Friends of Upland Animal Shelter

Veterinary Technician Job Description

Organization Information: Friends of Upland Animal Shelter (Friends) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is partnered with the City of Upland to perform shelter operations and adoptions.  Upland Animal Shelter is an open admission animal shelter for stray animals found in Upland.  Friends operates the shelter with a "no kill" philosophy (maintaining a live release rate over 90%), accepts owner surrendered animals on a case-by-case basis and acts as a "rescue" by transferring in animals from other shelters and rescues.  Friends works with a network of community partners, business sponsors, adopters, donors and volunteers with our mission being to find a loving home for every adoptable animal.

Pay Range: Based on experience 

Reports to: Shelter Operations Manager 

Job Summary: 

Under direct supervision of the Shelter Operations Manager & Advising Medical Vet or Medical Services, cares for the animals under the care of Friends of Upland Animal Shelter. Assists with treatment and coordination of treatment of all animals and maintains medical and facility inventory. 

Job Purpose: 

To perform all duties related to caring for animals; assess the health and behavior of animals; clean and disinfect work station/medical room; maintain medical records in Chameleon; provide the staff with insight of medical issues; caring for all animals related to duties as assigned. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned

  • Observe animals in shelter for signs of illness or injury and reports to manager 
  • Observe sick, quarantined, and potentially injured animals. Notify supervision of animals in need of veterinary care or euthanasia. 
  • Assess the health and behavior of animals and coordinate with other shelter staff and medical professionals to assess and treat animals, as needed. 
  • Maintain a variety of records including animal health records and records on the neutering, surgery, vaccinations, and other medical procedures. 
  • Provide food & water for all animals under medical care (if not already done) 
  • Clean & disinfect animal enclosures in which working 
  • Order and maintain medical supplies needed at the shelter 
  • The ability to follow direction without supervision 
  • Euthanasia of animals 
  • Be able to recognize symptoms of common diseases of dogs and cats 
  • Collecting and testing of Lab samples 
  • Administering shots, medications or treatments 
  • Cutting nails 
  • Transporting animals to authorized veterinary practices for additional medical treatment 
  • Must obtain approval for all offsite medical procedures 
  • Create spreadsheets for vaccines and frontline 
  • And all other assigned duties 

Minimum Experience and Qualifications: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Two (2) years of experience working as a veterinary technician in an animal shelter, veterinary hospital or other animal care facility. Two (2) years of experience working with domestic animals in an animal shelter, veterinary hospital or other animal care facility is preferred. One (1) year supervisory experience is preferred. Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus. 

May be required to pass background check, physical examination, and drug screening. 

Must maintain a California Class C driver’s license with a good driving record. 


High School Graduate or GED
Veterinary Technician’s Certification or Related more advanced veterinary certification or license 

Language Ability: 

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. 

Math Ability: 

Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. 

Reasoning Ability: 

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. 

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit; walk; run; use hands; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; operate standard office equipment; taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to lift, restrain, vaccinate and move animals and other items weighing up to 70 pounds. 

Working Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The employee is exposed to diseased, injured and dangerous animals and wet or humid conditions, heat, cold, noise, odors, outdoors, and chemicals. 

Are you interested in this job?
Download and complete our Employment Application, then scan and email it with a copy of your resumé and certification to:

Call 909-931-4185, Option 4 for further information

Position is Open Until Filled

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental or physical), gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, any other characteristic protected by law, or any other factor that is not related to the job.

It is an objective of Friends of Upland Animal Shelter, Inc. to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant selected for employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, Federal and Local governing agencies.

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Friends of Upland Animal Shelter
1275 San Bernardino Road
Upland, CA 91786
Animal Shelter Phone Number: 1-909-931-4185

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