Job Post

Registered Veterinary Technician

Company Name: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
Company Website: http://www.hsppr.org
Location: Pueblo, CO
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Operations

* Job posting expires Thursday, February 29, 2024 **

Starting rate of pay = $18/hour – $22/hour depending on education, certification and experience

The Veterinary Support Associate/Registered Veterinary Technician provides a high level of patient care for animals in the Veterinary Clinic to include blood draws, IV catheter placement, nursing care, anesthesia, and surgical preparation. Aids in surgical procedures, high level of patient care and appropriate follow-up in conjunction with the veterinarians’ direction for all animals in the shelter requiring medical treatment. Works cohesively with all departments in the organization.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

·         Communicates with customers and other shelter staff concerning the health of animals in the Veterinary Clinic. Answers general questions about HSPPR procedures and veterinary care of animals.

·         Maintains and updates medical/surgical treatment records and reports in an accurate and timely manner, in accordance with HSPPR procedures.

·         Updates records in the shelter database regarding the health status of each animal and appropriate follow-ups.

·         Works with Staff Veterinarians, Veterinary Services Managers and Supervisors in developing and adhering to vaccination and medical treatment protocols.

·         Assists the veterinarians with patient exams by providing proper animal restraint, obtaining a medical history from records and/or the owner, performing tasks and treatments as directed, and filling medications.

·         Fills all medications from a central pharmacy and ensures all animals receive the appropriate medication.

·         Administers treatments per the veterinarians’ orders and provides exceptional patient care.

·         Provides direction and triage for incoming animals in need of medical attention.

·         Communicates with shelter veterinarians regarding the status of animals in treatment. Reports concerns and triages priorities while working with medical and shelter staff.

·         Reviews all med alerts by examining and medicating as needed as per HSPPR protocols, moving animals to appropriate isolation areas as indicated.

·         Provides medical support for animals in foster care.

·         Performs in-house laboratory testing and radiographs.

·         Calculates appropriate drug dosages and fluid rates for patient care.

·         Administers treatment and/or anesthesia to animals under the direction of Staff Veterinarians.

·         Proficient in intubating, extubating, and anesthesia monitoring.

·         Assists in the maintenance of clinic and facility equipment to assure cleanliness and safety. Cleans and disinfects kennels and health care areas as needed to ensure they are maintained in a sanitary and organized manner. Uses proper PPE and cleaning protocols to prevent disease transmission in the clinic.

·         Provides proper diets for hospitalized patients and charts everything related to medications, diet and eliminations.

·         Cleans and disinfects parvo and ringworm ward, providing all care and treatment for those patients.

·         Works with and provides training as required for externs and/or volunteers.

·         Assists with Euthanasia as required.

Other:

·         Commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR.

·         Appropriately documents observed animal behaviors utilizing objective language as required in relevant procedures and/or policies.

·         Perform all other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

  • Regularly sits at computer station, often in a shared office environment.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move 25 or more pounds of moving weight and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 or more pounds of moving weight.
  • May be occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.
  • Regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, hear, and is frequently required to stand and walk.  May be expected to be on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Consistently exposed to animals in the workplace and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Regularly exposed to noise and potential exposure to hazardous weather conditions.
    Potential exposure to cleaning supplies and/or other substances containing toxic or caustic chemicals.Schedule Requirements

Schedule may include weekend and evening work.

 

Education/Experience Necessary

·         Associate’s degree in veterinary technology from an accredited institution. Must possess a current Registered Veterinary Technician license.

·         Successful completion of a veterinary technician internship or one-year prior experience in a full-service veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment.

OR

    • 1+ years experience in a full-service veterinary hospital or animal shelter/hospital environment