The Opportunity: Veterinary Technician / RVT
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) is seeking a registered veterinary technician or experienced veterinary assistant for its recently renovated veterinary hospital. Our full-service veterinary practice provides quality and compassionate medical services to shelter animals and pets with guardians. Revenue generated by the veterinary hospital directly supports the mission of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley by funding health care for shelter animals. Veterinary technicians assist and support our fear-free certified veterinarians with all aspects of the treatment and care of animal patients. Technicians also play a critical role in educating clients on proper animal care while promoting and supporting the services offered at HSBV.
You are an excellent candidate for this role if you are a RVT or have proof of your provisional registration. We will also consider applicants who have exceptional veterinary assisting skills or whose registration/certification may have lapsed. Perhaps you were considered a veterinary technician before recent legislation required you to be registered to have the title of technician. We want you to apply, too!
We encourage you to apply if you have experience that is transferable within the field of veterinary medicine, even if it’s not a perfect match. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups including but not limited to women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans. Spanish/English-speaking individuals are encouraged to apply.
Summary of Responsibilities:
Veterinary Hospital (Public Community Practice) – Patient Treatment and Care
- Coordinates the daily surgery and treatment schedule, performs all pre-surgical duties, conducts pre-surgical physical exams on patients and alerts veterinarian to any concerns.
- Calculates, administers, and records pre-anesthetic drugs. Completes controlled drug logs as appropriate.
- Monitors anesthesia during surgery, post-anesthesia, and recovery.
- Performs medical treatments and administers medications for hospitalized patients, including cleaning, feeding, and relief.
- Operates digital radiology equipment and follows radiology safety procedures.
Performs dental cleanings, including dental radiographs.
- Responds to emergency situations, administering triage care.
Prepares laboratory samples and evaluates in-house lab work.
- Assists veterinarians with exam room office calls and sees technician office calls as assigned.
- Performs euthanasia of privately owned animals at the guardian’s request under the direction of the attending veterinarian.
- Maintains appropriate medical records, documents, and data entry for patients.
Shelter – Animal Treatment and Care
- Performs daily health evaluation and scheduled treatments for shelter animals.
- Assists Veterinarian with daily shelter veterinary rounds, assists in the care and treatment of animals in the foster program.
- Assists with euthanasia of shelter animals when requested.
- Reviews medical disclosures for shelter animals with potential adopters, providing client education and recommendations for conditions requiring follow-up care.
- Responds to post-adoption health inquiries, schedules post-adoption exams and treatment.
- Addresses animal behavioral needs or concerns with the shelter’s Behavior and Health team.
Client Service and Client Education
- Educates clients on pre- and post -surgical care of their animals.
- Provides orientation and training to veterinary students, veterinary assistants and interns.
- Schedules clients and performs the duties of a receptionist when needed and as assigned.
- Represents HSBV in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provides quality service to clients, volunteers, and employees recognizing their individual contributions to the success of the organization.
- Takes an active role in educating clients on HSBV programs and services, and promotes special events, programs, fundraising efforts, and donor opportunities when practical.
- Integrates volunteers and takes an active role in their training, integration, safety, performance, and job satisfaction.
- Attends and participates in HSBV training programs as assigned.
- Assists with day-to-day operations of the Veterinary Hospital.
- Cleans and prepares surgical instruments and ensures supplies are available and ready for use.
- Maintains veterinary equipment in good working condition, reports repair needs as necessary.
Maintains communication with Veterinarians about animal care and treatment.
- Maintains supply inventories and places orders.
- Maintains satisfactory level of care by attending continuing education as required or assigned.
- Maintains departmental procedures and protocols regarding care and humane treatment of animals.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Current State of Colorado Registration as a Veterinary Technician (RVT), or proof of provisional registration preferred. Experience as a veterinary assistant or non-credentialed technician will also be considered. A pre-employment background check and drug screen are required for all employment candidates. Applications will be accepted through March 17, 2024. To apply: submit resume or CV to https://jobapply.page.link/w4wAv.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills and customer service skills. Shows initiative and is a conscientious worker. Ability to handle multiple tasks at once in a fast-paced environment. Detail-oriented and exercises good judgment when dealing with the public and animal-related concerns. Able to lift and carry 50 pounds. Experience with AVImark software preferred. Committed to the mission of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and to the success of the veterinary hospital.
Schedule and Working Conditions
Shifts are ten hours in length. Saturday or Sunday availability is required. Work is performed in an animal shelter environment and a veterinary hospital environment. Exposure to cleaning agents when in kennel and hospital areas. Exposure to animals at all times. Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals of questionable temperament and under the effects of anesthesia. Daily lifting of up to 50 pounds. Ten-hour work shift requires frequent standing, walking, bending, kneeling, squatting, twisting, and lifting.
What We Offer
The anticipated pay range for this position is $21.00 – $25.74 per hour. This pay range is the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s best estimate for this position and actual compensation will be based on factors including but not limited to the depth and extent of relevant experience, education, and additional training/certifications for preferred skills.
- Certified Veterinary Technician (RVT): $22.00 – $25.75 per hour.
- Non-credentialed, experienced assistant or provisional registration: $21.00 – $24.75 per hour.
- Hourly employees receive an additional $2.00 per hour for hours worked on weekends.
- Stipend of up to $50 per pay period for those who demonstrate the ability to translate/interpret for our Spanish-speaking clientele.
Included in the compensation package:
- Paid time off
- Paid sick leave
- Health insurance
- Dental and vision plans
- Life and disability insurance
- Flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expenses
- Retirement plan options with employer match
- Employee assistance program (EAP)
- Scholarship program (after meeting minimum service requirements)
- Discounts on adoptions, pet food, pet supplies, veterinary care, and training services
- Complimentary pet boarding
- CACVT dues reimbursement (every two years)
- Colorado Veterinary Technician Registration (every two years)
- Uniforms provided
About the Humane Society of Boulder Valley
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is a community-supported, open-door facility that provides shelter, medical care and behavioral rehabilitation to almost 5,000 animals annually. Its programs are inspired by its mission to protect and enhance the lives of companion animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people. Since its inception in 1902, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in the community and a national leader in animal welfare.
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley seeks to employ motivated, innovative, and talented individuals who bring passion, expertise, and a positive attitude to the workplace. Our employees embody our internal values: Kindness, Trust, Optimism, Humility, Collaboration, and Ingenuity.
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley offers equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, ancestry, military status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.