PAWS SERVICES DURING COVID-19: OLD CITY ADOPTION CENTER IS REOPENING FOR CAT ADOPTION BY APPOINTMENT ON 8/9. CLINIC VISITS FOR SICK PETS, VACCINATIONS, AND SPAY/NEUTER AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT (CURBSIDE SERVICE). WALK-IN CLINICS REMAIN SUSPENDED. WE CONTINUE TO RESCUE ANIMALS! FOSTER AND DOG ADOPTION BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
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Job Openings at PAWS


Join our lifesaving team! PAWS frequently has positions available for caring animal lovers who are dedicated to serving the city’s most vulnerable pets and the people who love them. All open employment opportunities are listed below; please review the job descriptions for details on how to apply.

Available Positions

Veterinary Surgical Technician

PAWS is seeking an experienced part-time or full-time veterinary technician to join our surgical team! We are Philadelphia’s largest animal rescue partner and have a large and diverse caseload of in-house, foster, and client-owned animals. PAWS provides high quality, high volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) and other surgeries through our low-cost clinics. The ideal candidate has a focus on animal welfare, is detail-oriented and efficient, and has experience as a surgical technician/assistant. Experience in a shelter environment and a basic understanding of veterinary diseases, treatment, and disease transmission preferred.

 

General Position Summary:

As integral members of PAWS’ medical team, veterinary technicians interact regularly with the public and owned pets, as well as with foster parents and shelter animals, and must strive to provide excellent customer service and positive experiences for these individuals at all times. Veterinary technicians must treat people and animals with compassion and respect, foster a spirit of teamwork, and perform duties in a manner that promotes the achievement of PAWS’ goals and encourages community support of its work.

 

Primary Duties:

  •   – Care for and handle animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, especially larger and possibly untrained or feral animals.
  •   – Assist veterinarians and collaborate with other veterinary technicians to perform daily medical tasks.
  •   – Perform and accurately record examinations, vaccinations, and medical treatments for publicly owned and shelter animals under the direction of veterinarians using PAWS’ record keeping systems.
  •   – Prepare owned and rescue animals for high-volume sterilization and other surgeries, including: Organizing pre- and post-surgical paperwork; Aseptically preparing instruments and patients for procedures; Maintaining drug logs and surgical log; Administering anesthesia; Monitoring animals during recovery.
  •   – Perform or prepare laboratory tests and diagnostics including fungal cultures, fecal flotations, cytologies, blood smears, and digital radiographs.
  •   – Euthanize animals as appropriate under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian or the director of operations.
  •   – Monitor animals’ conditions, rapidly identify and address any medical or behavioral conditions which might warrant veterinary attention, and work in cooperation with staff to attend to any immediate needs.
  •   – Admit and release animals in a responsive, courteous, and tactful manner, and communicate pertinent medical information to volunteers, staff, and the public.
  •   – Assist in maintaining healthy, safe, sanitary, pleasant and clean facilities for animals under the care of PAWS.
  •   – Participate in job-related trainings and professional development activities.
  •   – Follow procedures governing safe work practices including, but not limited to, wearing protective clothing and safely operating medical equipment when necessary.
  •   – Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals and treat all animals compassionately and respectfully at all times, including sick, injured, feral or aggressive animals.
  •   – Other duties as assigned.

 

Required Skills and Qualities:

  •   – Minimum of two years of experience working in a shelter, animal hospital, and/or private veterinary practice.
  •   – Experience as a veterinary assistant/technician in surgery and assisting with spay/neuter prep, monitoring and recovery required. Experience with HQHVSN preferred.
  •   – Ability to read, write and understand English.
  •   – Computer proficient in Microsoft office and all internet-based clinic management systems utilized by PAWS (ShelterLuv, Clinic HQ, Google forms and spreadsheets).
  •   – Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  •   – Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
  •   – Flexibility, maturity, and ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
  •   – Ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional and respectful manner.
  •   – The ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations, and to turn people down, firmly when necessary, without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.

 

Physical Requirements:

  •   – Ability to work with and around animals including diseased, injured and/or vicious animals.
  •   – Ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday and tolerate loud noises.
  •   – Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification.
  •   – Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.

