Lexington (859) 233-0371

Saratoga (518) 583-7273

Wellington (561) 383-5437


We are currently looking the 2024 foaling season for both day and night shifts with start dates in January as well as immediate start dates for nights. This is a full-time position with competitive benefits. Nursing staff assistants must be available for at least 36 to 48 hours per week (depending on the time of year) and have a flexible schedule.

Nursing assistants will work with a variety of equine patients along with an experienced team of nurses and doctors. This is a fast-paced, hands-on position. Work is mostly indoors, with some outside traveling from barn to barn/other areas as needed.  The nursing staff’s primary focus is ensuring Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital patients consistently receive top-quality care by monitoring vitals/comfort levels, administering medications/fluids, walking, grooming, feeding, cleaning and assisting with procedures. Nursing staff members work with various breeds and ages including miniature horses and draft types, and neonates to geriatrics, to ensure all receive the care needed to recover from surgery or illness.

Primary Duties

• Duties vary from barn to barn and include working with horses of all ages and occasionally different large animal species

• Following the clinician’s orders and making a treatment list

• Preparing and administering medications (via multiple routes: IV, PO, IM, SQ, IN, etc.)

• Monitoring patients’ vital signs and reporting any abnormalities or concerns

• Monitoring fluids by setting accurate drip rates, making fluids, and setting up and taking down fluid setups

• Drawing blood from an intravenous catheter and performing/monitoring basic lab tests such as PCV/TP, lactate and blood glucose levels

• Assisting veterinarians and other areas with in-hospital cases in various departments as needed and as bio-security permits

• Walking, watering, feeding and grooming patients; picking stalls as needed

• Cleaning assigned barn pharmacies, nearby treatment areas and equipment

• End of shift duties, ensure fluids and supplies are stocked, pharmacies cleaned, carts are stocked and clean, and stall side areas and carts are stocked and cleaned

• On occasion, help prepare medications for the next shift

• Follow bio-security protocol and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital’s patient care standards

• Attending mandatory meetings

• Reading and responding to emails regarding updates and changes

• Open to continuous on-the-job training

• Handling all breeds and ages of horses, in and out of stalls

• Restraining horses for procedures

• Be familiar with Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital manuals and protocols

• Any other tasks as assigned by clinicians, area leaders, charge nurses and managers


• High school diploma or equivalent

• Minimum of one year handling horses other than own

• Basic understanding of math

• Ability to consistently lift 50-75 pounds unassisted

• Ability to bend over, stand and sit for long periods of time

Skills Preferred

• Equine veterinary medical experience/knowledge helpful

• Knowledge of general horse behavior and restraint

• Positive attitude

• Self-motivated

• Team oriented

• Strong communication skills

• Attention to detail

• Time management skills

• Ability to retain and apply large amounts of information


• Day shift 5:30am – 6pm

• Night shift 6pm – 5:30am


• Health insurance

• Dental insurance

• Vision insurance

• 401(k) after one year

• 401(k) matching after one year

• Vacation, sick, personal and holiday time

• Employee discounts

No phone calls. Please use the form below to apply.

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