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Volunteer for Clinics

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Thank you for your interest in helping us make our clinics a success! 

We run 100% on volunteer work! Our volunteer spots are open to the community, pre-veterinary medicine students, students already attending OSU-CVHS (Center for Veterinary Health Sciences), and DVMs. Volunteers are matched to their stations based off of skill set and previous Operation Catnip Clinic experience. Volunteers aid Veterinarians and the coordinating staff in clinical duties. Each station is supervised by a station captain and no one will be placed in stations that they are ill equipped to handle. 

**Click here to sign up for our September 2017 clinic**

 

The following duties are available to individuals who sign up to volunteer based upon previous clinic experience, rabies vaccination, and veterinary education. We have volunteer positions for interested community members, undergraduates, pre-veterinary medicine students, vet students, and veterinarians. We have several volunteers who volunteer all day, but volunteers are free to set their availability on our sign up sheet. 

You may be assigned to the following stations:

Position:

Description:

Rabies Required (Y/N):

Greeters

Assist Caregivers with unloading of trapped cats. Brings the cats to Taggers. Assists Admissions with other morning duties

N

Taggers

Label cat traps with their assigned number and any other applicable labels (URI, ringworm, etc.)

N

Admissions Transport

Loads cats onto cart and transports them to hallway. Lines cats along wall according to their status (healthy vs. URI).

N

Sorters

Attempt to sort cats (while still in traps) into groups of males and females. Bring cats into induction for anesthesia.

N

Controlled Drug Recorder

Records the amount of controlled drug administered to each cat.

N

Pre-Op Medical Recorder

Records the age, color, sex, etc. of each cat on their corresponding medical record.

N

Anesthesia

Administers intramuscular injection of induction medication to cats while still in traps.

Y

Cat Mover

Transports cats from one station to the next.

Y

Pre-Op Taggers

Attaches numbered tag that corresponds to trap number on each anesthetized cat's paw. (Note: this station has been switched up for the Feb clinic so the exact description of duties may change depending on what happens this weekend.)

Y

Microchip Scan/Physical Exam

Thoroughly scans each cat for a microchip. Performs a brief, but complete physical exam and records findings on each cats medical record.

Y

Trap Management

Retrieves traps from induction once anesthetized cats have been taken out. Retrieves used spay boards from the OR. Cleans traps and spay boards in tub room and returns to respective areas (spay boards - induction; traps - recovery 3)

N

Eye Lube, Ear Tip, Sex

Applies eye lube for each cat. Removes the top 1/4 of each cat's left ear via cautery technique.

Y

Bladder Expression

Expresses the bladder of each cat.

Y

Spay Boards

Secures female cats to spay boards. Wraps male cats in towels. Transports cats to shaving station.

Y

Shavers

Shaves appropriate area for surgical procedure (abdomen - females; scrotum - males)

Y

Scrubbers

Scrubs the shaved area in preparation for surgery.

Y

Surgery Transport/Wait Rack

Transports prepped cats to the surgery wait rack. Monitors cat's respiration and heart rate while they await surgery. Transports cats from the wait rack to an available surgeon.

Y

Spay Surgeons

Performs an OHE on female cats. **DVMs and Advanced Vet students only**

Y

Spay/Neuter Technicians

Delivers packs and surgical gloves to surgeons. Monitors anesthetized cats. Assists surgeon as needed.

Y

Pack Openers/Record Updaters

Opens surgery packs and updates cat's medical record. (Note: this position is new for this month and may/may not stick around depending on how things go Sunday).

Depends

Neuter Surgeons

Performs an OC on male cats. **DVMs and advanced vet students only**

Y

Medications Floater

Fills vaccinations, buprenorphine, and atipamezole syringes as needed. Assists other volunteers in the post-op medications area.

N

Fluids/Convenia

Administers Convenia (antibiotic) subcutaneously or subcutaneous fluids to cats if indicated on medical record.

Y

Buprenorphine

Administers analgesic intravenously to all cats via the medial saphenous vein or IM.

Y

Vaccinations

Administers Rabies and FVRCP vaccinations subcutaneously to all cats.

Y

Parasite Control/Karo Application

Applies parasiticide to the skin of all cats. Applies karo to the inner cheek of all cats.

Y

Reversal

Administers reversal drug intramuscularly for all cats.

Y

Clinic Records

Inputs and maintains the medical records of all cats for the clinic day.

N

Recovery #1

Places cats back in their traps. Monitors cats as they begin to recovery by repeatedly evaluating heart rates, respiratory rates, and temperature.

Y

Recovery #2/3

Monitors cats in traps visually as they recover.

N

Afternoon Cat Runners

Transports cats from Recovery 3 to the Discharge station.

N

Central Sterilization

Collects and cleans all used surgical instruments and laundry. Prepares and sterilizes surgical packs.

N