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.
- 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 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.
- Work is subject to frequent interruptions.
- Employee is subject to work weekends, holidays and beyond the normal scheduled hours of work.
- 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.
- 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
- Operate standard pedals in a company vehicle.
- 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
- Can distinguish tastes
- 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.