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VCA Animal Hospitals Registered Veterinary Technologist, Critical Care - Western Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Centre in Calgary, Alberta

Registered Veterinary Technologist, ER & ICU

Calgary, AB

Western Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Centre is welcoming two one-time Critical Care Registered Veterinary Technologists to join our team. This position provides an opportunity to work with top board certified specialists and the ability to learn about cutting-edge veterinary medicine. Founded in 2001, WVSEC is dedicated to serving the needs of veterinarians and pet owners, offering state-of-the-art specialty and emergency veterinary services at one of the largest, most comprehensive facilities of its kind in Canada.

Our team includes specialists in Cardiology, Critical Care, Ophthalmology, Medical and Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, along with 24-hour emergency care and rehabilitation services. Our hospital culture fosters teamwork and camaraderie that naturally leads to delivering exceptional care to our patients, and service to our clients, referring veterinarians and our community. The hospital is well equipped with digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, fluoroscopy, CT, linear accelerator, mechanical ventilator, and a complete on-site diagnostic laboratory. Our referral base is large, with over 75 referring hospitals in our 1.2 million person trade area. Twenty of these hospitals in Calgary are partner clinics from whom we draw referrals to all services.

Western strives to provide our technicians with a respectful, educational, productive, fun and collaborative work environment where the primary goal is to provide world-class veterinary services and patient care. We offer a dynamic team environment, encompassing specialty and emergency services. Candidates should have advanced technical skills, exceptional client service and communication skills and have a special interest in referral medicine. Come be a part of Calgary’s team of veterinary specialty professionals.

About Our Ideal Candidate:

The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills, compassion, and the ability to work efficiently in a high-pressure atmosphere. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work well within a highly functioning team. This person will have strong technical skills, be capable of caring for critical ill patients, be comfortable administering anesthesia, and be eager to constantly learn.

Schedule: 12-hour shifts with a rotating 4/5 on, 4/5 off schedule, ensuring 2/4 weekends off per month. The schedule rotates monthly between 06:00-18:00, 08:00-20:00 and 19:00-07:00. (night premium added)


  • Inpatient care: Facilitating treatments, diagnostic work-up and monitoring of ill hospitalized patients.

  • Triage: Assessing and determining priority of patients on the ER service, and assisting the DVM with diagnostics, treatments, admissions and discharges.

  • Procedures: Administering anesthesia for minor emergency procedures, assisting in set-up, and patient recovery.

  • Communicating with clients and referring hospitals on a regular basis.

  • Drive the VCA Canada experience and ensure our patients receive the highest quality care.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician in Alberta

  • Preference given for a minimum three years of experience as an RVT, ideally in an emergency or referral setting

  • Experience in providing general anesthesia and monitoring in dogs and cats

  • Ability to think critically and multi-task while working in a fast-paced, stimulating environment with challenging cases

  • Exceptional time-management skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficiency in performing calculations (drugs, constant rate infusions, unit conversions, etc.)

  • Ability to work well with others in a hospital that requires a multi-disciplinary team approach among the specialty services

  • Compassionate care and superior client communication skills

What VCA Canada Offers

Join our team and you will make a huge difference in the lives of pets and their families! With an extensive network of hospitals across Canada, each location offers a diverse experience, a local community feel, and a caring culture you can thrive in: We have the right fit for you!

  • RRSP Employer Group Match Program! Saving for your future just got easier with VCA Canada

  • A caring culture of Wellness and Appreciation!

  • VCA Canada RRSP Student Loan Program - Ask us more!

  • Medical Library; 2000+ journals, 600+ textbooks, research, and more at your fingertips!

  • Ask us about our mobilization and hands-free radiology!

  • Paid membership and dues

  • Paid wellness days, sick days, and vacation time

  • Employee assistance program

  • Continuing education benefits; paid to learn!

  • Exceptional career development: there is room to grow here!

  • Referral Bonus Rewards!

  • E-tools to assist with meditation, better sleep, exercise, and focus

  • Virtual health care (telemedicine) offering quick access to quality care

  • A caring culture of Wellness and Appreciation!

  • Access to amazing mini-courses

  • Opportunities to give back to your community through VCA initiatives

  • Annual uniform allowance

  • Generous personal pet care discounts

  • And extra perks like shopping discounts and cool wellness apps!

Please forward a copy of your resume and cover letter or LinkedIn profile to the Hospital General Manager:

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