Employment Opportunities - Brandywine Valley SPCA

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Working at the Brandywine SPCA is a great way to help animals in need while working with a group of fun, dedicated professionals.

Current Career Opportunities

Interested in joining our team? Please submit your resume and cover letter to our department heads by clicking on the correlating buttons below. The Brandywine Valley SPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug-Free Workplace.

Animal Care Attendant (Expand for Details)
The Animal Care Attendant is responsible for cleaning and providing humane care to the animals in the BVSPCA custody and to assist all stakeholders in a professional and friendly manner when needed.

LOCATIONS

  • Animal Care Attendant: New Castle, Delaware
  • Animal Care Attendant: West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Animal Care Attendant: Georgetown, Delaware

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Customer Service

  • All BVSPCA employees are responsible for providing excellent customer service to customers, animals, fellow staff, donor and all persons a BVSPCA staff member comes into contact with when working.
  • Promote the BVSPCA in a positive manner.
  • Communicate with others with respect.
  • Create a positive work environment by limiting negativity.
  • Be efficient, a team player, positive and proactive in problem solving.

Animal Care

  • Feed animals and clean kennels.
  • Follow the shelter protocol. Maintain the cleanliness of facility (including but not limited to the break room.)
  • Assist in preventing shelter disease transmission
  • Observe animals for any sign of illness or behavior issues and report it accordingly.
  • Create, maintain and file paperwork accordingly.
  • Show animals for visiting customers and assist with adoptions.
  • Take in, sort and put away donation.
  • Assist customers by answering questions.
  • Maintain the organization and cleanliness of the shelter
  • Assist other staff members when needed.
  • Cleaning, maintaining and organizing bedding, dishes, crates, carriers and other shelter property.
  • Assist with different programs including TNR, enrichment, fostering, pet food pantry and others.
  • Providing enrichment to animals including but not limited to working playgroups.
  • Provide and assist in behavior modifications to animals when needed.
  • Providing medications or other treatments to animals as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures.

Safety

  • Ensure a safe work environment; following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practice.
  • Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk.
  • Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest and rodent control protocols.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A high school education or equivalent.
  • Ability to bend, kneel and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs.
  • Ability to multitask under high-pressure situations.
  • Work in loud environments on hard surfaces.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work is performed in a shelter setting.
  • Consistent bending, reaching, kneeling, and standing for long periods of time.
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals.
  • Repeated lifting and carrying of animals weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
Surgery Technician - West Chester (Expand for Details)
The BVSPCA is seeking to fill the role of Veterinary Technician at our West Chester, PA campus. This position will include a specific focus on assisting the shelter veterinarian with surgeries. As a Vet Tech with the BVSPCA, you will be offered a unique and exciting opportunity to work for a progressive organization committed to changing the lives of homeless, abandoned, and wayward animals. The Vet Tech will ensure and maintain the health of homeless animals in our care, and assist with spay/neuter surgeries to prepare them for adoption.

Veterinary Technicians work under the direction of veterinarians, the Shelter Manager and the Director of Operations.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Shelter Medicine & Procedures

· Monitor the health of shelter animals.

· Triage cases according to medical need.

· Administer vaccines and other preventative medical treatments as outlined by Medical.

· Prepare patients for spay/neuter surgery, assist in surgery, and monitor anesthesia under the direction of the veterinarian.

· Perform medical intake physical examinations.

· Perform and interpret basic diagnostic tests such as, but not limited to, fecal floatation, skin scrapes, heartworm test, FeLV/FIV tests, etc.

· Interpret treatment sheets and administer treatment to patients (PO, topically, otic, ocular) under the direction of a veterinarian.

· Follow veterinary care protocols for animals in the BVSPCA – including medical, behavior and general care protocols for the health and well-being of the animals; individually and as a herd.

· Perform intramuscular and subcutaneous injections.

· Assist doctors and other technicians in performing medical procedures.

· Administer medications to animals as directed by staff veterinarians.

· Perform venipuncture, laboratory tests, IV catheter placement, and drug and fluid calculations as ordered by the veterinary staff.

· Clean and pack surgical instruments.

· Operate an autoclave.

· Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled substances.

· Understand standard veterinary terminology, medical math, procedures, and animal health issues.

· Participate in medical rounds as directed by the management.

· Keep up to date in veterinary medicine with regular continuing education.

· Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration.

Administrative Duties

· Maintain and create patient records by accurately recording treatments, examinations and test results on PetPoint software.

· Assist with keeping inventory and ordering supplies.

Client and Community Service

· Admit and release animals from BVSPCA in a responsive, courteous and tactful manner to both internal and external clients.

· Inform clients of any pertinent medical information regarding animal care; communicate release instructions.

· Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals.

· Provide quality customer service to clients, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting our mission, services, programs, and events.

· Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

· Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures.

Safety

· Ensure a safe work environment; following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practice.

· Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk.

· Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest and rodent control protocols.

QUALIFICATIONS

· Veterinary Technician Licensure preferred.

· Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the BVSPCA.

· Experience with humane animal handling and restraint techniques of healthy, ill and feral animals.

· Experience in caring for and handling animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, especially larger and possibly untrained pets.

· Comfortable working in the shelter environment and willing to accommodate animals in the work place.

· Computer literate and able to master veterinary software as applicable to clinic operations.

· Knowledge of basic dog and cat physiology, anatomy and behavior as it relates to understanding the general health of animals.

· Ability to understand and communicate pertinent medical information with colleagues and clients.

· Self-motivated and able to initiate and complete tasks.

WORKING CONDITIONS

· Work is performed in a shelter/animal hospital setting.

· Frequent bending, reaching, kneeling, and climbing stairs while seeing patients.

· Regular sitting at a computer workstation 2-4 hours per day to input patient data.

· Exposure to disinfectant solutions when in kennel & treatment areas.

· Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals.

· Repeated lifting and carrying of animals weighing up to 50 pounds.

· Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.

Community Engagement Coordinator - West Chester (Expand for Details)
Community Engagement Coordinator

The Community Engagement Coordinator will oversee the BVSPCA’s efforts to engage the community through volunteerism, executing outreach events, and facilitating youth programs. The goal of this position is to build awareness and engage the public in the BVSPCA’s mission, programs, services and achievements. The coordinator is expected to cultivate individual relationships committed to volunteering and financially supporting our lifesaving efforts. The ideal candidate must have a strong commitment to achieving the departments goals, excel in communications & project management, and have the ability to build enthusiasm in order to cultivate buy-in from volunteers and staff. This position is for our West Chester, PA campus.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Outreach Events Management

· Plan and execute strategic small-scale community events through the identification of key locations, opportunities, and business partnerships, while leveraging the support of volunteers.

· Serve as the face of the organization by representing the BVSPCA professionally, respectfully, and with enthusiasm at community events.

· Coordinate and supervise the development and implementation of community outreach activities to ensure high visibility, brand recognition, and regular exposure of the BVSPCA in the community.

· Ensure volunteer coverage for small events.

· List small events on BVSPCA website and main Facebook page.

· Track event performance and provide monthly, annual, and periodic reporting of activities.

Volunteer Program Management (West Chester volunteers)

· Oversee the BVSPCA volunteer program, including recruitment, selection, onboarding, retention, and recognition of volunteers.

· Manage issues related to volunteer performance and support, and serve as a liaison between volunteers and the organization.

· Monitor ongoing need for volunteers and volunteer programs.

· Work with department supervisors to enhance the volunteer experience through appropriate volunteer guidelines, specific job descriptions, training programs, and performance feedback.

· Ensure the BVSPCA is represented in a professional manner to the public at all times.

· Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk.

· Measure program performance on an ongoing basis and provide monthly, annual, and periodic reporting of activities for the volunteer program.

· Coordinate and conduct orientations and onboarding processes for new volunteers.

· Develop and implement methodologies for volunteer retention.

Programs

· Develop, implement, and evaluate humane education programs and experiences for youth in the community.

· Ensure programming adequately represents the policies and ideology of the BVSPCA and effectively engages young people in the organization’s mission.

· Manage and expand existing programs, such as birthday parties, Critter Camp, S.A.F.E, and Doggers Programs.

· Coordinate school visits and other offsite humane education opportunities, including creating programming and tools for consistent delivery and coordinating staffing.

· Create a catalog of activity workshops that can be delivered by volunteers, such as Kong stuffing parties and cat toy making; includes building the plans, providing training, and maintaining supplies.

· Collaborate with Marketing and Development colleagues to maximize participation in youth programs.

· Measure and monitor the performance of youth education programs and provides monthly, annual, and periodic reporting of activities.

· Help leverage relationships with engaged organizations to further other BVSPCA activities.

Collaborative Efforts

· Provide quality customer service to clients, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting our mission, services, programs and events.

· Assist with the planning and implementation of signature fundraising events (annually).

· Identify leads for individual and corporate donors through community events and hand off promising relationships to the Development Department and/or Chief Advancement Officer.

· Other duties as assigned.

Job Type: Full-time

Veterinary Technician - Malvern (Expand for Details)
Veterinary technicians and assistants work under the direction of veterinarians and the Practice Manager. They are the primary medical care providers for shelter animals and patients at the Animal Health Center.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Animal Health Center

· Monitor the health of shelter animals.

· Triage cases according to medical need.

· Administer vaccines and other preventative medical treatments as outlined by medical.

· Prepare patients for spay/neuter surgery, assist in surgery, and monitor anesthesia under the direction of the veterinarian.

· Perform intramuscular and subcutaneous injections.

· Assist doctors and other technicians in performing medical procedures.

· Administer medications to animals as directed by staff veterinarians.

· Perform venipuncture, laboratory tests, IV catheter placement, and drug and fluid calculations as ordered by the veterinary staff.

· Clean and pack surgical instruments.

· Operate an autoclave.

