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VCA Animal Hospitals Sterile Processing Technician in Clackamas, Oregon

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists is looking to add Sterile Processing Technicians (CRCST) to its Specialty Surgical Team!

Schedule: Full-time, 4/10’s

Compensation: Pay is $24 / hour. Pay dependent on experience and certification.

Location: 16756 SE 82nd Dr. Clackamas, OR 97015


Being a Sterile Processing Technician:

As an important member of the patient care team at VCA NWVS, a Sterile Processing Technician is responsible for maintaining all surgical packs and sterilization including utilizing an autoclave, gas sterilizer, and ultrasonic cleaner. They assist the surgical team in providing exception patient care with a focus on cleanliness, and efficiency.


  • Minimum 1 year working as sterile processing technician

  • Graduate from an accredited sterile processing technician program and CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) preferred

  • Excellent communication skills necessary to interact effectively with coworkers, referring veterinarians, clients, and patients; ability to readily learn new procedures, must be adaptable

  • Ability to work independently while supporting a busy, high-producing department

  • Compassion for pets and people, understanding and respect for others’ choices.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Willingness to work varying shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays

  • The ability to lift up to 40 lbs. and be exposed to hazards associated with allergens, contagious diseases, noises, odors, bites, scratches, and animal waste.

Why We Want You!

As a member of the VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialist team, you will support the Technician and Doctor teams by creating a positive, low-stress atmosphere for our clients and patients. The skills that will be utilized include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor surgery schedule to ensure all necessary equipment will be available to the surgeon at the correct time

  • Prepare OR for surgery; select appropriate packs, instruments, and materials for the procedure being performed

  • Perform as surgical runner in the OR as requested

  • Be familiar with the proper way to clean surgical instruments after surgery, to include use of all the sterilization equipment

  • Be familiar with the proper way to wrap surgical packs, extra instruments, and other materials for sterilization

  • Be familiar with the use of the autoclave, gas sterilizer, and ultrasonic cleaner and perform all routine maintenance with communication and support from Facility Manager and Purchaser

  • Inform the Purchaser and Facility Manager of any broken or damaged equipment efficiently

  • Be certified or available to become certified as an ETO gas sterilizer operator

  • Communicate with Facility Manager and Purchaser proactively and effectively for appropriate inventory needs

  • Take routine inventory of stock and add necessary items to the ‘Want List’

  • Maintain pack, extra-instrument, and equipment lists

  • Restock drawers, shelves, product in prep and surgery suites

  • Order necessary hardware per the instruction of the Leadership Team

  • Maintain Surgery suite, prep area, and radiology – clean all surfaces, lights, table, table tray, vacuum, and mop floor, keep tables clean, pick up of used syringes, hair, and garbage; keep anesthesia and other machines clean to include their wheels; keep counters litter free and clean, clean keyboards and computer terminals; keep food out of the area, pick up after any procedures, keep protective gear hung up and cleaned

What makes VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists Unique?

The hospital was built in 1999 as a 10,000 square foot facility but it quickly grew out of that building. Within 10 years the hospital added another 5,000 square feet. A year later an additional 5,000 square foot building was added to create the Imaging Center. In 2016, due to unprecedented growth, a third building with 7,000 square feet was added creating an entire medical complex encompassing many veterinary specialties. With the addition of Radiation Oncology, what started off as a small specialty center has grown into a large campus. The people and resources of VCA NWVS provides pets and clients with the most comprehensive veterinary care in the Portland-Vancouver metro region.

Why Join the VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists Team?

We are passionate about supporting Technician Assistants and are committed to your continuing education and personal career development. VCA is a community of dedicated professionals that will encourage you to explore everything a Veterinary career has to offer. At VCA, we are committed to equity, inclusion, and diversity and strive to be a place where a talented mix of people want to come, stay, and do their best work. In addition, we support a work environment where you can focus on your career, happiness, and the patients you serve. Below are some of the many benefits of joining the VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists team!

  • Access to the people and financial resources of a large veterinary community

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Career development programs

  • Opportunities to give back through strong Shelter partnerships and VCA Charities

  • Tuition support and sponsorships

  • Free mental health sessions and wellness subscriptions (Head Space)

  • Referral bonuses

  • Generous pet care discounts

  • Competitive wage

  • Medical, dental & vision insurance

  • Life, long and short-term disability insurance included

  • Paid parental leave

  • Paid vacation, holiday, and sick time

  • 401(k)

If you are a current associate, you need to apply through our internal career site. Please log into Workday and click on the Career worklet on the landing page or search for Find Jobs.

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!

The information in this position description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of associates assigned to this job. Management reserves the right to revise the job description or require that other tasks be performed when the circumstances of the job change (for example, emergencies, change in personnel, workload, or technical development)

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans / Disabled. For a complete EEO statement please see our career page at