Certified Veterinary Technician

Oregon Humane Society | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/25/2022
Description

Level: Experienced

Job Location: OHS Main Shelter - Portland, OR

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: CVPM, DVM or CVT

Salary Range: Undisclosed

Certified Veterinary Technician, CVH

About the Oregon Humane Society 

Founded in 1868, Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest's oldest and largest animal welfare organization with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Through our mission of Creating a More Humane Society, we are working toward our vision of a world where all animals are treated with compassion, kindness and respect. With campuses in Portland and Salem, OHS is an Oregon-based nonprofit that relies on donor support for its adoption, education, medical and humane law enforcement programs. Visit oregonhumane.org for more information. 

 

Position Summary

The Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) is a vital member of the Community Veterinary Hospital team. As part of our high volume, high quality veterinary hospital, responsibilities include proficient venipuncture, intubation of dogs and cats of various sizes, preparing, monitoring, and assisting veterinarians with procedures and surgery. The position works under the direction of a veterinarian and established protocols performing triage exams, entering medical records, animal restraint, administering patient treatments, performing euthanasia, and maintaining the facility at the highest level of cleanliness and order. CVTs also engage with the public, veterinary community, and shelter staff to provide consultation and information. Medical cases are both outpatient and inpatient with the majority being canine and feline patients with a small percentage of cases being exotics (small mammals and birds) or other species. All OHS staff members contribute to the stewardship of the organization’s mission and are expected to stay current on and understand issues related to animal welfare and OHS programs.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

· Assist veterinarians with physical examinations and that help determine the nature of illness or injury.

· Handling individual animals of varying species, size, and temperament in a caring, respectful, and safe manner.

· Ensure that animals with infectious diseases are handled safely and according to infectious medicine protocols.

· Perform patient care including taking and recording TPR, dressing wounds, and applying splints and other protective devices.

· Administer medications, fluids, and blood products as prescribed by the veterinarian.

· Perform routine lab procedures and tests, collect urine, draw blood, and perform skin scrapings.

· Place catheters and administer intravenous fluids and tube feedings.

· Perform dental examinations, charting, and procedures.

· Capture and process radiographs.

· Prepare animals for surgery: Induce, intubate, monitor, and maintain anesthetic patients during and after surgery.

· Assist veterinarians in surgery for specialized procedures including retraction, lavage, suctions, and transfusion.

· Operate, maintain, and assure technically advanced hospital equipment is in good working order.

· Monitor, record, and report physical signs of patients before, during, and after surgery, and throughout hospitalization.

· Enter medical notes and treatment notes according to established protocols in a timely and accurate manner.

· Assist veterinarians in communicating examination findings, treatment plan, and patient care alternatives to clients.

· Perform euthanasia, under the direction of a veterinarian.

· Assist in maintaining inventory of all pharmaceuticals, equipment, and supplies.

· Maintain controlled drug logs in accordance with state and federal laws.

· Teach and mentor volunteers, staff, veterinary intern, resident, and students.

· Participate in OHS organized responses to animal related emergencies and participate in special projects as requested.

· Work collaboratively with shelter medicine team, providing support as needed.

· Assist all related internal and external departments as needed to support the program, and perform other duties as requested by management.


Education, Training and Competencies

Minimum Requirements

· Hold and maintain Certified Veterinarian Technician license as required by the State of Oregon, or actively working towards licensure/certification.

· 1 year(s) related work experience handling animals.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

· Able to communicate with a diverse population in a consistently informative, respectful, and professional manner.

· Able to participate as a member of a high performing team in a collaborative and positive manner.

· Able to maintain a professional, calm demeanor and exercise sound judgment during times of high workload, rapid pace of work, emotionally charged situations and during all interactions with the public, staff and volunteers.

· Able to maintain highest standards of confidentiality and discretion related to department activities.

· Excellent logic, prioritization, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.

· Able to mitigate and/or resolve conflict in a constructive and proactive manner.

· Knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of dog, cat, birds, rodent, and other unusual species and breeds.

· Competent use of Shelter Buddy and/or other veterinary practice management software.

· Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

· Ability to lead responses in times of in need of life saving techniques in an emergency.

· Available to work weekends on a regular basis, and evenings and holidays as needed.

· Able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly testing (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

 

Preferred

· 3+ years animal care experience in a veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment.

· Experience in a veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment as a CVT or LVT.

· Experience in a leadership/supervisory role in a veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment.

· Bilingual skills.

 

Work Contacts

This position interacts and collaborates with a wide range of individuals within and external to the Oregon Humane Society. Communication is through face-to-face, telephone and electronic interactions. Communication must be clear, understandable, professional, and respectful in all circumstances.

 

Decision Making Authority

This position works under broad assignment and occasionally, specific/detailed instruction. Provides all standard quality checks and other quality related duties and escalates issues as appropriate.

 

Working Conditions

· Work performed concurrently in an office and animal medical center/shelter environment.

· Daily exposure and use of surgical, cleaning, and diagnostic solutions.

· Daily exposure to anesthesia, radiation, biological hazards, and medication/controlled substances

occurs.

· Pace of work is active and demanding, requiring a high degree of multitasking and ability to adapt to changing priorities while managing concurrent projects to completion.

· Animal contacts and related injuries may occur.

· Noise exposure in the work environment is moderate.

 

Physical Requirements

· Must be able to lift, move, restrain, guide, or manage an animal weighing up to 150 lbs.

· Prolonged standing and/or stooping may occur.

· Frequent bending and reaching into confined spaces.

· Occasional lifting and moving of inanimate objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

· Frequent pushing and pulling of carted items weighing up to 150 lbs.

· Frequent use of hands and arms at or above shoulder level

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and address and overcome complex challenges and barriers. We strive for a culture of integrity, respect, and compassion where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves and reaches their potential as individuals and teams.  We recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today. 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity 

The Oregon Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained impact. 

 

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group. 

 

At-Will Employment 

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship. 

About the Oregon Humane Society 

Founded in 1868, Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest's oldest and largest animal welfare organization with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Through our mission of Creating a More Humane Society, we are working toward our vision of a world where all animals are treated with compassion, kindness and respect. With campuses in Portland and Salem, OHS is an Oregon-based nonprofit that relies on donor support for its adoption, education, medical and humane law enforcement programs. Visit oregonhumane.org for more information. 

 

Position Summary

The Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) is a vital member of the Community Veterinary Hospital team. As part of our high volume, high quality veterinary hospital, responsibilities include proficient venipuncture, intubation of dogs and cats of various sizes, preparing, monitoring, and assisting veterinarians with procedures and surgery. The position works under the direction of a veterinarian and established protocols performing triage exams, entering medical records, animal restraint, administering patient treatments, performing euthanasia, and maintaining the facility at the highest level of cleanliness and order. CVTs also engage with the public, veterinary community, and shelter staff to provide consultation and information. Medical cases are both outpatient and inpatient with the majority being canine and feline patients with a small percentage of cases being exotics (small mammals and birds) or other species. All OHS staff members contribute to the stewardship of the organization’s mission and are expected to stay current on and understand issues related to animal welfare and OHS programs.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

· Assist veterinarians with physical examinations and that help determine the nature of illness or injury.

· Handling individual animals of varying species, size, and temperament in a caring, respectful, and safe manner.

· Ensure that animals with infectious diseases are handled safely and according to infectious medicine protocols.

· Perform patient care including taking and recording TPR, dressing wounds, and applying splints and other protective devices.

· Administer medications, fluids, and blood products as prescribed by the veterinarian.

· Perform routine lab procedures and tests, collect urine, draw blood, and perform skin scrapings.

· Place catheters and administer intravenous fluids and tube feedings.

· Perform dental examinations, charting, and procedures.

· Capture and process radiographs.

