Registered Veterinary Technician (Day & Night Shifts)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-542600
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: May 14, 2019
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Pacific Heights
    • Status: Regular Full-Time
    • Department: Header: Pacific Heights Hospital
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Veterinary technicians assist in the provision of medical care of patients treated at the San Francisco SPCA Animal Hospital at our Pacific Heights Campus. The RVT position provides nursing care and assists in medical treatments, handling, and procedures as directed by staff veterinarians.

Essential Duties and Functions:

Veterinary Medical Care

  • Monitor the health of hospitalized patients and notify a veterinarian if symptoms may warrant attention
  • Triage cases according to medical need
  • Perform and interpret basic diagnostic tests such as, but not limited to, fecal floatation, skin scrapes, heartworm test, FeLV/FIV tests, etc.
  • Induce and maintain anesthesia
  • Prepare patients for surgery and assist in surgery
  • Perform venipuncture, x-rays, laboratory tests, IV catheter placement and drug and fluid calculations as ordered by the veterinary staff
  • Perform intramuscular and subcutaneous injections
  • Clean and pack surgical instruments
  • Administer medications to animals as directed by staff veterinarians; perform medication and fluid calculations as necessary
  • Operate an autoclave
  • Follow veterinary care protocols for animals in the SF/SPCA Animal Hospital - including medical, behavior and general care protocols for the health and well-being of the animals; individually and as a herd
  • Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled substances
  • Perform dental prophylactic cleaning and basic dental procedures and extractions
  • Participate in medical rounds as directed by the staff veterinarian
  • Understand standard veterinary terminology, procedures and animal health issue
  • Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration

Administrative Duties

  • Maintain and create patient records by accurately recording treatments, examinations and test results on computerized patient charts and other medical records
  • Participate in regular staff meetings
  • Assist with keeping inventory and ordering supplies

Client and Community Service

  • Admit and releases animals from the Animal Hospital in a responsive, courteous and tactful manner to both internal and external clients
  • Inform clients of any pertinent medical information on animal care - communicates release instructions
  • Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals
  • Provide quality customer service to clients, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting our mission, services, programs and events
  • Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate
  • Assist Client Services personnel to ensure smooth, courteous handling of clients and their pets
  • Contribute to effective teamwork by promoting inter and intra departmental cooperation


  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent and commitment they bring to the Society


  • Ensures a safe work environment, following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices
  • Takes immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk
  • Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest and rodent control protocols. Participate in keeping the SF SPCA campus clean and well maintained

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures.

Open Communication

  • Facilitate open, direct communication throughout the Society
  • Embrace and promote the Society’s BLISS direct communication program.

Reporting Relationships and Contacts:

  • Reports to the Nursing Care Manager
  • Supervised by Veterinary Technician Supervisors

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in a shelter/animal hospital setting
  • Frequent standing, bending, reaching, kneeling, and climbing stairs while seeing patients
  • Regular sitting at a computer workstation 4-6 hrs per day to input patient data
  • Regularly moves about the campus to coordinate work
  • Exposure to disinfectant solutions when in kennel & treatment areas.
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals
  • Repeated lifting and carrying of animals weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available
  • Tetanus and rabies (pre-exposure) inoculations are required or must be waived

Education and Experience (Required):

  • Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of California

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA
  • Experience with humane animal handling and restraint techniques of healthy, ill and feral animals
  • Experience in caring for and handling animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, especially larger and possibly untrained pets
  • Willing to accommodate animals in the work place
  • Computer literate and able to master veterinary software as applicable to hospital operations
  • Knowledge of basic dog and cat physiology, anatomy and behavior as it relates to understanding the general health of animals
  • Ability to accommodate varied work assignments and schedules
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills; ability to provide direction and supervision to employees and volunteers
  • Professional and mature manner, personal conduct and appearance
  • Ability to understand and communicate pertinent medical information with colleagues and clients
  • Self-motivated and able to initiate and complete tasks


The starting salary for this position depends on the length and breath of experience. Eligible for full benefits package including: PTO and holiday pay, medical, dental & vision insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, tax-deferred retirement plan with matching, pre-tax commute expense deductions, discounted veterinary care, employee discount on retail, pet supplies, and training classes.

The SF SPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to our diversity. We are an at-will employer and conduct pre-employment background checks and drug screening.This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.