Let your love for the human-animal connection guide you here.
At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we change lives. Apply your veterinary technician skills in our veterinary clinic and work with dedicated Veterinarians, RVTs, Veterinary Assistants, Client Service Representatives, and volunteers who all have a commitment to high quality care in support of GDB’s mission: to improve the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired. As a Registered Veterinary Technician on our beautiful campus in San Rafael, you’ll work hands on with our dogs, maintaining their optimal health in their journey to become successful guide dogs and beyond.
This is where you want to be.
Working with sweet, well-behaved dogs and puppies
Working alongside professional and fun coworkers
Developing relationships with appreciative clients without having to ever discuss finances; all of our services are provided free of charge
Supporting veterinarians who are committed to an exceptional quality of care
Being part of an organization with an incredible mission
Working in a clinic where technical staff is valued and treated well
Key responsibilities include:
Inducing and monitoring anesthesia, and developing individualized anesthetic plans
Performing and interpreting in-house lab tests, including but not limited to, cytology, microbiology, parasitology, hematology, blood chemistry, urinalysis, and necropsy
Assisting veterinarians during appointments (greet and room patients, clean exam rooms, record entries, and help keep the vet on schedule)
Maintaining and cleaning surgical, dental, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and other technical equipment
Assisting with all aspects of laparoscopy equipment set up, break down, and instrument handling, including surgical assisting
What sets us apart?
Easy access to SMART train – it stops at our back gate!
Amazing campus close to many shops, restaurants, walking paths, and trails
A corporate culture of inclusion, support, and growth, with a commitment to employee engagement. Group staff lunches and events scheduled regularly.
Exclusively work with Labs, Golden Retrievers, and Golden crosses
Learn new skills and knowledge related to canine reproductive health, neonatal care, and canine athletes
Laparoscopic surgery performed regularly using state-of-the-art equipment
We use fear-free techniques and take our time with our dogs – no rushing of treatments
Our generous benefits package for full-time RVT employees includes medical/dental/vision/life/disability insurance, 403(b) with employer matching, employee assistance programs, tuition reimbursement, generous annual CE (continuing education) allowance including support for those interested in earning a VTS, RVT license paid bi-annually, paid @Dove learning account, annual uniform/rain gear/shoe allowance, paid holidays, commuter benefits, discounted pet food, discounted lunch program, and great wellness perks like yoga, circuit training, and an onsite gym. Dog friendly – bring your dog to work!
In addition to this great career opportunity, we are offering a generous $1,000 signing bonus for full-time RVT employees.
The qualifications you’ll need:
California RVT license in good standing
Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent from an AVMA-accredited program
3+ years of position-related experience
Skills and knowledge necessary for dental procedures (e.g. prophylactic cleaning and polishing, chart dentition, dental extractions within the scope of an RVT, and digital radiography)
Full-time and Relief positions are available. Full-Time RVTs must be able to work some holidays and weekends, and be on call overnight as required.
Guide Dogs for the Blind
The largest guide dog school in North America, Guide Dogs for the Blind creates inspiring partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. With exceptional client services and a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, we prepare guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision, throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our team includes approximately 300 employees and 3,000 volunteers, supporting over 2,000 working teams (clients and guide dogs).
To apply, visit guidedogs.com/careers and search for Registered Veterinary Technician OR Relief Registered Veterinary Technician in San Rafael, CA, or email your resume indicating position of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guide Dogs for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. GDB also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified, disabled employees.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Guide Dogs for the Blind
Established in 1942, GDB is the largest Guide Dog school in North America and continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Our programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. GDB receives no government funds. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them. GDB is headquartered in San Rafael, California, with a second campus in Boring, Oregon. More than 12,500 teams have graduated from our program, and there are approximately 2,200 active teams in the field currently.
VISION STATEMENT: Guide Dogs for the Blind envisions a world with greater inclusion, opportunity and independence by optimizing the unique capabilities of people and dogs.
MISSION STATEMENT: Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives through exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities.