The National Spay/Neuter Project Senior Veterinary Assistant Educator is an experienced animal caregiver with a strong work ethic and commitment to the spay/neuter mission. This position is part of a team of veterinary professionals who travel extensively in NYC and nationwide to train small animal welfare groups to perform high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter in a variety of settings.
The Senior Veterinary Assistant Educator is responsible for the daily care of surgery patients, client education, and assisting the Licensed Veterinary Technicians as well as Veterinarians. The person in this position is also responsible for the cleaning/disinfecting and general maintenance of clinic equipment. This person is comfortable working in mobile, in-clinic and MASH style spay/neuter clinics. This position has the skills, career experience and professionalism to be part of a leadership team. This person has extensive experience with perioperative support and is able to travel up to 50% of the time.
Education and Qualifications:
- Evaluate skills and clinic flow of groups admitted into the NSNP for training.
- In collaboration with other NSNP Team members, devise a curriculum for training each group in the NSNP based on the individual group’s status and needs.
- Execute the training of the groups admitted into the NSNP both in NYC and at the group’s home location.
- Prepare and present Powerpoint presentations to groups in the NSNP as part of the training they receive in NYC. Subjects of these presentations may include, but are not limited to Customer Service and Vehicle Maintenance.
- Assist in preparing a post-training report for each group that participates in the NSNP to summarize the training and make recommendations for their program.
- Deploy in support of FIR when spay/neuter services are needed.
- Train new members of the MSNC staff following training checklists based on the MSNC SOP Manual.
- Assist in developing protocols for various types of MASH Clinics.
- Successfully achieve daily goals of Spay/Neuter Operations department, following all standard operating procedures as determined by management including (but not limited to) the following: set up preoperative area and operating room for patient anesthesia, surgical preparation, and surgical sterilization; ensure anesthetic machines, pulse oximeters, scales, and other equipment are functional, clean and disinfect endotracheal tubes, kennels, transport carriers, equipment, and facility while utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment; clean, sonicate, pack, and sterilize surgical instruments; and provide supportive care measures as directed by National Spay/Neuter Project Standard Operating Procedures.
- Care for and provide support for spay/neuter of up to 35 cats/dogs per day.
- Be proficient in animal restraint for various procedures (examples: injections, venipuncture, intubation).
- Monitor vital signs of sedated and anesthetized patients in preoperative, operative, and postoperative phases.
- Communicate in effective and professional manner with public and all ASPCA staff members, especially Veterinarians and Licensed Veterinary Technicians.
- Know basic veterinary medical concepts, including, but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks. Be able to communicate such information to clients and community teams.
- Actively promote spay/neuter and educate clients and local communities on responsible animal ownership.
- Represent ASPCA in professional and courteous manner at all times.
- Adhere to all protocols put forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental Standard Operating Procedures.
- Attend all staff meetings and training sessions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Must have current New York State Commercial Driver’s License with no violations or current New York State driver’s license with strong driving record.
- Must be able to drive our 37’ Clinics or willing to learn. (Training provided by ASPCA.)
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
- Must have 5-plus years of veterinary medical or animal husbandry experience.
- Must speak fluent English. Bilingual (fluent in English and Spanish) preferred.
- Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Must possess excellent animal handling skills.
- Must possess excellent customer service skills.
- Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office and ImproMed preferred.
- Must be able to lift and carry 40-plus pounds repeatedly throughout day with assistance.
- Must be able to work standing for 10 or more hours.
- Must possess ability to work independently and as part of team.
- Must possess ability to work efficiently and calmly under challenging conditions.
- Maintain open mind regarding changes and be willing to learn, implement, and teach new protocols.
- Must have strong interest in animal welfare.
We encourage a candidate who demonstrates outstanding inter-personal communication and the ability to work in a team environment or independently, with a high degree of integrity and accountability. This position welcomes a candidate with a sense of humor that can balance flexibility and enthusiasm and thrives on detail!!
- This is a full-time position with a flexible and varied schedule. Some weekends are required. The training period will be 4 – 6 months in New York City, after which the position will include up to 50% travel, most often for periods of one week at a time.
Our generous benefit package includes the following for full-time employees and (if qualified, we offer domestic partner coverage!) Medical, Dental, STD, 401(k), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Transit checks, Tuition Assistance Program, Training Seminars, EAP, 50% hospital discount, Paid Time Off.
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