Registered Veterinary Technician - LA Foster Program

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Who we are:

Have you ever wondered what happens to cats and dogs whose owners are unable to afford vet care? We did. The ASPCA’s Community Medicine (CM) team provides expert veterinary care to support the welfare of animals and their people through our stationary and mobile veterinary clinics, serving the most underserved communities in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. We help pet owners overcome barriers to care, bringing quality services directly to the communities that need us most and partially or fully subsidizing the cost of basic and preventive care. CM treats people and pets with dignity and respect, assisting pet owners in making informed decisions about their pets’ health and wellbeing regardless of their financial circumstances. When you come to work at the ASPCA, you join a team of over 1,000 dedicated colleagues with deep knowledge, skills, and passion for the animals we serve.

What you’ll do:
Are you a dedicated Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) passionate about delivering high-quality medical care to animals in need? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, dynamic and complex environment? If so, the position of RVT in the ASPCA’s Los Angeles Foster Program may be right for you!

The LA Foster Program provides positive outcomes for at-risk cats and kittens within LA County. Under the guidance of the Veterinary Program Manager, the RVT will provide initial and continuing medical care and monitoring of the health and welfare of cats and kittens. Responsibilities for the RVT in this position include selecting feline candidates for the LA Foster Program, overseeing cat and kitten intake processing to include physical exams, medical services and intake paperwork and photos, providing initial and ongoing medical care, and animal husbandry. 

The person in this role will work closely with the Los Angeles Volunteer Director and the Foster Care Team to arrange the movement of cats and kittens out of the sheltering system, into other outcomes as quickly as possible, and will work in conjunction with LA County’s Animal Care Center staff to identify appropriate candidates for the foster program, provide exam findings for felines declined by the foster program and provide all appropriate medical care for candidates before they leave the Care Center. 

The RVT position takes direction and instruction from ASPCA’s s Veterinary Program Manager regarding medical protocols and patient care. To succeed in this role, the person in this position will need a deep knowledge of feline medical care and will be passionate about moving vulnerable animal populations to a positive outcome and the ability to work independently and strictly follow established medical protocols.  This position will require strong decision-making skills and must be able to work autonomously and without direct supervision.

This position requires flexibility on work location and hours. Primary work locations include Downey, Baldwin Park, South Los Angeles and Sun Valley. There is potential for this position to provide medical care to animals within the LA Foster Program’s care in a mobile vehicle in Los Angeles County.

What you’ll get:

  • Work/life balance:
    • 40-hour work week– no overnights or on-call, 5 days a week, Tuesday-Saturday
    • Paid vacation to relax
    • Paid sick time to heal
    • ten paid holidays to observe
    • Plus - paid personal time to celebrate what and when you like
  • Competitive benefits: medical, dental, and vision insurance, pre-tax dependent care and health flexible spending accounts (FSAs), 401(k) with employer-funded contributions after one year of service, employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance, veterinary license fee reimbursement, continuing education allowance, and more
  • Room to grow: the ASPCA has robust professional development programs to help you grow as a technician
  • Support: we are one of the largest and most impactful animal welfare organizations in the world, so you will always have a strong team to lean on and cheer you on


Medical/Nursing Care and Husbandry (85%):

  • Determine intake eligibility for feline candidates presented for the foster program
  • Provide intake examinations and treatments for cats and kittens and triage based on health, ability to thrive, and potential as appropriate adoption candidates
  • Provide recheck examinations of sick and healthy foster patients
  • Follow medical protocols developed by ASPCA Shelter Medicine DVMs and perform diagnostic assays and provide medical treatments for common shelter-related illnesses
  • Clean soiled cages and provide upkeep of litter boxes, cage areas and facility
  • Provide socialization to cats and kittens according to age and needs of the animal
  • Identify cats and kittens that are not thriving and request euthanasia services from LA County’s Animal Care Center staff under the guidance of established protocols

Record Keeping and Communication (15%):

  • Communicate with LA County’s Animal Care Center staff regarding status of cats and kittens declined after medical evaluation for the foster program as directed by established protocols when appropriate 
  • Maintain accurate daily notes regarding each cat and kitten’s health, appetite, and behavioral status
  • Enter and maintain medical records manually, as well via a shelter software system
  • Track movement of cats and kittens in and out of the medical trailer as needed within the Care Center, to transport drivers and to foster caregivers
  • Manage medical trailer supply inventory

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

Additional Information:

  • Knowledge of or a willingness to learn about the care of orphaned kittens and animal welfare population management, including knowledge of infectious disease prevention and management are beneficial for this role.
  • Must be able to microchip and vaccinate kittens without additional restraint.
  • Must be comfortable working in tight spaces (trailer) for a majority of the day.
  • May be required to work early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Reporting locations will vary, including Baldwin Park, Sun Valley, and Downey Animal Care Centers.


Ability to adapt to fast-paced settings as well as periods of down-time, Ability to follow established protocols and standing instructions, as well as ability to work independently and make difficult, objective population-level based decisions regarding cat and kitten intake eligibility and cat and kitten health status, Ability to lift up to 30lbs, Ability to safely restrain or handle animals for medical procedures while minimizing stress, Ability to work independently, as well as be a team player, Able to work effectively with a vulnerable population with a naturally higher mortality rate, Basic computer skills, including use of data entry programs, Demonstrate effective, positive and professional communication with ASPCA and LA County Animal Care Center co-workers, management and the public at all times, Must be detailed oriented with the ability to care for fragile and vulnerable feline populations, Must be willing to be exposed to unpleasant odors and to clean soiled animal cages, Strong understanding of disease transmission prevention


Registered Veterinary Technician - Other


English (Required), Spanish

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)


COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

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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.

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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.