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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.

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.

Current Career Opportunities

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

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.

LOCATIONS

  • Veterinary Technician position: Chester County, Pennsylvania
  • Veterinary Technician position: Out-patient

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 flotation, skin scrapes, heartworm test, FeLV/FIV tests, etc.
  • Able to interpret treatment sheets and administer treatments 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 BVSPCA – including medical, behavior and general care protocols for the helath and well-being of the animals; individually and as a herd.
  • Participate in medical rounds as directed by the Director of Medical services.
  • 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

  • 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 and treatment areas.
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals.
  • Repeated lifting and carrying of animals weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.

ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT

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: Chester County, Pennsylvania

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.

ADOPTION COUNSELOR

The Adoption and Customer Service Staff is responsible  for greeting customers, answering phone calls, executing the adoption process, and providing customers with an excellent BVSPCA experience.

LOCATIONS

  • Adoption Counselor: Chester County, Pennsylvania

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Customer Service

  • All BVSPCA employees are responsible for providing excellent customer service to customers, animals, fellow staff, donors 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

  • Maintain and create patient records by accurately recording adoptions, return to owner, and transfers on PetPoint software.
  • Assist with keeping inventory and ordering supplies.
  • Create and take payments with accuracy.
  • Ask for and obtain donations from customers.
  • Inform and educate customers politely and without judgement.
  • Answer customer questions in a polite and accurate manner.
  • De-escalate situations when needed and solve problems when necessary. Keep management within the loop. Follow protocols.
  • Assist fellow staff when needed. This includes intakes, volunteers, veterinary center, kennel attendants and other staff.
  • Use and maintain software. Create records accurately and efficiently. Maintain paperwork and files accordingly.
  • Follow shelter protocol. Clean and maintain the cleanliness and organization of facility and work areas.
  • Assist in preventing shelter disease transmission.
  • Observe animals for any sign of illness or behavior issues and report it accordingly.
  • Upon occasion, show animals for visiting customers and assist with adoptions.
  • Take in, sort and put away donations. Assist customers by answering questions.
  • Maintain the organization and cleanliness of the shelter.
  • Assist with different programs including TNR, enrichment, fostering, pet food pantry and others.
  • 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 lift 50lbs.
  • Ability to multitask under high-pressure situations.
  • Work in loud environments on hard surface.

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 adoption data.
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches when handling animals.
  • Repeated lifting and carrying of animals weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.

VETERINARIAN

As one of our veterinarians, you would develop and implement standards of animal care, and coordinate and manage treatments for animals in our care.

LOCATIONS

  • Veterinarian: Chester County, Pennsylvania

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Provides lead direction to staff responsible for following prescribed treatment and maintaining treatment records for animals brought to the shelter; ensures that the highest level of service and care are provided and that changes in animals’ conditions are recorded.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of goals, policies, and procedures for the shelter; recommends changes in procedures as needed.
  • Provides preventative treatments for infections, disease prevention and control, general health, parasite diagnosis and treatment, behavioral evaluations and modification, dietary evaluations, and grooming (healthy coat maintenance.)
  • Examines animals, evaluates animals’ health and performs veterinary medical and surgical procedures including vaccinations, prescribing and administering of medications, anti-parasite treatments, tests and lab work for infection, and spay and neuter surgery.
  • Performs surgical sterilization of dogs, cats and rabbits, including pediatric and high volume spay/neuter.
  • Performs in-house inspections with shelter staff.
  • Coordinates with local veterinarians and clinic/shelter professionals to promote positive and productive relationships; arranges for full-service care at a veterinary hospital for severely injured, sick or diseased dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals; provides full orders for care.
  • Performs all necessary euthanasia according to established protocol.
  • Establishes and maintains medical record and drug use logs to standards of veterinary and sheltering practices; ensures that records are in order and complete.
  • Ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, accepted standards, and SAWA policies and procedures regarding clinic operations, the practice of veterinary medicine, drug control, and animal care and handling are adhered to.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of shelter animal health protocols, surgical procedures and companion animal health issues.
  • Builds effective relationships through positive interaction and communication with the community, volunteers and staff.

 

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities

While the following tasks are necessary for the work fo the unit, they are nor an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

  • Assists in monitoring inventory and ordering medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.

 

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions: 

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university and one year of professional veterinary medical experience.
  • Possession of current license to practice veterinary medicine; in State.
  • Experience in high-volume spay/neuter facilities and shelter experience preferred.

Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions: 

Physical Abilities

  • Ability to operate, maneuver and/or provide simple but continuous adjustments on equipment such a surgical instruments, syringes, catch poles, microscopes, diagnostic equipment computer terminal, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
  • Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing movements requiring skill and training, such as performing surgery and giving infections.
  • Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, sounds, tastes, odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.
  • Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate but not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and lifting, carrying objects and animals of moderate weight.

Environmental Adaptability

  • Ability to work under often unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, wetness, and disease can cause discomfort and where there is risk of injury.

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