Registered Veterinary Technologist - Full Time - BC SPCA Wild ARC

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The BC SPCA is looking to fill the following job opportunity:

POSITION: Registered Veterinary Technologist-Wildlife

TYPE: Temporary; Full-time

6 month contract term.
WAGE: CAD 23.93 per hour
CLASSIFICATION: CUPE Local 50
LOCATION: BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC)

CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled

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The BC SPCA Wild ARC is looking for a dynamic and committed Registered Veterinary Technologist for a temporary, full-time position. The selected candidate will work 37.5 hours per week for a period of six (6) months at our Centre.

About the position:
Reporting to the Manager, Wild ARC, the Registered Veterinary Technologist – Wildlife (RVT-W) is responsible for direct care, health assessments, rehabilitation, and triage/stabilization of wild animals at Wild ARC in conjunction with required internal and external standards as outlined. Duties will also include support functions such as maintenance of instruments and equipment, medical record-keeping, administration, inventory, training, professional development, and other duties as required to ensure efficient operations and high quality of care.

May also be required to assist with rescue and daily operations of Wild ARC as required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Direct animal care duties include:
Support routine patient care, health assessments, rehabilitation, and triage and stabilization of new patients in accordance with BC SPCA Wild ARC policies and protocols and in keeping with International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC)/National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) minimum standards for wildlife rehabilitation and CVBC/Health Canada requirements
Dispense and record patient medications
Assist with release assessments and coordinating transportation for release
Assist with the coordination of rescuing and reuniting wildlife as required
Perform humane euthanasia
Perform medical treatments such as physical therapy, wound management, radiography, and fluid therapy as required
Perform intravenous and intraosseous catheter placement
Provide pre, peri, and post-anesthesia care and monitoring
Other duties as assigned
Laboratory duties include:
Perform diagnostic testing, such as cell counts, blood lead levels, biochemistry panels, fecal analysis, urinalysis, cytology, x-ray
Prepare patient samples for external testing
Perform basic necropsies
Update patient records and notifies team of lab results
Prepares carcasses for salvage and laboratory submission
Other duties as assigned
Centre maintenance and administrative duties include:
Perform monthly controlled drug inventory and ensure logs are completed and accurate
Ensure patient records and database are complete and up to date
Perform regular and annual inventories of medical supplies
Assist in ordering medical supplies and equipment for the Centre
Assist in processing medical supplies donations
Facilitate disposal of deceased patients, sharps, liquid waste, and unusable medical supplies
Assist in ensuring adherence to facility hygiene, biosecurity, and health and safety protocols
Perform routine checks of medical equipment and facilitate scheduled maintenance
Assist with recruitment and onboarding of practicum participants, volunteers, and staff as required
Complete ongoing continuing education requirements to maintain active RVT license
Assist Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator (SWR) with development and conduct of workshops and other training as required
Stay abreast of latest research and veterinary requirements relevant to Wild ARC policies and protocols and work with SWR for necessary revisions
Other related duties as assigned
Communication duties include:
Maintain regular communication with the veterinarian who holds the license of record for Wild ARC and ensure compliance with their direction in accordance with CVBC bylaws and other provincial and federal professional regulations
Perform duties as required including answering phone calls, emails, interacting with the public, veterinarians, government, etc. in order to maintain Centre operations
Communicate with regional, national, and international wildlife rehabilitation associations
Communicate relevant operational information to the team
Assist with callbacks/emails as needed for patient follow-ups as required
Other duties as assigned

Knowledge & Qualifications / Skills Required:

Successful completion of a veterinary technologist program accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) and registration with the BC Veterinary Technologists Association (BCVTA); or recognition by BC governing bodies of an equivalency to an RVT designation.
Minimum 1 year practical experience as an RVT with basic wildlife skills and knowledge; experience working as an RVT directly with wildlife is preferred.
Animal care experience with small to medium size wild mammals and birds including raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, seabirds, deer, raccoons, squirrels, seals
Knowledge of natural history, identification, and behaviour of BC wildlife species; familiar with provincial and federal government wildlife regulations and rehabilitation permit requirements
Basic Skills certification from a provincial or international wildlife rehabilitation body; advanced skills certifications are preferable

How to apply:

If you are looking to grow your career with a challenging and meaningful opportunity, and if you are legally entitled to work in Canada, please apply to this BC SPACA position and help us make a difference. Use the link: https://spca.bc.ca/about-us/careers/

We thank you for your interest in joining the BC SPCA; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

The BC SPCA is a Registered Charity BN 11881 9036 RR0001

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