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Santa Barbara Campus

POSITION TITLE: Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Clinic Manager
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

EFFECTIVE DATE: ASAP

SUMMARY:

The RVT is a California registered veterinary technician. Responsible for assisting SBHS veterinarians with multiple types of procedures. Provides the highest quality of care for animals in areas such as physical examinations, restraint, dental procedures, surgeries, immunizations, euthanasia, etc. Must have good customer service skills and demonstrated capability educating the public on animal health and treatment. Must maintain a positive and professional attitude while working with other employees, volunteers, visitors, and the public. Must support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of Santa Barbara Humane.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Will work in all aspects of a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter surgery clinic including prepping animals for surgery, administering and monitoring anesthesia, assisting veterinarians during surgery, and post-operative management of veterinary patients
  • Knowledge of anesthetic protocols, venipuncture, the ability to induce, etc.
  • Prioritizes the availability of shelter pets’ health status to make those animals available for adoption
  • Familiar with the use of medical equipment and tools like autoclaves, catheters, IVs, and monitors, anesthesia equipment, etc.
  • Demonstrates patience and tolerance with all animals and willingness to provide direct care to cats, dogs, and rabbits of all sizes and types and a desire to maintain a high level of care for all animals in order to assure their comfort and safety
  • Obtains and records patient histories
  • Collects specimens and performs routine laboratory procedures and tests in hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems
  • Dispenses and administers medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments as prescribed by SBHS veterinarians
  • Administers fluids and blood products as prescribed by SBHS veterinarians
  • Administers and monitors anesthesia under the direction of a veterinarian
  • Provides specialized nursing care for injured or ill animals
  • Prepares patients, instruments, and equipment for surgery
  • Ensures that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, cardiac monitors, and breathing apparatus are in good working condition
  • Assists in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment
  • Demonstrates knowledge of sterilization techniques for various instruments and materials
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to prepare and provide table-side assistance
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles and processes for providing client services, including client needs assessments, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction
  • Takes radiographs, positions patients correctly, takes proper measurements, and sets up equipment properly
  • Communicates with and educates pet owners about preventative health, such as spay and neuter options, vaccines, flea preventatives, heartworm preventatives, surgical procedures and post-operative procedures and instructions, medication instructions, and administration
  • Maintains knowledge of preventative healthcare recommendations to answer client questions, provides education on vaccines, flea and heartworm products, and assists in marketing veterinary services from which their pet would benefit, such as a dental cleaning, senior wellness, spay and neuter and boarding
  • Maintains the inventory of pharmaceuticals, equipment, and supplies
  • Cleans, maintains, and sterilizes instruments, equipment, and materials
  • Will work independently on assigned tasks as well as being given direction on how to complete certain assignments
  • Must employee critical thinking – understanding logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of proper protocols in the administration of controlled substances, and the most current protocols relating to communicable diseases
  • Promotes a highly efficient, client-centered environment and facilitates programs and processes that meet client needs
  • Maintains the practice philosophy for attracting new clients and retaining existing clients through good customer service skills
  • Helps to facilitate the resolution of client problems
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary facility that is visually appealing to clients and staff
  • Adheres to all safety and security regulations and training
  • Participates in meetings and responds to management communications as required
  • Understands and demonstrates that regular attendance and timeliness are essential
  • Promotes cooperative working environments among shelter departments and staff members; understands the value of teamwork; shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the clinic function as a unit.
  • Communicates objectives, motivates staff, builds and maintains morale
  • Knowledgeable regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA. Ensures that the clinic and its employees are in compliance with regulations, and inform the Clinic Manager and Director of Veterinary Services of any regulatory issues

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid Registered Veterinary Technician License from the California state board
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Some teaching experience highly desirable
  • Must be able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds who may have different orientations to animals due to cultural traditions
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of commercial clinic and shelter software

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Previous work in animal welfare/shelter/high volume clinic

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • This position requires some weekend and evening work. The current clinic schedule is Tuesday – Saturday
  • Work is performed within an animal shelter where loud noises, disease, and exposure to hazards are possible
  • Physical requirements may include: bending, standing for long periods, stooping, reaching, and other physical demands
  • Must be able to safely restrain large and/or agitated animals
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 pounds. Assistance will be provided when working with larger animals

COMPETENCIES:

