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.

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
  • 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 animals to the appropriate location (onsite at the animal centre or for pick-up
  • 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
  • Assist hospital staff as required
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
  • 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)
  • Computer literate and willing to use PetPoint (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.

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