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Registered Veterinary Technician 

About the Organization Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.  
Location National Headquarters - Santa Rosa, CA  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
About the Region None Specified 

Schedule Information

Work hours may vary; will be 40 hours a week.


Salary Range CCI has a very generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life and 403b  


This position performs preventative health care duties and basic veterinary medical procedures. This position will work primarily out of the Canine Early Development Center (CEDC) with the goal of providing direct hands-on care to puppies and dams housed at the CEDC. This position will take a lead role in medical cases at the CEDC under the director of the National veterinary staff and assist with training CEDC technicians on proper medical care and protocols and work closed with the CEDC manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed:

  • Perform routine physical examinations and procedures, including health checks on puppies and dogs and currency of preventative care (vaccines, blood tests, etc.).
  • Provide training and education to other staff as needed for proper medical management.
  • Assist with monitoring and care of dams during whelp.
  • Evaluate puppies in distress and provide care protocol under direction of the national veterinary team.
  • Assist in surgical procedures and provide emergency first aid that include wound treatment and triage.
  • Administer puppy vaccinations, microchips, collect blood for processing and pre-processing litters.
  • Administer oral, injectable and topical medications and/or vaccinations to adult dogs.
  • Administer and monitor anesthesia. Supervise anesthetic recovery and administer pain medication and sedatives.
  • Assist in breeding dogs, estrus tracking and reproductive procedures when needed.
  • Establish IV catheters and administer IV fluid therapy and treatments.
  • Obtain blood and urine samples. Perform laboratory examinations involving blood, urine, fecal, and parasites. Insure proper process and transport lab samples.
  • Fill pharmaceutical prescriptions.
  • Lift and restrain animals for veterinary examinations.
  • Maintain and clean medical, surgical and technical equipment. Report any abnormalities to veterinarian and schedule regular maintenance checks and repairs.
  • Assist with inventory and cleanliness in CEDC exam room, bays and other areas containing medical supplies or equipment,
  • Perform and assist in x-rays and maintain x-ray files and supplies as needed.
  • Maintain hospital logs as directed by the veterinarian, which include surgical logs, controlled substance logs, x-ray logs and lab work logs. Document all treatments and procedures in a timely manner.
  • Screen calls and route or respond appropriately to need. Provide on-call backup to veterinary clinic during off hours and provide veterinary support and protocol to callers.
  • Maintain sanitary recovery runs, including disinfecting runs daily and doing laundry to ensure clean blankets and towels for use pre/post-surgery.
  • Be accountable not only for direct responsibilities outlined in this job description but also to serve fellow staff and other constituents with whom position interacts. Ensure actions and communications are honest and transparent.
Position Requirements


  • Able to perform several tasks concurrently, time management and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to safely lift 45 pounds and safely handle, hold and restrain active dogs weighing up to 110 pounds. Employees should seek assistance when lifting dogs or objects weighing more than 45 lbs.
  • Able to communicate via phone and e-mail.
  • Able to use Microsoft Office, business and database software
  • Able to keep up to date with current veterinary technology and equipment.
  • Able to use digital x-ray and ultrasound machine.
  • Able to complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines.
  • Able to work well will staff; good interpersonal skills and a pleasant manner dealing with volunteers and the general public.

EDUCATION: High school graduate or equivalent required.

EXPERIENCE: 2-3 years as a registered veterinary technician in a full service hospital setting


WORKING CONDITIONS: The employee will work indoors performing veterinary procedures and protocols. Weekend and holiday work may be required.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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