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HIRING: Registered Veterinary Technologist

18-month Temporary Contract Position

Full-time (40 hrs/week)

Looking for an enthusiastic new graduate RVT interested in working in a fast-paced shelter clinic.

ABOUT US: ALBERTA ANIMAL RESCUE CREW SOCIETY  is a registered non-profit charity located in Calgary, Alberta facilitating over 3,000 animal intakes each year and providing numerous community support programs across the province, including Disaster Response, Emergency Medical Care, Emergency Foster Care, and Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. Our mission is Changing Lives Through Kindness. We are looking for a new graduate RVT to join our clinic team to cover a 18-month maternity position. We are looking for an enthusiastic team player to join AARCS veterinary clinic.


ABOUT YOU: Assisting the lead RVTs, veterinarians, staff and volunteers you will provide exceptional patient care and are confident and willing to learn all aspects of shelter medicine including surgery (preparation, monitoring, and recovery), dentistry, radiology (digital and dental), emergency medicine, laboratory sampling and handling.  You have  both a love for animals and a deep willingness to learn and be a part of a fast-paced, high energy, busy shelter clinic. You are positive, friendly, and a team player.



  • Handling shelter/foster animals (primarily cats, dogs and rabbits), including physical examinations, diagnostics, medical rounds and treatments under the direction of the Veterinarian.
  • Assist with high volume surgical preparation, monitoring and recovery for shelter/foster animals with high level of proficiency and care.
  • Provide patient care for emergency and hospitalized animals including animals in isolation for infectious disease.
  • Assist in scheduling animals for surgery, examination, and rechecks, answering the clinic phone and assisting in entering medical files into the database.
  • Work collaboratively with all veterinarians, RVT’s, TA’s and volunteers.
  • Uphold the highest level of Disease Management and Prevention in correspondence to AARCS Protocols.
  • Maximize the use of clinic resources to ensure the highest standard of care at a minimum cost.
  • Husbandry duties including disinfecting kennels, washing floors, laundry, and dishes.
  • Sterilization and wrap packing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.



  1. Genuine interest in animal welfare and shelter medicine.
  2. Registered RVT  in the province of Alberta and member in good standing with ABVMA.
  3. Be comfortable handling both cats and dogs. This includes feral cats and shy, timid or reactive dogs.



  • Veterinary Clinic environment within a busy animal shelter with a moderate to loud noise level. The position may involve exposure to dangerous and/or diseased animals.
  • Position requires to be on your feet all day, including standing for long periods of time. Must be able to lift 50lbs solo and up to 120lbs assisted.

Apply Now:  Qualified candidates should forward a cover letter speaking directly to the requirements list with an attached resume to Deanna Thompson, Executive Director before December 2nd, 2019. Please ensure the subject line in your email states: RVT Application.

Submit your application by emailing:

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

AARCS is an equal opportunity employer. We invite all suitable candidates to forward their application in confidence. We regret that only the best-qualified candidates will be contacted for screening. Thank you in advance for your interest.


Registered Veterinary Technologist – 18 month Temporary Contract Position


Kitten Season

[Kitten Season]

Written by Sydney Walker, SAIT Journalism Student

All photos courtesy of some of the amazing cat foster moms at AARCS.

As the days get warmer, and spring becomes reality, kitten season is already in full swing. With litters upon litters of new kittens being born, calls regarding newborn kittens that appear to be abandoned are becoming more frequent. And although the introduction of new life into the world is beautiful and wondrous, it leads to the increase of abandoned, homeless, and neglected animals within our province.


What’s better than one sleeping kitten? Two!

What should you do if you encounter a mom and her babies in loud or dangerous environments:


  • Call your local animal welfare agency to assist
  • Minimize moving the mom or the kittens
  • Do not move the kittens if the mom is not present – mother cats commonly leave their kittens unattended for extended periods of time to look for food or hide in fear if disturbed.

It’s important to be aware that it is difficult to determine whether or not their mom is to return without hours of distant and quiet observation of the area where the kittens are located.

If you find a potentially orphaned litter of kittens:
  • It is best to leave them where they are and call a local animal welfare agency, or animal services (list of Calgary-based organizations below)

  • If the kittens are in imminent danger due to an environmental danger, or a predator, make precise notes of the location and take them to a local veterinary clinic. Your notes and contact information are used by animal rescuers to search for a mother cat within the area the kittens were found.

Foster kitten Cricket looking mighty cute!

Foster kitten Cricket looking mighty cute!

The kittens’ greatest chance of survival is with their mother. Young kittens are very fragile, and even when being bottle-fed by experienced foster parents, their chance of survival is still not as high as it would be with their mother present.

When kittens are removed, the mother will go into heat again almost immediately, and thus the cycle of kittens will continue.

If the entire family can be rescued, the chances of survival are much greater. Ultimately if more people become more educated on what to do in these circumstances, together we can help stop the cycle of homeless kittens. One person can make a difference, no matter how small! It can feel daunting to see or read about homeless cats, but ultimately even if one is saved, to that one cat, their entire life changes, and that’s always worth the effort.

Calgary Resources:

Calgary Humane Society

Southern Alberta Veterinary Emergency (SAVE)

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)

VCA Canada Calgary Animal Referral & Emergency Centre

McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital

Fish Creek 24 Hour Pet Hospital

Calgary Animal Services / 311

If outside of the Calgary area, you can call your local animal services, emergency veterinary hospitals and/or humane society.
Foster Tekashi, just look at those baby blues!

Foster Tekashi, just look at those baby blues!

Kitten cuddle puddles!

Kitten cuddle puddles!

Thank you kindly for reading, I hope this was helpful and informative!

Ioana Busuioc
Blog and Website Content Creator

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