Licensed Veterinary Technician

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

Position: Licensed Veterinary Technician
Job Status: Exempt
Reports to: Clinic Operations Manager

Veterinary technicians are an integral part of day-to-day functions and responsibilities at the SPCA. They work as part of a high-quality, high-volume surgical team, as well as with the clinic team to care for shelter, rescue, and publicly owned animals. They must have a team mentality, independent decision making skills, hands-on skills, effective written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work with a sense of urgency.

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Key Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Functions:
• Works as part of the surgical team by pre-medicating, inducing, intubating, and monitoring patients under anesthesia.
• Places catheters, takes radiographs, performs in-house lab work (including blood work, cytology, fecals, and skin work-ups), and performs blood draws and transfusions as requested.
• Fills medications for surgical and in-house patients and maintains controlled substance logs.
• Maintains SDS books.
• Assists with and performs euthanasia as requested by the veterinarians.
• Administers rabies vaccines under the direction of the veterinarians.
• Maintains a working knowledge of medical protocols and the reasoning behind these protocols.
• Maintains organized, clean, and appropriately stocked work spaces within the surgical suite.
• Oversees care for patients housed in the Critical Care Areas.
• Assists the veterinarians as needed in clinic and surgical settings.
• Keeps medical records up to date with accurate, succinct, and detailed descriptions of patients.
• Triages health concerns in the shelter population, communicates urgent concerns to the veterinarians, follows through on treatment plans, and updates medical records.
• Identifies emergent health conditions, obtains brief exams, vitals, and relevant information (blood glucose), documents and presents these findings to the veterinarian on-call.
• Other tasks as requested by the veterinarians and/ or the Clinic Operations Manager.

Experience and Qualifications

• Current license to practice as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Virginia
• Understanding of veterinary medicine, ability to administer vaccinations, microchips, and
controlled substances, ability to collect samples for diagnostics, and ability to perform animal restraint as appropriate for an LVT
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate with and relate to people of all age groups across a wide spectrum of the community
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment ensuring all animals are handled effectively and humanely.
• Excellent attention to detail; organization skills and ability to multitask
• Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
• Previous veterinary technician experience is preferred

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
• Ability to lift and transport items weighing up to 65 pounds.
• Ability to stand for significant periods of time.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced setting with distractions.
• Consistently exposed to animals, animal allergens, animal wastes, disinfectants, high noise levels under conditions with limited alternatives available. Potential for animal bites and scratches, and zoonotic diseases.
• Have a high level of manual dexterity with the ability to bend and squat.
• Consistently exposed to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
• Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the organization. May require evening, holiday and weekend work hours.



Job Type



  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • PTO
  • 401K
  • 401K Match
  • Employee Discount
  • Employee Assistance Program


3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville VA, 22901
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