Wellness and Spay/Neuter Clinic - Recovery Tech

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the St. Augustine Humane Society! We want every pet to have the chance to live happy, healthy lives with their loving families. Our programs and resources are designed to fight against the most common reasons pets are relinquished to shelters. By providing these lifesaving resources to the community, we are able to help reduce the need for animals to enter shelters, helping end needless euthanasia.


What is the Recovery Tech position?

The Recovery Tech position is an important part of our spay/neuter and surgery clinic. Because the rising cost of veterinary care is one of the main reasons pets are relinquished to shelters, our low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter and surgery clinic serves as a way for all pet parents to get the important medical attention their pet needs. Any pet who receives care from our Wellness Clinic must be spayed/neutered, as part of our mission to prevent overpopulation. Recovery Techs monitor pets as they come up from surgery and help ensure that no complications arise.


Do I have the qualifications needed to become a Recovery Tech?

The best Recovery Techs are concerned for the wellbeing of animals and want to ensure that every pet stays with their loving families instead of being relinquished to an animal shelter. If you work effectively in a busy environment, have high situational awareness, and are comfortable around surgical procedures, you will be an effective Recovery Tech.


How much time must I commit as a Recovery Tech?

Before volunteering, volunteers will attend a clinic orientation, then will be provided with on-the-job training with an experienced volunteer until they are able to perform the required tasks on their own. While training, volunteers should plan on being present for the whole day. Once training is complete, Recovery Techs are expected to volunteer at least four days a month. Volunteers are expected to arrive 15 minutes early for staff meetings and stay until their last client is served.


What are the Recovery Tech responsibilities?

  • Carry animals from the surgery table to the recovery area
  • Record vitals and monitor recovery to ensure the safety of the pet
  • Keep animals comfortable and warm
  • Remove trachea tube
  • Take animals to waiting area after initial recovery
  • Must sign Volunteer Agreement and Waiver prior to volunteering
  • Must wear wine-colored scrubs and close-toed shoes (to be provided by the volunteer)


Our mission. The St. Augustine Humane Society promotes healthy, responsible, lifelong pet ownership by serving the medical and rehabilitative needs of companion animals in our community. Our programs are designed to strengthen human-pet relationships and reduce the need for pets to enter shelters. Our goal is to ensure all pets have access to quality veterinary care, prevent overpopulation, and prevent animal suffering.


For more information, please visit www.staughumane.org.


Qualifications Required

  • Age Must be at least 18 - 55
  • How much weight can you safely and comfortably lift? Must be at least 21 - 30 pounds

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon