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Veterinary Technician - Foster Department (3 Days Off)
Do you love people as much as you love pets? Are you the type of person who thrives best in fast-paced environments, where multi-tasking, problem solving and a willingness to learn new skills are part of your everyday routine? If you answered yes, then we'd like for you to apply! The appointment veterinary technician is the doctor's primary medical support person. They begin the examination procedure and continue to assist the doctor throughout the examination, diagnosis and treatment phases. Not only are our technicians a master of time management and critical thinking, they are also rock stars in offering an excellent experience every time to our Foster Heroes.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides compassionate care to patients
- Performs all duties in accordance with shelter medical policies and procedures
- Understands basic animal handling and restraint, is able to utilize Fear Free handling techniques
- Ability to obtain a complete and thorough medical history from the Foster Hero, and communicate that information with the staff veterinarian.
- Perform physical examinations on all animals, identify and record any observations. Work with veterinarian to determine if pet is an adoption candidate or if further medical attention is needed.
- Administer any necessary vaccines, preventatives, medications, or treatments as directed by veterinarian.
- Performs clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams, ear cytology's, skin scrapings, urinalysis, and fungal cultures; draws blood for laboratory analysis; maintains file of lab test results and ensures that test results are recorded in patient records. Collect, prepare, and submit samples to outgoing vendors and log appropriately.
- Shoot and log radiographs adhering to all required safety procedures.
- Fill prescription medication as directed by veterinarian. Understands usage and dosage for all prescription drugs and can readily explain them to the clients.
- Discharges patients on the veterinarian's orders, ensuring that patients are well groomed and in a medically appropriate state. Counsels Foster Heroes on various aspects of animal care; explains dosage/purpose of medications; reinforces the proper care and procedures that should be followed at home, ensures follow up appointments are made.
- Prepares and maintains the exam room and treatment areas, including keeping all clinic areas clean and orderly, restocking supplies as needed.
- Assists other staff members as required and maintains a positive, cooperative relationship
- High school diploma/GED
- Completion of a veterinary assistant or technician program (preferred), experience may substitute for education.
- Minimum of 6 months of experience working as veterinary assistant or technician in a veterinary clinic/hospital setting. Education may substitute for experience.
- Must know phlebotomy, immunology, parasitology, endocrinology, pharmacology and perform safe and humane animal handling.
Language Skills: Able to speak, read and write English and complete paperwork accurately and legibly. Bilingual helpful.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to perform basic mathematical skills.
Computer Skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Windows Explorer; able to learn other software programs as necessary. Proficiency with or able to learn/use Chameleon software (for use with animals in a shelter environment). Familiarity with computer data entry is preferred
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: N/A
Other Skills, Abilities and Qualifications: Regular attendance. Access to reliable transportation. Basic veterinary technician experience preferred.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment: There will be exposure to dust, heat, cold and temperature changes; occasional wet floors, and animal noises, odors and dander. Most time will be spent in a typical air conditioned and heated office environment.