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Volunteers assist the veterinarians and veterinary assistants with various tasks during spay/neuter clinics hosted at the shelter. Tasks include handling the animals while vets perform pre-operative examinations; assisting with restraint during anesthesia administration; positioning and other adjustments for vets during surgery; preparing and properly labeling vaccinations; completing paperwork; cleaning/sterilizing instruments; monitoring/handling of animals during post surgical recovery period; and becoming equipped, through practice and observation by the vets and vet assistants, to perform unassisted extubation on the animals (removal of the respirator tube from animal’s trachea). Separate application and training process required.
Desire and competence to safely handle cats and dogs of all sizes and temperaments
Ability to lift at least 40 pounds
Ability to work longer shifts than most volunteer jobs; most clinic days last from 7 am to 7 pm. Shifts are either 12 hours or split into two 6 hour shifts.
Good communication skills and the ability to react quickly to any changes in status and/or responsibilities
Promptness and commitment to work the entire shift you selected
Dress in attire appropriate to the job (scrub tops or tee shirts, non-slip and closed toe shoes, “stain resistant” clothing)
Ability to take direction from the vets and staff members and pay attention to surroundings
For more information on how to become a spay/neuter clinic volunteer, please contact Jon Jacobus, Shelter Manager, at email@example.com or
607.732.1827 x 210.