  • Attendance & Dependability – Is consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Diversity – Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, gender, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for the opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
  • Ethics – Respects and maintains confidentiality. Tells the truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
  • Teamwork – Listens and responds constructively to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Provides assistance to others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others’ efforts and contributions. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.
  • Communication – Expresses self—orally and in writing—in a manner that is clear, well organized, and appropriate to the situation. Uses appropriate grammar, punctuation/spelling, and tone. Listens carefully and sincerely considers others’ ideas. Maintains confidentiality and expresses good judgment about what to say and when to say it. Keeps others informed.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Judgment – Gathers data and others’ input as appropriate when making decisions and handling diverse situations. Considers cost, organizational resources, and efficiency, as well as both long- and short-term outcomes. Can explain the rationale for a decision. Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly. Recognizes when to consult higher-level management.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes factors or causes. Generates and evaluates alternative solutions. Implement plans to solve problems. Assesses the effectiveness of intervention.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

POSITION TITLE: Veterinary Assistant
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Clinic Manager
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

SUMMARY: Responsible for customer service and assisting the clinic team with animal care and with multiple types of procedures. Provides the highest quality of care for animals in areas such as physical examinations, dental procedures, surgeries, immunizations, euthanasia, etc. Must demonstrate excellent customer service skills, including returning phone calls, scheduling appointments, checking animals into the clinic, and releasing pets to their owners after procedures/surgeries. Educates the public on animal health, procedures, medications, and treatment. Maintains a positive and professional attitude with other employees, volunteers, visitors, vendors, and clients. Must support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of Santa Barbara Humane.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Humanely restrain animals for exams and related procedures
  • Comfortable with the use of safety equipment for fractious or feral animals
  • Assists and/or performs medical tasks including blood draws, medicating animals, implanting microchips and vaccines
  • Administers pharmaceuticals via subcutaneous & intramuscular routes.
  • Assists with the movement of animals for surgery
  • Demonstrates patience and tolerance with all animals and willingness to provide direct care to cats, dogs, and rabbits of all sizes and types, and a desire to maintain a high level of care for all animals in order to assure their comfort and safety
  • Ensures that all incoming surgery animals and their records and kennels/cages are labeled
  • Performs associated established duties according to daily, weekly, and monthly surgery schedules
  • Performs associated surgical duties related to animal prep
  • Maintains sterile field in all surgical aspects according to protocol
  • Performs anesthetic monitoring of animals in surgery
  • Responsible for maintaining surgical packs and restocking surgery area with all supplies
  • Ensures a safe and disease-free environment.
  • Maintains daily cleanliness and sanitation of:
    • Clinic work areas (vacuuming, mopping, wiping down all counters, etc.)
    • Equipment
    • Surgery animal living quarters (cleaning and resetting cages)
  • Performs laundry duties (washing, drying, folding and proper storage of clinic laundry)
  • Informs veterinarians and/or Clinic Manager of any abnormal behavior, illness, disease, or injury
  • Performs clinic clerical duties such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, providing health certificates, and checking out customers
  • Promotes a highly efficient, client-centered environment and facilitates programs and processes to meet client needs
  • Maintains the practice philosophy for attracting new clients and retaining existing clients through good customer service skills
  • Helps to facilitate the resolution of client problems
  • Maintains a facility visually appealing to client and staff
  • Adheres to all safety and security regulations and training
  • Arrives on time and prepared for work
  • Demonstrates a positive, team-oriented attitude and communicates in a respectful manner
  • Participates in staff training and meetings and responds to management communications as required
  • Promotes cooperative working environment among shelter departments and staff members; understands the value of teamwork; shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform as necessary to help the clinic function as a unit
  • Knowledgeable regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Director of Veterinary Services or Clinic Manager, including but not limited to administering medications and treatments to shelter animals, assisting with routine medical exams, and assisting other departments as needed

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 1 year in related field – Previous work in an animal shelter and/or veterinary clinic preferred
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Must be able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds who may have different orientations to animals due to cultural traditions
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient use of commercial clinic and shelter software preferred
  • Excellent animal handling skills

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Previous work in animal welfare/shelter/high volume clinic

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • This position requires some weekend and evening work
  • Work is performed within an animal shelter where loud noises, disease, and exposure to hazards are possible
  • Physical requirements may include: bending, standing for long periods, stooping, reaching, and other physical demands
  • Must be able to safely restrain large and/or agitated animals
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 pounds. Assistance will be provided when working with larger animals

COMPETENCIES:

  • Attendance & Dependability – Is consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions and responds to management direction. Provides consistent, timely, high-quality work. Follows through on commitments. Uses time efficiently. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Diversity – Enthusiastically works with all employees, regardless of race, gender, culture, and age. Values contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrates respect for the opinions and ideas of others. Shows awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and individual values.
  • Ethics – Respects and maintains confidentiality. Tells truth and is honest in all dealings. Avoids situations and actions considered inappropriate or which present a conflict of interest. Upholds organizational values. Does not misrepresent self or use position or authority for personal gain.
  • Teamwork – Listens and responds constructively to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Provides assistance to others when they need it. Shares expertise. Acknowledges others’ effort and contribution. Puts success of team above own interests. Creates a positive work environment.
  • Communication – Expresses self—orally and in writing—in a manner that is clear, well organized, and appropriate to the situation. Uses appropriate grammar, punctuation/spelling, and tone. Listens carefully and sincerely considers others’ ideas. Maintains confidentiality and expresses a good judgment about what to say and when to say it. Keeps others informed.
  • Customer Service – Treats customers (internal and external) with respect and courtesy. Shows interest in, anticipates, and responds timely to customer needs and concerns. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers. Responds appropriately to and resolves difficult and emotional situations. Seeks ways to improve service delivery.
  • Judgment – Gathers data and others’ input as appropriate when making decisions and handling diverse situations. Considers cost, organizational resources, and efficiency, as well as both long- and short-term outcomes. Can explain the rationale for a decision. Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly. Recognizes when to consult higher-level management.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes factors or causes. Generates and evaluates alternative solutions. Implements plan to solve problems. Assesses the effectiveness of intervention.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

POSITION TITLE: Philanthropy & Outreach Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Chief Philanthropy Officer
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: Supervises volunteers and interns as assigned

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

Do you have a heart for homeless cats and dogs and would like to use your talents to increase the number helped in Santa Barbara County?

Are you looking for a team where you can express kindness and support to one another and have a chance to express ideas for departmental initiatives?

Have you been praised for your engaging personality, organizational and analytical skills, and enthusiastic can-do attitude, and can imagine how you can make a direct impact on the lives of dogs and cats?

If this sounds like you, then we want you to keep reading.
Santa Barbara Humane provides shelter, care, and support to all dogs and cats of Santa Barbara County and we need a Philanthropy & Outreach Coordinator to manage the hefty list of development and outreach projects in support of the animals in our care.

But it’s not just about project management! We need you to be a free thinker who is self-motivated to aid in all work of the Philanthropy and Outreach Department.

Your day could be filled with managing data entry and reporting from our donor management system, pulling reports or statistics, or analyzing the success of fundraising campaigns. You could be providing vital organization to projects to keep them moving by managing and following up on deadlines, gathering estimates from vendors, and executing list clean-up for mass donor email blasts or mailings. We will be totally into your color-coding.

We would love for you to apply for this job if you are highly organized and love the feeling when a completed project is done on time and on budget. You should apply if you have a positive and upbeat personality. If you see challenges as opportunities and are very versatile seeing last-minute changes to schedules or plans as just part of what needs to be done to make a difference in the lives of animals in need.

Here’s what we hope your cover letter or resume showcases:

  • Your strengths and experience in project management.
  • Specific examples of projects that were complex and your part in their success.
  • How you use and shine using technology to stay organized, keep projects moving and showcase clean data for presentations.
  • What software and technology you are proficient in and the uses that have benefitted you.
  • Strong writing in your cover letter to showcase your communication skills.
  • How you have supported executive-level individuals while providing enthusiastic support for the entire team.
  • An understanding of our position as a Socially Conscience Shelter and your sincere interest in supporting and advocating for the philosophies, policies, and mission of the Santa Barbara Humane.

See the full job description HERE.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

Have questions about the position? Email [email protected]

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdown.

POSITION TITLE: Animal & Client Care Specialist
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Barbara Campus is accepting applications for Animal & Client Care Specialist. This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a starting pay of $14.00 per hour, plus excellent benefits.

Animal & Client Care Specialists provide all aspects of daily animal care and client service. Daily duties may include assisting clients with adoptions, retail sales, and animal intake; feeding animals and providing enrichment; and kennel sanitation duties.

Must be able to work weekend and holiday shifts. The ideal candidate has paid or volunteer experience in an animal shelter, boarding facility, or veterinary hospital and enjoys performing a variety of duties in a busy work environment.

