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.


Evaluation Center Key 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


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:

  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • 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 – Full-Time/Part-Time - Temporary