Licensed Veterinary Technician
Job Details
Bellevue - Bellevue, WA
Full Time
2 Year Degree
Health Care

POSITION SUMMARY:  Responsible for daily care of all shelter animals and surgical patients, assisting Veterinarians with pre-, peri-, and post-operative care of patients, running diagnostic test, general cleaning, following patient care protocols, and providing positive guidance to the Veterinary Services Team.


WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:  Works closely with Veterinarians, Shelter Clinic Manager, other staff, and volunteers to provide guidance and positive motivation to the Veterinary Services team.



  • Know basic veterinary concepts
  • Knowledge and ability to intake and release patients, including delivering and relaying important information in a friendly and competent manner
  • Communicate in a professional and effective manner with the public, Seattle Humane Staff, and all volunteers
  • Represent Seattle Humane in a professional and courteous manner at all times
  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures
  • Provides a leadership example of collaborative teamwork for the Veterinary Services team and with all Seattle Humane Departments
  • Trains and mentors staff and volunteers to successfully integrate them as productive members of the team
  • Serves as point person under the Shelter Clinic Manager for rest of the veterinary service staff, and is able to appropriately speak for the Shelter Clinic Manager in his/her absence
  • Animal husbandry duties including: cleaning, feeding, watering, medicating and monitoring all animals in the veterinary clinic to maintain high standards of veterinary care
  • Ability to maintain and direct an adequate surgical flow for all surgical patients
  • Able to accurately calculate and draw medications for patients
  • Responsible for pre medicating, inducing, intubating, and prepping patients for surgery
  • General duties in the Veterinary Clinic, assisting with movement of patients, recovery of patients, and general flow
  • Able to monitor anesthesia with a clear idea of abnormal conditions
  • Ensure accurate paperwork procedures are followed each day
  • Able to respond appropriately during an emergency, able to take directions from a Veterinarian or Licensed Veterinary Technician and maintain competency during CPR procedures
  • Able to work independently taking care of patients and provide proper medical care as assigned by a Veterinarian
  • Able to work closely with all department and communicate effectively the medical needs of shelter animals
  • Works closely with volunteers in the department and related programs and provides support and training as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Animal health and behavior
  • Low Stress animal handling skills as related to a clinic/shelter environment
  • Must be able to read, write, listen and communicate effectively
  • Experience in the animal welfare or veterinary field preferred



  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Must be a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Washington



  • Will be asked to handle up to 40 dogs and cats per day
  • Able to learn characteristics of animal behavior
  • Able to learn and use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals
  • Should be able to identify personal limitations and be willing to ask for help
  • Become proficient at animal restraint for various procedures



  • Must be able to work standing or sitting for 10 or more hours
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly with assistance
  • Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly
  • Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
  • Must be able to use a ladder and step stool
  • Must have an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers



  • Must be able to work efficiently under stressful conditions
  • Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations
  • Ability to rapidly and accurately process information
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team



  • Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions
  • Potential exposure to formalin solution
  • Potential/prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
  • Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades
  • Potential exposure to X-rays



The operations of an animal shelter and veterinary clinic can be a high stress environment at times.  This position is scheduled for 40 hours per week scheduled over four 10 hour shifts.  The Shelter and Veterinary Clinic are open 7 days per week and on holidays.  Candidate must be flexible with schedule.