Best Friends Animal Society
  • 251 - Regional Volunteers
  • Kanab, UT, USA
  • Other
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Seeking candidates within a days drive of the Sanctuary

Location: Kanab, Utah

***VOLUNTEER ROLE***

A stipend of $150 per day with gas reimbursement and lodging accommodations are available with a 3-5 day commitment.

Organizational Impact: Shelters across the country are expecting to experience overcrowding, economic hardships, and staff shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This position increases the organization's ability to continue to provide critical services to shelter partners, local pet owners, and sanctuary animals.

Position Function/Goals/Deadlines:

  • Provides support for the care of animals in the medical department.
  • Provide support for the medical care of patients in the hospital or satellite areas as needed

Time Commitment and Location of Work:

  • 8 hours per day; minimum of 3 to 5-day commitment
  • Locations: Main Clinic, Satellite clinics located in Dogtown, Cat World, large animal areas, Parrots and Rabbits as needed.

Core responsibilities:

  • Act as liaison between Veterinarians (internal and external), Clinic Management, owners/animal care staff regarding the health, status, and welfare of all patients.
  • Have medical skills associated with all aspects of hospitalized patients: following treatment sheets, recognizing and communicating changes in patient status, common and specialized diagnostic procedures, administration of treatments (injectable and oral medications, bandage care, basic physical therapy exercises).
  • Have surgical skills associated with all aspects of surgical patients: sterile technique, assisting the veterinarian intra-operatively, surgical induction, preparation for surgery, postoperative recovery care, recognizing anesthetic complications, and perioperative monitoring.
  • Perform husbandry, triage, phlebotomy, lab work, IV catheter placement, radiology, ultrasound, wound management/bandaging, fluid maintenance, injectable and oral medication administration, laser treatment, intubation/extubation, monitoring and maintenance of anesthesia,, etc.
  • Perform solely or in conjunction with a Senior Technician/Veterinarian special procedures including: chemotherapy, blood transfusions, maintaining feeding tubes/chest tubes/urinary catheters, dentals, critical care of medical and surgical patients, physical therapy, euthanasia.
  • Perform above medical skills while following strict quarantine/Isolation protocols.
  • Perform laboratory testing and basic interpretation: cbc, chemistry panels, T4, urinalysis/fecal analysis (multiple species), ear cytology, PT/PTT, blood smears, facilitate outside lab work, etc.
  • Have a working knowledge of medical conditions, terminology, transcription and data entry.  
  • Track and input hours worked into the Best Friends volunteer database.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Previous experience working with animals; preferably in a clinical setting
  • Have basics understanding of common medical terminology, transcription and data entry
  • Must maintain appropriate standards of care as outlined by medical operations manager
  • Have ability to understand and learn about appropriate handling techniques and animal behavior in a medical setting
  • Must maintain confidentiality regarding patient status, treatment, client information or other sensitive clinic operations
  • Demonstrate personal accountability and have attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills and poses ability to maintain and follow directions
  • Must be able to perform strenuous manual labor
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time while performing work that requires concentration and manual dexterity
  • Ability to lift and handle animals of varying sizes and species

 

Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

 

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