Founded in 1888 by a handful of concerned citizens, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has grown into one of the state's largest animal welfare agencies. We find loving homes for thousands of pets each year, reunite thousands of lost pets with their owners, provide medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offer comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is striving to create a compassionate community where every pet has a loving home.
Our veterinary department seeks an experienced, compassionate, reliable veterinary technician who is looking for a challenging and highly rewarding career to join our organization. The Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County is located in Tacoma, Washington between Olympia and Seattle. The area is beautiful with mild year-round weather. It is an easy drive to the city life of Seattle and the wilderness of the Puget Sound, Pacific Ocean, Mt. Rainier and thousands of miles of hiking trails leading to waterfalls, lakes and views boasting picture perfect scenery. Don't miss the incredible opportunity to live in this serene area of the Pacific Northwest.
Our veterinary technicians provide high-quality medical care to shelter animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits and occasional exotic animals. Our veterinary technicians assist in developing, advancing, and implementing shelter medicine philosophies as we continually emerge our veterinary services.
Our veterinary technicians have minimal contact with clients, patrons and other members of the public. However, we will be offering low cost spay, neuter and preventative services to the public beginning in 2021 which may include admit/discharge instructions and occasional calls to clients as needed in specialty situations. This allows our veterinary technicians to focus primarily on patient care.
• Examine and treat animals through receiving processes as animals arrive at the shelter. Whether they are surrendered by their owners, brought in as lost pets or confiscated due to neglect, abuse and/or cruelty we strive to help each animal secure a healthy, safe and loving environment during their time with us and as they move on into their new homes.
• Triage traumatic injuries and serious illnesses to ensure that all animals receive time sensitive care. Determine, alongside our veterinarians, whether we treat them in house or utilize specialty services though our outside veterinary specialty services, foster care programs or transfer partners.
• Assist with surgeries and monitor anesthesia. Although the bulk of what we do is spay and neuter, we allow scheduled time for specialty surgical procedures such as amputations, enucleations, mass removals, foreign body explanatories, and a wide range of other procedures.
• Help form plans with our veterinarians for the treatment sick or injured animals by filling and administering medications, performing various procedures, dressing wounds, ect.
• Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
• Perform diagnostics, including in house lab machines, digital radiology and digital dental radiology. We are excited to begin incorporating in house Ultrasonography into our program as well!
• Euthanize animals with severe health issues, court ordered or serious behavioral conditions.
• We offer ongoing training for a diverse and talented veterinary team while promoting teamwork, sharing in the implementation of new ideas and setting goals together.
• Documentation of exams, evaluations, treatments, surgeries, etc. in organization database.
• Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with staff from all departments for the care and resources of shelter animals
• Our veterinary technicians typically work 4-10 hour shifts with no emergency or on-call hours. This position requires working weekend days.
• LVT or ability to obtain Washington Veterinary Technician License
• 2 + years’ experience as a Veterinary Technician in a Shelter environment preferred, but not required.
• New grads with a passion for animal welfare and shelter medicine are encouraged to apply. We can offer mentorship and training to motivated individuals.
• Someone who will embrace challenges, set high expectations for continuously improving medical care, focus on successful outcomes and promote teamwork.
• Dedication and commitment to long-term employment
• Positive, friendly, collaborative, inclusive personality
• Experience in dentistry a plus
• Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and calendar management
We encourage the integration of fun and laughter into the daily routine as well
Competitive salary with full benefits package, including CE allowance, full medical, dental and vison, scrubs provided and more!
We currently have 2 full time openings.
This is a union position with union benefits.
Please send resume and letter of interest to email@example.com