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Organization: Guide Dogs of America
Location: Sylmar, CA
Job Type: Full time
Deadline: June 30, 2022

Job Description

Contact at organisation: Kristine Wallace, Guide Dogs of America

Phone: 8188336439


Job Purpose: Under the direction of the Veterinarian, help ensure that GDA’s Veterinary Department operates safely and efficiently and that all dogs have their needs met in a timely and competent manner.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs venipuncture, catheterizations, laboratory tests, fluid therapy, and other supportive care for patients of the Veterinary Department;
  • Takes radiographs and maintains digital files for patients in the system. Also prepares x-rays for OFA and Penn Hip assessments;
  • Assists the Veterinarian in the treatment of dogs;
  • Maintains anesthesia in patients during procedures and manages patient recovery;
  • Maintains inventory and medical supplies;
  • Maintains radiology badges according to state requirements;
  • Sterilizes instruments, surgical gowns, and equipment for surgical and dental procedures;
  • Supervises the Vet Assistant in the performance of procedures as directed by the Veterinarian;
  • Responsible for proper and timely medical record keeping and data entry for patients;
  • Assists team members with handling phone calls, emails, scheduling, restraining dogs, dispensing medications and other tasks as needed;
  • Responsible for ensuring that all equipment in the Veterinary Department is maintained in proper working order, is cleaned on a regular basis, and is turned off at end of day as needed;
  • Cleans countertops, x-ray area and equipment, surgery suite, sinks, and floors in the Veterinary clinic and maintains a clean and professional appearance;
  • Assists the team in cleaning recovery room as needed;
  • Performs procedures as directed by the Veterinarian;
  • Working weekends, nights, holidays, and/or early mornings may be required;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and up to 80 lbs. with assistance;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Ability to use hands and arms in handling, positioning, and manipulating different items and dogs;
  • Ability to push, pull, reach overhead, bend, and kneel;
  • Ability to wear protective gear including masks, gloves, goggles, boots;
  • Visual acuity required to see and read dog’s behaviors, printed documents, and computer screen;
  • Hearing ability required to interact with dogs, staff, clients, and volunteers;
  • Ability to work in a kennel environment with multiple dogs;
  •  Ability to tolerate elevated noise levels;
  • Ability to tolerate multiple interruptions;
  • Ability to work in small areas.


  • 18+ years of age;
  • Valid driver’s license and insurable;
  • High School diploma or GED;
  • Registered Veterinary Technician, licensed to practice in California required;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with canines;
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to interact with all types of people/personalities;
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365, SharePoint, Outlook, Excel; experience with veterinary software such as Cornerstone a plus;
  • Multitasking and organizational skills a high priority;
  • Detail oriented with the ability to prioritize;
  • Experience in a non-profit environment a plus;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Work well as part of a team and in a team environment.

How to Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to: