• Veterinary Technician Certification (Required)
  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)
  • Veterinary Technician Experience: 1 year (Preferred)

Full Job Description

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) is proud to be a no-kill organization that has been serving the animals and people of the Miami Valley since 1902. To put that into perspective, we have been committed to the animals in our community before the Wright Brothers invented flight! Our mission is to build a community in which all animals are valued and free from suffering, and life is enhanced through the relationships with pets.

Position Summary:

Ensures and maintains the proper, necessary and appropriate care of pre-surgical, surgical and post-surgical animals in the ownership or custody of HSGD.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the Director of Operations and the Animal Care Technicians to ensure the physical and mental health of Humane Society animals.
  • Responsible for assisting veterinarians with surgery, dentistry, and preventative medical care for HSGD and client owned animals as well as those from the Society’s foster care program including diagnostics.
  • Assists with emergency medicine, particularly as related to animals served through Cruelty Investigations Department including assisting Cruelty Investigation Officers in the field as needed.
  • Monitors and reports changes or concerns in animal health or behavior to Staff Veterinarians, and/or Animal Care Manager and DOO as necessary.
  • Orders necessary surgical supplies (i.e. pharmaceuticals, surgical, etc.).
  • Maintains a high standard of overall animal care.
  • Assesses animals for surgery and possible placement.
  • Maintains proper identification on animals during veterinary interactions.
  • Oversees proper utilization of the clinic and keeps surgical suite area clean and tidy.
  • Schedules veterinarians for animal surgery appointments and (in-house, foster, neighborhood, owned, etc.). Also schedules outside veterinary appointments for sick/injured animals as needed.
  • Follows proper safety protocols for people and animals and sets a high standard for quality animal handling.
  • Administers vaccinations and treatments for healthy, sick, and injured animals as necessary under the guidance of a veterinarian.
  • Maintains inventory and management for drugs/pharmaceuticals and supplies as related to the veterinary clinic.
  • Works closely with the Director of Operations to implement client, staff or volunteer training classes (e.g. puppy training classes)
  • Attends various board committee meetings.
  • Schedules sharps container, Weiler Welding O2, etc. as related to veterinary clinic needs.
  • Actively supports staff and volunteers and promotes the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals and mission
  • Represents the Humane Society in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provides quality service to customers, volunteers, and staff recognizing their individual contribution to the success of our organization. Helps with decision making regarding animal medical care in the absence of the veterinarian.
  • May be called upon to perform other HSGD tasks as assigned by the DOO. This may include but is not limited to the following: picking up injured cats, cleaning cat or dog areas, cleaning areas of the building, data entry, mailing items, ordering items, taking animal pictures, describing animals, etc.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Performs other job-related duties and activities, as needed
  • Keeps management informed on animal care needs and concerns

Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • Veterinary Technician (LVT or RVT), with a current state license
  • Extensive knowledge of animals, proper care of animals, and diseases of dogs and cats
  • Succinct communication skills, both verbal and written; ability to organize thoughts in a logical, clear and concise manner
  • Ability to use animal related equipment, such as snares, poles, nets, traps, needles, syringes, microscope, autoclave, anesthesia machine and ultrasonic instrument cleaner
  • Familiarity with medical techniques, including, but not limited to: taking blood, fecal floatation, basic stains, administering medication (oral and percutaneous), placement of IV catheters/endotracheal tubes, and basic CPR
  • Basic calculations such as: proper dosage of a medication per lb and kg and basic dilution/concentration calculations
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility
  • Immense interest and dedication to animal welfare, compassion and a sense of responsibility to ownerless and neglected/abused animals
  • Results oriented, self-motivated, driven and decisive (including the ability to make recommendations)
  • Effective time management and planning skills
  • Ability to absorb information quickly and perform duties in a timely and accurate fashion
  • Ability to shift attention quickly and accurately from one matter to another
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and respond/interact effectively and diplomatically to multiple customers (internal and external)
  • Ability to interact effectively and efficiently with management and other staff and function as part of a team
  • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to resolve problems
  • Ability to consider various alternatives and make decisions, especially in the welfare or disposition of an animal or regarding removal or care of an animal
  • Ability to correctly calculate dosage and dilution specifics

Daily Contacts:

  • HSGD clients, employees, volunteers, and vendors
  • Veterinary clinics and veterinarians

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee is continuously required to stand and reach with hands and arms
  • The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel
  • The employee is rarely required to sit
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15-40 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, close vision, and depth perception

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • Work related stress is occasional
  • Will be exposed to blood and/or bodily fluids of animals

Job Type:

  • Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • Veterinary Technician Experience: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Veterinary Technician Certification (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply

Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

To apply for this job email your details to awilson@hsdayton.org