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Put your passion for animals to work at Berkeley Humane

 

To apply for an open position, please follow the instructions in the posting below. Due to the number of applications we receive, we may not be able to respond to every inquiry. Please, no phone calls.

 

Current Openings:

 

Medical Director

Position Summary

The Medical Director is responsible for the overall clinical direction of Berkeley Humanes animal wellness activities, which includes providing the highest possible quality of medical care to our animals and training, leadership, and guidance to the Hospital team. 
Learn more here.
FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE

 

Registered Veterinary Technicians

Position Summaries:
Relief Registered Veterinary Technician

The Relief Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) supports the provision of medical care to animals treated at Berkeley Humane's Hospital. This position provides nursing care and assists in medical treatments, handling, and procedures as directed by staff veterinarians. Shifts will consist of an eight hour work day, with an hour for lunch (9a-6p).
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Full-Time Registered Veterinary Technician

The Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) provides technical support and works closely with the veterinarian and hospital staff to ensure a high quality of care for the animals at Berkeley Humane veterinary hospital. You will be responsible for the health of all of the animals in the adoption center and in foster; for providing all necessary treatments directed by the veterinarians; for training and motivating staff, volunteers, and interns; and for educating clients, volunteers and staff on proper animal care and disease control. In addition, you are responsible for managing workflow and supervising all technical staff as well as enforcing medical protocols and ensuring compliance with regulations regarding controlled substances and the practice of veterinary medicine. 
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Full Position Descriptions:

 

Medical Director

Reports to: Executive Director   
Status: Exempt; Full-Time 
SEE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Medical Director is responsible for the overall clinical direction of Berkeley Humane's animal wellness activities, which includes providing the highest possible quality of medical care to our animals and training, leadership, and guidance to the Hospital team.  

RESPONSIBILITIES - WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:

1.  Plan and implement a medical management program for all Berkeley Humane animals, including those temporarily housed in foster care, focusing on the identification, treatment, and prevention of health problems; minimizing animal stress; minimizing the transmission of infectious disease; and maximizing animal comfort. 
2.   Provide leadership, direction, guidance, and training for veterinary technicians. Advise and work with Adoption Center staff. Establish and maintain protocols, policies, and procedures. Develop new protocols and manuals as needed. Maintain and oversee drug and supply inventory for the Veterinary Hospital. 
3.   Operate, maintain, and supervise the Pre-Veterinary Intern Program. Maintain the relationship with UC Berkeley Pre-Veterinary Club to expand volunteer base and educate and mentor future shelter veterinary professionals. Collaborate with the local RVT schools and individuals looking to volunteer; mentor future RVTs and veterinary assistants. 
4.   Provide veterinary care and spay/neuter services for Berkeley Humane, collaborative rescue partners, public spay/neuter animals, PAWS clients, and others, as scheduled (including employee's animals). Ensure that spay/neuter clinic practices are in compliance with Berkeley Humane protocols and current veterinary medical standards for high-volume spay/neuter clinics.   
5.   Monitor the health of animals in the adoption center (in collaboration with Adoption Center staff) and provide appropriate treatment when necessary. Provide limited post-adoption medical care in accordance with Berkeley Humane's post adoption care policy.   
6.   Ensure that Berkeley Humane is in compliance with all state and federal laws regarding the practice of veterinary medicine. Maintain updated premise license and DEA license and professional liability insurance for coverage of all Hospital staff and volunteers.   
7.   Provide humane euthanasia for Berkeley Humane animals that are behaviorally unsafe or are unsuitable for re-homing. Make timely decisions about medical euthanasia and carry out the procedure. Participate in the Behavioral Euthanasia Committee.  
8.   Budget, plan, and coordinate veterinary supplies, equipment, and medical facility needs. Participate in short and long term strategic and financial planning for Berkeley Humane.  
9.   Ensure accurate recordkeeping of medical records. Maintain the confidentiality of all medical information.  
10.  Treat people (staff, volunteers, and the public) and animals with respect; foster a spirit of teamwork and perform duties in a manner that assists Berkeley Humane in the achievement of its goals and encourages community support of its work.   
11.  Supervise staff working offsite at Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS). Work cooperatively with BACS management to establish and revise protocols and care agreements in collaboration with the contracted Berkeley Humane-BACS medical team.  
12.  Daily reporting hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the hospital schedule. May be required to be on call on a 24-hour basis. Includes weekend, night, and holiday work as required or assigned.  
13.  Other duties as necessary (may include cleaning and animal care).  

QUALIFICATIONS:

1.   DVM or VMD degree from a Certified College of Veterinary Medicine and a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of  
      California. 
2.   Ability to obtain valid DEA license.   
3.   Shelter Medicine experience.   
4.   Experience with high volume spay/neuter surgeries preferred, as well as proficiency and comfort with other surgeries (enucleations, 
      amputations, intestinal resection and anastamosis, entropion repair, mass removals, etc.) and in-house diagnostic techniques.   
5.   Excellent customer service and management experience.  
6.   Ability to provide leadership and direction to employees and volunteers.  
7.   Ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with staff, volunteers, and community members in a professional, pleasant, respectful manner at 
      all times.  
8.   Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft and animal shelter software applications (Avimark, PetPoint, iShelter, Chameleon, other).

