Job Description


Assists in all aspects of the Surgery Center in an efficient and professional manner.  Works cohesively with all departments of the organization.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides accurate information and friendly professional service to the public by handling 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 make arrangements for picking up later in the day.
  • May schedule surgery appointments for HSPPR adopters and post adoption medical treatment in accordance with established protocol.
  • Assists the veterinarians with patient exams by providing proper animal restraint, obtaining a medical history from records, performing tasks and treatments as directed, and filling medications.
  • Animal handling to include kenneling animals after surgery and retrieving animals for owners following appointments within the surgery center.
  • Assists during surgeries by providing animal restraint, assisting with pre-medication administration, and overseeing recovering patients.
  • Answers the telephone as needed, provides information to the public, and assists customers.
  • Cleans kennels and provides animal care as directed by the Veterinary Services Manager.
  • Computer data entry and record keeping according to established protocol.
  • Checks and re-stocks supplies as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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:

  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Graduate of Certified Veterinary [CVA] Assistant program 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

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

HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas County and the City of Centennial.  We employ a total of 160 full and part-time employees.  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 members. They include:     

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

 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


  • Active 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.


  • Responsible 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.


  • Mindful 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.  


  • Passion for 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.


  • Embrace 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.