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Veterinary Technology Instructor

Yakima Valley College
Yakima, Washington State
$66,628.00 - $73,605.00/yr

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Are you passionate about preparing future students for the demanding, caring, and exciting field of Veterinary Technology? Do you want to work side by side with a clinically experienced veterinary instructional team who are dedicated to modeling and educating students on excellent patient care in an AVMA accredited program?  Can you envision yourself fostering innovation to maintain YVC’s exceptional national board exam pass rates compared with accredited colleges’ national average? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the faculty ranks at Yakima Valley College (YVC), an innovative and equity-focused designated Hispanic Serving Institution dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.
Yakima Valley College seeks an innovative full-time Veterinary Technology Instructor who is active and accomplished in their discipline, who has a record of successful industry experience and/or related teaching experience, and who is committed to community college students and their success. This is a full-time, special faculty (non-tenure track) position on a 9-month academic schedule from September through June, with an anticipated start of September 2021. 
 Reporting to the Dean of Workforce Education, the Veterinary Technology Instructor will have successful industry experience, must be able to develop equity-minded practices within an education environment, and demonstrates the strong promise of becoming a contributing member of the Workforce Education Division.  

YVC offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, encourages cooperative learning, and uses technologies in the classroom and for e-learning. All faculty are engaged in the assessment of college goals and purposes.

This position is open until filled. 


  • Teach a variety of veterinary technology courses, including didactic/lecture and laboratories
  • Oversee student instruction/learning and staff in performing effective and safe small animal anesthesia, restraints, medical and surgical procedures
  • Support and prepare a diverse population of students for employment within the veterinary field
  • Work with Vet Tech team to develop budget strategies, update equipment, schedule coursework, and meet all accreditation and USDA standards for the Program
  • Develop and apply curriculum to meet Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) accreditation standards and processes, including development and application of essential skills criteria
  • Ensure compliance with USDA and other legal requirements for animals used in teaching, including husbandry and care, facility standards, and medical records
  • Participate in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and develop the implementation of those protocols
  • Utilize Veterinary Technician Practice Model including technician assessments, technician interventions, and medical records
  • Utilize Canvas as our Online Learning Management System for coursework
  • Advocate for lab safety at all times; maintain a safe learning environment for students, patients, and instructors
  • Prepare and instruct in labs for small animals, pocket pets, exotics, avian, equine, and bovine species
  • Lead efforts to increase student success in Veterinary Technology, including closing achievement gaps between demographic groups
  • Build relationships in Veterinary Technology settings that result in high-quality partnerships and co-op/internship placements
  • Engage in assessment activities to meet the requirements of the College, program, and course-level student evaluation
  • Participate in student advising, Guided Pathways advising model, campus committee work, course and curriculum planning, department meetings
  • Teach alternate hours, as needed for special circumstances


  • Anesthesia, surgery, and dentistry in dogs and cats
  • Clinical laboratory procedures including cytology, hematology, microbiology, parasitology, urinalysis.
  • Equine nursing and common clinical procedures
  • Pharmacology
  • Management, husbandry, and medical care of dogs, cats, and exotics in a hospital or shelter setting
  • Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and PowerPoint
  • Adult teaching and learning models and practices
  • Responsive customer service for a culturally diverse population


  • Evaluate animal behavior and medical status to provide for the patient, student, and staff safety
  • Assess student learning and skill acquisition utilizing established criteria
  • Communicate knowledge and skill effectively in both written and oral form with students and the instructional team
  • Learn the technology utilized by the college including Microsoft Outlook, Canvas, Panopto video recording, and various video-conferencing applications
  • Occasionally travel to various offsite advisory board meetings or other locations as required
  • Be willing to work a flexible schedule as needed for special circumstances.  The typical schedule is M-F during the day.


  • Ability to perform skills and evaluations of patients and students required of the position, which includes fine motor skills, manual dexterity, ability to lift and position patients, and vision (with or without correction) to see depth, color, fine details through microscopes, etc


  • Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology, or AAS in Veterinary Technology, and a Bachelor's Degree in a related field such as Biology, Animal Science, or Education from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Three (3) years experience in a veterinary clinical setting working as a veterinarian or veterinary technician
  • Eligibility for professional licensure (DVM or LVT) in the State of Washington (must obtain licensure within 3 months of employment. Must maintain licensure required of the position)
  • Eligibility for professional technical certification in the State of Washington
  • Demonstrated ability to implement curriculum and deliver instruction in multiple modes of instruction (online, hybrid, and face-to-face) in didactic and laboratory settings


  • DVM/VMD degree from a regionally accredited college or university 
  • Demonstrated 2 years’ experience in Veterinary Technology education or supervision and evaluation of students in practicum/externship setting in clinical practice.
  • Veterinary technicians must be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accredited veterinary technology program
  • Ability to perform the skills and evaluations of patients and students required of the position
  • 5 years of full-time experience in a clinical setting working with dogs, cats, and horses


Application Instructions:
To apply for this position you MUST submit a complete YVC Online Employment Application, and include the following REQUIRED attachments:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (a generic cover letter will not be accepted).  The search committee should be able to easily “check off” each qualification asked for in the job description. 
  • A current resume (a resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the online application). 
  • Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional)
  • Unofficial transcripts for confirmation of degree and required for the fulfillment of the minimum qualifications (when applicable).  The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts at the time of hire.
  • Copy of Credentials or license as required for the fulfillment of the minimum qualifications.
  • Supplemental Questions - Your responses should provide examples and timelines in your education/experiences which give evidence of each claim you make (should also be reflected in your application materials). 

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or in lieu of attaching your documents to the online application.  
 Employment Information: 
 Those applicants invited to interview may be required to complete a skills test.

Candidates will be subject to a Criminal History Background Check as a condition for consideration of employment.
 "In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire."

Yakima Valley College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, genetic information, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment.  All inquiries regarding compliance should be directed to the Director of Human Resource Services, YVC, South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA  98902; or call 509.574.4670. Click here for the full nondiscrimination statement. 
Yakima Valley College's Annual Safety and Fire Report is available online by visiting the Campus Safety Security website, containing mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information for the past three calendar years. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please call 509.574.4610.
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible.
All positions are subject to funding. 

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