Veterinary Volunteer Program
Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (TLCASC) is a regional animal shelter, owned by the City of Tallahassee, but serves the surrounding community. Our facility is an open-admission facility and received nearly 10,000 animals each year. The Veterinary Team (one full-time veterinarian and two full-time veterinary technicians) deals with the issues of overpopulation, stray and abandoned animals, population medicine (over 400 animals on site daily), and animal neglect on a daily basis. The staff veterinarian and veterinary technicians assess and treat all sick and injured animals that enter the facility. In addition to the urgent and emergent medical care provided to the animals, the Veterinary Team is responsible for surgical sterilization of all adoptable animals. The Animal Care Specialists assess all animals to determine if they are suitable for adoption and/or foster placement. If an animal is selected for adoption or foster, the animal is tested for heartworm(dogs) or FeLV/FIV(cats), vaccinated, dewormed and scheduled for surgical sterilization. Surgery is performed on-site in our new surgical suite. Surgery is generally performed 4 or 5 days a week, depending on the number of animals needing surgery and on the other demanding aspects of our job.
Veterinary Volunteers will primarily be involved is our surgery program. Primary duties include:
- Surgical pack sterilization and preparation
- Laundering the surgical linens
- Assisting with patient preparation for and recovery from surgery.
- Other duties may include assisting with animal exams, diagnostics and treatments.
- Due to the nature of shelter medicine, the exact activities will vary by season
Veterinary volunteers are asked to commit to a regular schedule of at least 2 hours per week; most Veterinary volunteers come for 4 to 6 hours once a week. Scrubs should be worn when working in the surgery suite; otherwise, neat clothing that you don't mind getting dirty can be worn for all other activities. Comfortable, close-toed shoes are mandatory.
Eligibility for the Veterinary Volunteer Program:
All Veterinary volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate. All individuals are welcome to apply; however, preference will be given to pre-veterinary students and individuals with experience working or volunteering in a veterinary hospital or animal shelter.
How to Apply:
Individuals wishing to participate in the Veterinary Volunteer Program must complete a standard Volunteer Application (PDF) in addition to the Veterinary Volunteer Program Application (PDF). Both applications should be submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator at the Animal Service Center. If selected for the Program, individuals must attend the following training sessions: (a) New Volunteer Orientation; (b) Dog-Handling Class; (c) cat behavior class and (d) the Veterinary Volunteer Orientation.