Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) - Emergency

Veterinary Technician Lynnwood, Washington


Position at Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle

Lead Veterinary Technician – Emergency

Lynnwood, WA

More than a word, care is present in everything you do. At Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, a Thrive Pet Healthcare partner, we take action to empower your best care for pets, their families, and yourself.  

We are a community of 400 clinics forming an extraordinary network of unparalleled resources and people. Through outstanding learning and career options, comprehensive benefits, and abundant support, you’ll be nurtured and appreciated for who you are and what you bring to the table. We come together in both the joys and heartaches of our profession to lift each other up through laughter and empathy.  

And, we have plenty of fun along the way! 

Who we are 

The Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle (VSCS) is a 24-hour Emergency and Critical Care and Specialty hospital. We offer a collaborative approach to veterinary medicine. We support Emergency and Critical Care, Neurology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology and Radiology, all in one hospital. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate medical care and exceptional client service.

We are a diverse group of assistants, licensed veterinarian technicians and doctors ranging from residents in training to board certified.  We are committed to providing excellent care for our patients and clients and find this is best accomplished in an environment where we foster learning, function as a team while still encouraging autonomy and accountability, and make sure to laugh at least a little bit every day.

Provide your best care with more bridges and less barriers. 

Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is looking for a Lead Veterinary Technician to join us as part of the Thrive Pet Healthcare community.  

As a Lead Veterinary Technician, you’ll play an important role in pets’ lives by providing end-to-end care for our precious patients. Your life-changing work will range from the hands-on care of facilitating outpatient treatments and performing laboratory tests, to support services including admitting and discharging patients. 

Role Responsibilities: 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a positive attitude and set an example for the team.
  • Provide exceptional client service and nursing care and hold other support staff accountable to do the same by leading by example and being receptive to criticism and improvement.
  • Treat coworkers equally and fairly.
  • Maintain good attendance. Help pick up shifts when staffing is short and be flexible with shifts worked when needed.
  • Immediately notify leadership of any incidents involving your department. This can include but is not limited to accidental death or injury of animal, injury of employee, upset pet parents, and/or HR issues that need immediate attention.
  • Maintain equipment and report necessary repairs to facilities manager.
  • Maintain knowledge of current hospital procedures and policies and enforce as necessary
  • Maintain drug logs. Ensures weekly drug audit is being completed. Report discrepancies to technician supervisor.
  • Be aware of special stocking/equipment issues (equipment out for repair, etc.).
  • Utilize staff to their full potential while supporting over-all hospital needs.
  • Oversee training schedules and completion of training checklist for new employees. Update technician supervisor with any concerns during new-hire training.
  • Oversee the completion of daily checklists and maintenance logs.
  • Exercise leadership in your department. Share problems with staff and solicit input on solutions.
  • Teach and learn all that you can. Be fair and consistent.
  • Make recommendations to technician supervisor and other department leads concerning personnel matters, disciplinary actions, and follow-up.

Team interactions:

  • Supervise technicians and assistants while providing support to all team members.
  • Act as a liaison for the department throughout the hospital.
  • Encourage technicians and assistants to work as a team in a positive communicative manner.
  • Coach employees on performance issues and participate in disciplinary actions.
  • Participate in performance assessments.
  • Participate in the hiring process including reviewing resumes and participating in interviews.
  • Work with technician supervisor to onboard new hires and create schedule.
  • Be willing to help with hospital cleanliness.
  • Check in with other department leads to address any staff shortages, vacations, or other special needs.
  • Assist in the management, delegation, and guidance of staff in prioritizing case flow for patients
  • Delegates tasks to appropriate staff members in a respectful and polite manner

Scheduling Staff:

  • Create the department schedule by utilizing WIW daily to ensure schedule reflects daily staffing changes. Update when employee’s leave early, arrive late, etc.
  • Maintain staff schedule at least 4 weeks in advance.
  • Daily team scheduling and planning. Coordinate staffing needs as changes in hospital status arise.
  • Ensure meals/breaks are taken.
  • Managing vacation requests and scheduling appropriately to accommodate those requests
  • Manages on-call schedule

Monthly meetings:

    • Attend lead and hospital meetings and participate in discussions.
    • Share your ideas for improvement.
    • Honest and transparent communication.
    • Lead department meetings each month.

Experience & Skills Requirements:  

* 3 years veterinary assisting / technician experience
* Desire to offer superior patient care
* Positive work attitude
* Flexible schedule

* Licensed Veterinary Technician - Washington

* Leadership Experience

You’ll Grow With Us 

Here, you can grow your career as best fits you through access to comprehensive learning and skillset programs. You can build your skills and earn credentials through: 

  • Our vast, diverse, and free library of continuing education courses - ThriveU 
  • Live, virtual interactive workshops to develop valuable leadership skills  
  • A program to designed to teach you the fundamentals of running a pet hospital  
  • ​​​​​​​Earn your AVMA-CVTEA Accreditation and become a Vet Tech through our fully accredited distance learning program for veterinary technicians 
  • Scholarship opportunities and tuition reimbursement   

And, with so many locations nationwide, you can find and move into any specialty, hospital type, or environment. Join us and provide your best care at a clinic that is deeply rooted within its community and bolstered by the resources of Thrive Pet Healthcare. 

Benefits – our care in action 

We provide benefits spread comprehensively across your mental, physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing designed to meet your needs as a unique individual. Some key benefits include: 

  • ​​​​​​Paid time off including 8-weeks of full-pay parental leave, bereavement to grieve both humans and pets, and time off for new pet adoptions 
  • Top quality medical, dental, and vision insurance plus health savings account and flexible spending account ​​​​​​​ 
  • Pet perks including free exams, discounts on products and services, and more at all Thrive Pet Healthcare locations 
  • Generously subsidized backup and ongoing care support for children, adults, and pets 
  • Mental health benefits including coaching and therapy sessions 
  • 401k with employer contribution and no waiting period 
  • Continuing education and development support through our library of free CE courses and paid time off to complete 
  • Scholarship opportunities and student loan support program 

       and so much more! 

Compensation negotiable based on credentials and experience with a hourly pay rate starting at $24 - $35 / hour. The actual rate offered will carefully consider a wide range of factors, including your skills, qualifications, experience, and location.  

Additional compensation for Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS)

At Thrive Pet Healthcare, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and diversity of all of our team members, pet parents, and pets. We strive to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture where all team members belong and feel empowered.