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Veterinary Technician

Job Description

The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, a well-established non-profit organization, is seeking a part to full-time wellness veterinary technician for its high quality, high volume spay and neuter clinics located throughout North Texas. Veterinary technicians are responsible for providing care to surgical patients, vaccination of wellness pets, and the education of clients using TCAP’s services.

General Responsibilities

  • Supervise all kennel personnel and veterinary assistants.
  • Report employee or client problems to the Director of Clinic Operations.
  • Provide in-person and telephone client service and answer questions.
  • Actively promote spay and neuter and educate clients on responsible animal ownership.
  • Actively support associate staff and volunteers; promote the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals and mission.
  • Represent TCAP in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provide quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff, recognizing their individual contributions to the success of our organization.
  • Maintain medical inventory and supplies.
  • Fill-in for veterinary assistants when necessary.
  • Rotate into Lead Tech role periodically. As Lead Tech, individuals are responsible for ensuring the completion of daily duties listed on daily checklist.

Patient Care Needs

  • Triage all patients as they are checked in. Report health concerns to attending veterinarian.
  • Provide excellent patient care.
  • Assist veterinarians in surgery as needed.
  • Calculate and administer anesthesia to all surgical patients per anesthetic protocol under the direct supervision of on-site veterinarian.
  • Maintain all necessary drug logs and patient records.
  • Stay current in knowledge of emergency drugs and protocol.
  • Administer animal vaccinations, tests, medications and treatments as directed.
  • Participate on committees and special projects as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Experience is preferred, but not required. Applicant must have a professional demeanor and cooperative relationships with those contacted through the course of work, including co-workers, volunteers and the public.

This position requires a technician who is hard working and eager to help people. Applicant should be able to multi-task, be familiar with team work and be a self-starter. This position must greet the public, interact with customers, perform routine pet health evaluations, vaccines and other preventative care and provide post-operative care advice. This position works with animals directly so it is strongly suggested that applicants do not have any allergies to animals.

Some travel to remote, shelter locations is required. A driver’s license is required. For the most part, TCAP’s employees carpool in company vehicles, but dependable transportation is preferred.

Client Education

  1. Must learn basic veterinary medical concepts including, but not limited to, vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
  2. Must communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian
  3. Will be asked to take medical histories for surgical rechecks
  4. Will be asked to communicate with the public on a daily basis in a professional manner

Animal Handling

  1. Will be asked to handle (on average) 100 dogs and cats per day
  2. Must be able to learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior)
  3. Must be able to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals– the use of safety equipment is mandatory
  4. Must possess excellent reflexes
  5. Should be able to identify own limitations and be willing to ask for help
  6. Must become proficient at animal restraint for various procedures

Physical Requirements

  1. Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours
  2. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help
  3. Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly
  4. Must be able to see fine detail in a variety of situations
  5. Must have good hearing including ability to distinguish changes in pitch
  6. Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations
  7. Must have acceptable sense of touch and smell
  8. Must have good range of motion in joints especially wrist, knees, elbows and back
  9. Must be able to work in potentially extreme environmental temperatures
  10. Must have acceptable sense of balance
  11. Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
  12. Must be able to use a ladder and/or step stool
  13. Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination
  14. May be asked to move large oxygen tanks
  15. Must possess an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers
  16. Must have good vision including peripheral vision, fine detail, distance, depth perception and ability to focus

Emotional/Mental Requirements

  1. Must be able to work efficiently and effectively under stressful conditions
  2. Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training)
  3. Must be able to cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia
  4. Must be able to rapidly and accurately process information
  5. Must be able to delegate tasks
  6. Must be able to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
  7. Must be able to control instinct (for example: while restraining it is most often required to tighten grip and NOT release the animal when they begin to struggle)
  8. Must be able to make decisions
  9. Must be able to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm
  10. Must be able to work constructively within a team and not gossip

Potential and Prolonged Exposures

  1. Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions including, but not limited to, dish soap, chlorhexidine and spectra soap
  2. Prolonged exposure to hydrogen peroxide
  3. Potential/Prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
  4. Prolonged exposure to quartenary ammonium cleaners and bleach
  5. Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam
  6. Potential exposure to sharps including needles and surgical blades

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