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Registered Veterinary Technician

POSITION TITLE: Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Clinic Manager
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt
EFFECTIVE DATE: ASAP

SUMMARY:

The RVT is a California registered veterinary technician. Responsible for assisting SBHS veterinarians with multiple types of procedures. Provides the highest quality of care for animals in areas such as physical examinations, restraint, dental procedures, surgeries, immunizations, euthanasia, etc. Must have good customer service skills and demonstrated capability educating the public on animal health and treatment. Must maintain a positive and professional attitude while working with other employees, volunteers, visitors, and the public. Must support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of the Santa Barbara Humane Society.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Will work in all aspects of a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter surgery clinic including prepping animals for surgery, administering and monitoring anesthesia, assisting veterinarians during surgery, and post-operative management of veterinary patients
  • Knowledge of anesthetic protocols, venipuncture, the ability to induce, etc.
  • Prioritizes the availability of shelter pets’ health status to make those animals available for adoption
  • Familiar with the use of medical equipment and tools like autoclaves, catheters, IVs, and monitors, anesthesia equipment, etc.
  • Demonstrates patience and tolerance with all animals and willingness to provide direct care to cats, dogs, and rabbits of all sizes and types and a desire to maintain a high level of care for all animals in order to assure their comfort and safety
  • Obtains and records patient histories
  • Collects specimens and performs routine laboratory procedures and tests in hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems
  • Dispenses and administers medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments as prescribed by SBHS veterinarians
  • Administers fluids and blood products as prescribed by SBHS veterinarians
  • Administers and monitors anesthesia under the direction of a veterinarian
  • Provides specialized nursing care for injured or ill animals
  • Prepares patients, instruments, and equipment for surgery
  • Ensures that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, cardiac monitors, and breathing apparatus are in good working condition
  • Assists in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment
  • Demonstrates knowledge of sterilization techniques for various instruments and materials
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to prepare and provide table-side assistance
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles and processes for providing client services, including client needs assessments, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction
  • Takes radiographs, positions patients correctly, takes proper measurements, and sets up equipment properly
  • Communicates with and educates pet owners about preventative health, such as spay and neuter options, vaccines, flea preventatives, heartworm preventatives, surgical procedures and post-operative procedures and instructions, medication instructions, and administration
  • Maintains knowledge of preventative healthcare recommendations to answer client questions, provides education on vaccines, flea and heartworm products, and assists in marketing veterinary services from which their pet would benefit, such as a dental cleaning, senior wellness, spay and neuter and boarding
  • Maintains the inventory of pharmaceuticals, equipment, and supplies
  • Cleans, maintains, and sterilizes instruments, equipment, and materials
  • Will work independently on assigned tasks as well as being given direction on how to complete certain assignments
  • Must employee critical thinking – understanding logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of proper protocols in the administration of controlled substances, and the most current protocols relating to communicable diseases
  • Promotes a highly efficient, client-centered environment and facilitates programs and processes that meet client needs
  • Maintains the practice philosophy for attracting new clients and retaining existing clients through good customer service skills
  • Helps to facilitate the resolution of client problems
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary facility that is visually appealing to clients and staff
  • Adheres to all safety and security regulations and training
  • Participates in meetings and responds to management communications as required
  • Understands and demonstrates that regular attendance and timeliness are essential
  • Promotes cooperative working environments among shelter departments and staff members; understands the value of teamwork; shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the clinic function as a unit.
  • Communicates objectives, motivates staff, builds and maintains morale
  • Knowledgeable regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA. Ensures that the clinic and its employees are in compliance with regulations, and inform the Clinic Manager and Director of Veterinary Services of any regulatory issues

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid Registered Veterinary Technician License from the California state board
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Some teaching experience highly desirable
  • Must be able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds who may have different orientations to animals due to cultural traditions
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of commercial clinic and shelter software

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Previous work in animal welfare/shelter/high volume clinic

