The veterinary technician at Animal Friends is responsible for providing high-quality animal care while maintaining the highest standards of medical care. The veterinary technician must ensure a humane environment and experiences for all the animals entrusted to the organization’s care. The veterinary technician, with guidance from the organization’s Medical Wellness Coordinator, Director of Veterinary Medicine, and Director of Animal Wellness, administers the activities of the Medical Wellness Department in collaboration with the departments of Animal Care, & Enrichment, Adoption, Admissions, Behavioral Wellness, Foster and others. It is the responsibility of the veterinary technician to support and carry out the organization’s mission statement, goals, and objectives.
Medical and Administrative Activities:
Administer daily medical treatment as prescribed by the Director of Veterinary Medicine.
Perform physical exams as directed and document/maintain accurate veterinary records.
Prioritize non-critical cases to best facilitate the movement of animals to the adoption floor.
Contribute to maintaining the cleanliness of animal areas on a daily basis.
Administer the activities of the Medical Wellness Department in collaboration with the departments of Animal Care & Wellness, Adoption, Admissions, Behavioral Wellness, Foster and others in support of the mission, goals, and objectives of Animal Friends.
Serve as an “on call” technician, being available for phone calls after hours, on a rotating basis, to respond to emergencies.
Ensure that all Medical Wellness Department activities are carried out in compliance with local, state and federal regulations and laws governing non-profit entities.
Support and participates in the Open Paw philosophy as implemented at Animal Friends. (www.OpenPaw.org)
Maintain a clean and organized physical presence in all Medical related areas.
Assist with other medical-related duties as requested.
High school diploma or GED required. Veterinary Technician/Assistant Degree Preferred.
Must have strong working knowledge of medical terminology, and be proficient in the following: administering injections (all routes), venipuncture for blood sample analysis, fecal and urine sample analysis, taking radiographs, animal restraint, and accurate record keeping.
Must have the ability to cope with physically and emotionally demanding work.
Must be able to follow verbal and/or written direction and respond positively to direction and supervision.
Must possess positive teamwork skills and function positively in a team setting.
Must be able to respond to emergencies calmly, professionally, and appropriately according to program, departmental, and organizational policies, procedures, and protocols.
Must be familiar with animal welfare and animal care.
Must be comfortable handling, treating, and restraining dogs, cats, and rabbits of varying size, age, breed, and temperament.
Must possess excellent communication, documentation, and interpersonal skills.
Maintain a professional, courteous demeanor with clients, volunteers and employees at all times.
Demonstrate a commitment to integrating volunteers into the Medical Wellness program. Support volunteer recruitment, training, evaluation, and recognition.
Must be computer literate, organized, and able to utilize time effectively.
Must have access to dependable transportation, and openness to local travel. Valid driver’s license preferred.
Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays.
Must be able to work special events including, but not limited to, Bark in the Park, Black Tie & Tails, New Year’s Eve Rescue, Liberation Day Rescue, etc.
Must be able to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds. Shelter work can be physically demanding.
Must have a sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends, Inc.
Important: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time