Registered Veterinary Technician

  • Full Time
  • Oakville
  • 2.69 CAD / Hour

Website Oakville & Milton Humane Society

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As a Registered Veterinary Technician, you will be a vital contributor to our mission of providing exceptional care to the animals under our guardianship. Your expertise, empathy, and technical proficiency will be instrumental in ensuring the well-being and health of the animals we serve.

Reporting to the Manager, Medical Care, the Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) is an integral part of the shelter and is responsible for providing all aspects of medical care and support for the animals in the care of OMHS. Working closely with the Animal Care Attendant (ACAs), the RVT will ensure that the care and welfare of all animals in the shelter is maintained in accordance with OMHS expectations and protocols.  They provide daily care to animals in the isolation area and wildlife areas; administer daily medications and processes animals through the shelter. They require the ability to organize, and co-ordinate assigned work to make informed decisions concerning animal health and treatment. It is expected of the RVT to handle all animals with the utmost humane treatment, ensuring minimal stress.


Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct comprehensive assessments of animals (age, sex, health, behavior).
  • Provide daily care and support to shelter animals, both domestic and wild.
  • Assist with animal intake and coordinate vet appointments as needed.
  • Determine appropriate shelter placement for each animal.
  • Maintain effective communication with Lost & Found, APO team, and Animal Welfare Committee.
  • Assist in managing the shelter’s Foster Program.
  • Contribute to adoption, foster care, and euthanasia discussions.
  • Engage with potential adopters, educating them on animal care requirements.
  • Collaborate with APS (Animal Protection Services) to address suspected cruelty or abuse cases and offer guidance.
  • Respond to inquiries about injured animals, providing pickup services when needed.
  • Ensure proper disposal of animal remains.
  • Conduct humane euthanasia for wild animals as required and provide training to Animal Protection Officers on humane euthanasia procedures.
  • Conduct comprehensive health exams, daily kennel area inspections, and necessary treatments.
  • Act as a liaison between the shelter and community vets for proper care.
  • Schedule surgeries, follow shelter procedures, and work during disease outbreaks.
  • Administer care, including addressing issues like ear mites, parasites, and abrasions.
  • Provide emergency first-aid and ensure cleanliness and hygiene for disease control.
  • Assist with additional duties as needed, such as equipment maintenance and cage cleaning.
  • Ensure strict adherence to health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintain meticulous records, including medical records, drug and vaccine logs, foster files, wildlife documentation, and financial records.
  • Safeguard drug supplies and medical equipment while monitoring costs and ordering as needed.
  • Manage and replenish animal food, supplies, and equipment.
  • Stay informed about developments in animal welfare and industry practices.
  • Execute responsibilities with professionalism and a proactive approach to ensure the highest quality of care for animals.
  • Exercise discretion and sound judgment to uphold the organization’s positive reputation.


To excel in the role of a Registered Veterinary Technician, you should meet the following qualifications and criteria:

  • Education: Education: Animal Health Technician or Veterinary Technician Diploma.
  • Registered Veterinary Technician designation.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a humane shelter or relevant field.
  • Proficiency in recognizing disease symptoms and safe animal handling.
  • Ability to identify animal breeds and species.
  • Fast-Paced Experience: Proven experience in thriving within a fast-paced work environment demonstrates your ability to adapt and perform effectively under pressure.
  • Animal Handling: Exhibit confidence and skill in handling animals of diverse temperaments, ensuring their well-being and comfort.
  • Animal Health and Welfare: Preferred knowledge and prior experience in animal health and welfare underline your commitment to the welfare of the animals under your care.
  • Computer Proficiency: Be proficient in utilizing Microsoft Office tools, facilitating efficient documentation and communication.
  • Driver’s License: Hold a valid G license with a clear Driver’s Abstract to assist in transport or other related duties.
  • Clean Background: Successfully cleared Criminal Background Check, underscoring your trustworthiness and suitability for the role.
  • Exceptional Reliability: Exhibit exceptional reliability and a willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends, holidays, and overtime as necessary, to ensure continuous care for the animals.

These qualifications and requirements are essential to fulfilling the responsibilities of an RVT and ensuring the well-being of the animals and the smooth operation of the shelter.

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