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If you are passionate about delivering high-quality nursing care to animals in need, and you thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic and complex environment, the position of Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) at the ASPCA Kitten Nursery may be for you. As a key member of the medical team, you’ll closely partner with the veterinarians and other colleagues to deliver excellent patient care, and will work collaboratively and effectively with internal and external stakeholders to further the ASPCA’s ultimate desired outcome that all animals live good lives.
The Kitten Nursery cares for over 1,500 underage kittens and their mothers in a dedicated nursery environment as well as through an expanding foster program. Once these kittens are healthy and happy 8-week-olds, the Kitten Nursery helps them get ready for adoption through the ASPCA Adoption Center and partner shelters.
To succeed in this role, the LVT will deliver compassionate nursing care and assist the veterinarians with examinations, treatments, and diagnostic testing procedures following low-stress handling principles and shelter medicine best practices. Success also hinges on the ability to collaborate with other teams at the Kitten Nursery and Adoption Center to ensure the animals’ physical and behavioral needs are met on both an individual patient and population level.
This is a full time/40 hours a week with one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday), seasonal position (April-November)
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Nursing Care and Veterinary Support (70%)
Perform exams and provide clinical care for healthy and medically compromised neonates and kittens housed at the nursery and/or in foster care according to Nursery protocols
Provide compassionate nursing for kittens and cats, including syringe feeding; administration of injectable, topical, oral and ophthalmic medications; nebulization
Assist the Veterinarian and other team members with examinations and medical treatments or procedures
Perform and submit diagnostic tests as requested by the veterinarian(s)
Closely observe animals for signs of illness, injury, and/or poor welfare. Document and communicate this information on monitoring sheets, in patient medical records, and/or directly to colleagues
Continually monitor the nursery population for general well-being, signs of illness, and behavior concerns; communicate findings to appropriate team members as outlined in SOPs
Assess needs of kittens to help determine appropriate placement within the nursery and/or in foster care, based on age and health
Handle and nurture kittens and queens appropriately, utilizing low-stress techniques consistent with established ASPCA protocols
Handle, administer, and log controlled substances under the direction of a veterinarian and in accordance with Kitten Nursery SOPs
Assist with and/or perform humane euthanasia under the supervision of staff veterinarians.
Adhere to guidelines set forth in the Nursery Protocols to prevent infectious disease
Assist with bottle and syringe feeding, and graduating kittens to the next stage of growth
Assist with cleaning and disinfection as requested
Collaborate with DVMs and Neonate Specialists to ensure continuity of care
Provide guidance to ASPCA volunteers while on duty
Perform related duties as assigned
Record-Keeping and Communication (30%)
Ensure accurate and timely data entry to animals’ medical records, including transfer of information from other ASPCA departments’ software systems and diagnostic test results from outside laboratories
Attend and actively participate in daily rounds; round medical charts
Assist with identification of potential foster candidates and prepare them for foster placement
Assist the Foster team with any necessary medical communication required for Foster patients
Engage in providing input and feedback about operational changes; learn, implement, and follow all departmental policies and protocols
Ensure that exam rooms and medical staff work areas are kept clean and orderly and are stocked and ready for use
Follow all departmental PPE and cleaning protocols
Work in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies and requirements
Assist in keeping supplies stocked by noting when supplies are running low; take inventory and stock supplies as needed
Advise Supervisor of any conditions that are unsafe including unrecognized hazards or infractions of safety rules
Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:
Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals
Education and Work Experience:
High School Diploma (Required)
1-3 years veterinary hospital and/or shelter experience preferred, Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology or a related field required, Eligibility for licensure in New York State (NYS) as a veterinary technician required; current licensure in NYS strongly preferred, Eligible for certification as a euthanasia technician in New York State, Training and/or experience in the care of neonate and orphaned kittens preferred.
Our EEO Policy:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Ability to maintain open mind regarding changes and be willing to learn, implement, and teach new protocols, Able to lift up to 40 pounds, Able to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly for 10 or more hours, Able to work effectively with a highly vulnerable population with a naturally higher mortality rate, Available to work a flexible schedule when needed including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays., Basic computer skills, including Excel, Microsoft Office, and email; familiarity with PetPoint or other shelter software systems a plus., Communicate with team members successfully and courteously during in-person, phone, and email conversations, Ensure and maintain high quality standard of care, work ethic, and performance; work independently without supervision and as part of a team, Excellent low-stress animal handing and restraint skills., Exhibit professionalism with stressful, time-sensitive and urgent situations, Knowledge of veterinary medical concepts, protocols, and procedures., Must have excellent customer service skills, Possess critical thinking and multi-tasking skills; able to quickly adjust focus and shift priorities based on patient and Adoption Center needs., Strong organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail, Work efficiently and calmly under challenging conditions; demonstrate flexibility with work assignments and unique tasks
Licensed Veterinary Technician - American Association of Veterinary State Boards
Internal Number: 2021-11
Our mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. We offer national programs in humane education, public awareness, government advocacy, shelter support, and animal medical services and placement. Our New York City headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, behavior center, adoption facility, and Humane Law Enforcement Department. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.Our EEO Policy:The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, ...which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA. Please inform the ASPCA’s Human Resources Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).