High Quality and High Volume Spay/Neuter Surgical Preparation Volunteer (Skilled Vet Students/Vet Tech Students Only!)

About the Role

Mission Animal Hospital is proud to offer a High Quality, High Volume Spay/Neuter program to our Rescue Partners. We are looking for a skilled volunteer to assist with surgical preparation during a High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter event. This opportunity will give you direct exposure to the fast paced and energetic world of high volume spays and neuters - and the direct benefit it has in reducing the homeless pet population in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area.


    - This volunteer opportunity is available approximately once monthly (frequency may increase or decrease depending on demand)
    - Volunteer shifts will assist our staff veterinary care team for an 8 hour shift, generally 7:30am-3:30pm
    - This position will normally be scheduled on Mondays (subject to change based on clinic schedule)


    On-site training and supervision will be provided

    - Manage efficiency and flow of patients from the intubation table into the operating room
    - Administer pre-operative sedation, pain management and induction medications to patients by SQ, IM or IV injection (based on skill and comfort level)
    - Monitor patients after pre-operative sedation and induction has been administered
    - Record patient data and monitoring information
    - Assist and/or perform patient intubation (based on skill and comfort level)
    - Assist and/or perform blood draws (based on skill and comfort level)
    - Surgical site preparation, including shaving of the abdominal area and pre-surgical scrub


    - Must be 18 years of age or older
    - Formal or informal veterinary field training; current enrollment in Veterinary or Veterinary Technical curriculum preferred
    -Developed communication skills, professionalism, and ability to collaborate with a team
    - Ability to multi-task and work effectively with competing priorities
    - Ability to remain composed under pressure in a fast-paced environment
    - Ability to learn and respond appropriately to pet behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior)
    - Ability to communicate basic patient care concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian
    - Ideal candidate would be actively seeking a long term career in the veterinary field

Physical Requirements

    - Must be able to lift over 50 pounds
    - Must be able to stand for long periods of time, and bend and kneel repeatedly

About Mission Animal Hospital

Mission Animal Hospital is truly a unique organization! We’re a nonprofit 501(c)3 veterinary hospital—the first and only in Minnesota! The guiding mission of our work is to provide high quality veterinary care for those in need and to reduce barriers to veterinary care.