Under general supervision, is responsible for performing complex technical work assisting a Veterinarian in the medical care of animals at the city's animal shelter by applying knowledge of animal care, handling, husbandry, and veterinary practices. Additional duties related to cleaning dog runs, cat cages, and other shelter areas may be assigned.This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The following examples do not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent.
This position has responsibilities that require lifting up to 50 pounds on occasion.
- Assists veterinarian with spay/neuter surgeries; sedates and prepares animals for surgery; monitors animals' general health and vital signs during procedures and while recuperating. Monitors and regulates patient temperatures by using heated tables, pads, and water bottles and wrapping patients in blankets and towels. Prepares animals for surgery – clip surgical fields with straight margins, minimize tissue trauma, properly scrub and prepare surgical fields, maintain clean fields when moving patients, and properly position and align animals for surgery.
- Assists veterinarian with and administers prescribed medications, both oral and injectable, to animals to provide support and nursing care. Properly calculates medication dosages and volumes of liquids or tablets to be administered. Identifies a patient's level of pain and possible causes of pain and understands the medications and methods to control pain.
- Prepares for and assists veterinarian with routine and emergency medical procedures, including but not limited to wrapping wounds, blood draws, nail trimming, SQ fluids, IV and IM injections, IV catheter placement, fecal tests, microscopic exams, grooming needs, and gland expression, etc.
- Performs daily health checks on all animals in the shelter; reviews all sick slips by examining and medicating if required and moving animals to appropriate isolation areas if required.
- Sets up and maintains equipment, including respiratory and heart monitors, heating pads, autoclaves, surgical instruments, etc. Checks and maintains O2 machines and anesthetic equipment.
- Processes each animal by examining and documenting in the computer database all health information, vaccinations and any minor medical attention provided, veterinarian notes, presence of a microchip, and all animal description information.
- Performs routine diagnostic tests including but not limited to parvo, heartworm, fecal floatation, skin scrapings, urinalysis, fungal cultures, etc.
- Prepares rabies specimens for health department testing.
- Assists with euthanasia as required.
- Cleans kennels and provides animal care as directed by shelter management.
- Maintains Clinic by cleaning and disinfecting the Surgery Center kennel and health care areas to prevent infectious/zoonotic disease and organizing, cleaning, and sterilizing surgical instruments and packs.
- Maintains clinic inventory and assists in ordering supplies and medications.
- Maintains surgery and controlled substance logs. Keeps controlled drugs secured to meet Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and state board specifications.
- Performs computer data entry and record keeping according to established protocol.
- Remains productive during slow times by seeking additional duties such as cleaning, stocking, or other tasks.
- Develop and maintain a shelter emergency plan.
- All other duties as assigned by a supervisor/manager within your department/division
Ability to sit, stand, and drive a vehicle to and from various work sites. Employees may be exposed to seasonal temperatures while maintaining kennels and grounds, traffic hazards, chemicals, mild acids, detergents, and noise. Employees also may be exposed to animal bites and animal-transmitted diseases—the ability to lift bags of materials such as dog food, cat litter, or animals regularly.Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Ability to interact with the public and provide humane care for the animals. Some knowledge in the recognition of animal diseases is needed. Ability to follow both written and oral instructions is also necessary.
Ability to read and understand manuals and state and other regulations to record work activities, complete required records, or provide information to the public. Knowledge of the equipment necessary to restrain animals, such as catch poles, cat grabbers, and various traps and cages. Skill in math to compute and maintain various records and measure chemicals. Employee develops correspondence with other state and local agencies and maintains records. Minimum Education, Experience, and Certification
Any combination equivalent to experience and training providing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may qualify. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
- Education: High School Diploma or equivalent, preferred Graduate of American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) or Associate's Degree.
- Experience: Three (3) years of experience as a veterinary technician or assistant preferred, preferably in a shelter environment, but may consider other relevant medical and leadership experience. Must possess intermediate computer skills, including Microsoft Office, and ability to learn shelter software, PetPoint.
- Licenses: A valid Texas Driver's License is required. Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Texas (preferred) and Euthanasia Certification (within 120 days).