 

Educational Requirements:

  •   – High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  •   – Post-secondary education in the veterinary sciences field preferred but not required.

 

Work Location/Schedule:

  •   – Positions are available at both PAWS clinics (Northeast and Grays Ferry). Ability to work at both locations preferred but not required.
  •   – PAWS is open seven days a week. A minimum of 8 hours per day is required. Daily schedule may vary according to the needs of the organization.

 

Interested? We want to hear from you! Please send us your resume and cover letter via this form.

Veterinary Technician – Wellness Clinic

PAWS is looking for an experienced veterinary assistant/technician to join our medical team in our Wellness Clinics! We are Philadelphia’s largest animal rescue partner and have a large and diverse caseload of in-house, foster, and client-owned animals that need a dedicated, compassionate, and versatile person to care for their daily needs. The ideal candidate has experience assisting veterinarians in clinic appointments, is outgoing, patient, and a strong communicator with clients and coworkers.

 

General Position Summary:

Veterinary assistants are integral members of PAWS’ medical team, being key players in our low-cost Wellness Clinics, and our veterinarians’ right-hand helpers. Veterinary assistants interact regularly with the public and owned pets, as well as foster parents and shelter animals, and must strive to provide excellent customer service and positive experiences for these individuals at all times. Veterinary assistants must treat people and animals with respect and compassion and foster a spirit of teamwork.

 

Primary Duties:

  •   – Handle and restrain pets visiting the clinic in a safe, effective and humane manner, including larger and possibly untrained or fearful animals.
  •   – Assist veterinarians and collaborate with other veterinary technicians to perform daily medical tasks.
  •   – Gather histories on clinic clients for the clinic veterinarian, with an eye for detail.
  •   – Prepare medications and other treatments for clinic clients at the direction of the clinic veterinarian and assist the veterinarian with discharging clinic clients.
  •   – Communicate respectfully and patiently with clinic clients about PAWS clinic procedures and their pet’s health.
  •   – Perform and accurately record examinations, vaccinations, and medical treatments for publicly owned and shelter animals under the direction of veterinarians using PAWS’ record keeping systems.
  •   – Administer first aid treatments and medications to sick and injured animals.
  •   – Perform or prepare laboratory tests and diagnostics including fungal cultures, fecal flotations, cytologies, blood smears, and digital radiographs.
  •   – Admit and release animals in a responsive, courteous, and tactful manner, and communicate pertinent medical information to volunteers, staff, and the public.
  •   – Assist in maintaining healthy, safe, sanitary, pleasant and clean facilities for animals under the care of PAWS.
  •   – Participate in job related trainings and professional development activities.
  •   – Follow procedures governing safe work practices including, but not limited to, wearing protective clothing and safely operating medical equipment when necessary.
  •   – Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals and treat all animals compassionately and respectfully at all times, including sick, injured, feral or aggressive animals.
  •   – Other duties as assigned.

 

Required Skills and Qualities:

  •   – Minimum of one year of experience working in a shelter, animal hospital, and/or private veterinary practice.
  •   – Minimum of two years of experience working in a general practice or wellness clinic setting, with experience taking histories and discharging pets.
  •   – Ability to read, write and understand English.
  •   – Computer proficient in Microsoft office.
  •   – Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  •   – Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
  •   – Flexibility, maturity, and ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
  •   – Ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional and pleasant manner.
  •   – The ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations, and to turn people down, firmly when necessary, without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.

 

Physical Requirements:

  •   – Ability to work with and around animals including diseased, injured and/or vicious animals.
  •   – Ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday and tolerate loud noises.
  •   – Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification.
  •   – Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.

 

Educational Requirements:

  •   – High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  •   – Post-secondary education in the veterinary sciences field preferred but not required.

 

Work Location/Schedule:

  •   – Positions are available at both PAWS clinics (Northeast and Grays Ferry). Ability to work at both locations preferred but not required.
  •   – PAWS is open seven days a week. A minimum of 8 hours per day is required. Daily schedule may vary according to the needs of the organization.

 

Interested? We want to hear from you! Please send us your resume and cover letter via this form.

