Registered Veterinary Technician (Part-time and Full-time)
Toledo Humane Society, Northwest Ohio’s largest open admission nonprofit animal shelter, is hiring for multiple Registered Veterinary Technician positions. We are expanding our programs and need the necessary support staff to help us grow. We are hiring for both part-time and full-time hourly positions. Hourly salary will vary with experience.
We offer a very competitive salary, generous CE expenses and licensing reimbursement, a four-day work week, and deeply discounted medical procedures, supplies, and food for your personal pets. For full-time employment only, benefits include: health/vision/dental, 401(k) match, paid time off (PTO) including holidays, sick time, vacation, free and confidential employee assistance program, and free short-term disability insurance.
We are also hiring for a weekend RVT. The primary responsibilities for this position are to administer treatments for hospitalized patients and triage incoming animals. Saturdays and/or Sundays can be 6-8 hours per day. These weekend hours could be combined with weekdays if you are interested in full-time work, or you could work just one or both weekend days if you are only looking for part-time work or a second job.
Our medical team currently consists of two full-time veterinarians, two part-time veterinarians, and three RVTs. We are a busy, fast-paced environment. The majority of your time will be spent in surgery and performing dental cleanings. Additional duties include assisting with physical exams and administering treatments to shelter animals. Our facility has digital x-ray, dental x-ray, two dental stations, and a two-table surgery suite. We care for nearly 6,000 shelter animals every year.
We are looking for a hard-working team player with a positive attitude. We love coming to work every day and like to have fun while we work. We are passionate about helping shelter animals and being part of a life-saving team that makes a difference every day in the lives of homeless animals.
- Promote overall animal health and well-being including diagnosis and treatment of disease. Perform regular physical examinations and follow up on known medical issues; ensure proper documentation of animal medical records
- Perform common elective and non-elective surgical procedures and direct peri-operative care. Perform necessary surgeries and medical treatments in accordance with accepted professional standards including the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs; keep license and insurance policy current and free of complaints
- Prescribe and direct the administration of medications and vaccines as appropriate
- Provide assistance to other departments with animal medical concerns or staff medical training as needed, including education, summer camps, etc.
- Assist with public relations and educational outreach on matters pertaining to animal health; lead or participate in THS activities as needed or required
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Demonstrate core values of organization in all actions and interactions, internal and external
- Provide exemplary customer service and facilitate good experiences for all shelter guests
- Maintain respectful and cooperative working relationships with coworkers
- Prepare list of animals and procedures for surgery, including calculating drug dosages
- Prepare surgery room, dental area, equipment, and drugs each day
- Sedate and prep animals for surgery, monitor anesthesia and recovery
- Perform dental cleanings and uncomplicated extractions
- Clean up of medical areas, including surgical packs and laundry
- Perform record-keeping related to surgical and medical procedures, including drug logs and electronic animal records
- Assist veterinarian in performing physical exams on shelter animals, perform physical exams as needed, including medical rechecks
- Perform scheduled medical treatments of shelter animals, including cleaning and nursing care of post-op patients, critical patients, and patients in isolation. Update shelter veterinarian on status of patients, record progress in electronic records
- Collect medical samples as needed from patients, including blood, urine, fecals, skin scrapes, etc., read samples as needed and prepare samples to send to outside labs
- Fill prescriptions for shelter animals and recently adopted animals
- Respond to voicemails and emails in a timely fashion (generally same day)
- Order surgical and medical supplies, monitor inventory of supplies, restock supplies as consumed
- Schedule and oversee maintenance of surgical equipment
- Provide input on medical policies, procedures, and treatment protocols as needed
- Assist in training and mentoring staff and volunteers as needed
- Understand the multiple functions of the shelter, including all THS programs
- Maintain current knowledge of best practices in shelter medicine
- Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
- Registered veterinary technician degree from accredited school, current license to practice in Ohio
- Knowledge of restraint, handling techniques, general animal safety practices, animal body language
- Follow established protocols for limiting spread of disease between surgical or medical patients
- Ability to work independently and in a team, able to professionally and calmly cope with stressful and emotional situations, able to balance multiple priorities and deadlines
- Comfortable interacting with the general public and ability to communicate professionally both orally and in writing
- Proficient use of computer including Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet and shelter software.
- Passion for THS mission, for caring of all animals regardless of age, breed, temperament or species.
- Requires flexible hours, may occasionally include working on weekends, evenings, and holidays
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
- Ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted regularly, 50+ pounds assisted
- Ability to be comfortable working with cats, dogs, small animals, farm animals, reptiles, fish, wildlife
- Ability to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, bending
- Due to nature of shelter work, may be exposed to deceased, fractious, or aggressive animals; hostile, irate persons; zoonotic or other diseases; unpleasant noises, odors, sights; extreme temperatures
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Employee discount
- Flexible schedule
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
- Professional development assistance
- Vision insurance
- 10 hour shift
- 8 hour shift
- Monday to Friday
- Weekend availability