Registered Veterinary Technician

  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 5:33 PM
    Message # 5066589

    The Sonoma Humane Society has a longstanding tradition of giving hope to homeless animals and we're seeking an experienced Registered Veterinary Technician to work part-time.  The part-time position would include 2 days per week, 8 hours per day on Wednesdays and Sundays in our Shelter Hospital to help us further our mission.

    Come and join our team!  This is an exciting opportunity to work for an organization voted Best Nonprofit, Best Animal Adoption Center, and Best Charity Event (Wags, Whiskers & Wine) in Sonoma County by the North Bay Bohemian!  We are passionate and dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love.  Serving our community since 1931, the Sonoma Humane Society is a donor supported safe haven for animals.  If you love animals and will feel right at home in our pack!


    The Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the Shelter Medicine department is responsible for delivering compassionate nursing care while presenting a positive and professional image when dealing with public.  The RVT will be knowledgeable and proficient in all tasks required by a licensed RVT and have a broad knowledge and understanding of animal science, medicine, and husbandry, including a basic knowledge of pharmacology and sufficient mathematical skills to ensure the administration of accurate drug and fluid doses. The RVT must be able to successfully restrain animals, complete clinical laboratory tests, use multiple radiology techniques, administer and monitor animals under anesthesia, assist in surgery, and perform dental procedures.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Promote a positive attitude among staff and assist other employees as needed.
    • Be prepared to handle any pet or facility emergency that may arise, including dog or cat fights, choking or strangulating animals, and facility fire or weather-related emergencies. Follow contingency plans.
    • Maximize patients’ comfort with a gentle and reassuring manner. Understand that actions that would constitute animal cruelty under state or local laws or the practice’s policies will be grounds for immediate reprimand and/or termination.
    • Monitor changes in patients’ conditions. Alert doctors to significant changes.
    • Strictly follow isolation and contagious disease protocols.
    • Assist with euthanasia procedures as per Sonoma Humane Society policies & California Laws.
    • Provide basic life support, including CPR, airway maintenance, and oxygen therapy.
    • Monitor patients’ recoveries. Protect patients from aspiration and hypothermia. Maintain surgery logs with patients’ names, doctors’ names, procedures performed, types and amounts of pre-anesthetic and anesthetic agents, and surgical times.
    • Keep controlled drugs secured to meet Drug Enforcement Agency and state board specifications.
    • Perform dental extractions under the direction of attending doctors.  Ensure full root removals or report incomplete extractions.
    • Monitor surgical patients by tracking anesthetic depths, heart rates, respiratory rates, temperatures, pulse oximetry, and ECGs during anesthetic procedures.
    • Receive and stock supplies matching to invoices.  Report all shortages, overages, and damaged goods.
    • Ensure that medical supplies are always available; regularly check for outdated supplies and remove and replace as needed.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Knowledgeable and proficient in all tasks required for RVT licensure.
    • Ability to successfully restrain animals, complete clinical laboratory tests, and use multiple radiology techniques
    • Ability to handle stress and pressure with poise and tact.
    • Ability to lift pets and objects weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance. Assist in lifting patients weighing more than 50 pounds.


    • Current and valid California Registered Veterinary Technician license.
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with animals.
    • Be willing and available to stay late or through breaks, when needed, to assist with emergency or critical-care patients.

    If you would like to make a critical difference for animals in need of a second chance, are guided by compassion and driven to affect change, one life at time, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to  We are sorry, we are unable to take phone calls or inquiries in person.  All applications should be submitted to the "jobs" email listed above, or mailed to: Sonoma Humane Society, 5345 Hwy 12 West, Santa Rosa, CA 95407.  For more information, please visit our website:‎


    The Sonoma Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure every animal receives protection, compassion, love and care. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a benefits package to employees working 20 or more hours a week which includes health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403b retirement plan, along with staff discounts on our services.

    Last modified: Friday, September 15, 2017 10:45 AM | Cindy Roach
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