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Who we are

Established in 1888, the mission of the Louisiana SPCA is to promote, protect and advance the well-being of Louisiana's companion animals. 

Employment Opportunities

The Louisiana SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and has a rich benefits program including medical benefits and 401K. To report any issues with the online application process, or for special assistance, please contact info@la-spca.org

Job Opportunities

Dog Groomer

Community Clinic Administrative Associate

Animal Care Attendant

Community Clinic Veterinarian

Humane Law & Rescue Overnight Dispatcher

Dog Groomer

Overview of the Job:

The Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic provides access to preventative and essential veterinary care and services.  This role is responsible for providing excellent pet grooming services including bathing, brushing and clipping coats of both cats and dogs for their comfort and health. The position will promote positive interactions between animals and their pet parents, and provide education on the best way to maintain healthy coats. The position will also promote and support the LA/SPCA's programs and mission.

Success Criteria & Essential Skills:

  • Excellent communication and professional customer services skills as it is important to clarify expectations and outcomes with pet parents; This includes educating pet parents' on ways to maintain healthy coat as well as providing information on the programs and services within the Community Clinic;
  • Experienced in using calming and humane restraint strategies when working with cats and dogs;
  • Excellent animal handling skills for bathing, brushing, clipping or cutting coats; Also clip nails, clean ears, express anal glands and provide other related services as required;
  • Organized and aware of cleaning protocols, the position is responsible for general cleaning and upkeep of interior and exterior shelter spaces;
  • Treats all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance and promoting a humane and caring attitude toward all animals.
  • Works courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers;
  • Perform all other duties as necessary and required;

 Education and/or Experience:

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Experienced in animal handling/grooming skills

 Minimum Qualifications - Skills and Knowledge:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment physical and substance screening
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Able to manage and organize a high volume of animals.

 Physical Requirements: 

  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Should not be allergic to animals or have nut allergies; must be able to work around all animals
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; push and pull heavy objects; bend, twist, reach; perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking and running, standing, bending and stooping. 

 Working Conditions:

  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches. 
  • Works in an area with high noise levels.

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Community Clinic Administrative Associate

Summary of Job:

The LA SPCA's busy community clinic provides low-cost veterinary wellness and other services to the Greater New Orleans area.  The diverse duties in this position guarantee the smooth operation of the clinic and the services that it provides. This role has four key areas of responsibility:

  • Scheduling and managing appointments;
  • Front of the house activities including welcoming customers and their companion animals and managing the release of animals. This also involves processing records and payments in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Working closely with clients to find out relevant information and then present animal background and medical history to the veterinarians and technicians prior to the medical consult;
  • Preparing, recording and ensuring accurate medical records for all clients and patients;

 Success Criteria & Skills Required:

  • Exceptional customer service experience and professional interpersonal skills are essential in this role. The majority of time is spent working closely with clients, welcoming them to the clinic, being an ambassador for the LA SPCA, answering incoming calls, informing clients of services and fees and answering any questions;
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills are essential for this fast-paced environment with multiple appointments and services. This requires daily monitoring of the appointment scheduling mix to ensure a suitable number of clients for the appropriate services;
  • Cash handling experience and attention to detail is required to check out as well as balancing and submitting daily deposits and generating daily financial reconciliation reports;
  • Retail sales experience is preferred as this role will explain and offer veterinary retail products to clients including discounts and special grant expenditures;
  • Energetic and positive approach when accompanying clients and animals to wellness consults; Excellent questioning and listening skills are required so that relevant information can be obtained and relayed to the veterinary staff;
  • At all times treat all animals humanely, professionally, and with compassion, regardless of the situation or circumstance;
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers;
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases and LA/SPCA information;

Education, Skills & Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • 2+ years professional experience in a veterinary clinic, shelter or comparable setting
  • Must be computer savvy and be able to learn multiple software programs quickly

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment substance screening
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts starting as early as 7:00 am and ending as late as 7:00 pm including Saturdays

 Physical Requirements:

  • Should not be allergic to animals; must be able to work around all animals
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants and sweep and mop
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, push and pull heavy objects, bend, twist, reach
  • Able to perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking, standing, bending and stooping

 Working Environment (or Working Conditions):

  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches
  • Works in an area with a high noise level

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Animal Care Attendant

Overview of the Job:

This critical role is responsible for providing excellent quality of life and humane care for all animals in the shelter. Duties include, but are not limited to, cleaning, feeding, and monitoring the animal's health and behavior. The role may at times assist with adoptions as well as helping customers with any lost and found animals. This role is an ambassador for promoting and supporting the LA/SPCA's programs and mission, including educating customers on responsible pet ownership.

