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RVT or Experienced Veterinary Assistant

Company: Santa Barbara Humane
Location: Goleta
Posted on: March 14, 2023

Job Description:

Santa Barbara Humane - Are you looking for your next step in Veterinary Medicine? Do you want to feel like you are making a difference in animal lives, then Santa Barbara Humane may have an opportunity for you!!!
We are currently looking for an RVT or Experienced Veterinary Assistant!!!
As a Registered Veterinary Technician or Experienced Veterinary Assistant you will be responsible for assisting SBH veterinarians with multiple types of procedures. - You will also provide the highest quality of care for animals in areas such as physical examinations, restraint, dental procedures, surgeries, immunizations, - radiographs, euthanasia, etc. You must make good customer service a priority and demonstrate capability in educating the public on animal health and treatment. A positive attitude with clients and peers is always practiced here. We want everyone to grow and learn and be the best they can be and that starts with a positive attitude. Lastly you must be able to support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of the Santa Barbara Humane.

Will work in all aspects of a high-volume, high quality spay/neuter surgery clinic including preparing animals for surgery, administering and monitoring anesthesia, assisting veterinarians during surgery, and post-operative management of veterinary patients -

Knowledge of anesthetic protocols, venipuncture, the ability to induce as an RVT, etc.

Prioritizes the availability of shelter pets' health status to make those animals available for adoption

Familiar with the use of medical equipment and tools like autoclaves, catheters, IVs, and monitors, anesthesia equipment, etc.

Demonstrates patience and tolerance with all animals and willingness to provide direct care to cats, dogs and rabbits of all sizes and types and a desire to maintain high level of care for all animals in order to assure their comfort and safety

Obtains and records patient histories

Collects specimens and performs routine laboratory procedures and tests in hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems

Dispenses and administers medications, vaccines, serums and treatments as prescribed by SBH veterinarians

Administers fluids and blood products as prescribed by SBH veterinarians

Administers and monitors anesthesia under the direction of a veterinarian

Provides specialized nursing care for injured or ill animals.

Prepares patients, instruments and equipment for surgery

Ensures that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, cardiac monitors, and breathing apparatus are in good working condition

Assists in diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures

Demonstrates knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests

Demonstrates knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment

Demonstrates knowledge of sterilization techniques for various instruments and materials.

Demonstrates knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to prepare and provide table-side assistance

Demonstrates knowledge of the principles and processes for providing client services, including client needs assessments, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction

Under DVM supervision: Takes radiographs, positions patients correctly, takes proper measurements and sets up equipment properly

Communicates with and educates pet owners about preventative health, such as, spay and neuter options, vaccines, flea preventatives, heartworm preventatives, surgical procedures and post-operative procedures and instructions, medication instructions and administration

Maintains knowledge of preventative healthcare recommendations to answer client questions, provides education on vaccines, flea and heartworm products, and assists in marketing veterinary services from which their pet would benefit, such as a dental cleaning, senior wellness, spay and neuter and boarding

Maintains inventory of pharmaceuticals, equipment and supplies.

Cleans, maintains and sterilizes instruments, equipment, and materials.

Will work independently on assigned tasks as well as being given direction on how to complete certain assignments

Must employee critical thinking - understanding logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of proper protocols in the administration of controlled substances, and the most current protocols relating to communicable diseases -

Promotes a highly efficient, client-centered environment and facilitates programs and processes that meet client needs

Maintains the practice philosophy for attracting new clients and retaining existing clients through good customer service skills -

Helps to facilitates resolution of client problems -

Ability to adapt to the clinic and shelter needs

Maintains a clean and sanitary facility that is visually appealing to clients and staff -

Adheres to all safety and security regulations and training. -

Participates in meetings and responds to management communications as required -

Understands and demonstrates that regular attendance and timeliness are essential

Promotes cooperative working environments among shelter departments and staff members; understands the value of teamwork; shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the clinic function as a unit.

Communicates objectives, motivates staff, builds and maintains morale

Knowledgeable regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA. Ensures that the clinic and its employees are in compliance with regulations, and inform the Clinic Manager and Director of Veterinary Services of any regulatory issues


Valid Registered Veterinary Technician License from the California state board Or Certificate of Completion for Veterinary Assistant program and/or Listed work history to show experience.

Excellent computer skills

Some teaching experience highly desirable - -

Must be able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds who may have different orientations to animals due to cultural traditions

Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills

Proficient in the use of commercial clinic and shelter software -


Bilingual English/Spanish

Previous work in animal welfare/shelter/high volume clinic -


This position requires some weekend and evening work. -

Work is performed within an animal shelter where loud noises, disease and exposure to hazards are possible

Physical requirements may include: bending, standing for long periods, stooping, reaching and other physical demands.

Must be able to safely restrain large and/or agitated animals

Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 pounds. Assistance will be provided when working with larger animals


Keywords: Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Barbara , RVT or Experienced Veterinary Assistant, Healthcare , Goleta, California

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