09.27.2019

PAWS is hiring! Surgical technician wanted


Join our lifesaving team! PAWS is looking for an experienced surgical technician to join our caring and talented staff.

Job Description: Veterinary Assistant – Surgical Technician
Primarily responsible for: assisting veterinarians, veterinary students, and clinical staff in pre-, peri- and post-operative care of all surgical patients, cleaning and prepping surgical packs, and cleaning and maintenance of the surgical suite. All candidates must be dependable and flexible, with good organizational and time management skills. Ability to handle stressful situations with a positive attitude is a must. Experience with shelter medicine, knowledge of contemporary shelter maintenance techniques and accepted sanitary practices, and use of Pet Point are a plus. Possibility of transitioning to a full time position would be taken under consideration for the appropriate candidate.

Veterinary assistants will interact regularly with the public and will strive to provide excellent customer service and a positive experience for these individuals at all times. Must treat people and animals with respect, be an effective team member and 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. 

Surgical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic technical skills such as drawing blood and IV, IM or SQ administration of medications and vaccines.
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations for requested medication dosages.
  • Prep for and maintain sterile surgical fields.
  • Appropriately restrain and sedate animals for surgery.
  • Operation of and care for anesthetic machines and surgical equipment.
  • Responsibly maintain and monitor patient condition under anesthesia and during recovery.
  • Rapidly identify and address anything (medical or behavioral) which might warrant veterinary attention, and work in cooperation with staff to attend to any immediate needs.
  • Administer first aid treatments and medications to sick and injured animals and ensure sanitary conditions for all animals in PAWS’ care.
  • Euthanize animals as needed and appropriately under the supervision of a veterinarian or the director of operations.
  • Clean, sterilize and wrap surgical instruments. 
  • Perform and accurately record evaluation, examination, vaccination, and medical treatment of publicly owned and shelter animals with direct or indirect supervision.
  • Admit and release animals in a responsive, courteous and tactful manner, and inform volunteers, staff, and the public of any pertinent medical information related to animals’ care.

Other duties, as needed, include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with other veterinary technicians and assist veterinarians in treatment of clinic clients and in-house shelter animals.
  • Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals and treat all animals humanely and properly at all times, regardless of circumstances, including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive.
  • Follow established procedures governing safe work practices including, but not limited to, wearing protective clothing and/or equipment when necessary.
  • Assist in maintaining healthy, safe, sanitary, pleasant and clean facilities for the animals under the care of PAWS at all times.
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure that all established PAWS procedures and policies are followed.
  • Participate in trainings and professional development activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work with and around animals including diseased, injured and/or reactive 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
  • Ability to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.

Educational Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent required.  A minimum of one year of experience working in a shelter, animal hospital, and/or private veterinary practice.

Skills required:

  • Knowledge of preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic veterinary treatment of domestic animals.
  • Basic technical skills such as drawing blood and IV, IM or SQ administration of medications and vaccines.
  • Experience in caring for, handling, and restraining animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, especially larger and possibly untrained animals.
  • Knowledge of various breeds and their characteristics and familiarity with symptoms of diseases common to dogs and cats. 
  • Affection and compassion for animals, concern for their welfare, and a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.
  • Ability to read, write and understand English. 
  • Maturity, good judgment and a professional personal appearance.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Ideal candidate is personable, outgoing, patient, professional, and able to get along well with a variety of people. 
  • 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, ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
  • The ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations.
  • The abilities to ask appropriate questions to gather information and to feel and show empathy.
  • The ability to turn people down, firmly when necessary, without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.
  • Comfort and ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.
  • Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional, pleasant, respectful, courteous and tactful manner at all times.

Skills preferred but not required:

  • Experience in intubating dogs and/or cats
  • Experience in assisting with dental procedures and equipment

To apply: Please email resume and cover letter to sabina@phillypaws.org