Success Criteria & Essential Skills:

  • Caring and compassionate about animals, this role will provide all the care and attention for our shelter animals.  This includes administering vaccinations and performing heartworm testing as and when required;
  • A calming and nurturing nature is essential as the animal care attendant will humanely handle severely injured, sick and abused/neglected animals. This may involve working with animals that are aggressive, fearful or excitable. There are occasions where the role also will work with wildlife and livestock;
  • Professionalism is required at all times, as the role will assist with euthanasia and will perform euthanasia once certified. This includes handling deceased animals and preparing for their cremation;
  • Responsible for the general cleaning and upkeep of interior and exterior shelter rooms and animal areas, this role involves a lot of physical and strenuous activity and endurance;
  • Excellent customer service skills are required as the role interacts with customers, employees and volunteers on a daily basis. This role will promote responsible pet care including LA/SPCA programs such as spaying and neutering; 
  • Easy going and strives to work as a team to accomplish daily goals and on-going projects;
  • This role is regarded as "Essential" in extreme weather and emergency conditions. This means that the position will report for duty in such circumstances and work extra hours as required;
  • Respectful of privacy, confidentiality of animal records will be maintained at all times;

Education:

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D;

 Minimum skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment substance screening.
  • Team-focused and willing to work and learn different parts of the organization.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication skills including verbal and listening.
  • Customer service and working with the public is preferred.
  • Ability to report to work as early as 6:00am and end as late as 6:00pm.
  • Will work weekends and holidays.
  • A driver's license is preferred;

  Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Should not be allergic to animals or nut products; must be able to work around all animals
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; push and pull heavy objects; bend, twist, reach; perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking and running, standing, bending and stooping. 

   Working Conditions:

  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches. 
  • Works in an area with a high noise levels.
  • Works both indoors and outdoors.

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Community Clinic Veterinarian

Overview of the Job:

The Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic provides access to high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services as well as preventative and essential veterinary care.  The position plays a crucial role in keeping pets and owners united throughout the course of medical treatment, with the primary focus being the care of the animal and the client, to help enhance the lives of both the pet and the person. The Community Clinic veterinarian will provide services including examinations, diagnostics, treatments, minor surgery, and basic dentistry, concentrating on conditions which can be addressed with reasonable resources, and that have a high likelihood of a positive outcome. 

Success Criteria & Essential Skills:

  • Compassionate, with excellent problem solving and diagnostic skills, the veterinarian will provide 'best in class' preventive and essential medical care, as well as oversee all aspects of veterinary care at a high-volume outpatient clinic. This will include physical examinations, diagnostics, treatment recommendations and provision, providing prescriptions and discharge information;
  • Working collaboratively with the shelter medical team, this position will assist when required in the physical examinations, diagnostics, treatments and recommendations for care for shelter animals;
  • A critical thinker, with the agility to manage multiple demands and tasks, as this position will perform and oversee all aspects of surgical procedures amenable to being performed on an outpatient basis and refer triage cases that do not fall within the Community Clinic's parameters of care;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this role will converse professionally and respectfully with clients, employees, and volunteers and be able to relay important medical information in non-technical terms. This includes communicating effectively during examinations and providing medical test results in order to allow owners to make informed choices regarding the medical care of their pets; Provide discharge instructions for patients and oversee the dispensing of medications;
  • Document all exam findings, test results and treatment recommendations in patients' medical records, as well as follow written and verbally communicated Louisiana SPCA Standard Operating Procedures. Will also assist in writing, editing and updating medical protocols for the Community Clinic; 
  • Provide medical information and representation to other departments of the Louisiana SPCA, the public and various media outlets as appropriate;
  • Analytical and inquisitive, the veterinarian will maintain a current professional license to practice veterinary medicine and a current DEA license. They will keep up with the latest developments in animal medicine; Attends relevant meetings, and any other requested staff or industry related meetings/ conferences;
  • Maintain records for DEA regulated substances and oversee the handling of controlled substances by trained veterinary technicians; Participates and facilitates training sessions for employees, veterinary and technical students through demonstration, discussion and coaching methodology; 
  • Treats all animals humanely, properly, and with compassionately at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance;
  • Report to work in extreme weather conditions and emergencies;
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases and organizational information;
  • Counsel owners about end of life and other sensitive medical care decisions;
  • Perform humane euthanasia;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Must have Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited university and possess a current Louisiana Veterinary License.
  • 2 years of experience in general small animal practice or shelter medicine preferred.
  • Trained in or experienced with high volume spay/neuter surgery preferred.
  • Trained and experienced in performing all aspects of dentistry procedures preferred.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

