Careers

Licensed Veterinary Technician

The Licensed Veterinary Technician works closely with the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and will assist with all duties relating to the medical care of the animals in the shelter.

Qualifications/Knowledge

  • General anesthesia techniques and safety
  • Animal handling and restraint
  • Basic knowledge of surgery and recovery
  • Willing to act as a mentor and assist with training of the animal care staff
  • Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to write clearly
  • Ability to work a fulltime 4/10 shift  (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Virginia Licensure at time of hire
  • Computer literacy

Responsibilities

  • Administer vaccinations and medications
  • Draw blood
  • Perform general physical examinations on animals in the facility
  • Perform IV, IM, and SC injections
  • Intubate animals of all sizes
  • General surgery cleaning, washing, and autoclaving
  • Wrap instruments and packs
  • Provide patient care to all species presented in accordance with organizational procedures and resources
  • Act as a mentor and assist with training of animal care staff
  • Perform euthanasia

Typical Physical & Mental Demands

Requires prolonged standing and/or sitting including bending, stooping, stretching, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. May be required to lift items at least 50 pounds in weight  and be physically active . Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with co-workers and managers. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

Compensation

This is a full time, nonexempt, 40 hour per week position working a 4/10 shift on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Benefits include vacation and sick time, medical benefits, retirement option, CE allowance, uniform allowance and paid license fees. Salary range is $18-$20 per hour dependent upon experience.

To Apply

Please submit the following application materials to jobs@awla.org with Licensed Veterinary Technician in the subject line:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience/qualifications
  • Resume
  • Please include salary history for the past three roles

Animal Welfare League of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries, please.

Animal Care Technician

Animal Care Technicians provide daily care and feed the animals. They are responsible for maintaining animal housing in a manner which provides a healthy and pleasant environment for the animals. They provide assistance to the other animal care personnel and show animals to potential adopters.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • Ability to work well with volunteers, staff and the general public
  • Ability to receive the rabies prophylaxis
  • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions
  • Must have a current valid drivers license
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time and to lift at least 50 pounds

Responsibilities:

  • Clean and disinfect cages and kennels of all animals on a daily basis. Keep kennels as clean and dry as possible throughout the day.
  • Feed animals and note eating habits to ensure each animal is well fed.
  • Give physical exams to incoming animals: check ears, check for fleas and ticks, and administer vaccinations and medications as needed. Bathe animals as needed.
  • Work with area veterinarians to discuss animal health and treatments. Medicate animals as recommended by a veterinarian.
  • Administer first aid to any injured animal as appropriate. Inform appropriate manager or Director of any animal needing professional medical care.
  • Become certified in euthanasia technique by a veterinarian after training. Assist in euthanasia and perform as needed.
  • Assist in maintaining the shelter grounds including but not limited to picking up trash, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow and pulling weeds.
  • Learn to use and enter information into the shelter’s computer database.
  • Handle calls and requests from the public.
  • Assist public in becoming acquainted with animals for adoption.
  • Monitor animal activities to determine personality and behavior traits and record this information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Accountability:  Report directly to the Manager of Animal Care.

Please forward cover letter and resumes to:  cfox@awla.org.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone inquiries, please.