Nevada SPCA Job Description
General Position Summary
We are seeking skilled, compassionate veterinary professionals who thrive in a dynamic, collaborative work environment where we help animals every day. You’ll work with a team of highly skilled veterinary professionals who support our mission to treat and care for every animal that comes into our care.
Responsibilities of this role include:
• Expert animal handling skills including under socialized animals and/or animals with possible behavior issues
• Excellent communication and organization skills
• Strong time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks depending on the needs of the shelter
• Technical know-how in areas such as proper disinfection according to shelter protocols
• Computer skills to maintain medical records about animals in veterinary and/or shelter software
• Administer daily medical treatment to all sheltered animals as prescribed by staff veterinarians and/or LVT
• Assist veterinarian and/or LVT in examination and treatment of shelter and foster animals, including both routine and emergency
• Basic lab skills: blood draw, lab set up, ordering, etc.
• Responsible for surgical preparation of patients, monitoring animals under anesthesia, and recovering animals’ post-surgery in a high-volume setting
• Sterilizing surgical equipment and regularly cleaning examination areas
• Maintain department equipment in good working order. Report items for repair/replacement as needed to appropriate supervisory staff
• Assist with the training and supervision of vet department volunteers
• Comfortable with assisting with euthanasia of shelter and/or owned animals
Required experience and abilities for this role include:
· Good interpersonal and communication skills.
· Experience working with animals is a plus.
· Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.
Responsibilities of all NSPCA staff include:
· Treating all animals with respect and compassion at all times and promoting a humane and caring attitude toward all animals.
· Working courteously and cooperatively with colleagues, other organizations, and volunteers.
· Ensuring superior customer service by being courteous and kind, demonstrating respect and empathy, promptly addressing concerns, and resolving problems promptly.
· Willingness to assist with tasks outside of primary realm of responsibility, as needed, including animal care, adoptions, and events and always in a manner which demonstrates interest, care, and concern for the colleagues, the public, and animals we serve.
· Helping to ensure that all established procedures and policies are followed within the intended spirit of each.
· Being alert to and providing information on success stories to appropriate team members.
Required qualifications for all NSPCA staff include:
· Commitment to the mission and goals of NSPCA.
· Affection for animals—concern for their welfare and a willingness to accommodate animals in the workplace.
· Flexibility—the ability to adjust to changing priorities and varied tasks and schedules; willingness to learn new things.
· Initiative and follow through―taking initiative and working with minimal supervision.
· Appearance― neat and clean personal appearance and friendly demeanor.
Terms of Employment
· There is no minimum period of employment guaranteed or implied by acceptance of an employment offer.
· A 90-day probation period is implemented for all staff.
Daily reporting hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule and may include weekend and holiday work.
Wage Range: $17.00 per hour
· Three weeks paid time off (for vacation, sick, and personal time) on an annual basis accrued per details in the employee handbook.
· Health Insurance—optional individual medical insurance with 20% employee contribution and 80% employer contribution.
· Three paid holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
High school graduation minimum, plus three years of public contact work or volunteer experience, preferably working with animals.
· Physical ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday.
· Physical ability to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands, to hear, to see, and to move animals and goods.
· Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.
· Comfort and ability to work with animals of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical conditions and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.
· Ability to work around loud noises, chlorine and other cleaning chemicals, and in inclement weather.
· Allergic conditions which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals or in the shelter environment may be a disqualification.
· Ability to read, write and understand English.
Euthanasia Policy for Animals:
Staff members must be aware of NSPCA euthanasia policy. From time to time NSPCA euthanizes animals who are sick or injured. Also, from time to time NSPCA needs to end the life of a dog who has displayed aggressive tendencies and who poses a risk to public safety or to the safety of other animals.