Opportunity Details

Animals
Low-Income Communities, Veterans & Military Members, Persons with Disabilities

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Lab Technician

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the St. Augustine Humane Society! We want every pet to have the chance to live happy, healthy lives with their loving families. Our programs and resources are designed to fight against the most common reasons pets are relinquished to shelters. By providing these lifesaving resources to the community, we are able to help reduce the need for animals to enter shelters, helping end needless euthanasia.

What is the Lab Tech position?

The Lab Tech is an important part of our Wellness Clinic. Because the rising cost of veterinary care is one of the main reasons pets are relinquished to shelters, our low-cost Wellness Clinic serves as a way for all pet parents to get the important medical attention their pet needs. Lab Techs assist the Veterinarian and Vet Techs by running a variety of tests and maintaining the lab and lab equipment.

Do I have the qualifications needed to become a Lab Tech?

The best Lab Techs are concerned for the wellbeing of animals and want to ensure that every pet stays with their loving families instead of being relinquished to an animal shelter. If you work effectively in a busy environment, have high situational awareness, and have knowledge and experience with veterinary medicine and clinics, you will be an effective Lab Tech.

How much time must I commit as a Lab Tech?

Our Wellness Clinic is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm, with an hour break for lunch at 12:30pm. Lab Techs will be provided with on-the-job training of how our clinic operates by the Vet Techs, though prior familiarity and experience with veterinary clinics is a must. While training, volunteers should plan on being preset for the whole day. Once training is compete, volunteers may work morning or afternoon shifts as they are available. Volunteers are expected to arrive 15 minutes early for staff meetings and stay until the last client is served.

What are the responsibilities of the Lab Tech?

  • Runs blood and specimen tests, fecal flotation, parasitologies, and cytologies
  • Identifies common ova, microbes, yeast, and other bacteria in samples
  • Documents results of every test for each patient
  • Sets up lab and sterilizes equipment
  • Stocks cabinets and helps manage inventory
  • Helps clean and organize lab at the end of each day
  • Must sign Volunteer Agreement and Waiver prior to volunteering
  • Must wear wine-colored scrubs and close-toed shoes (to be provided by volunteer)

Our mission. The St. Augustine Humane Society promotes healthy, responsible, lifelong pet ownership by serving the medical and rehabilitative needs of companion animals in our community. Our programs are designed to strengthen human-pet relationships and reduce the need for pets to enter shelters. Our goal is to ensure all pets have access to quality veterinary care, prevent overpopulation, and prevent animal suffering.

For more information, please visit www.staughumane.org.

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Volunteers needed through 12/31/2019

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