Kitsap Humane Society (KHS), a highly progressive open-admission animal welfare organization located in Silverdale, Washington, is looking to hire a full-time Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) to our already amazing team. We are looking for a conscientious, progressive, team-oriented technician to provide support for our veterinarians in order to provide outstanding medical and surgical care for the animals under our care.
Job Purpose and Summary
KHS’s LVT will work in collaboration with the Director of Shelter Medicine, veterinarians, staff and volunteers to provide high quality shelter medicine, surgery, treatment and care for KHS shelter animals. Technician responsibilities will include all aspects of surgery and recovery, examinations of shelter and foster animals, medical treatments, laboratory work and radiography. The position will also involve working closely with our veterinary assistants and volunteers in order to provide mentorship, training, and care for the animals. Our LVT must be efficient at time management and able to thrive in a high volume, fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.
An interest in and willingness to support the mission, vision, and philosophy of KHS
Previous experience or specific training/interest in HQHVSN and/or shelter medicine preferred.
Surgical preparation, anesthetic induction, patient monitoring and recovery
Proficiency in venipuncture, specimen collection and in house laboratory procedures
Confidence in performing basic physical exams and working directly with caregivers
Ability to triage patients based on medical and surgical needs
Must present a good appearance and have the ability to deal cheerfully and tactfully with the public, staff and volunteers with a consistent positive mental attitude
Must be skilled and able to handle conflict resolution
Meticulous and methodical attention to record keeping and reporting
Ability to have a flexible schedule, work weekends and overtime if necessary
Lift 50 lbs or more
Key Tasks and Responsibilities (but not limited to):
Surgical duties to include anesthetic induction, surgical prep, monitoring and recovery
Preliminary examinations of shelter and foster animals requiring medical care
Triage of animals requiring veterinary care and implementation of treatment protocols for common diseases
Direct care of shelter animals including examinations, medication, treatment and willingness to become euthanasia certified
Provide support and training for veterinary assistants and volunteers in all aspects of veterinary care
Direct interaction with adopters and foster parents includes educating them on medical conditions and instructions for medication and follow up care.
Inventory and ordering of medications and supplies, controlled drug record keeping
Involvement in staff education, development of SOPs, euthanasia certification, community outreach and partnerships with local vet clinics
Compensation range is $18-$22 an hour
Full-time employees accrue 10 sick days a year and 80 hours of vacation. We also offer medical and dental benefits to start the 1st of the month after 60 days of employment.
One free animal adoption per year is available to all regular full-time or part-time employees. This benefit is available after completion of the employee's 120-day introductory period.
About Kitsap Humane Society
Kitsap Humane Society is an independent nonprofit committed to providing positive life changing solutions to people and animals in need. We do so by accepting, sheltering and rehabilitating companion animals in need; providing humane rescue, protection, prevention, adoption and education services; implementing progressive life-saving and life-affirming programs; collaborating and partnering with our region and supporters to build a model humane community.
Our Vision is that every adoptable companion animal has a home.