Assist Our Hospital Team To Provide Vital Healthcare Services

Hospital Recovery Volunteer

The GTHS Animal Hospital contains an Operating Room, Treatment Room, Examination Room, Pharmacy, X-Ray Room and a Hospital Intake / Recovery Area.

Having an onsite hospital ensures animals receive timely, thorough and comprehensive care, saves dozens of daily phone calls, reduces trips back and forth to veterinary clinics, dramatically decreases the stress on the GTHS animals, and leads to the additional benefit of earlier adoption availability; so these animals find their forever home quickly.

The GTHS Animal Hospital is one of the only accessible spay/neuter hospitals serving Bruce, Grey and part of Simcoe County that performs 3,000 surgeries annually (an average of 50 surgeries per week), and subsidizing ~$770K in veterinary costs each year.

To promote pet wellness and safety, 1,858 rabies vaccinations and 1,767 microchips are administered to GTHS animal residents and community clients on an annual basis.

Description
Reporting to the Director of Medicine and Hospital Registered Veterinary Technician, the Hospital Recovery Volunteer will be responsible for maintaining an orderly Recovery Room, assisting with recovering patients and the movement of animals.
Time Commitment
Weekday shifts: 9.30am-1pm, 10.30am-2pm or 11.30am-3pm – available shifts are posted or will be discussed at time of application. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Set up the Recovery Room for the day
    • This includes making sure kennels have towels and a floor recovery space is set up for large dogs
  • Assist with transporting animals into and out of the hospital, as needed
  • Assist post-surgery
    • Handle, restrain and care for animals
    • Monitor animals’ recovery post-surgery (vital signs)
    • Report any abnormalities in recovery to the Veterinary Technician
    • Help administer vaccines / medications / microchips, under direction
    • Help ensure all animals treated in the hospital have records that are maintained accurately
  • Assist post-recovery
    • Return recovered GTHS animals to the appropriate location onsite at the Animal Centre
    • Place recovered pets into the appropriate cat carrier or dog crate
  • Maintain an orderly Recovery Room
    • Store vaccines / medications / microchips appropriately
    • Disinfect / sanitize monitoring equipment
    • Clean and disinfect cages, floors, surfaces and surrounding areas
    • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
    • Wash any dishes used
    • Top up or record supplies needed
  • Assist Hospital staff as required
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Experience with cats and dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
  • Basic math skills and able to use a watch to record recovery times
  • Self-motivated and energetic, with proven ability to complete tasks with competency and accuracy
  • Able to work in a very fast paced environment
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
  • Willing to administer medications and provide injections (training will be provided)
Working Conditions:
  • Physical demands of the position include bending, kneeling, carrying and lifting up to 18kg
  • We recommend that closed toe shoes and clothing that has no sentimental value (ie. can get dirty and/or stained) are worn.
Positions currently available

Looking for hands-on experience with animals?  Know you’re making a difference every shift by joining our Hospital Team. We URGENTLY need your help!

If you’re looking to volunteer on an ‘as needed’ basis and have weekday morning to afternoon and summer availability, apply today to care for animals post-surgery.

Alternatively, are you wanting to volunteer on a weekly basis? If so, join our fun Tuesday team from 10.30am to 2pm.

All applications are acknowledged, so please check your email inbox (and junk/spam folder) for a response.

Apply now

Hospital Discharge Volunteer

The GTHS Animal Hospital contains an Operating Room, Treatment Room, Examination Room, Pharmacy, X-Ray Room and a Hospital Intake / Recovery Area.

Having an onsite hospital ensures animals receive timely, thorough and comprehensive care, saves dozens of daily phone calls, reduces trips back and forth to veterinary clinics, dramatically decreases the stress on the GTHS animals, and leads to the additional benefit of earlier adoption availability; so these animals find their forever home quickly.

The GTHS Animal Hospital is one of the only accessible spay/neuter hospitals serving Bruce, Grey and part of Simcoe County that performs 3,000 surgeries annually (an average of 50 surgeries per week), and subsidizing ~$770K in veterinary costs each year.