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

This work is performed in an office and shelter surrounding; requires workers to walk or stand for long periods; lift and carry up to 50 pounds; climb stairs; bend; reach; hold, grasp, and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer keyboards as well as surgical/diagnostic instruments. The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision or hearing.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Exposure to strong and/or unpleasant odors, including those from excrement, cleaning agents, and chemical compounds; frequent exposure to noise, possible exposure to parasites and infectious diseases that can be carried and transmitted by animals. Workers are subject to animal bites and scratches and constant exposure to animals, animal noises, and animal allergens under conditions with no alternatives available. Work is subject to frequent interruptions. Employee is subject to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Although all efforts are made to adopt out all of the animals we take into our care, some animals will be euthanized for disease, quality of life, or behaviors unsuitable for adoption into our community.

TO APPLY:

Submit a resume and cover letter via email to clamata@berkeleyhumane.org. Your documents must be in Word or PDF format to be considered. 

 

 

Relief Registered Veterinary Technician

Reports to: Medical Director  
Status: Non-Exempt; Temp, On-call

Position Summary:

The Relief Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) supports the provision of medical care to animals treated at Berkeley Humane's Hospital. This position provides nursing care and assists in medical treatments, handling, and procedures as directed by staff veterinarians. Shifts will consist of an eight hour work day, with an hour for lunch (9a-6p). 

Essential Duties & Functions:

This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Veterinary Medical Care
1.   Function as Treatment Technician, Procedure Technician, Surgery Technician, Dental Technician or Doctor Assistant depending
      on skill level and training.
2.   Provide patient care by performing treatments as directed by veterinarian, triage, monitor patients, and assist in procedures.
3.   Provide thorough, detailed and compassionate patient care while providing excellent client services for the patient's caretaker. 
4.   Induce, monitor and recover anesthesia. Assist in surgery as needed.. 
5.   Perform in house lab tests and process samples for out labs.. 
6.   Understanding of physiologic normals and abnormals. 
7.   Follow veterinary care protocols for all animals including medical, behavior and general care protocols for the health and well-being of the
      animals; individually and as a herd. 
8.   Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled substances. 
9.   Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration in order to provide the best patient care.. 
10. Participate in medical rounds as directed by the staff veterinarian. 

Administrative Duties
1.   Maintain and create patient records by accurately recording treatments, examinations, and test results on computerized patient charts and
      other medical records.

Client and Community Service
1.   Admit and release animals from the Hospital in a responsive, courteous, and tactful manner to both internal and external clients.
2.   Inform clients of any pertinent medical information regarding animal care -- communicate release instructions.
3.   Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals.  
4.   Provide quality customer service to clients, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting our mission, services, programs and events.  
5.   Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate.

Safety
1.   Ensure a safe work environment by following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices.
2.   Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, customer, animal, or the organization at risk.
3.   Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest rodent control protocols. Participate in keeping Berkeley Humane clean and
      well-maintained.

Volunteers
1.   Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent and commitment they bring to the hospital and adoption center.

Diversity and Inclusiveness
1.   Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures.

Education & Experience:

1.   Current California Registered Veterinary Technician license.
2.   Minimum of 3 years as a Registered Veterinary Technician or Assistant or Two years of college coursework with an emphasis on
      animal-related science or completion of a veterinary technician training program. Qualifying work experience will be considered
      as an alternative.
3.   Excellent customer service.
4.   Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft applications.
5.   Avimark experience preferred or the ability to become proficient using veterinary software as applicable to clinic operations.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

1.   Knowledge and understanding of the"Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters." 
2.   Knowledge of safe and gentle patient handling, anatomy and physiology, medical math, medical terminology, phlebotomy, radiology, aseptic
      technique, understand disease processes in order to anticipate patient and doctor needs.
3.   Familiarity with symptoms of diseases common to dogs and cats in an animal shelter environment. 
4.   Comfortable working in a shelter environment and willing to accommodate animals in the work place. 

Skills & Requirements:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate great attention to detail; be highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of all animals; be able to work with and handle animals safely and humanely; understand the lifesaving importance of finding homes for animals in our care; demonstrate effective time management, flexibility, and ability to prioritize workloads; strive to provide excellent service to all parties; hold himself or herself accountable for adherence to policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:

This work is performed in office and shelter surroundings, requiring workers to: walk or stand for long periods; lift and carry up to 60 pounds; climb stairs; bend; reach; hold, grasp and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer keyboards. The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision or hearing.

Work Environment:

Exposure to strong and/or unpleasant odors, including those from excrement, cleaning agents, and chemical compounds; frequent exposure to noise, possible exposure to parasites and infectious diseases that can be carried and transmitted by animals. Employees are subject to the potential for animal bites or scratches, and are consistently exposed to animals, animal noises, animal waste, and animal allergens under conditions with no alternatives available. Work is subject to frequent interruptions. Employee is subject to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Although all efforts are made to find adoptive placements for all of the animals we take into our care, some animals will be euthanized for disease, quality of life, or behaviors unsuitable for adoption into our community.

To apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter via email to jobs@berkeleyhumane.org. Your documents must be in Word or PDF format to be considered. 

 

Full-Time Registered Veterinary Technician

Reports to: Medical Director  
Status: Non-Exempt; Full-Time

Position Summary:

The Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) provides technical support and works closely with the veterinarian and hospital staff to ensure a high quality of care for the animals at Berkeley Humane veterinary hospital. You will be responsible for the health of all of the animals in the adoption center and in foster; for providing all necessary treatments directed by the veterinarians; for training and motivating staff, volunteers, and interns; and for educating clients, volunteers and staff on proper animal care and disease control. In addition, you are responsible for managing workflow and supervising all technical staff as well as enforcing medical protocols and ensuring compliance with regulations regarding controlled substances and the practice of veterinary medicine. 

Essential Duties & Functions:

This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Veterinary Medical Care
1.   Function as Treatment Technician, Procedure Technician, Surgery Technician, Dental Technician or Doctor Assistant depending
      on skill level and training.
2.   Provide patient care by performing treatments as directed by veterinarian, triage, monitor patients, and assist in procedures.
3.   Provide thorough, detailed and compassionate patient care while providing excellent client services for the patient's caretaker. 
4.   Induce, monitor and recover anesthesia. Assist in surgery as needed.. 
5.   Perform in house lab tests and process samples for out labs.. 
6.   Understanding of physiologic normals and abnormals. 
7.   Follow veterinary care protocols for all animals including medical, behavior and general care protocols for the health and well-being of the
      animals; individually and as a herd. 
8.   Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled substances. 
9.   Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration in order to provide the best patient care.. 
10. Participate in medical rounds as directed by the staff veterinarian. 

Administrative Duties
1.   Maintain and create patient records by accurately recording treatments, examinations, and test results on computerized patient charts and
      other medical records.

Client and Community Service
1.   Admit and release animals from the Hospital in a responsive, courteous, and tactful manner to both internal and external clients.
2.   Inform clients of any pertinent medical information regarding animal care -- communicate release instructions.
3.   Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals.  
4.   Provide quality customer service to clients, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting our mission, services, programs and events.  
5.   Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate.

Safety
1.   Ensure a safe work environment by following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices.
2.   Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, customer, animal, or the organization at risk.
3.   Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest rodent control protocols. Participate in keeping Berkeley Humane clean and
      well-maintained.

Volunteers
1.   Work cooperatively with all volunteers and recognize the talent and commitment they bring to the hospital and adoption center.

Diversity and Inclusiveness
1.   Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures.

Education & Experience:

1.   Current California Registered Veterinary Technician license.
2.   Minimum of 3 years as a Registered Veterinary Technician or Assistant or Two years of college coursework with an emphasis on
      animal-related science or completion of a veterinary technician training program. Qualifying work experience will be considered
      as an alternative.
3.   Excellent customer service.
4.   Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft applications.
5.   Avimark experience preferred or the ability to become proficient using veterinary software as applicable to clinic operations.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

1.   Knowledge and understanding of the"Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters." 
2.   Knowledge of safe and gentle patient handling, anatomy and physiology, medical math, medical terminology, phlebotomy, radiology, aseptic
      technique, understand disease processes in order to anticipate patient and doctor needs.
3.   Familiarity with symptoms of diseases common to dogs and cats in an animal shelter environment. 
4.   Comfortable working in a shelter environment and willing to accommodate animals in the work place. 

Skills & Requirements:

Passionate about animal welfare and the humane treatment of all animals. Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of Berkeley Humane. Ability to professionally advocate for Berkeley Humane’s programs and animals. Agreement to support Berkeley Humane policies and procedures and make decisions in the best interest of the organization in the face of pressure. Ability to work with a positive outlook; self-motivated and a proven desire to take initiative and complete tasks, be a team player; manage deadlines and be flexible under pressure; demonstrated experience in dealing and communicating effectively and tactfully with the public.

Physical Demands:

This work is performed in office and shelter surroundings, requiring workers to: walk or stand for long periods; lift and carry up to 60 pounds; climb stairs; bend; reach; hold, grasp and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer keyboards. The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision or hearing.

Work Environment:

Exposure to strong and/or unpleasant odors, including those from excrement, cleaning agents, and chemical compounds; frequent exposure to noise, possible exposure to parasites and infectious diseases that can be carried and transmitted by animals. Employees are subject to the potential for animal bites or scratches, and are consistently exposed to animals, animal noises, animal waste, and animal allergens under conditions with no alternatives available. Work is subject to frequent interruptions. Employee is subject to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Although all efforts are made to find adoptive placements for all of the animals we take into our care, some animals will be euthanized for disease, quality of life, or behaviors unsuitable for adoption into our community.

To apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter via email to jobs@berkeleyhumane.org. Your documents must be in Word or PDF format to be considered.

 

 

Berkeley Humane is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

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