Volunteer Vet Techs Needed!

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Shanti - San Francisco

The mission of PAWS is to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for those most vulnerable in our community, through pet food, subsidized vet care, and volunteer supportive services; dog-walking, in-home cat care, transports to vet visits, and emergency pet fostering. All of our clients are low-income San Francisco residents who are seniors (over 60 years old) and/or living with a disabling illness or condition. We serve about 600 people and their 800 pets each year.


The role of the "Ask The Vet" Volunteer Vet Tech is to collaborate with one of our licensed Volunteer Veterinarians during drop-in consults with PAWS clients.

When: First Tuesdays of the month, with the exception of major holidays (2pm-5pm) and many Saturdays (10am-1pm)

Where: PAWS Office


  • Veterinary Technician with a minimum of one year experience working in a veterinary environment
  • Comparable experience can be considered on a case-by-case basis for individuals who are not Vet Techs
  • Comfortable performing animal restraint and animal handling tasks within a limited clinic environment (e.g. without extensive equipment or other clinical staff besides the primary veterinarian)
  • Attend a PAWS Training: a one-time Tuesday evening 3-hour session to learn about PAWS history, services and clients
  • Attend one Ask The Vet session to be trained on processes
  • Sign up and attend at least 4 consults over a 6-month period. Volunteers are welcome to do more shifts than this if able and available
  • Attend PAWS Volunteer Veterinary Committee meetings, 2 hours, twice a year
  • Comfortable working with PAWS client population


  • Sign in clients and their pets when they arrive
  • Pull client files
  • Prepare paperwork for each client visit
  • Assist the Veterinarian by lifting pets and providing animal restraint as needed
  • Provide basic treatment under the clinical direction of the Veterinarian (e.g. non-surgical wound care, administering ear drops, subcutaneous fluids, etc.)
  • Record documentation such as vital signs, as appropriate
  • Assist with/perform nail trims and anal gland expressions, if trained to do so and comfortable providing this service
  • Meet clients where they are at

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3170 23rd St.San Francisco, CA 94110



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary




  • Orientation or Training

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