The Willamette Humane Society (WHS) located in Salem, Oregon is looking for a qualified, self-motivated, energetic, organized, and outgoing individual with compassion for animals.
We’re an organization of passionate people working together to find the best possible outcome for homeless animals in our community. Our team includes 60+ staff and over 700 volunteers in any given month working jointly to achieve our mission providing: Compassionate services for pets and people.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) is responsible for the daily care of all surgical patients, assisting the veterinarian with surgical and anesthetic procedures, and for leading the veterinary assistants, receptionist, and volunteers to accomplish their daily operational duties. The CVT represents the Willamette Humane Society (WHS) clinic professionally and courteously while actively promoting spay and neuter services and education.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The CVT shall perform the job duties in a positive, helpful manner. Assist the public in all aspects of shelter programs. Share information to enhance the public’s knowledge of animal welfare as well as knowledge of WHS mission and programs. The CVT must demonstrate, mentor, and reinforce WHS values, principles and mission-driven culture. The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Support the veterinarian to ensure the best quality medical care and to maximize veterinarian’s productivity.
- Proactively communicate with clinic employees to maintain the flow of patients through the clinic and to support continuity of care.
- Utilize technical skills to the fullest degree possible, within state practice acts regarding duties of credentialed veterinary technicians.
- Assist veterinarian with physical examinations and in surgery when needed.
- Ensure the safety of patients, employees, and volunteers by utilizing safe restraining techniques, following standard protocols and maintaining clean, sterile, and organized treatment areas, exam rooms, and laboratory areas.
- Ensure that animals with infectious diseases are handled safely and according to infectious disease protocols.
- Calculate and administer anesthetic drugs to all surgical patients per anesthetic protocol.
- Properly induce and intubate animals, maintain anesthesia, prep animals for surgery, and monitor anesthetic patients during and after surgery.
- Monitor, record, and report physical signs of patients before, during and after surgery, and throughout hospitalization.
- Ability to respond and perform life-saving techniques in an emergency situation.
- Maintain proper and complete medical records.
- Perform routine lab procedures and tests, collect urine, draw blood, and place catheters.
- Administer medications, fluids, and other products as prescribed by veterinarian.
- Perform dental procedures.
- Knowledgeable of current information/recommendations in veterinary medicine.
- Continue education regarding safe and efficacious surgical and anesthetic protocols as well as detection, prevention, and handling of infectious and zoonotic diseases, emergency drugs, and protocols.
- Communicate in all circumstances in a clear, understandable, professional, and respectful manner.
- Triage patients as they present to the clinic, obtain a complete history from clients, and accurately relay information/health concerns to veterinarian.
- Complete understanding and ability to professionally, accurately communicate/assist clients in all aspects of clinic, including how clinic functions, all services provided, surgical paperwork/forms, veterinarian’s recommendations as directed.
- Ensure other clinic employees are appropriately doing the same.
- Actively promote spaying, neutering and educate clients on responsible animal ownership.
- Lead the clinic receptionist, veterinary assistants, and volunteers to ensure appropriate daily operation of the clinic.
- Mentor other paraprofessionals (clinic employees, other WHS employees, volunteers) and share technical expertise in a proactive and constructive manner.
- Operate and maintain medical equipment in clinic. Assure that surgical monitoring and support equipment are working properly.
- Maintain drug logs in accordance with state and federal laws.
- Ensure proper identification, cleaning, and maintenance of all surgical instruments by other clinic employees, volunteers.
- Ensure proper preparation and sterilization of surgery towels, gowns, and packs by other clinic employees, volunteers.
- Ensure other clinic employees are properly/appropriately training, monitoring, and assisting volunteers in their expected duties.
CONTROLS OVER WORK
The CVT works under the general direction of the S/N Clinic Veterinarian and will follow daily operational direction from the clinic veterinarians.
CONTACTS WITH OTHERS
The CVT will have regular, ongoing contact with other clinic and shelter employees and volunteers from all departments, members of the public, vendors, and members of the veterinary community. Contact and communication are carried out through face to face, telephone, and electronic interactions. Communication must be clear, understandable, professional, and respectful in all circumstances.
This work requires a positive attitude, tolerance to stress, and the ability to maintain composure and friendly demeanor while dealing with stressful situations. The CVT will have regular contact with animals of varying degrees of domesticity and physical conditions. The CVT will have repeated/prolonged exposure to medical instruments, bodily excretions, and chemicals used for surgery and for cleaning. The CVT will have access to protective equipment such as boots, gloves, protective eye and ear wear, etc.
Must be able to stay standing or active during entire shift and be able to lift 50 lbs. Work performed both in and out of shelter requires lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other strenuous activities. May be required to take a physical examination paid for by WHS prior to the start of work activities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITY
- Learn and adhere to the Humane Alliance protocols and procedures adapted by WHS.
- Possess considerable knowledge of cat and dog health and behavior and demonstrate safe procedures for handling.
- Possess excellent communication skills and be able to work with others in a manner that is positive and educational.
- Able to assess situations rapidly, accurately, and calmly and take appropriate actions as necessary.
- Able to manage multiple tasks at one time; quickly and accurately shift attention among tasks under distracting conditions without loss of accuracy or appearance of frustration.
- Demonstrate high tolerance for stress and repetitive work.
- Maintain a positive outlook and maintain composure and a friendly manner while dealing with stressful situations.
- Work with others in a collaborative, solution-oriented manner, shares relevant information with others in a prompt and accurate manner.
- Exhibit honesty, discretion, and sound judgment.
- Demonstrate exceptionally strong verbal and written communication skills during interpersonal and technical, job-specific interactions.
- Possess strong mathematical skills including the ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, compute rates and ratios, and convert units of measurement.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Maintain current Oregon veterinary technician certification in good standing.
- High-volume spay and neuter experience is preferred.
- Meet Continuing Education (CE) credits as needed for maintaining certification.
Additional requirements: A demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare and WHS mission; be willing to work weekends and evenings as required by the job; have a valid Oregon driver’s license and insurable by WHS vendors; meet the physical requirements of the job, and be bondable.
Salary Range: Position begins at $16.00 – $19.85 per hour DOE.
Schedule: 2-3 days per week (within Monday-Friday); occasional 40 hour week to cover vacations; no emergencies or holidays.
Benefits: Paid time off provided after 90 days. Employee Assistance Program benefits available. A 401(k) retirement plan is available after one year of service.
A complete application package is required. The application package will include:
- a completed and signed WHS job application form
- a cover letter explaining your interest in this position
- a résumé of your educational background and professional experience
Applications can also be submitted by mail:
Willamette Humane Society
ATTN: Business Office
PO Box 13005
Salem OR 97309
Due to the large volume of responses, WHS will contact only those candidates who are selected for an interview.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Completed application materials received by human resources will be reviewed upon receipt. This position may close at any time.
All WHS employees are committed to the following mission-driven values:
- Positive Service to All
- Sharing Knowledge
- Collaborative Problem Solving
- Initiative and Innovation
- Accountability and Responsibility
- Safe Actions