Hospital Recovery Volunteer

(Georgian Triangle Humane Society, Collingwood - 10th Line)

Position ID: V-CWD0206
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2023
Last Full Update: 04 Dec 2023

Opportunity Details: Hospital Recovery Volunteer

Contact Adrienne Thorp, Volunteer Coordinator, Georgian Triangle Humane Society; Phone: 705-445-5204 ext 230; Email:

The GTHS Animal Hospital contains an Operating Room, Treatment Room, Examination Room, Pharmacy and X-Ray Room and a Hospital Intake/Recovery Area, and provides spay/neuter surgeries for over 1500 homeless pets annually. Having an onsite hospital ensures animals receive timely, thorough and comprehensive care, saves dozens of daily phone calls, reduces trips back and forth to veterinary clinics, dramatically decreases the stress on GTHS animals, and leads to the additional benefit of earlier adoption availability; so these animals find their forever home quickly. The GTHS Animal Hospital also assists local pet owners in need by providing essential vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries for their pets.

Reporting to the Director of Medicine and Hospital Registered Veterinary Technician, the Hospital Recovery Volunteer will be responsible for maintaining an orderly Recovery Room, assisting with recovering patients and the movement of animals.

  • Set up the Recovery Room for the day
    • This includes making sure kennels have towels and a floor recovery space is set up for large dogs
  • Assist with transporting animals into and out of the hospital
  • Assist post-surgery
    • Handle, restrain and care for animals
    • Monitor animals’ recovery post-surgery (vital signs)
    • Report any abnormalities in recovery to the Veterinary Technician
    • Help administer vaccines / medications / microchips, under direction
    • Help ensure all animals treated in the hospital have records that are maintained accurately
  • Assist post-recovery
    • Return recovered animals to the appropriate location (onsite at the animal centre or for pick-up
  • Maintain an orderly Recovery Room
    • Store vaccines / medications / microchips appropriately
    • Disinfect / sanitize monitoring equipment
    • Clean and disinfect cages, floors, surfaces and surrounding areas
    • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
    • Wash any dishes used
  • Assist hospital staff as required
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
More Info Link
Benefits Keeping active, Meet like-minded people supporting a good cause, AGM Voting rights after 90 days, First in line to adopt, Volunteer events, volunteer recognition, volunteer newsletter and internal Facebook group access
Clients cats and dogs
Ages 18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Areas of Interest Animal Services ; Community / Neighbourhood Volunteering
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Medical Assistance - Checking pulse for cats and dogs / monitoring animals post-surgery - training will be provided ; Mentoring & Training - If / when training new volunteers ; Patience ; Planning & Organizing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Ideal for candidates with a general interest in animal welfare or those thinking of a career in this field, also suitable for current or retired RVTs and RNs, or cat/dog lovers
Commitment Length Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) - A minimum commitment period of 6 months is required for all volunteer positions at the GTHS unless otherwise stated ; Weekday shifts: 9.30am-1pm, 10.30am-2pm or 11.30am-3pm.  
At time of posting, we are URGENTLY looking for Hospital Recovery Volunteers to join our Hospital Team on Wednesdays from 11.30am-3pm, Thursdays from 10.30am-2pm, or on Fridays from 9.30am-1pm or 11.30am-3pm. For details of our current, live-updated vacancies and to locate an application form, visit: 
Can’t commit to a scheduled shift? – Apply now to assist this team on an occasional ‘as needed’ basis in line with their needs and your availability.
Interaction Level Solitary ; One-on-one - With cats / dogs ; Small Group
Minimum Hours 3
Accessibility Not Accessible ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Wheelchair accessible washroom, assistance needed with door ; Whilst our entrance/foyer/washrooms are accessible, the areas for volunteering are not
Location Collingwood
Number of Positions Collingwood: 5 individual(s) 
5 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation ; Training is provided ; Training on the job - Shadowing/working alongside an experienced volunteer
Transportation Parking is available in the adjacent parking lot or along the roadside
Police Check Not Required
Additional Requirements Position involves sitting, bending, kneeling and standing  
Please submit a volunteer application form to apply - available on website with FAQs and details of all volunteer opportunities (live-updates):
Start Date On or after 08 Nov 2023

Agency Details: Georgian Triangle Humane Society, Collingwood - 10th Line

Office Phone 705-445-5204
Address & Map
549 10th Line
Collingwood, ON
Canada L9Y 0W1
Mailing Address 549 10th Line 
Canada L9Y 0W1