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If you are interested in a career with us, please click on the job title above for complete information on job duties, experience needed, and to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Veterinarian - Both FT & PT Available

Purpose of position:

The Veterinarian is a trained and Oregon licensed veterinarian responsible for providing medical care and surgery in our shelter, mobile spay/neuter van and future public veterinary clinic. Patients include owned pets, shelter animals and community animals of various sizes and temperaments.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Veterinarian performs all job duties in an efficient, positive and helpful manner. They participate in and promote animal safety, welfare and wellness. The Veterinarian shares information to enhance the public’s knowledge of animal welfare as well as possesses knowledge of HSCO’s mission and programs.

Managerial Duties:

1. Ensure regulatory compliance relating to the practice of veterinary medicine within all areas

2. Provide and train in low-stress, fear free handling protocols

3. Mentor medical (licensed veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants) and support staff and volunteers, creating a safe learning environment

4. Participate in annual performance evaluations for staff with the CVO

5. Maintain fiscal stability and work within a budget; may assist with annual budget preparation

6. Assist the CVO with advancements in animal care, staff training and legal compliance

Medical Duties:

1. Perform pre-surgical physical examinations (or visual assessment of community cats in humane traps) on all surgical candidates to determine if animals are acceptable anesthetic/surgical candidates

2. Document physical examination findings and any adverse events on appropriate medical records

3. Perform an average of 25 procedures on community animal surgery days, using techniques recommended for high-quality/high-volume spay/neuter clinics (ASPCA).

4. Oversee all aspects of veterinary care, including pre and postoperative care, anesthetic administration and monitoring, emergency care, restraint and treatment, all in consultation with the CVO for any protocol changes

5. Examine, diagnose, and treat post-surgical complications of animals

6. Keep thorough medical records for all surgeries and exams performed

7. Cultivate and maintain open communication and working rapport with staff and local veterinarians

8. Communicate effectively and in a professional manner with public and all staff members, volunteers, especially other veterinarians, CVTs, and VAs

9. Provide compassionate and patient customer service to all clients, including trappers/rescuers

10. Adhere to all protocols put forth by OSHA

11. Provide statistical and strategic information for use in program evaluation

12. May perform euthanasia on animals

13. Work closely with the CVO and CEO and other managers with regard to animal health and welfare programs; observe and make suggestions on improving the quality of care for animals receiving medical/surgical care

14. Abide by all regulations in the Oregon Veterinary Practice Act

15. Maintain low surgical and anesthetic complication rates, as determined by CVO

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Degree from accredited AVMA veterinary school or equivalent degree with successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination and Clinical Proficiency Exam

2. Current valid license to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon

3. Ability to pass a background screening with no adverse veterinary disciplinary or criminal action on record

4. Ability to obtain both a DEA controlled substance license for location and facility license

Required/Preferred Skills and Abilities:

1. Preferred experience in a shelter or high quality/high-volume spay/neuter setting, including pediatrics

2. Ability to work with all staff members and volunteers, regardless of position

3. Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills

4. Professional and tactful interactions with the public, volunteers and staff

5. Ability to teach various protocols to our animal care and veterinary staff

6. Budgetary experience helpful, but not necessary

7. Ability to comply with all rules and regulations

8. Ability to lead a team

Working Conditions:

Work may be performed in noisy indoor and outdoor environments. You may encounter exposure to the elements, including severe cold and heat, be exposed to zoonotic diseases and aggressive animals that my result in scratches, bites, kicking or cause other bodily injuries. People assigned to this position may encounter high levels of stress. This position requires lifting (50lbs repeatedly throughout day, with help), kneeling, squatting, crawling, bending, stretching, standing for long periods of time, computer work and writing. This position includes driving off-site of the facility to provide medical care. You must have the physical and mental ability to safely perform the full range of duties of the position without creating a hazard to self or others.

We are a family-oriented organization and work to provide the right balance of personal support, fun and work.

The following are a list of benefits that this position may include based on classification, timing of hire, introductory period and hours worked:

  • 100% employer paid insurance
  • Personal prescription coverage
  • Personal alternative care coverage
  • Personal vision coverage
  • 100% covered dental membership for employee
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Payment of professional fees/dues & licenses prorated on classification and negotiated at time of hire
  • Continuing education prorated on hours worked and coordinated at annual budget review
  • Simple IRA with 3% match after 1 year
  • Short-term disability coverage
  • Generous PTO plan with 3 weeks in first year, prorated on hours worked
  • Cash out PTO policy
  • 7 Holidays and 3 personal days pro-rated to employment classification/hours worked
  • Discounted pet care
  • Pet adoption benefit
  • Thrift store discount
  • Employee recognition program
  • Years of Service awards
  • Optional medical transportation insurance at employees expense
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Relocation assistance available

To apply or for more information on the position please email cover letter and CV to

CVT - HSCO Shelter
The Humane Society of Central Oregon is looking for a full-time or part-time Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) to join our medical team at the shelter.

