Volunteer Job Responsibilities
Volunteers will serve as a representative of the hospital and display courtesy, tact, consideration, and a positive attitude in all interactions with pet owners, patients and other members of the hospital staff.
Uphold the VSH mission statement:
To enhance the quality of life and alleviate suffering of companion animals by providing multidisciplinary, state of the art veterinary care; fostering the owner-companion animal-veterinarian bond; and increasing the awareness of veterinary specialty care. These goals will happen in a work environment that is profitable and personally fulfilling.
Job skills and physical demands:
Basic computer knowledge and good communication skills. Must be able to multi-task. Pushing, pulling, repetitive bending, kneeling, squatting and heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs) may be required. Must be able to work on feet for extended periods of time.
At VSH we believe in the importance of teamwork. It is only together that we can create the best possible experience for our patients, pet owners, and fellow staff members. Patients are the first priority, and we must ensure their care and comfort.
Volunteers are responsible for assisting technicians in their day-to-day responsibilities. Additional duties or responsibilities may be added depending on the aptitude of individual volunteers.
- Feed and walk patients
- Assist with and perform animal restraint
- Help position patients for radiology procedures
- Ordering, preparing, and submitting blood work to an outside laboratory
- Running in-house blood tests (blood glucose, I-Stat, PCV/TS) and reporting results to nurse on case
- Completing studies in radiology software
- Maintain a clean and sanitary environment in the medicine ward, oncology ward, surgery ward, runs, kennels and ICU
- Clean cages when necessary
- Assisting with end of shift duties
- Provide comfort to the patients by providing clean laundry
- Maintain laundry area and equipment in an organized and sanitary manner
- Dispose of waste as needed to keep clinical area free of debris and to limit odors
- Vacuum and mop floors on a regular schedule
- Assist the nurses by keeping alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and disinfecting solutions stocked and bottled for use
- Keep patient bowls and food areas clean, sanitary, and well stocked
- Maintain an organized, clutter-free, sanitary break area
- Keep clinical areas such as counter tops, shelves, computers, desks, and equipment free of dust