VOLUNTEER WITH TASK FORCE
The Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force works within the ABVMA by-laws by applying for a “Temporary Veterinary Facility” license for each clinic. This License is granted under special circumstances in order to address pet overpopulation in a targeted community. Our clinics must provide safe surgery and are operated with an adjunct veterinary clinic. The Task Force targets the larger, free roaming dogs living in First Nation communities that can pose a risk to community members or livestock and are normally less cared for. While these dogs may appear to be strays, many do have owners. Most dogs living in first Nations are allowed to roam freely and most owners do not have a fence or allow the dogs in their homes. RVT’s must be open to answering questions from community members and encouraging their participation. Vet and RVT students may be in attendance as well. A Responsible Veterinarian as well as Medical Manager will be in attendance and provide direction to all volunteers.
We require experienced small animal techs that are willing to work in a fast paced atmosphere under less than ideal conditions.
The clinics can be physically and mentally challenging.
Application Requirements: All Registered Veterinary Technologists (formerly Animal Health Technologist) must be active general members of the ABVMA. Please complete the Application Form below.
Accommodation: In most cases, accommodation will be provided for key RVT’s at a motel in the nearest town or city. You may be asked to share a room or half of your room will be paid for should you prefer not to share. Most motels are very basic. Rooms are provided the night before an early shift. If you are volunteering for both days, a room will be paid for on the night of your late shift. Should the clinic day end late, a room will be provided if you do not feel comfortable driving home.
Food: Breakfast and lunch are provided. All catering is provided by volunteers. Normally we can provide vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free food although this is not guaranteed.
Travel: RVT’s and AHT Students are responsible for transportation costs.
Waiver: All RVT’s and AHT Students are required to sign a waiver.
Medical Manager: A Medical Manager will be in attendance and provide direction.
Responsible Veterinarian: A Responsible Vet will be on-site during the clinic hours and will ensure that the requirements for a Temporary Veterinary Facility as set out by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association are adhered to. The clinic is under the direction and control of the Responsible Vet.
Protocols: The Task Force has protocols in place to ensure the safety of the animals. We ask that you follow our protocols. Should you have any questions, they may be directed to the Responsible Veterinarian or Medical Manager.
Respect for Community: We ask that you drive directly to the clinic site and do not drive through the community. Our group can have up to 100 volunteers at each clinic and the extra traffic may cause issues. We ask that you drive safely and respect the community that has invited us to assist them with their animals.
Orientations: An orientation, directions to the clinic, accommodation information and schedule will be emailed to you by the Medical Manager prior to the clinic.
Shifts: Most clinics take place on weekends and times vary depending on role.
Available medical team positions for each clinic include shifts within each of these areas:
– Surgery Meds
– Surgery Lead
– Surgery Monitor
– Surgery Prep
You may not hear from us until about a month before our next clinic. If you have any questions about your application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Clinics take place on weekends (Fri-Sun) and are normally in First Nation communities.