PAWS has a large and diverse caseload of in-house, foster, and client-owned animals, and provides high quality, high volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) and other surgeries through our low-cost clinics. The ideal candidate has a focus on animal welfare, is detail-oriented and efficient, and has experience as a surgical technician/assistant. Experience in a shelter environment and a basic understanding of veterinary diseases, treatment, and disease transmission preferred.
As integral members of PAWS’ medical team, veterinary technicians interact regularly with the public and owned pets, as well as with foster parents and shelter animals, and must strive to provide excellent customer service and positive experiences for these individuals at all times. Veterinary technicians must treat people and animals with respect, foster a spirit of teamwork, and perform duties in a manner that promotes the achievement of PAWS’ goals and encourages community support of its work.
- Care for and handle animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, especially larger and possibly untrained or feral animals.
- Assist veterinarians and collaborate with other veterinary technicians to perform daily medical tasks.
- Perform and accurately record examinations, vaccinations, and medical treatments for publicly owned and shelter animals under the direction of veterinarians using PAWS’ record keeping systems.
- Prepare owned and rescue animals for high-volume sterilization and other surgeries, including: Organizing pre- and post-surgical paperwork; Aseptically preparing instruments and patients for procedures; Maintaining drug logs and surgical log; Administering anesthesia; Monitoring animals during recovery.
- Perform or prepare laboratory tests and diagnostics including fungal cultures, fecal flotations, cytologies, blood smears, and digital radiographs.
- Euthanize animals as appropriate under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian or the director of operations.
- Monitor animals’ conditions, rapidly identify and address any medical or behavioral conditions which might warrant veterinary attention, and work in cooperation with staff to attend to any immediate needs.
- Admit and release animals in a responsive, courteous, and tactful manner, and communicate pertinent medical information with volunteers, staff, and the public.
- Participate in job-related trainings and professional development activities.
Required Skills and Qualities:
- Minimum of two years experience working in a shelter, animal hospital, or private veterinary practice.
- Experience as a veterinary assistant/technician in surgery and assisting with spay/neuter prep, monitoring and recovery required. Experience with HQHVSN preferred.
- Ability to read, write and understand English.
- Computer proficient in Microsoft office and internet-based clinic management systems.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional, pleasant, respectful, courteous and tactful manner.
- High school diploma or equivalent is required.
- Post-secondary education in the veterinary sciences field preferred but not required.
- Positions are available at both PAWS clinics (Northeast and Grays Ferry). Ability to work at both locations preferred but not required.
- PAWS is open seven days a week. A minimum of 8 hours per day is required. Daily schedule may vary according to the needs of the organization.
How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.