Veterinary Technician

Humane Rescue Alliance | Washington, DC

Job Summary

The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) is seeking an experienced veterinary technician to join the New York Avenue Medical Team. This person will be responsible for medical care and monitoring of health and welfare of animals under direction of staff veterinarians in shelter environment. This position will also assist veterinarians with all aspects of treatment and care of animal patients and educate clients and adopters on proper animal care, and promotes and supports the services offered by HRA.

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HRA is an EOE.


  • Assists in treatment schedules, conducts physical exams on shelter animals and alerts veterinarian to any concerns
  • Calculates, administers and records medications; completes controlled drug logs as appropriate.
  • Performs medical treatments and administers medications for patients, including cleaning of treatment areas, and administering special diets.
  • Responds to emergency situations, administering triage care.
  • Prepares laboratory samples and evaluates in-house lab work.
  • Assists veterinarians with foster appointments; performs technician foster appointments.
  • Maintains appropriate medical records, documents, and data entry for shelter animals.
  • Performs daily health evaluations and scheduled treatments for shelter animals.
  • Assists veterinarians with daily shelter veterinary rounds.
  • Assists in the care and treatment of animals in foster program.
  • Performs and assists with euthanasia of shelter animals.
  • Reviews medical disclosures for shelter animals with potential adopters and foster volunteers, providing education and recommendations for conditions requiring follow-up care.
  • Maintains veterinary equipment in good working condition, reports repair needs as necessary.
  • Maintains communication with veterinarians about animal care and treatment.
  • Assists with inventory and supply ordering, as needed.
  • Maintains satisfactory level of care by attending Continuing Education, as required or assigned.
  • Maintains departmental procedures and protocols regarding humane care and treatment of animals.
  • Follows safety guidelines, maintains a healthy and safe environment for animals and people.
  • Takes immediate action to address any safety concern or noncompliance of safety rules that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal, volunteer, or organization at risk.
  • Notifies behavior team of any animal behavioral needs or concerns.
  • Represents organization in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provides quality service to the public, volunteers, and employees recognizing their individual contributions to success of organization.
  • Promotes special events, programs, fundraising efforts, and donor opportunities when practical.
  • Integrates volunteers and takes an active role in their training, integration, safety, performance, and job satisfaction.
  • Attends and participates in training programs as assigned.
  • Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned or needed.


  • Knowledge of vet tech and animal shelter procedures, protocols.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of restraint and handling techniques, as well as general animal safety practices, including recognizing animal behavior patterns
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures. Ability to be flexible, detail oriented and able to prioritize
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service orientation. Ability to communicate effectively, courteously, and professionally with a variety of individuals representing the public, board members, volunteers, donors, and employees
  • A team-oriented and collaborative approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to gather information from colleagues
  • Computer literacy with proficient use of programs including Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet and database management software to efficiently accomplish work
  • Passion for HRA mission, and for caring for all animals regardless of age, breed, temperament or species
  • Ability to work weeknights, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Education and Experience

  • College degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Certified Veterinarian Technician preferred.
  • Minimum of three years paid clinical experience and/or shelter experience.


  • Ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted regularly, 50+ pounds assisted.
  • Ability to be comfortable working with cats, dogs, small animals, reptiles, fish and wildlife.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to: lifting and carrying, reaching, standing, stooping, squatting and bending.
  • Due to nature of shelter work, may be exposed to deceased, fractious, or aggressive animals; hostile or irate persons; zoonotic or other diseases; unpleasant noises, odors, or sights; and extreme temperatures.