Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Mechanicsville, VA, USA
  • 22-24 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Full Time or Part Time

LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN, SMOKY'S SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC
Full-time or Part-time, $22-$24/hr
Reports to Manager of Smoky's Spay & Neuter Clinic

The Richmond SPCA is one of our region's most beloved non-profit organizations. As a national no-kill leader in animal welfare, the Richmond SPCA is building a more compassionate community through the delivery of crucial programs of pet adoption, retention, training, advocacy, humane education, and more. Annually, we rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out nearly 4,000 homeless animals while also providing our community with vital safety net programs designed to keep pets in loving homes and out of shelters.

The Richmond SPCA is seeking a full-time licensed veterinary technician to work at our satellite spay & neuter clinic. Smoky's Spay & Neuter Clinic provides high-volume sterilization services to pets in the care of public shelters and private rescue groups as well as community cats brought by volunteer caregivers engaging in Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return. This is a great opportunity to join a small, growing team and make a difference in the local Richmond spay/neuter community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Handle and track controlled substances for large volumes of surgical patients
  • Efficiently pre-medicate, induce, and intubate any and all patients as necessary
  • Ensure prompt and accurate paperwork procedures are adhered to
  • Respond appropriately during emergencies and take direction from veterinarians
  • Maintain open and regular communication with the department supervisor as well as the Director of Veterinary Medicine and veterinarians and provide feedback
  • Provide exceptional patient care
  • Maintain existing work systems
  • Be able to perform all job functions of a veterinary assistant
  • Attend and participate in all required trainings and meetings
  • Be able to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
  • Provide training as needed and requested to support staff
  • Go over post-operative expectations for patients with owners and caretakers upon dismissal
  • Other job-related duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent customer service skills; effective, empathetic communication
  • Comfort handling/learning to handle both dogs and cats, including fearful or fractious patients
  • Ability to work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment
  • Weekday availability, no weekend work required
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Reliable transportation, including during inclement weather
  • Hold a current LVT license in good standing in the State of Virginia

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & EXPECTATIONS:

  • Professional communication skills and comfort speaking with others, including coworkers
  • Ability to multi-task, take and follow directions, adapt to and accommodate changing demands
  • Strong work ethic
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Uncompromising commitment to the wellbeing of patients
  • Resourceful and able to work independently at times
  • Team-oriented
  • Resourceful, positive, can-do attitude
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new computer systems (knowledge of Avimark a plus)
  • Prior experience in a shelter, fast-paced hospital or high-volume sterilization services a plus
  • Well-versed in basic wellness and medical knowledge
  • Comfortable with basic LVT skills (e.g., IV catheter placement, blood draws, anesthetic induction/intubation/monitoring/post op recovery, surgical prep)
  • Able to monitor anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions

PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Able to routinely lift 50 lbs.
  • Able to push/pull a large cart
  • Able to work around animals (including those who are sick or injured or who have behavior challenges), loud noises, cat litter, animal waste, and various chemicals
  • Able to bend, kneel and use your arms in a repetitive manner
  • Able to stoop
  • Able to physically restrain a dog up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to be on your feet for 8 to 10 hours at a time
  • Have physical strength to perform cleaning duties effectively and efficiently

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Rapid pace with exposure to potential hazards including animal waste and disinfectants
  • High levels of noise
  • Potential for animal bites and scratches and diseases that are zoonotic (can be transmitted from animals to people)
  • All employees are eligible to become clients of the low-cost, full-service Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital of the Richmond SPCA and have access to an Employee Assistance Program and 401(k) retirement plan. Full-time employees are eligible for insurance benefits, including medical, dental, and vision, life insurance, short-term disability, and paid time off.

Individuals interested in applying for the position should submit a completed cover letter and resume with their online application. Selection for this position will be contingent on the successful completion of a background check. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

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