Licensed Veterinary Technician, Adoption Center

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If you are passionate about delivering high-quality nursing care to animals in need, and you thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic and complex environment, the position of Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) at the ASPCA Adoption Center may be for you. As a key member of the medical team, you’ll partner closely with veterinarians, adoptions vet assistants and animal care techs to deliver excellent patient care, addressing health concerns in order to help the approximately 5,000 at-risk pets at the Adoption Center each year to move quickly and safely into loving new homes.

The Adoption Center currently provides shelter and adoption for five groups of animals:

Animal victims of cruelty and neglect brought to us by the NYPD At-risk animals brought to us through our community engagement team At-risk underage kittens and other medically-compromised stray animals   Animals surrendered by their owners and in need of adoption into new homes and Animals transferred in from shelter/rescue partners

All medical care is provided within the parameters of the Adoption Center’s shelter medicine protocols and aligned with ASPCA One Fund guidelines. To succeed in this role, the LVT will deliver compassionate nursing care and assist the veterinarians with examinations, treatments, and diagnostic testing procedures following low-stress handling principles and shelter medicine best practices. Success also hinges on the ability to collaborate with other teams at the Adoption Center to ensure the animals’ physical and behavioral needs are met on both an individual patient and population level.



Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Nursing Care and Veterinary Support (70%)

  • Provide a safe and compassionate environment for animals in our care, our staff, and for our clients by using low-stress handling techniques
  • Proficient technical nursing skills, including, but not limited to, venipuncture; catheter placement; administration of oral, topical, and injectable medications; ·diagnostic testing procedures; triage and basic examination
  • Competently and compassionately explain information about an animal’s condition to other Adoption Center staff members, volunteers, foster caregivers, and adopters with easily understood language
  • Be an active member of the Medical Team on daily Medical-Behavior-Shelter rounds and in intra- and inter-departmental meetings
  • Document and communicate patient concerns or observed changes to Veterinarians
  • Ensure accurate and timely data entry to animals’ medical records, including transfer of information from other ASPCA departments’ software systems and diagnostic test results from outside laboratories
  • Feed and medicate patients following veterinarian instructions and standard operating procedures
  • Assist in humane euthanasia
  • Learn, implement, and teach new protocols; support and comply with ASPCA and Adoption Center policies and protocols

Housekeeping and Maintenance (30%)

  • Clean and disinfect kennels, equipment, and facility while utilizing appropriate PPE
  • Follow all PPE and cleaning protocols

  • Follow all protocols put forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental Standard Operating Procedures
  • Take inventory and stock supplies as needed
  • Assist in keeping supplies stocked by noting when supplies are running low
  • Make certain the entire Adoption Center is kept extremely clean through the day
  • Immediately advise supervisor of any conditions that are unsafe, including unrecognized hazards or infractions of safety rules

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting pay for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to education, training, experience, location, business needs, internal equity, market demands or budgeted amount for the role. The target hiring range is for new hire offers only, and staff compensation may increase beyond the maximum hiring range based on performance over time. The maximum of the hiring range is reserved for candidates with the highest qualifications and relevant experience. The expected hiring salary range for this role is set forth below and may be modified in the future. 

The target hiring range for this role is $34.60 - $37.00

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In addition to our competitive compensation and robust benefits, this position offers a signing bonus and relocation assistance.

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  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology or a related field required
  • Eligibility for licensure in New York State (NYS) as a veterinary technician required; current licensure in NYS strongly preferred


Able to lift up to 40 pounds, Able to work efficiently and calmly both as a member of the team and independently with minimal supervision., Able to work standing for 10 or more hours, Available to work a flexible schedule when needed including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays., Basic computer skills, including Excel, Microsoft Office, and email; familiarity with PetPoint or other shelter software systems a plus., Excellent low-stress animal handing and restraint skills., Knowledge of veterinary medical concepts, protocols, and procedures., Must have excellent customer service skills, Possess critical thinking and multi-tasking skills; able to quickly adjust focus and shift priorities based on patient and Adoption Center needs., Strong organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail


Licensed Veterinary Technician - American Association of Veterinary State Boards


English (Required), Spanish

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)


1-3 years veterinary hospital and/or shelter experience preferred, Fear Free Shelter or Fear Free Veterinary certification is required within 60 days of hire

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status,  or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.