Administers medications, assist with surgery, treatments and aftercare of canine and feline patients. Assist the Veterinarian with the assessment and processing of shelter animals, including vaccination boosters, medication administration, testing and care of special needs patients. Communicates with kennel and adoption staff, volunteers, and adopters with questions regarding veterinary care. Inputting medical information in to Companion Connect database.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assists veterinarian with daily rounds; performing blood draws, testing, and stetting up medications.
• Responsible for the daily observation of animal health and welfare of animals in the vet clinic and throughout the shelter.
• Responsible for ordering, maintaining and stocking inventory for clinic.
• Reports injuries and/or irregular behavior of animals to Behavior Manager, Shelter Manager and Veterinarian.
• Maintains animal health records, treatment records, medication records with all medications filled, surgeries performed, vaccines administered and treatments given. Coordinates and inputs all info with adoption database.
• Assists with medical procedures and proper restraint of pet as needed.
• Assists veterinarian with all surgeries. Including anesthesia administration, recording controlled substances, intubation of animals, surgical site preparation, and observation under anesthesia and recovery.
• Clean all surgical instruments daily, wrap packs, run autoclave as needed, clean surgery table and scale, restock medical supplies for the week.
• Administers vaccines and boosters and performs physical examinations on new animals.
• Performs pet care services including nail trims, suture removal as advised by doctor, microchipping, booster vaccines, sedation and obtaining radiographs with minimal supervision.
• Carries out duties and job assignments as delegated by the appropriate supervisor, manager or director.
Employee is required to stand for long periods of time, can physically manage large animals by lifting or restraining safely, and manage fractious animals keeping employees and animals safe. Rabies exposure is a potential and employee is strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs. Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, and high noise levels may be present.
Work schedule and hours may vary due to the need of the shelter medicine service during large adoption events, transports or hoarding cases.
• Flexibility and Adaptability are essential. Candidates must have the ability to tolerate stress and thrive in a fast-paced working environment
• Ability to understand animal behavior and exhibit or coach “fear free” restraint techniques of fractious animals
• Ability to understand procedures used for the proper care and handling of domestic animals
• Ability to multi task
• Advanced internal and external customer service skills
• Ability to solve problems both medically and professionally
• Demonstrated ability to work with a team
• Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions including procedures for care and maintenance of animals, exhibit, service and holding spaces
• Ability to endure high risk situations when feeding, transferring or restraining animals
• Ability to exhibit patience when caring for animals
• Ability to exercise judgment concerning assigned work activities
• Skill in tact and diplomacy when interacting with co-workers, visitors and volunteers
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Current certification as a Veterinary Technician or equivalent experience
• Possess a valid driver’s license
• Willingness to work a rotating shift and rotate work tasks.
• Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and holidays, during all climatic conditions.