Registered Veterinary Technician

    • Job Tracking ID: 512912-612122
    • Job Location: San Francisco, CA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 02, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Campus Location: Mission
    • Status: Regular Full-Time
    • Department: Header: Spay Neuter Services
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Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) are the primary medical care provider for the patients at the SF/SPCA’s High Volume High Quality Spay/Neuter Clinic. The patients at the SN clinic include animals from the public, local rescue organizations, municipal shelter, community cats, and SF/SPCA Shelter.

Essential Duties and Functions:

The functions that are marked with an (*) by law are the responsibilities of a licensed Registered Veterinary Technician.

Veterinary Care

  • Know how to perform a basic physical exam, and recognize normal and abnormal parameters in a variety of canine and feline patients
  • Be able to recognize signs of pain and distress
  • Be able to simultaneously monitor multiple patients at various stages of anesthesia
  • Be able to recognize and appropriately respond to anesthetic emergencies
  • Knowledge of principles of sterility, maintain sterile fields
  • Prepare patients for surgery, assist in surgery when required
  • Know how to operate an anesthesia machine
  • Know how to operate various anesthesia monitoring equipment
  • Knowledge of commonly used veterinary surgical equipment
  • Be familiar with commonly used veterinary drugs
  • Induction of veterinary anesthetic drugs*
  • Intubation of feline and canine patients of various sizes*
  • IV catheter placement
  • Be able to calculate drug and fluid dosages
  • Familiarity with veterinary terminology and abbreviations
  • Perform venipuncture, and intramuscular and subcutaneous injections
  • Knowledge of common surgical instrument names, surgical instrument care
  • Be able to operate an autoclave machine
  • Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled substances, record keeping and drug logs
  • Be familiar with stress-free animal handling and restraint techniques
  • Perform other duties as required—take radiographs, laboratory work, participate in medical care of shelter animals according to established protocols
  • Able to interpret treatment sheets and administer treatment to patients (PO, topically, otic, ocular) under the direction of a veterinarian
  • Participate in medical rounds
  • Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration
  • Proactively communicate with other team members to assure excellent patient care
  • Keep up to date in veterinary medicine with regular continuing education

Administrative Duties

  • Maintain and create patient records by accurately recording treatments, surgery and dental notes, examinations, and test results on computerized patient charts and other medical records
  • Read and respond to e-mails at least one time per shift
  • Participate in regular staff meetings

Client and Community Service

  • Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals
  • Admit and release animals from the SN Clinic in a responsive, courteous, and tactful manner to both internal and external clients
  • Inform clients of any pertinent medical information regarding animal care - communicate release instructions to members of the public
  • 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


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


  • Ensure a safe work environment by following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices (to include animals, equipment, drugs, chemicals, radiology, sharps, biohazardous material)
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, customer, 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

  • Works effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Successfully works with a team of colleagues who represent a diversity of work and conflict resolution styles

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 Spay Neuter Nursing Care Manager

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in a high volume surgery setting
  • Regularly moves about the campus
  • Frequent bending, reaching, kneeling, and climbing stairs while seeing patients
  • Regular sitting at a computer workstation 1-4 hours per day (input patient data, work email, dentals)
  • Exposure to disinfectant solutions
  • Practice proper conduct in treatment room and surgery
  • 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
  • Attendance must remain above 95% of scheduled shifts

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent certification
  • Exposure to common veterinary hospital equipment and tools
  • 1 year of anesthesia experience in a veterinary setting
  • Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of California
  • Experience in field medicine or surgery, animal welfare, or high volume spay/neuter clinic a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the San Francisco SPCA
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations of what an RVT can perform as provided by the California Veterinary Medical Board
  • Experience with safe and humane animal handling and restraint techniques of healthy, ill, and unsocialized or feral animals
  • Comfortable working in an environment that adheres to infectious disease protocols
  • Computer literate and able to master veterinary software as applicable to clinic operations
  • Knowledge of basic dog and cat physiology, anatomy, and behavior as it relates to understanding the general health of animals
  • Understanding of advanced clinical veterinary skills: anesthesia, pharmacology, disease process, injury, emergency medicine and veterinary medical equipment
  • Ability to understand and communicate pertinent medical information with colleagues and clients
  • Self motivated and able to initiate and complete tasks
  • Professional attitude and appearance; maturity, positivity and good judgment
  • Expect RVT I to advance to RVT II within one year


The starting salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. Regular, full-time positions are eligible for benefits package including: vacation and holiday pay, paid sick time, medical, dental & vision insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, tax-deferred retirement plan, pre-tax commute expense deductions, paid continuing education, discounted veterinary care, employee discount on retail, pet supplies, and dog 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.