· Comply with all laws pertaining to controlled substances

· Understand standard veterinary terminology, medical math, procedures and animal health issues.

· Facilitate good working relationships through teamwork and collaboration.

Shelter Medicine

· Perform medical intake physical examinations.

· Perform and interpret basic diagnostic tests such as, but not limited to, fecal floatation, skin scrapes, heartworm test, FeLV/FIV tests, etc.

· Able to interpret treatment sheets and administer treatment to patients (PO, topically, otic, ocular) under the direction of a veterinarian.

· Operate x-ray, proper patient positioning.

· Follow veterinary care protocols for animals in the BVSPCA – including medical, behavior and general care protocols for the health and well-being of the animals; individually and as a herd.

· Participate in medical rounds as directed by the managment.

· Keeps up to date in veterinary medicine with regular continuing education.

Administrative Duties

· Maintain and create patient records by accurately recording treatments, examinations and test results on PetPoint software.

· Assist with keeping inventory and ordering supplies.

Client and Community Service

· Admit and release animals from BVSPCA in a responsive, courteous and tactful manner to both internal and external clients.

· Inform clients of any pertinent medical information regarding animal care; communicate release instructions.

· Practice and encourage the humane treatment of animals.

· Provide quality customer service to clients, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting our mission, services, programs, and events.

· Promote donation and giving opportunities as appropriate.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

· Work effectively with individuals and colleagues from diverse communities and cultures.

Safety

· Ensure a safe work environment; following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practice.

· Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk.

· Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest and rodent control protocols.

QUALIFICATIONS

· Veterinary Technician Licensure preferred.

· Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the BVSPCA.

· Experience with humane animal handling and restraint techniques of healthy, ill and feral animals.

· Experience in caring for and handling animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, especially larger and possibly untrained pets.

· Comfortable working in the shelter environment and willing to accommodate animals in the work place.

· Computer literate and able to master veterinary software as applicable to clinic operations.

· Knowledge of basic dog and cat physiology, anatomy and behavior as it relates to understanding the general health of animals.

· Ability to understand and communicate pertinent medical information with colleagues and clients.

· Self-motivated and able to initiate and complete tasks.

WORKING CONDITIONS

· Work is performed in a shelter/animal hospital setting.

· Frequent bending, reaching, kneeling, and climbing stairs while seeing patients.

· Regular sitting at a computer workstation 2-4 hours per day to input patient data.

· Exposure to disinfectant solutions when in kennel & treatment areas.

· Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals.

· Repeated lifting and carrying of animals weighing up to 50 pounds.

· Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.

Job Type: Full-time

Shelter Coordinator - New Castle (Expand for Details)
Job Relationships:

The Shelter Coordinator reports to the Operations Manager & Director of Operations; Oversees Animal Care in the absence of the Operations Manager.

The Shelter Coordinator works closely with the Operations Manager to help supervise the day-to-day functions of the shelter. The Shelter Coordinator is responsible for the herd health of the shelter population which includes acting as the primary medical care provider for shelter animals under the direction of the veterinarians, and controlling the flow of the animals moving through the shelter.

Shelter Medicine

· Perform medical intake, physical examinations, and diagnostic tests.

· Able to interpret treatment sheets and administer treatment to patients (PO, topically, otic, ocular) under the direction of a veterinarian.

· Follow veterinary care protocols for animals in the BVSPCA – including medical, behavior, and general care protocols for the health and well-being of the animals; individually and as a herd.

· Execute daily rounds as directed by the Operations Manager.

Animal Care

· Acquire a working knowledge of all aspects of shelter operations, related animal laws and ordinances, and basic aspects of companion animal health and behavior issues.

· Keep an open line of communication with the shelter admin staff, kennel staff, medical staff, and upper management.

· Manage workflow and day-to-day operations of the shelter. This includes managing staff and the animal population.

· Make decisions proactively and with critical thinking.

· De-escalate situations when needed. Make decisions that reduce liability.

· Perform other duties as defined by the Operations Manager.

Administrative Duties

· Maintain and create patient records by accurately recording treatments, examinations, and test results in PetPoint software.

· Coordinate transportation of animals to various locations.

Safety

· Ensure a safe work environment, following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practice.

· Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, client, animal, or the organization at risk.

· Maintain a clean, healthy, and sanitary work area; follow all pest and rodent control protocols.

QUALIFICATIONS

· Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the BVSPCA.

· Experience with humane animal handling and restraint techniques of healthy, ill, and feral animals.

· Experience in caring for and handling animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, especially larger and possibly untrained pets.

· Comfortable working in the shelter environment and willing to accommodate animals in the work place.

· Self-motivated and able to initiate and complete tasks.

WORKING CONDITIONS

· Work is performed in a shelter setting.

· Frequent bending, reaching, kneeling, and standing for long periods of time.

· Regular sitting at a computer workstation 2-4 hours per day to input data.

· Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals.

· Repeated lifting and carrying of animals weighing up to 50 pounds.

· Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.

Job Type: Full-time

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