To promote pet wellness and safety, 1,858 rabies vaccinations and 1,767 microchips are administered to GTHS animal residents and community clients on an annual basis.

Description
Reporting to the Community Programs Coordinator (and the Director of Medicine), the Hospital Discharge Volunteer will be responsible for discharging animals to the public after their Hospital appointment / surgery, as well as overseeing the cleanliness of the Hospital Intake Room.
Time Commitment
Weekday shift: 2.30-4pm A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Public hospital discharges
    • Check cats are sufficiently awake and their cones are on
    • Speak to pet owners to relay how the surgery went and if there were any concerns
    • Ensure pet owners understand post-op and medication instructions
    • Review microchip information, as appropriate
    • Ensure onesie or cone is supplied, if appropriate
    • Return cats to their owners and coordinate with the Hospital RVT to bring dogs out to their owners
    • Accept payment for add-on services, as appropriate
  • Set up the Hospital Intake Room for the following morning’s intakes; including making kennel cards and labels for the next day’s animals
  • Set up dog kennels in the garage/storage area, if additional kennels are required
  • Clean and tidy the Hospital Intake Room once animals have departed; including wiping down kennels, tidying up, sweeping and mopping the floor
  • Assist the Community Programs Coordinator or Hospital staff as required
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
Qualifications
    • 18 years of age minimum
    • Punctual and reliable
    • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
    • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
    • Self-motivated and energetic, with proven ability to complete tasks with competency and accuracy
    • Basic math (for calculating cost of occasional add-on services)
    • Able to work in a fast paced environment
    • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Able to work independently and as part of a small team
    • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
    • A criminal record (police) check is required
    Working Conditions:
    • Physical demands of the position include bending, kneeling and carrying cats in carriers with a potential maximum weight of 7.6kg / 16.75lb
Positions currently available

Are you looking to volunteer weekdays on a casual ‘as needed’ basis and have good customer service skills? Apply today to join our Hospital Team as a Discharge Volunteer.

All applications are acknowledged, so please check your email inbox (and junk/spam folder) for a response.

Apply now

Hospital Assistant

The GTHS Animal Hospital contains an Operating Room, Treatment Room, Examination Room, Pharmacy, X-Ray Room and a Hospital Intake / Recovery Area.

Having an onsite hospital ensures animals receive timely, thorough and comprehensive care, saves dozens of daily phone calls, reduces trips back and forth to veterinary clinics, dramatically decreases the stress on the GTHS animals, and leads to the additional benefit of earlier adoption availability; so these animals find their forever home quickly.

The GTHS Animal Hospital is one of the only accessible spay/neuter hospitals serving Bruce, Grey and part of Simcoe County that performs 3,000 surgeries annually (an average of 50 surgeries per week), and subsidizing ~$770K in veterinary costs each year.

To promote pet wellness and safety, 1,858 rabies vaccinations and 1,767 microchips are administered to GTHS animal residents and community clients on an annual basis.

Description
Reporting to the Director of Medicine and Hospital Registered Veterinary Technician, the Hospital Assistant Volunteer will be responsible for maintaining the Operating Room and prep area, as well as overseeing the maintenance and packing of surgical instruments.
Time Commitment
Weekday shift: 1-4pm. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Wash / sterilize surgical instruments (by hand and / or using the autoclave)
  • Make up surgical packs in line with the next day’s surgeries
  • Maintain an orderly Surgical Room and Prep Room
    • Disinfect / sterilize surgical equipment
    • Store surgical equipment and instruments appropriately
    • Clean and disinfect cages, surfaces, counter tops and surrounding areas
    • Clean floors
    • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
    • Perform washing up and laundry tasks (washing, drying and folding linens)
  • Assist Hospital staff as required
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
  • Self-motivated and energetic, with proven ability to complete tasks with competency and accuracy
  • Able to work in a very fast paced environment
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
Working Conditions: 
  • Physical demands of the position include bending, some kneeling, and working with surgical grade cleaning products
  • Training will be provided

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