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Veterinary Technician

Job Summary

Responsible for daily care of surgical and wellness patients, assisting veterinarians and other technicians and clinic staff, vaccination of wellness patients under veterinary supervision, general cleaning and care of the facility, training others to use ABC’s quality patient care protocols and actively promoting spay/neuter and preventive pet services and medications to benefit the community, especially those that are under-resourced.

Working Relationships

Professional demeanor and cooperative relationships through the course of your work including co-workers, volunteers, pet owners and community partners. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Perform quality, efficient medical documentation

  • Efficiently sedate, induce, and intubate patients

  • Monitor patients under various stages of anesthesia with a clear understanding of abnormal conditions

  • Perform efficient and accurate electronic and paper document flow

  • Communicate verbally and written in an effective, respectful and professional manner with co-workers, pet owners, trainees, volunteers, partners, and the public

  • Accurately document and handle controlled substances for a large volume of surgical patients

  • Represent ABC in a professional and courteous manner at all times, in all ways

  • Follow the written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures

  • Assist pet owners and coworkers with patient progress visits

  • Confidently register and discharge patients, including providing post-operative instructions in a competent and friendly manner

  • Door-to-door and event education participation

  • Train future fellow Veterinary Technician staff to use our patient care protocols

  • Respond appropriately during an emergency, including taking directions from the veterinarians and direct others during the event

  • Professionally and appropriately handle medical and pet care questions from pet owners

  • Effectively “team lead,” displaying a positive attitude and work ethic, while being a motivating force for other staff members

  • Guide and be guided in clinic departmental teams to maintain quality care and efficient flow

  • Perform job functions of a Veterinary Vaccination Team Technician (ex: administering vaccinations, tests, medications and treatment as directed).

  • Other duties, as assigned by supervisor

 

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Experience is preferred, but is not required. We hire for culture fit and train thoroughly for technical skills. The candidate should be motivated to support the mission, enthusiastic self-starter with a professional attitude. The applicant should be curious, positive, easy to work with, eager to help people and animals, and able to multitask.

 

Client Education

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish is helpful.

  • Must be able to learn and understand basic veterinary medical concepts, including (but not limited to) vaccination, heartworm disease protocols, surgery process, and anesthetic risks

  • Will be asked to communicate with the pet owners on a daily basis in a professional, clear manner

  • Must also be able to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to relay information from a veterinarian

  • Will be asked to document medical histories for surgical progress reports

 

Animal Handling

  • Must become proficient at animal restraint for medical care procedures including using Fear Free training techniques

  • Will be asked to handle an average of 40 + dogs and cats per day

  • Must be able to learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior) and follow clinic guidelines for handling that protects the safety and health of yourself, the animal, and others.

  • Must be able to learn and use appropriate safety procedures and equipment for frightened or aggressive animals to avoid injury.   

  • Must have excellent reflexes.

  • Should be able to identify your own limitations in situations and be willing to ask for help

 

Physical Requirements

  • Covid Vaccine

  • Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours

  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help

  • Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly

  • Must be able to see fine detail in a variety of situations

  • Must have good hearing, including ability to distinguish changes in pitch

  • Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through cramped areas in various situations

  • Must have acceptable sense of touch and smell

  • Must have a good range of motion in joints especially wrist, knees, elbows

  • Must have a good range of motion in your back for twisting, bending, etc.  

  • Must be able to work in potentially extreme environmental temperatures

  • Must have acceptable sense of balance

  • Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees

  • Must be able to use a ladder and/or step stool

  • Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination

  • Must possess an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers

  • Must have good vision, including peripheral vision, fine detail, distance, depth perception, and ability to focus

 

Emotional and Mental Requirements

  • Ability to recognize a need for assistance and comfortably ask for help and provide the same for others

  • Must be able to work under fast-paced conditions and work efficiently and effectively under those conditions

  • Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)

  • Must be able to cope with death due to surgical, vaccination complication, or owner-requested euthanasia

  • Ability to rapidly and accurately process information

  • Ability to delegate tasks to co-workers as appropriate

  • Ability to control instincts (ex:  Do not release animal unsafely without warning co-worker).

  • Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm to come to resolution that works for all

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and avoid gossip or inappropriate topics

  • Ability to make decisions

 

Potential and Prolonged Exposures

  • Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions that are located in the SDS file

  • Prolonged exposure to isopropanol. hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium cleaners and bleach

  • Potential exposure to formalin solution

  • Potential/prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas

  • Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam

  • Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades

  • Exposure to animal (dog/cat) dander and other allergens

  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases and parasites (including but not limited to intestinal worms, rabies, leptospirosis, bartonellosis, conjunctivitis).

 

Work Environment:

The offices and operations of a high volume spay/neuter clinic are often quite busy. This position is scheduled for 4 days of the week, usually Monday through Friday with some Saturdays. Can include working some types of holidays or overtime depending on clinic staffing needs to provide services for the community. The candidate must be flexible with schedule changes and short notice overtime requests.

Is It You?​

We believe people love their animals and will provide for them to the best of their ability. We are looking for compassionate, non-judgmental individuals that share this belief and who are moved to strengthen and support the bond between pets and their humans. We provide full training for the right candidates, so previous animal experience is not needed. You must enjoy and be comfortable interacting closely with animals and people.

You may be our ideal Veterinary Technician if you meet the description above, and:

  • You’re so friendly that you’ve never met a stranger; you make new friends easily and your smile is remembered.

  • You want your work to be more than just a paycheck; you want to make a difference for people, their pets and the community.

  • You are a great communicator who can work well with a team.

  • You enjoy a fast-pace and thinking on your feet.

  • You love multi-tasking so much, you took up juggling…kittens. 

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Interested?

 

Send a resume to sarah@animalbirthcontrol.org

We look forward to visiting with you!

Starting Pay Rate: $13/hr

Full-time Benefits:

  • PTO Accrual

  • Health Insurance

  • Discount for personal pets

*Covid Vaccine Required