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • This position requires some weekend and evening work. The current clinic schedule is Tuesday – Saturday
  • Work is performed within an animal shelter where loud noises, disease, and exposure to hazards are possible
  • Physical requirements may include: bending, standing for long periods, stooping, reaching, and other physical demands
  • Must be able to safely restrain large and/or agitated animals
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 pounds. Assistance will be provided when working with larger animals

 

COMPETENCIES:

  • Attendance & Dependability – Is consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Diversity – Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, gender, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for the opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
  • Ethics – Respects and maintains confidentiality. Tells the truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
  • Teamwork – Listens and responds constructively to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Provides assistance to others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others’ efforts and contributions. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.
  • Communication – Expresses self—orally and in writing—in a manner that is clear, well organized, and appropriate to the situation. Uses appropriate grammar, punctuation/spelling, and tone. Listens carefully and sincerely considers others’ ideas. Maintains confidentiality and expresses good judgment about what to say and when to say it. Keeps others informed.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Judgment – Gathers data and others’ input as appropriate when making decisions and handling diverse situations. Considers cost, organizational resources, and efficiency, as well as both long- and short-term outcomes. Can explain the rationale for a decision. Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly. Recognizes when to consult higher-level management.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes factors or causes. Generates and evaluates alternative solutions. Implement plans to solve problems. Assesses the effectiveness of intervention.

 

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Interested in applying? Email [email protected].

Philanthropy & Outreach Coordinator

POSITION TITLE: Philanthropy & Outreach Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Philanthropy & Outreach
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Philanthropy & Outreach
STATUS: Full-Time

Do you have a heart for homeless cats and dogs and would like to use your talents to increase the number helped in Santa Barbara County?

Looking for a team where you can express kindness and support to one another and have a chance to express ideas for departmental initiatives?

Have you been praised for your engaging personality, organizational and analytical skills, and enthusiastic can-do attitude, and can imagine how you can make a direct impact on the lives of those dogs and cats?

If this sounds like you, then we want you to keep reading.

The Santa Barbara Humane Society and the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society have merged. This exciting and historic event assists by providing shelter, care, and support to all of Santa Barbara County and we need a Coordinator to manage the hefty list of projects in support of the animals in our care.

But it’s not just about project management! We need you to be a free thinker who is self-motivated to aid in all work of the Philanthropy and Outreach Department.

Your day could be filled with managing all entry and reporting from our donor management system, pulling reports or statistics, analyzing the success of fundraising campaigns, or offering your take on what you are reading from donor correspondence and communications. You could be assisting in the writing or editing compelling copy used to tell stories to our supporters about how they are helping the animals in our care. You could be developing informational or persuasive presentations for board meetings; fundraising events or meet and greet events that highlight the animals and the work to serve Santa Barbara County.

We would love for you to apply for this job if you have a positive and upbeat personality. If you see challenges as opportunities and are very versatile seeing last-minute changes to schedules or plans is just part of what needs to be done to make a difference in the lives of the homeless pet population. If you want a position that keeps you on your toes and provides you with the ability to wear many hats, this will be a good fit.

Become a member of a mission-driven team in an organization that is growing rapidly with record-setting adoptions and county-wide expanded services for pets and the people who love them.

Here’s what we hope your resume showcases.

  • Your strengths and experience in project management
  • Specific examples of projects that were complex and your part in their success
  • How you use and excel using technology to stay organized, keep projects moving and showcase clean data for presentations
  • Showcase your writing in your cover letter and how you can play a role in telling the stories of animals we serve and communicating to constituents
  • How you have supported executive-level individuals while being an enthusiastic supporter for the entire team
  • An understanding of our position as a Socially Conscience Shelter and your sincere interest in supporting and advocating for the philosophies, policies, and mission of the Santa Barbara Humane Society
  • What software and technology you are proficient in and the uses that have benefitted you

Want to apply? Please email your cover letter and resume to  [email protected].

Have more questions or want to see a formal job description? Request this at [email protected]

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Santa Maria Campus

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