schedule including days, nights and weekends within the team providing urgent and emergency veterinary care
  • Willingness to work statutory holidays and university closures (including storm closures) within the team providing urgent and emergency veterinary care


  • Candidates must be final (4th) year DVM students
  • Demonstrated interest in emergency veterinary medicine with successful completion of the Special Topics in Emergency Medicine final year DVM rotation considered an asset
  • Previous clinical experience preferred
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to receive informal and formal feedback as part of the AVC Emergency Service - Graduate Mentorship Program

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the Procedures manual.

Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

UPEI will require all students, staff, and faculty to comply with the Covid 19 attestation and vaccination requirements as set out under the UPEI Covid 19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified student candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit will be given priority.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.