Job Summary
Years Experience
1 - 3 years
$26 - $28 Hourly
Job Description

Registered Veterinary Technician

Position Description

The Registered Veterinary Technician plays a vital part in supporting the community, especially for those clients and animals who may not have another accessible option for care. The Registered Veterinary Technician is responsible for assisting veterinarians in the delivery of services and care, including surgical and dental procedures, as well as performing highly skilled procedures independently. Through dedicated teamwork, this position has a direct positive impact on animal welfare in the local community.

 An RVT must have a current license registered in good standing with the California Veterinary Medical Board.

Category: Full-time; Non-exempt

Locations: Oakland, Dublin

Reports to: Full-Service Clinic Supervisor, Spay Neuter Manager and/or VP of Medical Services


Basic and Environmental

  • Possess sufficient physical strength and ability to effectively restrain
  • Accurately assess patient temperature, pulse rate, and respiratory rate.
  • Properly calculate and prepare prescription medication dosages and volumes or tablets
  • Perform venipunctures using patients’ cephalic, saphenous, and jugular veins.
  • Aseptically place cephalic, saphenous, intravenous catheters
  • Administer IV, IM, SQ, and oral medications as directed
  • Provide IV and SQ fluid therapy to patients, including accurate calculation of solution and fluid flow rate under aseptic conditions.
  • Apply wound dressings, bandages and wound treatments.
  • Perform urinary catheterization on male dogs, as well as cystocenteses
  • Set up and accurately record diagnostic multi-lead ECG tracings.
  • Discharge patients. Instruct clients on the care of patients at home, the timing of re-check appointments, and warnings of potential adverse effects of surgeries or medications.
  • Accurately invoice clients from charges

Emergency Care

  • Provide basic life support, including CPR, airway maintenance, and oxygen therapy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the emergency drug kit and application of the medications.
  • Under veterinarian supervision, administer fluid and pharmacologic therapies.


  • Competently complete paperwork and adhere to procedures of outside laboratories used by the practice.
  • Maintain all laboratory machines, centrifuges, microscopes, and chemistry analyzers.
  • Complete routine ELISA tests, such as heartworm and feline viral tests.
  • Perform CBCs and differential counts.
  • Competently read urine sediment for crystals, skin scrapings, fungal cultures and hematocrits.


  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the names of surgical instruments
  • Demonstrate competency in prepare patients for surgery, and assisting surgeons in surgery.
  • Accurately and expediently follow veterinarian direction during surgical procedures
  • Monitor patients’ recoveries, protecting patients from aspiration and hypothermia.
  • Maintain accurate, timely and complete surgery logs with patients’ information and vital signs
  • Maintain accurate, timely and complete controlled-substance logs
  • Accurately and completely update patient records timely
  • Clean operating rooms and equipment after use, meeting practice standards for sanitation.
  • Clean surgical prep and recovery areas, meeting practice standards for sanitation.


  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of dental and dental surgery instruments
  • Consistently use proper attire when operating dental equipment.
  • Accurately and completely perform dental charting and maintenance of other patient dental records.
  • Perform dental scaling and polishing procedures.
  • Demonstrate recognition of significant dental and/or gum disease.
  • Perform digital dental x-rays with proper technique.
  • Accurately interpret dental x-rays for appropriate dental extractions.
  • Under the direction of the supervising veterinarian, perform single-root and complex dental extractions.


  • Competently operate and perform routine maintenance and minor repairs on anesthetic equipment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess anesthetic leaks
  • Ensure that anesthetic scavenging system is functional.
  • Demonstrate proper administration of closed- and open-circuit anesthetic agents
  • Exhibit functional understanding of the various anesthetic agents which are used for patients.
  • Administer pre-anesthetic medications to surgical patients, as directed by the supervising veterinarian and accurately record times of administration.
  • Administer IV, IM, and inhalation anesthetic agents safely under the direction of the supervising veterinarian.
  • Monitor surgical patients for surgeries by tracking anesthetic depths, heart rates, respiratory rates, temperatures, pulse oximetry, blood pressure using a Cardell® monitor, and ECG during anesthetic procedures
  • Adjust gas anesthesia for each patient to safely maintain proper surgical planes. Under the supervision of the veterinarian, administer additional injectable anesthetics within safety guidelines as needed to maintain desired surgical depths.
  • Maintain anesthetic logbooks accurately, completely and in a timely manner in compliance with California Veterinary Medical Board standards.


  • Competently and expeditiously perform basic position x-rays of limbs, thorax, abdomen without unnecessary patient discomfort.
  • Competently and expeditiously perform advanced position x-rays, such as skull and special positioning of limbs and joints.


  • Minimum of one year working in a veterinary clinic.  High volume veterinary clinic experience preferred.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure.  Ability to calculate correct drug dosage on body weight basis when mg/lb (or kg) or ml/lb (or kg) is given.\
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety procedures, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Must be licensed in the state of California as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
  • Become Fear Free Certified within 90 days of hire.
  • Ability to lift/carry animals up to 35 lbs without assistance and >35lbs with assistance.
  • Fluent Spanish preferred.
  • Proven organizational skills and effective communication.
  • Competent animal handler.
  • Competent in a Windows environment.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an animal shelter and veterinary clinic environment with exposure to seasonal outdoor conditions. 
  • Holiday, weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Animal contacts and related injuries, including bites and scratches, may occur. 
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs and cats on a daily basis.  Will handle sick, injured, or deceased pets.
  • Noise exposure varies and often includes uncontrolled barking and other animal vocalizations.
  • Animal waste contact, smells and visual exposure is prevalent.
  • Frequent exposure to and/or handling of industrial cleaning supplies and controlled substances.
  • Occasional lifting up to 75 lbs. with reasonable accommodations.
  • Frequent walking, bending and stooping in kennel areas.





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