Learning and Growth Technician

Washington, DC /
Friendship Hospital for Animals – Technicians /
/ On-site
Friendship Hospital for Animals is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic veterinary technicians to join our training team. Various shifts are available in our Emergency/Progressive Care Unit and this role would directly support the training and development of that team.  Schedules will need to be flexible and can include weekend days, AM, PM or OVN shifts.  A successful candidate would be dedicated to providing a high level of care to our patients, clients and staff, have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and be adaptable to a dynamic workload. A minimum of 2 years' experience and LVT/RVT/CVT is preferred. 

All the responsibilities of a PCU/ICU technician plus:

    • Work one on one with new staff to help them develop new skills and solidify learned ones.   
    • Aid staff in acclimation to the hospital and through level testing 
    • Work 1 shift on PCU/ICU shift per pay period to stay UTD on protocol changes 
    • If staff members cannot be moved to the schedule of the training tech, flexibility will be needed. Training tech may be moved to the schedule of the trainee temporarily. 
    • Help the continued progression of current staff through new skills and up to/including VTNE prep 
    • FHA should be the primary position held over other possible positions 
    • Be in consistent communication with Tech Management and Patient Care Manager with updates on staff development.   
    • Fill out weekly mentee development log, update sign off sheets and keep all documents UTD 
    •  Participate in continuing education and conduct CE to provide group training opportunities. 
    •  Generate solutions for problems or challenges in the department.   
    •  Other duties as assigned   

Skills and Abilities:

    • All skills and Abilities of a PCU/ICU technician: 
    • Animal handling skills and a basic understanding of animal behavior and low stress handling techniques   
    • Ability to remain calm and multi-task in a stressful environment.   
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing with a variety of individuals   
    • Ability to work positively as a team player.   
    • Ability to learn, apply new skills and follow through with directions/tasks   
    • Ability to effectively problem solve and make decisions as needed.   
    • Ability to learn and use computers, technical machinery and laboratory equipment.   
    • Ability to lift 40 lbs.   
    • Ability to stand for 10 hours   
Meet our hospital:
Established in 1936, Friendship Hospital for Animals provides high quality, compassionate veterinary care to the dogs and cats of the Washington D.C. metro area. Our vision is to be the most medically progressive small animal hospital in the country while adhering to our core values of teamwork, collaboration and respect. We are AAHA accredited and provide wellness, emergency and specialty care with over 60 veterinarians on staff, including 13 rotating interns and over 20 specialists.

Friendship has specialty departments including emergency/critical care, radiology, anesthesiology, oncology, ophthalmology, neurology/neurosurgery, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine/hemodialysis, rehab therapy, and surgery. We have MRI, CT, a separate dedicated ICU, long-term ventilator capability, and hemodialysis onsite. In addition to providing clients and their pets the highest quality of medicine and service, Friendship Hospital is also a fun and rewarding place to work and grow.

Excellent compensation and generous benefits are offered.

Living in Washington, DC:
Friendship is proud to be a part of the Washington DC community. Our diverse and historic neighborhoods provide enrichment, entertainment, and excitement to new and long-term residents alike. While known for its monuments and museums, the District is also known for its parks and pet-friendly accommodations. Most residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park - including Rock Creek Park, the oldest urban park in the country, popular for hiking and outdoor activities. DC's Kennedy Center and Lincoln Theater offer world-class entertainment and theater. Top universities such as Georgetown, Howard, George Washington, and American (situated around Friendship's campus) attract students and scholars from around the world. Public transportation includes metrorail, metrobus, electric scooters, Capital Bikeshare, and Car2Go. Enjoy DC's varied and eclectic food scene, celebrate a win with the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals, visit the century-old cherry blossoms or take a weekend trip to nearby Shenandoah Valley, Harper's Ferry, or Annapolis.