Job Description

Sign-On Bonus Available! 

Job Summary:

  • Provides high level of patient care for animals in the Veterinary Clinic to include blood draws, IV catheter placement, nursing care, anesthesia and surgical preparation. Provides assistance with surgical procedures, high level of patient care and appropriate follow-up in conjunction with the veterinarians' direction for all animals in the shelter requiring medical treatment.  

 Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administers treatment and anesthesia to Veterinary Clinic animals under the direction of staff veterinarians. Provides excellent patient care and ensures proper diets are provided to animals.
  • Maintains medical/surgical treatment records and reports in an accurate and timely manner and in accordance with HSPPR procedures, updates records in the shelter database. Maintains drug logs for all controlled substances.  
  • Communicates with customers and other shelter staff concerning the health of animals in the Veterinary Clinic. Answers general questions about HSPPR procedures and veterinary care of animals.
  • Assists in the maintenance of the Surgery Center and facility equipment to assure cleanliness and safety.
  • Provides accurate information and friendly professional service to the public by assisting with the drop offs coming in for surgery in the mornings and post-op instructions after surgery at the end of the day. Explains risks of anesthesia, nature of the procedure being done, and post-op care and has client sign paperwork and plan for picking up later in the day.
  • Fills all medications from a central pharmacy and ensures all animals receive the appropriate medication.
  • Works with Staff Veterinarians, Veterinary Services managers in developing and adhering to current treatment, vaccination and medical treatment protocols. Assists the veterinarians as required with treatments and medication orders.
  • Administers treatments per the veterinarians' orders and provides excellent supportive care for all injured and ill animals.
  • Provides direction and triage for incoming animals in need of medical attention.
  • Maintains medical treatment records and reports in an accurate and timely manner and in accordance with HSPPR procedures. Updates records in the shelter database with information regarding the health status of each animal and appropriate follow-ups.
  • Communicates on a daily basis with the shelter veterinarians regarding the status of animals in treatment. Brings concerns forward and triages priorities throughout the day by working with shelter staff.
  • Reviews all sicks slips by examining and medicating as needed, following medical protocols, and moving animals to appropriate isolation areas as indicated. Assists with processing new animals. Provides medical support for animals in foster care.
  • Assists with Euthanasia as required.
  • Performs in-house laboratory testing and radiographs. Calculates appropriate drug dosages and fluid rates for patient care.
  • Cleans and disinfects kennels and health care areas as needed to ensure they are maintained in a sanitary and organized manner.
  • Provides proper diets for hospitalized patients and charts everything related to medications, diet and eliminations.
  • Cleans and disinfects parvo ward and provides all care and treatment for parvo patients.
  • Works with and provides training as required for externs and volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 For CVT in a Lead position:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain a regular presence on the floor to provide staff support, ensure appropriate work distribution, and provide direction to the team based on the schedule for the day.
  • Oversee work flow and foresee problematic issues.  Provide solutions and work with Veterinary Services Assistant Manager to solve and improve procedures.
  • Monitor the schedule and work flow, adjusting the surgery schedule and staff assignments as needed to accommodate special events such as meetings, early closures, and trainings.
  • Monitor work load and make adjustments to minimize overtime as much as possible. Report trends to Veterinary Services Assistant Manager.
  • Participate in staff meetings by presenting updates and topics for discussion.
  • Promote open communication and work to handle internal and external conflict.
  • Provide feedback and coaching to staff members related to job duties and skills.
  • Oversee training of new employees.
  • Oversee training of externs.
  • Oversee inventory for drugs and medical supplies and report weekly order list to Veterinary Services Assistant Manager.
  • Directly order office supplies internally.
  • Order lab supplies through Idexx.
  • Maintain equipment maintenance and logs.  Train other staff members to assist in regular maintenance and report issues appropriately.
  • Provide support to other department managers as needed.

Skills / Requirements

Physical Demands

  • Regularly sits at computer station.
  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull a minimum of forty pounds with reasonable accommodations.
  • Must be able to be on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Typically stands, bends, stoops and crouches.
  • Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
  • Periodically drives a HSPPR Vehicle to perform duties.

Education/Experience Necessary:

  • Associate’s degree in veterinary technology from an accredited institution. Must possess a current Veterinary Technician license.
  • Successful completion of a veterinary technician internship or one year prior experience in a full service veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment.
  • 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 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.