Minimum Qualifications - Skills and Knowledge:

  • Team attitude and ability to maintain great working relationships with clients and staff,
  • Intermediate computer and keyboard skills, including Microsoft Office and Outlook.
  • Interest in animal welfare and population control and serving underserved populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in high-volume, fast-paced clinic environment with a diverse group of people.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen.
  • This position is considered "Essential" in emergencies and/or weather events must have flexibility to work outside of normal operating hours.

Physical Requirements:

  • Should not be allergic to animals or have nut allergies; must be able to work with all animals.
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; push and pull heavy objects; bend, twist, reach; perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking and running, standing, bending and stooping.

Working Conditions:

  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches
  • Works in an area with high noise levels
  • Working a minimum of 40 hours a week over a 7-day period including week-ends

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Overnight Humane Law & Rescue Dispatcher

Overview of the Job:

As a nonprofit organization we are dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering, and have been committed to serving the needs of the people and animals in New Orleans and across the region for more than 130 years.  This role is responsible for responding to calls for animal protection and control and assigning those requests to the Humane Law Enforcement (HLE). Officers. The role is also responsible for promoting the LA/SPCA's programs, services and mission, and educating the public on how to be responsible and humane pet owners.         

Success Criteria & Essential Skills:

  • Personal integrity is essential for this role as the job incumbent will model the organization's values and mission when assisting the public with the interpretation and understanding of animal ordinances, procedures, & responsible animal ownership;
  • Outstanding customer service skills are required as this role maintains a professional and friendly demeanor at all times; Responds to telephone calls and emails regarding animal rescue, public safety and the enforcement of animal ordinances;
  • Excellent written and report writing skills will be called upon as the role maintains accurate logs, reports, and statistics of daily activities;
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills are essential as the dispatcher will assign and dispatch calls to Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Officers and will monitor status and safety while in the field; Represents the LA/SPCA and in a professional and courteous manner at all times;
  • This role champions team success and works closely with humane law enforcement and other staff members and volunteers;
  • Drive company vehicle as needed;
  • Excellent presentation skills for representing LA/SPCA and New Orleans Humane Law & Rescue as well as educating the public on humane pet ownership and other programs offered by the LA/SPCA including adoptions, low cost spay/neuter, and special events;
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding all cases;
  • Position is considered "Essential" in emergencies and/or disaster situations;
  • Become certified in euthanasia and perform euthanasia upon request;
  • Treat all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance and promoting a humane and caring attitude toward all animals.

 Education:

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.

 Minimum Qualifications, skills, knowledge and Experience:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment substance screening
  • Strong computer skills including data entry skills as well as math skills
  • Ability to work weekends, nights, and holidays
  • During weather emergencies must be able to work a 24 hr. on call status.  

Minimum Qualifications, skills, knowledge and Experience:

  • Should not be allergic to animals or nut products; must be able to work around all animals
  • Must be able to work with industrial strength cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds; push and pull heavy objects; bend, twist, reach; perform strenuous physical activities including frequent walking and running, standing, bending and stooping, and crawling

Working Conditions:

  • Potentially subject to animal bites and scratches
  • Works in areas with a high noise levels.
  • May at times encounter individuals who may be defensive, or argumentative
  • Subject to working with aggressive animals

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