· Prepare animals for surgery: Induce, intubate, monitor, and maintain anesthetic patients during and after surgery.

· Assist veterinarians in surgery for specialized procedures including retraction, lavage, suctions, and transfusion.

· Operate, maintain, and assure technically advanced hospital equipment is in good working order.

· Monitor, record, and report physical signs of patients before, during, and after surgery, and throughout hospitalization.

· Enter medical notes and treatment notes according to established protocols in a timely and accurate manner.

· Assist veterinarians in communicating examination findings, treatment plan, and patient care alternatives to clients.

· Perform euthanasia, under the direction of a veterinarian.

· Assist in maintaining inventory of all pharmaceuticals, equipment, and supplies.

· Maintain controlled drug logs in accordance with state and federal laws.

· Teach and mentor volunteers, staff, veterinary intern, resident, and students.

· Participate in OHS organized responses to animal related emergencies and participate in special projects as requested.

· Work collaboratively with shelter medicine team, providing support as needed.

· Assist all related internal and external departments as needed to support the program, and perform other duties as requested by management.

Education, Training and Competencies

Minimum Requirements

· Hold and maintain Certified Veterinarian Technician license as required by the State of Oregon, or actively working towards licensure/certification.

· 1 year(s) related work experience handling animals.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

· Able to communicate with a diverse population in a consistently informative, respectful, and professional manner.

· Able to participate as a member of a high performing team in a collaborative and positive manner.

· Able to maintain a professional, calm demeanor and exercise sound judgment during times of high workload, rapid pace of work, emotionally charged situations and during all interactions with the public, staff and volunteers.

· Able to maintain highest standards of confidentiality and discretion related to department activities.

· Excellent logic, prioritization, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.

· Able to mitigate and/or resolve conflict in a constructive and proactive manner.

· Knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of dog, cat, birds, rodent, and other unusual species and breeds.

· Competent use of Shelter Buddy and/or other veterinary practice management software.

· Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

· Ability to lead responses in times of in need of life saving techniques in an emergency.

· Available to work weekends on a regular basis, and evenings and holidays as needed.

· Able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly testing (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

 

Preferred

· 3+ years animal care experience in a veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment.

· Experience in a veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment as a CVT or LVT.

· Experience in a leadership/supervisory role in a veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment.

· Bilingual skills.

 

Work Contacts

This position interacts and collaborates with a wide range of individuals within and external to the Oregon Humane Society. Communication is through face-to-face, telephone and electronic interactions. Communication must be clear, understandable, professional, and respectful in all circumstances.

 

Decision Making Authority

This position works under broad assignment and occasionally, specific/detailed instruction. Provides all standard quality checks and other quality related duties and escalates issues as appropriate.

 

Working Conditions

· Work performed concurrently in an office and animal medical center/shelter environment.

· Daily exposure and use of surgical, cleaning, and diagnostic solutions.

· Daily exposure to anesthesia, radiation, biological hazards, and medication/controlled substances

occurs.

· Pace of work is active and demanding, requiring a high degree of multitasking and ability to adapt to changing priorities while managing concurrent projects to completion.

· Animal contacts and related injuries may occur.

· Noise exposure in the work environment is moderate.

 

Physical Requirements

· Must be able to lift, move, restrain, guide, or manage an animal weighing up to 150 lbs.

· Prolonged standing and/or stooping may occur.

· Frequent bending and reaching into confined spaces.

· Occasional lifting and moving of inanimate objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

· Frequent pushing and pulling of carted items weighing up to 150 lbs.

· Frequent use of hands and arms at or above shoulder level

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and address and overcome complex challenges and barriers. We strive for a culture of integrity, respect, and compassion where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves and reaches their potential as individuals and teams.  We recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today. 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity 

The Oregon Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained impact. 

 

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group. 

 

At-Will Employment 

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship. 

Listing Type
Jobs
Categories
Nonprofit
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Salary
$21.68 - $27.84 Hourly
Salary Type
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