Dartmouth SPCA – Registered Veterinary Technician

Location 7 Scarfe Crt, Dartmouth
Number of Positions 1
Job Start Date negotiable
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type Part time 2 to 3 shifts a week or Full time 4 days a week
Salary $22/hr depending on experience

The Nova Scotia SPCA is seeking an experienced and dedicated RVT to join our team working in a fast-paced, social enterprise Hospital, the SPCA Veterinary Hospital in Dartmouth. In addition to surgical assisting, an RVT’s role involves interacting with the public to deliver other wellness services through a variety of SPCA programs such as Trap Neuter Return, and Wellness appointments.   The Nova Scotia SPCA prides itself on providing high quality veterinary and surgical services to the animals in its care while offering quality services to the public.

We are open to taking on a motivated new graduate, who is interested in learning from a knowledgeable, experienced team.


The successful candidate will need to meet the following qualifications:

  • Strong anesthetic knowledge and can  multitask (prepare, induce, premed, monitor and recovering multiple patients)
  • Strong clinic pathology background to perform UA’s, fecals, cytology, (skin/ears), fna, pcvs and blood smears.
  • Recognize and intervene on emergencies.
  • The ability to follow protocols, and be comfortable working with pediatric patients.
  • Assist with ordering medical supplies for surgical team and hospital.
  • Assures all nutritional, housing, grooming and medical needs are met on a daily basis according to approved processes. Responsible for maintaining a safe and sanitary facility for animals and people. Provides humane handling and care for all shelter animals.
  • Observes animals for signs of illnesses or injuries and reports symptoms to the appropriate personnel.
  • Administers medications
  • Grooming, health checks, flea treatments and administering parasite control.
  • Performs continual maintenance duties that include repairs and upkeep. Cleans all equipment and work areas to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness and sanitation. Follows health and safety regulations and protocols.
  • Maintain accurate records for animal inventory, health, medications, treatments, procedures and behavior history.

In addition to the duties listed above, the SPCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the shelter; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; demonstrates exceptional customer service; communicates regularly with supervisor about issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position; participates in events and on committees as needed or required; and Completes other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

In addition to having the ability to travel and a valid Drivers license, the following are some of the skills required of this role:

  • Time Management: work with multiple staff, managers and volunteers across the province. Ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure situations is essential.
  • Decision-Making Skills: Whether it is dealing with staff, management, government agents, veterinarians or suppliers, this person will have to make decisions that affect the Society. Having the ability to make hard decisions under pressure is crucial to success.
  • Speaking and Writing: strong written and oral communication skills.


 Education; A Registered Veterinary Technician and a member in good standing with the NSVMA or equivalent work experience

  • Animal welfare knowledge, Dog handling experience, volunteer relations, and computer skills are an asset.
  • Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses, diseases and injuries.
  • Ability to identify different medications and methods of administration.
  • Ability to perform sanitation procedures and general maintenance.
  • Ability to perform the SPCA’s basic medical intake process and other duties as outlined in SPCA Manuals
  • Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (including co-workers, customers, volunteers and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.
  • Employees must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality

 Additional Information

  • Driver’s license is required

Physical Requirements

  • Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular work shift.

Hours of Work

Work week can be flexible to work within applicants schedule but will be set consistent times each week, some flexibility may be required.  Fully time role scheduled hours range between 32 to 40 hours 4 days per week.  Please note there is some option for travel that can be discussed.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. We encourage applicants to self-identify.

Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to kaustin@spcans.ca As long as this job description remains posted it is an indication that the position has not been filled and we are still accepting resumes.

Please quote “SPCA RVT Dartmouth” in the subject heading in your email reply.

As a part of our hiring process, we require applicants to complete behavioural and cognitive assessments. You will be sent the links along with screening questions after submitting your resume.

Evidence of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required prior to an interview being scheduled.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for screening will be contacted.