Full-time employees of Santa Barbara Humane are currently eligible for 100% employer- paid health, vision, dental, and long-term disability insurance benefits. We also offer a 401k plan, paid vacation and sick time, and discounts on veterinary treatment for employee’s pets.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdown.

Santa Maria Campus

POSITION TITLE: Staff Veterinarian, Santa Maria Campus
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Chief Veterinary Officer 
STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
LOCATION: Santa Maria, CA

SUMMARY: The Staff Veterinarian is responsible for providing quality healthcare to the animals at Santa Barbara Humane public clinic and shelter medicine including diagnosis and treatment of animals throughout the shelter and public wellness clinic, caring for sick and injured animals, surgically sterilizing adoptable animals and animals owned by the public, performing emergency surgical procedures as required. This position is located at the Santa Maria Campus. The Staff Veterinarian is required to support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of Santa Barbara Humane.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Follow all protocols and procedures set by the VP, Veterinary Medicine.
  • Perform 10-20 high volume spay/neuter surgeries daily and additional surgery as needed. Additional surgeries include but are not limited to dentistry, enucleations, exploratory laparotomies, tumor removal, amputations, etc.
  • Diagnose and monitor the conditions of animals in the shelter and address any conditions which would warrant care, perform daily rounds in the shelter and clinic.
  • Educate technicians to screen for signs of disease and/or illness in animals visiting the vaccination clinic and provide appropriate recommendations. 
  • Perform physical examinations, diagnosis, and recommend treatments for public animals during Wellness Clinics. 
  • Maintain comprehensive computerized medical records on ShelterLuv for medical management and surveillance of illness within the shelter.
  • Maintain comprehensive computerized medical and surgical records on ClinicHQ for public animals.
  • Adhere to a comprehensive health care program with the following components: environmental sanitation, record-keeping, disease surveillance, physical examinations, vaccination, parasite control, disease testing, disease treatment, surgery, nutrition, outbreak response, and environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter and in foster homes.
  • Always promote a caring attitude toward all animals and treat them humanely and compassionately, regardless of circumstances, including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive.
  • In cooperation with all departments, ensure compliance with government agencies including OSHA, Santa Barbara Department of Animal Control, the California Department of Agriculture, and the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB).  
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Follow operations in compliance with standards set by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians 2016 Medical Care Guidelines for Spay/Neuter Programs.
  • Maintain appropriate surgical and anesthesia records in compliance with the CVMB.
  • Order and maintain appropriate records of all controlled substances, in compliance with the CVMB and Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA).
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the VP, Veterinary Medicine.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • DVM degree from an accredited university with a California veterinary license or ability to obtain a California license within 30 days
  • Experience with high volume spay/neuter clinic and dentistry desired
  • Experience working in an animal shelter, high volume spay/neuter clinic or TNR program desired
  • Experience with high volume wellness services, vaccination clinic program, and herd health

COMPETENCIES:

  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Judgement – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and driving record acceptable to Santa Barbara Humane’s insurance carrier. May drive company vehicle in performance of company business.
  • Must be able to lift/carry 40 lbs. or more.
  • Work is completed in an clinic within an animal shelter.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

POSITION TITLE: Adoption & Behavior Specialist
STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt
LOCATION: Santa Maria, CA

Are you a dog trainer committed to positive reinforcement techniques and impacting the lives of homeless animals? We’ve got a job for you!

Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Maria campus, is seeking a full-time Adoption & Behavior Specialist. This is an important and unique job for someone who loves working with dogs and has strong animal handling and behavior skills.

The Adoption & Behavior Specialist role combines shelter animal assessments, behavior plans, training, and adoption counseling with client education and assisting or teaching public classes at our new Dog Training Center in Santa Maria.

The ideal candidate holds CPDKA, KPA CPT, or ABCDT certification and/or education and experience in dog training techniques and enjoys assisting people and identifying humane solutions to common behavior concerns.

Santa Barbara Humane is a managed-admission Socially Conscious Shelter. We offer generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

POSITION TITLE: Community Resource Coordinator
STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt
LOCATION: Santa Maria, CA

Ready to help improve the lives of people and animals in our community? We’ve got a job for you!

Santa Barbara Humane is seeking a Community Resource Coordinator to oversee our Community Cat/TNR efforts and promote and facilitate access to our veterinary and other services.

