Vacancy Volunteer Vet Techs Needed!

Ad type: volunteer opportunities
Company: Shanti Project of San Francisco
City: San Francisco, CA
Workplace street: San Francisco, CA
Category: Animal Care
Employment: Volunteer Opportunity
Work schedule: A few hours per month
Posted: 9 Jun 2019
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Job description

The mission of PAWS is to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for those most vulnerable in our community, through pet food, subsidized vet care, and volunteer supportive services; dog-walking, in-home cat care, transports to vet visits, and emergency pet fostering. All of our clients are low-income San Francisco residents who are seniors (over 60 years old) and/or living with a disabling illness or condition. We serve about 600 people and their 800 pets each year.


The role of the “Ask The Vet” Volunteer Vet Tech is to collaborate with one of our licensed Volunteer Veterinarians during drop-in consults with PAWS clients.

When: First Tuesdays of the month, with the exception of major holidays (2pm-5pm) and many Saturdays (10am-1pm)

Where: PAWS Office


Veterinary Technician with a minimum of one year experience working in a veterinary environment

Comparable experience can be considered on a case-by-case basis for individuals who are not Vet Techs

Comfortable performing animal restraint and animal handling tasks within a limited clinic environment (e.g. without extensive equipment or other clinical staff besides the primary veterinarian)

Attend a PAWS Training: a one-time Tuesday evening 2.5-hour session to learn about PAWS history, services and clients

Attend one Ask The Vet session to be trained on processes

Sign up and attend at least 4 clinics over a 6-month period. Volunteers are welcome to do more shifts than this if able and available

Attend PAWS Volunteer Veterinary Committee meetings, 2 hours, twice a year

Comfortable working with PAWS client population


Sign in clients and their pets when they arrive

Pull client files

Prepare paperwork for each client visit

Assist the Veterinarian by lifting pets and providing animal restraint as needed

Provide basic treatment under the clinical direction of the Veterinarian (e.g. non-surgical wound care, administering ear drops, subcutaneous fluids, etc.)

Record documentation such as vital signs, as appropriate

Assist with/perform nail trims and anal gland expressions, if trained to do so and comfortable providing this service

Meet clients where they are at

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