We’re Hiring!

Dorchester Paws is looking to add a clinic technician to our team. If you think that could be you, read the job description below and email your resume to ahoward@dorchesterpaws.org!



The Clinic Technician position is a key role in the composition of our staff for maintaining the wellbeing of our shelter animals by tending to their medical needs. Clinic technicians must be self-motivated, team player, dependable, able to multi-task, and enjoy caring for animals! The primary functions are to work in our processing clinic doing intake exams on all animals that come into the shelter. This includes giving vaccines, drawing blood, microchipping, trimming nails, assessing medical needs, daily evaluation and care of animals, maintenance of preventative health programs and medical protocols, keeping records up to date in PetPoint


Ability to work well with cats and dogs.
Knowledge of shelter medicine.
Possess reliable transportation to/from work.
Possess a minimum of a high school degree or equivalent.
This position requires many detailed tasks and multi-tasking abilities. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment.
Ability to work during the week as well as weekends and holidays.
Ability to stand for long periods of time.
Good driving record
Certified vet tech or vet assistant preferred.

The Clinic Technician is responsible for the medical care and health maintenance of all animals at the Dorchester Paws facility. Under the supervision of the Chief Veterinarian, and Director of Operations, duties include maintaining medication and medical supplies inventory, assisting in the processing of animals admitted to the shelter, maintaining up to date campus animal inventory, dosing and dispensing of daily medications to all shelter animals. The clinic Technicians fill an integral part of the team as s/he is the first in line to prevent and treat conditions for the animals at the shelter.

Essential Tasks

Support Dorchester Paws in daily functions including the general care and maintenance of the facility and all animals including morning cleaning.
Assist in the processing of animals coming into the shelter.
Examine animals to determine if there is a need for treatment.
Giving medication to the animals on campus that are being treated for various conditions.
Keeping track of inventory.
Walk and exercise animals to maintain their physical and mental health.
Making rounds to check on animals listed on the medical board for inspection.
Keep up to date Animal Inventory
Perform animal grooming duties, such as washing, brushing, clipping, trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears.
Collect, prepare, maintain and record animal information, such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other organizations, and the general public.
Maintain the shelter by performing tasks including, but not limited to, sweeping/mopping floors, wiping counters, taking out trash, cleaning bathrooms, and checking equipment and supplies.
Assist other staff members on occasion with such tasks as helping restrain an animal, helping clients with their pets, etc.
Make medical decisions in regards to continued animal care
Perform other duties as assigned.
Additional Competencies:

Knowledge of medications and conditions • Flexible • Independent • Time Management • Communication Proficiency • Organizational Skills • Supportive • Problem Solving and Decision Making • Responsible • Goal Oriented • Decision Making • Professionalism • Integrity • Thoroughness/ Attention to Detail • Active Learning Skills • Innovative • Stress Tolerance • Initiative • Dependability • Leadership • Initiative • Cooperation • Thoroughness • Collaboration and Teamwork

Work Environment

This job functions both indoors and outdoors of the shelter.

Duties will take place at Dorchester Paws that require consistent walking. This role routinely uses medical supplies and clinic equipment.

Physical Demands

This role requires regular and extended standing and walking. This role requires flexibility and the ability to stand, lift, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend or stand as necessary. This position also requires frequent lifting or moving of objects or materials up to 50lbs.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full or part-time position. Days and hours of work are flexible, however Saturday and Sunday are preferred with a mandatory 1 hour unpaid lunch break.


Some travel is necessary for offsite training and other managerial conferences. Additional travel may be required and is usually within 16-mile radius from the main facility.