The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) – the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona – is seeking an experienced Veterinary Technician with strong surgical, interpersonal and communications skills to join our team of 10 FT technicians working in a fast-paced shelter/public clinic environment. AAWL operates two on-site medical clinics: one serving owned animals called MDPetCare and one serving homeless, needy animals. We’re looking for someone with at least three years experience who is able to be cross-trained and work in either the shelter/MDPetCare clinic assisting veterinarians with surgery and handling in-patient and out-patient care, technician examinations, laboratory duties, treatments, drug dosages and dispensing, surgery duties (including intubation and anesthesia monitoring), dentistry, and medical record notation and maintenance. We are looking for a Vet Tech that has some experience training teammates, and assisting with scheduling and assigning day-to-day tasks for other team members and can provide support to our Lead Vet Tech. Because our shelter animals and MDPetCare patients are being treated by several different veterinarians, the Vet Technician also must be a self-motivated team player who communicates well and has great attention to detail. Spanish speaking strongly preferred.

The Veterinary Technician reports to the Practice Manager and works a full-time 40-hour per week schedule. Vet techs will be expected to work between hours of 7 am to 6 pm M-F and rotate coverage for weekend shifts. This is a non-exempt/hourly position.


Assist with surgical procedures, including high volume spay/neuter, prepare animals for surgery, including TPR's.

Pre-medicate and induce patients, including intubation.

Perform dental scaling and polishing.

Provide critical care for patients if the need arises.

Surgical pack preparation.

Perform anatomical and dental radiographs.

Administer medications (IV, SQ, IM, and PO), and vaccinations.

Perform laboratory procedures including fecals, skin scrapes, and using laboratory equipment.

Calculate drug doses and fill medications.

Disinfect and clean kennels, treatment areas, and equipment.

Handling and restraint of animals.

Recognition of animal behavior cues (ex: fear, anxiety, aggression).

Prepare and maintain accurate medical records, in-house record keeping, pharmaceutical logs, and vaccination records.

Provide top-notch customer service.

Being attentive to client and pet needs.

Work across departments to resolve conflicts and Identify and work compassionately with clients, foster families and/or other members of the public in various emotional states.


Three years experience as a veterinary technician; must be skilled in IV catheter placement, anesthesia induction and intubation, monitoring of anesthesia, blood draws, urinalysis, radiographs, and assisting in surgery and dental cleanings.

High school diploma or equivalent.

AZ veterinary technician certification is strongly preferred.

Ability to speak Spanish is strongly preferred.

Experience adhering to established policies, procedures and protocols.

Able to work collaboratively with multiple health professionals in a busy and complex environment using tact, diplomacy, and discipline.

Ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.

Ability to adapt to change and accept new duties within a fast-growing organization.


Requires periodic sitting at a computer station with prolonged standing and walking.

Use of personal computer, phone and general office equipment.

Must be comfortable handling dogs and cats daily on a continuous basis.

Will be exposed to disinfectant solutions and subject to bites and scratches while handling animals of questionable temperament.

Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with animals, the public, volunteers, and staff.

Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a fast-paced changing environment and the ability to work weekends and holidays.

All volunteers, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask.

To Apply for This Position

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references including their email, phone and relationship via email Please reference “Vet Tech” in your email. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Employment Details

The range for this position is commensurate with the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA) salaries. Starting salary is $20 p/h depending on experience.  Benefits include employer-paid medical insurance, paid vacation/sick time off, and seven paid holidays. Additionally, we offer continuing education and management training opportunities.