Veterinarian: FT and PT

At PAWS, we work every day to end pet homelessness and to provide top-quality care for animals with medical and surgical needs who would otherwise not have a chance. We are looking for diversely talented, team-oriented, full-time or part-time veterinarians who are ready to be part of a historic change in ending Philadelphia’s pet homelessness by performing high quality, high volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN), seeing community animals in our busy wellness clinics, and supporting our shelter and foster animals. 

 

We think you’ll be a great fit if you:

  •   Want to work with pet owners and also play an integral role in caring for the 3,000 or more homeless animals that PAWS rescues yearly.
  •   Are team-oriented and want to work with PAWS’ medical and non-medical staff to provide optimal care for homeless animals while being conscious about cost and outcomes
  •   Can work fast and efficiently without compromising care.
  •   Enjoy working with pet owners to find affordable solutions to keep their animals healthy.
  •   Like teaching and guiding technicians, veterinary students, and support staff.
  •   Want to help low-income families and their pets by providing quality, affordable, practical, appropriate care.   

 

The Surgical Experience at PAWS:
PAWS’ Spay/Neuter Clinics provide sterilization services for animals owned by members of the community, feral or stray cats through “trap-neuter-release” programs, PAWS animals in foster care, and in-house shelter animals. Additional soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries are performed as needed for foster or in-house shelter animals. PAWS’ rock star team of surgical technicians make surgery days flow smoothly and efficiently.

 

The Wellness Clinic Experience at PAWS:
PAWS’ Wellness Clinics provide a means for low income families and animal rescue organizations in Philadelphia to access high-quality basic veterinary care for their dogs and cats. Clinics are equipped with the medications and resources to handle routine outpatient cases including wellness exams, skin conditions, upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal disease, non-emergent urinary tract conditions, minor soft-tissue injuries, and other preventative care. Thanks to grants and other creative partnerships, PAWS is able to assist pet owners who experience financial barriers to getting their pet seen or medications filled. 

 

The Shelter and Foster Animal Care Experience at PAWS:
PAWS has roughly 50-100 animals housed in our medical facilities at any given time, as well as a robust foster care program that places over 1,000 animals into foster care yearly. PAWS veterinarians assigned to surgery and the wellness clinic work as a team to provide daily care for this population through established walk-in hours for foster animals, routine and sick exams for in-house animals, and surgical care as needed.  PAWS veterinary staff have access to in-house digital radiography, ultrasound, and other diagnostic tools which allow us to provide a high level of care to homeless pets in need. PAWS’ incredible shelter medicine, foster, and adoption programs result in a “save rate”/ ”live release rate” of over 97%. 

 

Benefits of PAWS employment: 

  •   9am – 5pm schedule, with no on-call duties. 
  •   Health, dental, and prescription insurance for FT employees, as well as access to additional voluntary benefits.
  •   Major holidays off (the shelter is closed) and PTO. 
  •   Yearly CE allowance, and up to four days off for conferences/CE (does not count against PTO).
  •   Pennsylvania bi-annual license/license renewal fees.
  •   Free and heavily discounted clinic services, lab work and medications for your personal pets.
  •   Moving stipend considered for outstanding out-of-state applicants. 
  •   Competitive salary in-line with other shelters in the area

 

Educational and Licensure Requirements:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent from an accredited university with no history of complaints or disciplinary action required. 
  • Experience in shelter setting and performing quality high-volume spay/neuter surgery strongly preferred.

 

Additional Job Skills Required:

  •   A self-starter who is well organized, innovative, flexible, and passionate about PAWS’ goals and objectives.
  •   Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with a strong attention to detail. 
  •   The ideal candidate is personable, outgoing, patient, professional, empathetic, mature, and able to get along well with a culturally diverse community.
  •   Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, and working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
  •   Comfort and experience with Google and Microsoft applications strongly preferred. PAWS uses a variety of web-based software that veterinarians must be comfortable learning to use on a daily basis for managing client care. 

 

Interested?
For a full job description, or more information, please email Natalie Smith, Director of Operations, at natalie@phillypaws.org.