Job Post

Veterinary Technician – Part Time

Company Name: Animal Friends Alliance
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Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Job Type: Part Time
Job Category: Operations


The Veterinary Technician provides safe, efficient and humane standards of care for dogs and cats receiving treatment in Animal Friends Alliance clinic(s). This position requires learning a wide range of policies and procedures and use of independent judgment and training to take appropriate actions with standard situations.

Pay: $15-18 depending on experience

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Receives animals and assists with initial examination including TPR.
  • Clearly identifies animals and animal belongings when staying at the clinic for procedures.
  • Administers indicated vaccines or treatments, conducts frequent health evaluations and administers emergency first-aid when necessary.
  • Induces, monitors, and recovers animals receiving procedures under anesthesia.
  • Leads surgeries as assigned which includes but is not limited to setting the pace for the veterinarian and providing direction to Technician Assistants.
  • Initiates emergency procedures as needed, including CPR, on animals.
  • Cleans kennels and performs related housekeeping duties.
  • Cleans, disinfects and stores equipment used in and around the clinic.
  • Maintains proper inventory levels of cleaning and other supplies. Informs supervisor when reordering is necessary.
  • Accurately dispenses and records all controlled drugs used per local, state and federal regulations.
  • Ensures that morning/closing checklists are done accurately and completed as assigned.
  • Oversees and trains volunteers and interns working directly with the veterinary technicians.
  • Upon direction from the supervising veterinarian, communicate any health concerns about a patient to the owner.

Other Duties:

  • Assists Client Service Representatives with check-in/out as needed in Public Clinic.

Organization Wide Duties:

  • Treats animals humanely, with compassion and concern, both on and off the job, and conveys these values to others, in word and action.
  • Represents Animal Friends Alliance in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Provides quality service to customers, volunteers, and staff, recognizing their individual contributions to Animal Friends Alliance. Monitors, supports, motivates and champions volunteers and their work.
  • Solicits monetary and in-kind donations by raising awareness of the organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.
  • Follows all safety rules to ensure a safe work environment at all times. Takes immediate action to address any safety concerns or noncompliance issues that could put an animal, employee, volunteer, visitor, or the organization at risk.
  • Learns basic duties of other departments, and supports other departments and staff.
  • Monitors, supports, motivates and accredits volunteers and their work.
  • Understands and operates by Animal Friends Alliance’s core values.
  • Regular and timely presence onsite.

Work Environment:

  • Work performed in an animal clinic setting
  • Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases and cleaning chemicals
  • Potential for exposure to dangerous and fractious animals.
  • Potential exposure to high noise levels when in kennel area.
  • Potential for animal bites and scratches while handling animals.

Unusual Demands:

  • Work is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Employee is subject to work weekends, holidays and beyond the normal scheduled hours of work.
  • Requirements



  • Required: Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in veterinary technology, or equivalent experience.
  • Preferred: Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in veterinary technology.


  • Required: One year experience working in a veterinary clinic/shelter setting as a veterinary technician.
  • Preferred: Two years experience working in a veterinary clinic/shelter setting as a veterinary technician and/or registered as a veterinary technician.


  • Valid Driver’s License: Not required
  • Sincere interest in Animal Friends Alliance’s mission & vision


  • Knowledge of Google Suite, including Gmail and Google Drive.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel


  • Effective verbal and interpersonal skills for in-person, written and telephone communication, for interaction with the public and colleagues.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • High level of professionalism.
  • Emotional intelligence, work ethics and integrity.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Detail-oriented.


  • Able to safely handle animals.
  • Able to distinguish symptoms of common illnesses in shelter animals.
  • Able to safely medicate animals.
  • Able to give SQ, IM & IV injections to animals.
  • Able to perform TPR on animals.
  • Able to perform venipuncture on animals.
  • Able to induce animals for anesthesia.
  • Able to monitor anesthesia.
  • Able to recover animals post-surgery.
  • Able to lead other technicians through a day of multiple surgeries.
  • Able to perform humane euthanasia under a veterinarian’s guidance.
  • Able to prioritize duties and perform multiple tasks.
  • Able to work in a high-stress, fast-paced environment.
  • Able to learn, retain and communicate a wide variety of information.

Physical, Sensory and Mental Requirements:



  • Sit, Stand, Walk, Bend, Squat, Kneel, Crawl, Reach above head, Push/Pull objects & reaching above head.
  • Lift & carry up to 50 pounds unassisted, over 50 pounds with assistance
  • Exposure to hazards: Biologic, Chemical, Noise, Sharp instruments
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature


  • Write legibly
  • Use of microwave
  • Climb
  • Operate standard pedals in a company vehicle.

Sensory Requirements


  • Can hear normal tones
  • Can hear soft tones
  • Eyesight – Normal/corrected to 20/40
  • Eyesight – Close eye work
  • Eyesight – Color recognition


  • Can distinguish smells
  • Can distinguish temperatures by touch/proximity

Not applicable

  • Can distinguish tastes

Mental Requirements


  • Ability to read, speak and write English
  • Ability to control emotions
  • Ability to cultivate and project a positive attitude in the work setting, and when representing
  • Animal Friends Alliance in public.
  • Ability to work with controlled substances
  • Ability to handle stress

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.