Registered Veterinary Technician – ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance

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The ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance (ASNA) is the premiere training center for high-quality, high-volume companion animal sterilization. Altering 25,000 shelter, rescue, and publicly owned companion animals annually, ASNA has trained more than 6000 veterinary professionals and fourth year veterinary student externs at our campus in Asheville, NC since 2005. ASNA is proud to set the bar for the standard of care in HQHVSN and provide world-class S/N surgical instruction to veterinary professionals and students.

The Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) is responsible for daily care of all surgical patients, assisting veterinarians and veterinary assistants with pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients, general cleaning, and (in consult with veterinarians) the flow of animals through the clinic. Additionally, this position is responsible for training students and staff to use Spay/Neuter Alliance patient care protocols and procedures. In addition, RVTs are expected to demonstrate leadership and excellent communication skills in order to plan, execute and facilitate the daily needs of operations, staff and patients. This position reports to the Director, Medical Support Staff and works out of the ASPCA's Spay/Neuter Alliance in Asheville, NC.

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

Check out this brief video to meet our team, see our facility, and learn more about this opportunity to determine if it's right for you.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:   

Leadership & Training: (35%)

  • Train veterinary assistants, new staff members, and trainees on Spay/Neuter Alliance patient care protocols and procedures
  • Behave in a manner that supports our Core Values and upholds both personal and professional standards at all times, acting as leader and positive support for all members
  • Demonstrate and teach low-stress animal handling techniques
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with students, public, trainees, and all ASPCA staff members
  • Represent the ASPCA in a professional and courteous manner at all times

Patient Care: (35%)

  • Efficiently pre-medicate, induce and intubate patients as necessary
  • Administer injections, medications, treatments and supportive care measures as directed by Spay/Neuter Alliance staff and attending veterinarians
  • Must have clear knowledge and understanding of anesthetic machines, pulse oximeters, scales and other monitoring equipment including basic functionality and ability to troubleshoot
  • Glove in sterilely and assist veterinarian with surgery when appropriate
  • Monitor anesthesia and identify any abnormal conditions
  • Care for upwards of 35-50 cats and dogs per day
  • Monitor vital signs of sedated and anesthetized patients in preoperative, operative and postoperative phases
  • Prep patients for surgery observing all clinic procedures to assure sterility and safety of patients and follow the highest standards of care
  • Perform daily care of surgical patients, assisting veterinarians and veterinary assistants with surgical and anesthetic procedures

Daily Operations & Communication: (30%)

  • Perform general duties in the operating room during surgery, assisting with movement of patients, recovery of patients, and general flow
  • Handle patient intake and release, including delivering post-operative instructions in a competent and friendly manner
  • Communicate effectively with all members of the surgical team
  • Fill the role of veterinary assistant as needed
  • Daily cleaning of kennels, carriers and patient rooms to ensure cleanliness of the facility by following disease control protocols and maintain patient comfort
  • Respond appropriately to an emergency, take direction from a veterinarian and direct others during the event
  • Maintain competency in CPR procedures
  • Handle medical calls appropriately and promptly
  • Ensure everyday adherence to prompt and accurate paperwork procedures
  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures
  • Handle and track controlled substances for large volumes of surgical patients, maintaining all necessary drug logs and patient records
  • Efficiently run a surgical team and maintain flow for both clinic and training teams
  • Communicate regularly with clients to provide additional support including obtaining high risk waivers, communicating no-surgery decisions and deliver special patient care instructions as needed
  • Use proprietary database for all patient care when necessary
  • Maintain high competency in drug calculations and drawing accurate drug dosages
  • Knowledge of, and possible participation in, all Spay/Neuter Alliance programs
  • Ensure cleanliness of the facility by following disease control protocols

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

  • Must have a current Registered Veterinary Technician license in North Carolina or be able to obtain a license in NC within 90 days of hire
  • Experience working in a veterinary clinic or shelter strongly preferred
  • Please note that training responsibilities overlap with the other responsibilities of this position and the amount of training varies based on evolving team needs
  • Ability to occasionally work in physically challenging conditions and be able to wear appropriate protective gear, including a protective mask.  Potential environmental factors include: Exposure to chemical and biological hazards, such as feces and blood; exposure to sharp objects; working in environments that include loud noises; and working in environments that may have uneven, wet, slippery, greasy, oily, dirty surfaces or strong odors, and exposure to fumes, gases, and dust
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 35 pounds repeatedly throughout the day, including lifting and moving potentially dangerous domestic and non-domesticated animals in stressful conditions, and lift and carry up to 100 pounds with help (large oxygen tanks, large animal handling).
  • Must be able to bend, crawl, climb, reach overhead, kneel, balance and work standing for 10 or more hours to meet the physical demands of this position
  • Position may require occasional flexibility and occasional overtime during off-hours, weekends, evening hours and possible holiday support
  • Position may require travel (Please note, travel requirements may be modified temporarily due in part to COVID-19; this remains a requirement of the position, and we expect normal travel volume to resume as the organization resumes normal operations)
  • This is a full-time position and requires approximately 40 hours of work Monday through Friday, with occasional, paid overtime.  Current operations consist of working 9 hours or more, including an hour paid lunch, each day Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7am and 8pm.  Friday hours consist of working 4 or more hours between 7am and 3pm.  Operational needs are subject to change.

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 $28.35 - $30.75

For more information on our Benefit offerings, click here.  

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

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Ability to implement new procedures/protocols effectively and efficiently, Ability to plan, organize and effectively present ideas and concepts clearly in verbal and written form, Ability to receive information from clients, staff and other sources, discern its importance and act accordingly, Congenial and team-oriented, encouraging candid and respectful dialogue and feedback, Handle multiple tasks, and deal with high levels of stress within an environment of constantly changing priorities, Knowledge of animal behavior and animal welfare, Must have strong medical, surgical and nursing skills, Proficient in safe animal handling and restraining techniques


Registered Veterinary Technician - Other


English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Associates: Veterinary Technician, 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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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.