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Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in Pawmetto Lifeline.  Open positions listed below.

Please know we are ALWAYS in need of volunteer assistance.  Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

Spay/Neuter Veterinary Technician

Pawmetto Lifeline is currently seeking a compassionate and energetic Veterinary Technician to work in our High-Volume, High Quality Spay/Neuter Clinic. 


Candidates for this position must be hard-working, goal oriented, reliable and be willing to work long hours, sometimes under strenuous conditions.  Our clinic team performs 40 or more surgeries a day in order to help reach our goal of ending pet overpopulation and making the Midlands a No-Kill Community.  Experience as a vet tech or vet assistant is REQUIRED.  This is a full time position. 


Please send resumes to NO CALLS PLEASE.

Position: Care-A-Van Veterinary Assistant

Part Time 20- 30 hours per week

The Mobile Vaccine Clinic, Care-A-Van, is a true mobile vaccine service operated by Pawmetto Lifeline.  The Care-A-Van is designed to provide pet owners with convenient access to low-cost vaccines and products to keep their dogs and cats healthy.

Our service operates on Friday, Saturday & Sundays in various locations throughout South Carolina

All proceeds from the Care-A-Van supports Pawmetto Lifeline's life-saving mission.  Pawmetto Lifeline is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit animal rescue organization solving pet overpopulation in the Midlands. There are over 19,000 homeless pets in the Midlands and over 14,000 are euthanized each year. Pawmetto Lifeline has a plan in place to correct this problem through four distinct initiatives: Adoption, Medical, Rescue Collaboration, and Education efforts.

Responsibilities: Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting clients with paperwork, entering paperwork into our computer system, driving vans to locations, handling and restraining cats and dogs for vaccines and blood draws, assisting with set up and breakdown of sites, assist with stocking vans, talking to clients about services offered and explaining products, assisting Lead Coordinators and reporting to either the Care-A-Van Administrator or Field Manager. If applicant does not have prior animal handling experience they may be required to participate in restraint training prior to being hired. The successful candidate must be available to work every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Work days can be up to 15 hours a day and the work is outside. Hours range from 20-35 hours per weekend.

Desired Qualifications: Associates Degree and two years of customer service experience, Applicants should be highly motivated with an interest in helping animals, veterinary experience is preferred, but outstanding applicants with any animal experience will be considered, Must be comfortable handling all breeds of cats and dogs, Excellent people skills are a must, Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, withstand long hours standing and walking, and also be willing to work in weather extremes,  The successful candidate will be very organized and able to work fast under pressure, Must be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Please email your resume to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 

Pawmetto Lifeline's HEART Program: Director Needed

HEART (Help Every Animal Reach Tomorrow): A cooperative project between Pawmetto Lifeline, City of Columbia, Richland County Animal Services, and Lexington County Animal Services 

This program is designed and intended to increase live release rates (animals leaving the shelter alive) through rescue collaboration/transfer via the HEART program.
Our HEART program gives hard-to-place or urgent animals a second chance at life if adoption opportunities have failed.

• We  collaborate with animal rescue groups at local, regional and national levels to help place municipal shelter pets as an alternative to euthanasia.
• We work together with animal advocates to bring awareness that the Midlands has a severe pet overpopulation problem and the only way of improving these numbers is to work collectively.

Director of HEART's responsibilities:
•   While this position requires a person with a passion for saving lives, the Director must work well with the municipal shelter staff and rescue organizations.
•    Have an open mind with the end goal of saving lives
•    Implement the highest standards of customer service
•    Must thrive on achieving the end results, realizing the need for constant communication and cultivation of our Placement Partners
•    Understanding the rescue person's perspective is a huge asset to this model
•     The Director must remain objective.
•     Good judgment is a must and the results of that judgment must be considered.
•     The Director needs to focus on the management of the HEART program while HEART staff is focused on a daily checklist of duties (determined by the director) that need to be done in order to save as many lives as possible.
•     Ensure that the website is updated immediately once the animal has a confirmed rescue as this is a life and death issue for the animal.

The Director’s position is established to initiate and execute a successful rescue transfer program. The person in this position will be responsible for overseeing all interaction with approved rescue organizations and the facilitation of animal transfers. The Director will be responsible for the recruitment, cultivation and stewardship of the rescue organizations. The Director must be goal driven and able to work under very tight timelines. A positive attitude, strong worth ethic and commitment to the organization’s mission is critical to the success of this HEART program.

The Director will report to the CEO on all aspects of the program.

Salary is based on experience.
Location:  Columbia, South Carolina
For more information about Pawmetto Lifeline go to

 To apply, please send your resume to


Chief of Medicine

At Pawmetto Lifeline our mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals and people through education, advocacy and services.  Our organization is seeking an exceptional individual as a Veterinarian/Chief Medical Officer to join our team.


Summary of Job Responsibilities:

The Chief Medical Officer is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the medical and surgical care of shelter animals. The ideal candidate should be independent with the ability to prioritize multiple projects at once in an efficient manner.  The Chief Medical Officer is committed to animal welfare and has a compelling need to make a difference in the lives of the animals as well as the humans he/she encounters.


Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage all veterinary medical care related to shelter animals, implementing practices and protocols related to shelter medicine
  • Responsible for the medical health and well being of sheltered animals, including but not limited to sterilization, quarantine issues, and ethics of the shelter medical practice
  • Responsible for triage, stabilizing ill and injured animals, diagnosing and treating medical conditions, anesthetizing animals, and performing surgery
  • Advise on placement/euthanasia decisions
  • Oversee and trains veterinary technicians, assistants, and volunteers with medical background. 
  • Required to be on call as needed

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong interest in internal medicine
  • Strong interest in working up challenging cases
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Team player who works well with others
  • High degree of computer literacy
  • Adaptability to a paperless environment


  • Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine from accredited institution
  • Valid SC Veterinary License
  • Working knowledge of companion animal care/adoption issues
  • Previous clinical experience in shelters/fast-paced veterinary setting
  • Minimum two years’ experience in lead veterinarian position

Pawmetto lifeline offers competitive salary and benefits (including medical insurance and paid vacation). Salary commensurate with experience.


Qualifying candidates should submit cover letter and resume to


Animal Care Specialist

Part Time 20- 30 hours per week

Pawmetto Lifeline is an non profit organization formed to address pet overpopulation in South Carolina through education, rescue collaboration, adoption, and medical services.

Summary of Job Responsibilities
Duties include, but are not limited to perform daily sanitation of kennel areas according to Pawmetto Lifeline protocols, assure all animals are cared for regarding food, water, daily exercise  and appropriate living conditions, and monitor the health of the animals. If applicant does not have prior animal handling experience they may be required to participate in restraint training prior to being hired. The successful candidate must be available to work weekends and holidays. Supervised by the Director of Animal Care.

Applicants should be highly motivated with an interest in helping animals, must be comfortable handling all breeds of cats and dogs, must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds, bend and reach; control large dogs on a leash; handle cats without fear; work with a variety of cleaning agents; work in an environment with changes in climate and weather extremes.

Please email your resume to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


These job descriptions are not all-inclusive but rather are meant as a guide relating to the purpose of the overall positions.