The range for this position is commensurate with the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA) salaries. Starting salary is $18 p/h depending on experience. Benefits include employer-paid medical insurance, paid vacation/sick time off, and seven paid holidays. Additionally, we offer continuing education and management training opportunities.
2 openings available.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) – the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona – is seeking an experienced Veterinary Technician with strong surgical, interpersonal and communications skills to join our team of 10 FT technicians working in a fast-paced shelter/public clinic environment. AAWL operates two on-site medical clinics: one serving owned animals called MDPetCare and one serving homeless, needy animals. We’re looking for someone with at least two years experience who is able to be cross-trained and work in either the shelter/MDPetCare clinic assisting veterinarians with surgery and handling in-patient and out-patient care, technician examinations, laboratory duties, treatments, drug dosages and dispensing, surgery duties (including intubation and anesthesia monitoring), dentistry, and medical record notation and maintenance. Because our shelter animals and MDPetCare patients are being treated by several different veterinarians, the Vet Technician also must be a self-motivated team player who communicates well and has great attention to detail.
The Veterinary Technician reports to the Practice Manager and works full-time. This is a non-exempt/hourly position.
Assist with surgical procedures, including high volume spay/neuter, prepare animals for surgery, including TPR's.
Pre-medicate and induce patients, including intubation.
Perform dental scaling and polishing.
Provide critical care for patients if the need arises.
Surgical pack preparation.
Perform anatomical and dental radiographs.
Administer medications (IV, SQ, IM, and PO), and vaccinations.
Perform laboratory procedures including fecals, skin scrapes, and using laboratory equipment.
Calculate drug doses and fill medications.
Disinfect and clean kennels, treatment areas, and equipment.
Handling and restraint of animals.
Recognition of animal behavior cues (ex: fear, anxiety, aggression).
Prepare and maintain accurate medical records, in-house record keeping, pharmaceutical logs, and vaccination records.
Provide top-notch customer service.
Being attentive to client and pet needs.
Work across departments to resolve conflicts and Identify and work compassionately with clients, foster families and/or other members of the public in various emotional states.
Two years experience as a veterinary technician; must be skilled in IV catheter placement, anesthesia induction and intubation, monitoring of anesthesia, blood draws, urinalysis, radiographs, and assisting in surgery and dental cleanings.
High school diploma or equivalent.
AZ veterinary technician certification is strongly preferred.
Ability to speak Spanish is strongly preferred.
Experience adhering to established policies, procedures and protocols.
Able to work collaboratively with multiple health professionals in a busy and complex environment using tact, diplomacy, and discipline.
Ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
Ability to adapt to change and accept new duties within a fast-growing organization.
To Apply for This Position
Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references including their email, phone and relationship to Alessandra Navidad, President and CEO, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “Vet Tech” in your email. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.
Requires periodic sitting at a computer station with prolonged standing and walking.
Use of personal computer, phone and general office equipment.
Must be comfortable handling dogs and cats daily on a continuous basis.
Will be exposed to disinfectant solutions and subject to bites and scratches while handling animals of questionable temperament.
Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with animals, the public, volunteers, and staff.
Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a fast-paced changing environment and the ability to work weekends and holidays.
All volunteers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask.
The mission of AAWL/SPCA is to provide excellent care, protection and loving compassion for the life of the animals entrusted to us and to take a leadership role in promoting humane values for the benefit of all animals and people.
To be the community's leading source for pet adoptions, affordable veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. A "no-kill" shelter is an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety. AAWL is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, tax ID 23-7149453.
AAWL rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes more than 4,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners. We do this primarily by rescuing them from other shelters in Arizona where they are likely to be euthanized due to the lack of time and resources to care for them. At any one time our shelter will hold 140 cats and 190 dogs. We also have a foster ...parent network of approximately 90 families who provide care and shelter in their homes for puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted, and those animals that are recovering from medical procedures or that need socialization before adoption.
All pets offered for adoption have been spayed or neutered; micro-chipped and are current on all vaccinations. Any medical treatments needed, including surgeries, are provided by our medical team and all animals are evaluated by our behavior department.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) was founded in 1971 by a group of concerned animal lovers. This group was led by Amanda Blake, best known as "Miss Kitty" on the television program, Gunsmoke. Starting out on a small scale, concerned volunteers adopted rescued cats and dogs fromamanda_blake_w_cat_dog.jpg foster homes. In the late 1970s, the organization built its first shelter. By the mid 1990s, the AAWL & SPCA began rescuing animals scheduled to be euthanized by the County, and, after rehabilitation, made them available for adoption to the community. Over the past 44 years the organization has grown from adopting a handful of animals each year to a full service animal welfare organization and leader in innovative behavior training, medical care, adoption, education and community outreach programs. Today our shelter has an onsite veterinary clinic, kennels with a separate cattery, a training center and a freestanding infirmary.