Job Description


Process all incoming animals following applicable procedures, policies and protocols. Provide high level of patient care and appropriate follow-up in conjunction with the veterinarians' direction for animals in the shelter requiring medical treatment. Patient care may also include blood draws, IV catheter placement, nursing care, radiology, anesthesia and surgical preparation. Provide assistance with surgical procedures. Work cohesively with co-workers, other departments and volunteers. Assist the public in a professional manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Clean and feed all animals in the Evaluation Center and Dog Isolation kennels

    Medicate all animals utilizing the medical report twice daily

    Perform all owner-requested euthanasia and all stray euthanasia when necessary

    Process each animal by examining and documenting in computer database all health information, vaccinations, any medical attention provided, veterinarians notes if medical care provided off site, presence of microchip and all animal description information

    Assist veterinarian with public wellness examinations

    Notify Associate Director or Shelter Manager if an animal needs euthanasia

    Notify Staff Veterinarian if an animal requires emergency medical care

    Photograph all animals upon intake

    Process animals according to established priority and protocol

    Review all e-slips by examining and medicating if required, moving animal into appropriate isolation area, if required, and documenting appropriately

    Start medical treatment and provide nursing care directed by the Veterinarian, Veterinary Services Supervisor and/or previously established protocols including but not limited to IV catheter, fluid therapy, bandages, ear cleanings, nail trims and medications

    Perform vaccinations and microchipping and document appropriately

    Re-evaluate behavior and medical reviews utilizing daily report

    Perform monthly health checks and document all animals housed in the shelter long term

    Prepare rabies specimens for health department testing

    Collect specimens such as blood, urine, ear swabs and stool for testing

    Perform laboratory testing such as urinalysis, ear cytology, fecal, heartworm tests, Parvo and FeLV/FIV Snap Tests

    Clean, maintain and re-stock the Evaluation Center

    Communicate with customers, volunteers and co-workers in a professional, courteous and calm manner at all times ? Follow established policies and procedures

    Commitment to the mission, vision, goals and success of HSPPR

    Perform weekly inventory as assigned

    Perform other duties as assigned

    Surgery Center Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    Organize and execute surgical schedule for the day including up to 30 animals

    Maintain assigned surgical box containing controlled substances and corresponding drug logs

    Provide pre-medication, induction and post-op medications per veterinarian direction and previously established protocols

    Assist and perform dental prophylaxis

    Maintain medical/surgical treatment record and report in an accurate and timely manner and in accordance with HSPPR procedures, update records in the shelter database

    Administer vaccines, microchips and document appropriately

    Monitor patient while under anesthesia and post-op recovery

    Execute correct surgical prep technique and transferring animals to the surgical table

    Clean and disinfect all surgical equipment, tables, ET tubes and tools

    Wrap and autoclave surgical packs appropriately

    Administer treatment to Surgery Center animals, provide requested patient medical care, feed and ensure proper diets are provided.

    Provide IV catheter, radiology and nursing care as directed by veterinarian

    Administer medications IV, IM, SQ, PO, IP as directed

    Effectively and efficiently provide medical care in emergency situations as directed by the veterinarian

    Communicate with customers and other shelter staff concerning the health of animals in the Surgery Center. Answer general questions about HSPPR procedures and veterinary care of animals

    Assist in the maintenance of the Surgery Center equipment to assure cleanliness and safety

    Perform euthanasia as required

    Clean and disinfect the Surgery Center kennel and health care areas to ensure they are maintained in a neat and organized manner

    Work with and provide training as required for PIMA students and volunteers

    Provide accurate information and friendly professional service to the public by handling the drop offs coming in for surgery in the mornings

    Assist the veterinarian with patient exams by providing proper animal restraint, obtaining a medical history from the client and filling medications

    Assist during surgeries by providing animal restraint, assisting with pre-medication and intubation administration and overseeing recovering patients

    Animal handling to also include kenneling animals on intake and retrieving animals for owners following appointments within the surgery center

    Answer the telephone as needed, provide information to the public, and assist customers

    Clean kennels and provide animal care as directed by the Veterinary Services Supervisor

    Computer data entry and record keeping according to established protocol

    Check and re-stock supplies within the Surgery Center as needed

    Perform weekly inventory as assigned

    Follow established policies and procedures

Skills / Requirements

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and use hands to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. of moving weight and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. of moving weight. Specific visions abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Education/Experience Necessary:

  • Graduate of Certified Veterinary Technology program (LVT, RVT, CVT) or equivalent experience desired
  • 1-2 years of professional animal-handling experience is highly desired
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast paced environment desired

 Work Schedule : TBD

Important Notes

Who Are We?  The first of only two AAHA accredited shelters in Colorado!

Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado

HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas Counties as well as the City of Centennial.  We employ a total of 190+ employees.  We are an organization that celebrates and prioritizes diversity and inclusion. Employees must be 18 years of age, a drug test and background check are mandatory for employment.  In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive benefits to our full-time staff. These include:     

Health Insurance     401K with employer matching up to 4% of salary      Dental and vision* Insurances     Supplemental Group Insurance*     Short and long term disability Insurance      Paid time off      Holidays      Direct Deposit          (*) Employee pays the full premium

 The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness qualified employer.  To learn more about this program, go to

The core values of the staff unite and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization and our community. 

HSPPR Operating Values: 

  • Compassion: We believe that kindness and respect toward animals is an essential element in building a more humane and civil society.  We work to elevate empathy and behavior in order to prevent animal cruelty, exploitation, and neglect. 
  • Stewardship: We will responsibly manage expenses and revenue, acting for the long-term greater good of the organization, conserving our resources and preserving our environment. 
  • Integrity: We encourage honest dialogue about issues and solutions.  We are willing to explore all options and listen to all perspectives to arrive at the best decisions.  We take responsibility for our behavior –every action counts.   
  • Excellence: We make a difference every day.  We are committed to the safety and protection of people and animals.  We foster a learning environment, encourage new ideas, and care enough to provide constructive feedback. 
  • Collaboration: We are united in the pursuit of our mission.  We will be known as an organization that is inclusive, fair, and transparent. We expand and develop partnerships to further our mission.