A qualified individual with a disability must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Provide veterinary nursing care, veterinary technical support, and surgical assistance according to current standards of veterinary practice in the United States, including but not limited to: fear-free patient handling, patient triage, anesthesia, placement and maintenance of sterile intravenous catheters, calculation of drug doses, low-stress administration of pharmaceuticals, assistance to the Veterinarian in surgical procedures, maintenance and preparation of sterile surgical instruments, provision of emergency medical support such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, obtaining diagnostic samples from patients, and operation of clinical laboratory and radiographic equipment.
Provide follow-up support as needed and appropriate for patients with chronic conditions, medical or surgical complications, or convalescent periods.
Collaborate with, and support, Veterinarians and veterinary support staff in the care of patients.
Maintain detailed, accurate, and legally compliant patient medical records and controlled substance logs.
Provide a high standard of patient and client care with respect for the limited resources of a charity organization.
Provide input as requested by the Medical Director for development and implementation of clinic protocols and staff training.
Work with the Medical Director in the development and implementation of a full-service veterinary medical clinic and veterinary outreach services in support of Access to Care objectives.
Client (Pet Caretaker) Education and Support
Provide consultation as appropriate for pet caretakers regarding preventive veterinary care, nutrition, husbandry, and behavior with view to animal and human health, welfare, and safety, and according to current veterinary practice standards.
Communicate with pet caretakers and members of the public in a manner that reflects the culture of compassion and respect at KHS.
Participate in community outreach events for promotion of animal health, One Welfare, KHS programs, and the KHS vision.
Professional and Leadership
Represent KHS at all times, within and outside the organization, in a professional, friendly, and respectful manner.
Promote the compassionate care of animals and One Welfare concepts within the team and in the broader community.
Demonstrate leadership in the KHS team in professionalism, standard of veterinary care, low-stress animal handling, and promotion of the KHS vision.
Support the decisions of the Medical Director and KHS Management, and participate in projects and assignments as requested.
Respond to communications and task assignments in a timely and respectful manner.
Adhere to KHS policies at all times.
Respect professional, personal, and organizational confidences.
Licensed Veterinary Technician certificate (or equivalent from another country) or currently enrolled in an accredited veterinary medical technology program
Valid license to practice as an LVT in the State of Michigan
Valid license to handle controlled substances in the State of Michigan
Ability to provide excellent customer service, working cooperatively and patiently with animals and clients.
Excellent team player, with ability to lead by example and work cooperatively as part of the KHS team.
Computer literacy in Microsoft Word and Excel, and to allow rapid learning of clinical software.
Willingness and aptitude to learn quickly, and to respond professionally to constructive criticism. Candidate must be highly motivated and take initiative as appropriate.
No history of animal abuse or neglect
Two (2) to five (5) years’ experience working as an LVT or veterinary assistant in a veterinary clinic, veterinary hospital, and/or animal shelter or control facility
Training in low-stress (“fear-free”) animal handling.
Additional Salary Information: Medical benefits, uniform allowance, CE allowance, paid time off and holiday pay
About Kalamazoo Humane Society
The Kalamazoo Humane Society is a non-sheltering animal welfare organization focused on the prevention of pet overpopulation. We also assist struggling pet owners to keep the pets they already have by offering services and resources that prevent pets from ending up in rescues and shelters.