RVT opening in San Luis Obispo at Woods Humane Society

  • Thursday, April 05, 2018 8:09 PM
    Message # 6031431

    Thinking of relocating? The Woods Humane Society is looking for an RVT!

    JOB TITLE: Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

    SUPERVISOR: Director of Veterinary Services

    Woods Humane Society is seeking an experienced Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) to play a vital role in the launch and ongoing operation of SLO County’s first, low cost spay/neuter clinic open full time to the public. This position will start in San Luis Obispo and will transition to a full time role at our new clinic in Atascadero opening this summer. This is a unique opportunity to make a major impact for SLO County animals. Affordable spay/neuter services are urgently needed and Woods is committed to establishing a top-notch team and surgery center to meet this need.


    The Woods Humane Society team provides all patrons with top-notch customer service, all animals with the best possible care our resources permit; approaches each and every animal and person with compassion and understanding; performs daily in an effective and efficient manner and fosters a pleasurable work environment rich in practical learning and team work.


    • Registered in the state of California as a Registered Veterinary Technician
      Minimum of one year experience in a high paced veterinary clinic or shelter setting
      Experience and proficiency with high-volume spay/neuter operation is preferable
      Desire to obtain skills in high-volume spay/neuter setting desirable
      Strong oral/written communication skills and desire to collaborate with staff, volunteers and the public in a consistently professional and educational manner
      Strong interpersonal, organizational and motivational skills and ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple tasks at one time maintaining energy through often-times repetitive tasks and under stressful conditions
      Self-motivated and detail oriented
      Demonstrate cooperative behavior with supervisor, colleagues, veterinarians, and representatives from outside organizations
      Personal commitment to animal welfare


    Fast paced work environment with possible exposure to infectious organisms, animal waste, chemical materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data sheets and potential hostile persons and/or vicious animals.


    Working within the guidelines set forth by the California Veterinary Medical Board, the RVT shall be responsible for the following duties:

    Surgical Assistance and Nursing

    • Primary duty will be leading the surgical team in our high quality/high volume spay and neuter clinic
      Safely and properly operate anesthetic machines, monitors, heating devices, and other surgical equipment
      Provide assistance to veterinarians for patient exams, treatments, and during surgery as required
      Accurately calculate and safely administer all pre-anesthetic and induction medications to patients as outlined in Woods Humane Society's anesthetic protocol
      Intubate patients when appropriate and prepare patients for surgery
      Maintain appropriate anesthetic depth, accurately monitoring patients vital signs during surgery
      Assist in maintenance of proper asepsis and sterility in preparation for and during surgery
      Provide post-operative care for animals, including: monitoring, ensuring patient comfort and hygiene, warming patients, providing pain control when necessary, and return patients to their assigned location when ready
      Respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies
      Perform nursing tasks, including but not limited to: administering medications and/or supportive fluids, performing basic exams, collecting blood and urine, cleaning ears and wounds, applying external parasite control, clipping nails, microchipping, and vaccinating
      Provide supervision and guidance to surgical assistants and volunteers as necessary
      Perform dental evaluations, cleaning, radiography and extractions when necessary

    Basic Patient Care

    • Ensure patients are treated in a humane manner that minimizes stress, especially during transport and restraint
      Safely use equipment for fractious or feral patients
      Admit and discharge patients from and to various welfare organizations and private clients
      Ensure all incoming patients, their records, and kennels/cages are labeled in accordance with Woods Humane Society's policies
      Maintain clean and sanitary patient living quarters, including cage banks, carriers, and traps
      Inform veterinarian of any abnormal behavior, illness, disease and/or injury, particularly prior to surgery.

    Record Keeping

    • Accurately maintain all drug logs in accordance with DEA standards
    • Accurately and neatly record all necessary and required information related to any veterinary procedures performed as per Woods Humane Society's policies
    • Maintaining organization of patient files and forms prior to and during surgery
    • Assist veterinarians in completing additional documentation and forms
    • Accurately maintain records in Shelter Buddy


    Other Duties

    • Maintain a clean and sanitary clinic work area and equipment, including surgery instruments and drapes
      Reset surgery packs and drapes, properly folding and sterilizing
      Perform laundry duties including: washing, drying, folding, and storage of surgery related laundry
      Re-stock and organizing supplies in surgery laundry, pre- and post-op areas
      Participate on committees and special projects as assigned
      Carry out other duties as assigned by the Director of Veterinary Services

    Timeliness and Teamwork

    • Arrive on time and properly prepared for work
      Demonstrate a positive, team-orientated attitude and communicate in a respectful manner
      Take an active role in learning and sharing veterinary technician skills; assist with staff training as time allows.


    Fast paced work environment with possible exposure to infectious organisms, animal waste, chemical materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data sheets and potential hostile persons and/or vicious animals.


    Individual will have extended periods of 4 to 6 hours of standing, stretching and bending. Must be able to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear, stoop, bend, squat, kneel, grasp grip, put fingers together firmly and reach above and below shoulder level and lift, push or pull 50 pounds for situations of restraining or moving animals and lifting supplies, materials and equipment, repetitively use hands to operate computers and medical equipment; flex the neck upward and downward; twist the neck and the waist.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to lift and carry fifty pounds for 100 feet; withstand long periods on your feet; bend, reach, stoop, lift and other moderately strenuous activities; control dogs on a leash; appropriately and humanely restrain cats and dogs; work with a variety of animals and cleaning agents. operate standard office equipment


    Woods Humane Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (over 40), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, religion, (including, but not limited to, religious dress and grooming practices), family status, ancestry, citizenship, military and veteran status, filing of a workers’ compensation claim, or any other legally protected status. It is our intention that all applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job related factors.


    Please submit application, resume and cover letter to: lhollinger@woodshumane.org.

    More information available at www.woodshumane.org

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