The ideal candidate has volunteer or paid experience at a veterinary hospital or animal shelter, experience in Trap-Neuter-Return, enjoys working hands-on with diverse groups of people, and is bilingual (English-Spanish). You’ll need top-notch client service skills and the ability to identify solutions and create resources. Hours are often early-morning (the best time to trap cats!) and the work involves carrying heavy traps and large bags of pet food and driving a SBH vehicle.

Santa Barbara Humane offers generous benefits including 100% employer-paid health, vision, dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick leave, matching 401(k), Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, and discounts on veterinary services.

Complete job description available upon request. Email [email protected]

Ready to apply? Please complete the form below.

This job posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions or qualifications associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, or technological breakdowns in departments.

POSITION TITLE: Animal & Client Care Specialist
LOCATION: Santa Maria, CA

Santa Barbara Humane, Santa Maria Campus is accepting applications for Animal & Client Care Specialist. This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a starting pay of $14.00 per hour, plus excellent benefits.

Animal & Client Care Specialists provide all aspects of daily animal care and client service. Daily duties may include assisting clients with adoptions, retail sales, and animal intake; feeding animals and providing enrichment; and kennel sanitation duties.

Must be able to work weekend and holiday shifts. The ideal candidate has paid or volunteer experience in an animal shelter, boarding facility, or veterinary hospital and enjoys performing a variety of duties in a busy work environment.

Full-time employees of Santa Barbara Humane are currently eligible for 100% employer- paid health, vision, dental, and long-term disability insurance benefits. We also offer a 401k plan, paid vacation and sick time, and discounts on veterinary treatment for employee’s pets.

Interested in applying? Please complete the form below.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change, for example, emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological breakdown.

Both Campuses

POSITION TITLE: Relief Veterinarian
DEPARTMENT: Veterinary Clinic
REPORTS TO: Director of Veterinary Services  
STATUS: Part-time as needed
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 1, 2021

SUMMARY: The Relief Veterinarian is responsible for providing quality healthcare to the animals at the Santa Barbara Humane public clinic and shelter medicine including diagnosis and treatment of animals throughout the shelter and public wellness clinic, caring for sick and injured animals, surgically sterilizing adoptable animals, and animals owned by the public, performing emergency surgical procedures as required. The Relief Veterinarian is required to support and advocate for the philosophy, programs, and policies of Santa Barbara Humane.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Follow all protocols and procedures set by the Director of Veterinary Services.
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Educate technicians to screen for signs of disease and/or illness in animals visiting the vaccination clinic and provide appropriate recommendations.
    Provide information for the public on basic care, socialization and spay/neuter recommendations.
  • Diagnose and monitor the conditions of animals in the shelter and address any conditions which would warrant care, perform daily rounds in the shelter and clinic.
  • Perform high-volume spay/neuter surgeries and additional surgery as necessary on shelter animals. Additional surgeries include but are not limited to dentistry, enucleations, exploratory laparotomies, tumor removal, amputations, etc.
  • Maintain comprehensive computerized medical records on Shelter Luv for medical management and surveillance of illness within the shelter.
  • Adhere to a comprehensive health care program with the following components: environmental sanitation, record-keeping, disease surveillance, physical examinations, vaccination, parasite control, disease testing, disease treatment, surgery, nutrition, outbreak response, and environmental enrichment for animals in the shelter and in foster homes.
  • Always promote a caring attitude toward all animals and treat them humanely and compassionately, regardless of circumstances, including those that are sick, injured, feral, or aggressive.
  • In cooperation with all departments, ensure compliance with government agencies including OSHA, Santa Barbara Department of Animal Control, the California Department of Agriculture, and the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB).
  • Follow operations in compliance with standards set by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians 2016 Medical Care Guidelines for Spay/Neuter Programs.
  • Maintain appropriate surgical and anesthesia records in compliance with the CVMB.
  • Order and maintain appropriate records of all controlled substances, in compliance with the CVMB and Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA).
  • Ensure appropriate vaccination recommendations are being made, in accordance with standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Associate of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Director of Veterinary Services

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • DVM degree from an accredited university with a California veterinary license.
  • Experience with high volume spay/neuter clinic and dentistry desired.
  • Experience working in an animal shelter, high volume spay/neuter clinic, or TNR program desired.
  • Experience with high volume wellness services, vaccination clinic programs, and herd health.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethics; Upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and driving record acceptable to Santa Barbara Humane’s insurance carrier. May drive company vehicle in performance of company business.
  • Must be able to lift/carry 40 lbs. or more.
  • Work is completed in a clinic within an animal shelter.

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The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities for this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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