We care for the stray and homeless animals in our area – we absolutely love what we do! Our CVTs assist with the surgical and medical care of our residents. We are an organization that is constantly changing and improving what we can do for animals.

Do you want to be a part of this fun, worthwhile cause? If so, please contact us with a resume and cover letter. We can then set up a time for you to come to the shelter and check out who we are and what we do.

We welcome any questions and would love to meet you!

To apply, please email

Animal Care Attendant

The Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) has a full time and a part-time position open for energetic individuals with compassion for animals. Join our team and help make a difference in your community! HSCO is the only open admission animal shelter in Central Oregon and cares for approximately 3,000 animals every year.
Position entails maintaining HSCO canine and/or feline population, including but not limited to:
• Cleaning and sanitizing dog and/or cat kennels
• Cleaning and sanitizing of animal care and general facility areas, as well as shelter laundry
• Daily monitoring for health and behavior of animals
• Daily feeding
This is a rewarding position and candidates should understand that the health of the animals in our care starts with them. Providing them a safe and sanitary environment is key their overall well-being.

The ideal candidate for this position has a great attitude and can work in a fast paced, changing, and sometimes stressful environment. The position is on-your-feet and physically active.

Required Skills and abilities
• Must be able a dependable, hard worker with reliable transportation.
• Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent.
• Capable of following set cleaning protocols.
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
• Basic computer skills needed.
• Position requires lifting, bending, stretching, and moving on feet for long periods of time. You must have the physical and mental ability to safely perform the full range of duties of the position without creating a hazard to self or others.
• Ability to work efficiently and effectively within the parameters of HSCO policies and procedures.
Shift starts at 7am, which will include weekend day(s), and some holidays. Full time positions include benefit package including health, dental, vision, PTO, and more.
All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
Please send resume and cover letter to

Animal Care Technician

About us
The Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) has a full-time position open for an energetic individual with compassion for animals and excellent customer service skills.

HSCO is the only open admission animal shelter in Central Oregon and is a vital resource for animals and people in our community. We are deeply committed to both. Services include animal adoptions, reuniting lost pets, lost and found reporting program, pet food and spay/neuter assistance, dog licensing, humane education programs and more. HSCO provides physical, medical, and behavioral care for approximately 3,000 abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals each year.

Our offer
Hourly wage with a robust benefit package for full-time employees and a compassionate team who genuinely care about each other. We are committed to providing a working environment that is supportive and fun. We work hard, but we strive to enjoy our work every day and remember why we do what we do.

About you
The role of the Animal Care Technician (ACT) is to work in a team environment where you will be involved in all aspects of customer service, animal intake, adoptions, lost pet reunification and support for all of our services. Your duties will include providing exceptional care to every animal and client that we are presented with.

About this role
If you recognize that your work will impact animals AND people, then please read on to see how you can make a difference in the lives of both in our community! It’s time to apply if you will enjoy:

• Being there for people and animals in our community
• Helping facilitate heartwarming adoptions
• Seeing the joy in reuniting lost pets with their families
• Providing intake duties for animals, including computer documentation and administering basic medical care and vaccines
• Providing excellent customer and handling unique situations with humility.
• Cleaning, feeding, and caring for HSCO animal population
• Practicing patience and genuinely bringing empathy each day
• Love working in a team environment

The ideal candidate for this position may have experience in a veterinary or shelter setting, although we are willing to train committed new team members. You should:

• Be respectful of all clients, team members and animal needs
• Have computer knowledge
• Have a positive attitude and work in a fast paced, changing, and sometimes stressful environment
• Be able to organize, multi-task, and prioritize the work that needs to be accomplished
• Have excellent follow through on details
• Be able to apply common sense understanding to any situation that may arise
• Have the confidence to apply your skills within the boundaries of shelter protocols
• Enjoy working with people just as much as our temporary animal guests
Schedule will include Saturdays and some holidays. Pay starts at $14/hr and DOE. Full time employees receive benefit package that includes Health, Vision, Dental and more! Health benefits after 90 days are 100% paid for by HSCO.

Join our team and help make a difference in your community! Learn more about HSCO at our website!

Our Locations

HSCO Shelter:
61170 S.E. 27th St.
Bend, OR  97702
Open T-F By appointment
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays & major holidays Closed
Mondays Closed with Essential Services
Stray Dog Pickup: 541/693-6911
Appointments, Info, Lost & Found: 541/382-3537

HSCO Thrift Store:
61220 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR  97702
Open Every Day 10am-6pm
Donations Accepted:
Mon. - Sat. 10am-5pm
Donation Door Closed Sundays
Schedule a Furniture Pickup