Experienced Veterinary Technician
Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project - Dallas, TX

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Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project (KCAAP) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit high volume spay/ neuter clinic formed in Nov 2003 to eliminate the needless death and suffering of companion animals in Kaufman County, Dallas and the surrounding areas of Texas. We are currently seeking a full time addition to our team of technicians. This position will work Monday - Friday with an occasional Saturday. 40hrs weekly
Pay is based on experience. Vacation/ Insurance available to all full time employees after 90 days of employment.
Crandall, TX is located 15 min E of Mesquite/ Downtown Dallas on HWY 175

Job Description & Responsibilities - Veterinary Technician

JOB TITLE: Veterinary Technician

JOB SUMMARY: As a Veterinary Technician you will act as the extra eyes, ears and hands for the veterinarian to ensure the best quality of pet care for our clients. Provide client services and education.

ESSTENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. You will maintain the flow of patients by providing professional, efficient and exceptional organizational skills
2. You will be responsible for the efficient admission of all surgical patients.
3. You will be responsible for the drawing of all per surgical blood work and perform all tests before surgeries begin at 8:00 am.
4. You will draw all premeds and induction meds for canines and feline patients.
5. You will administer premeds and induction meds.
6. You will log all controlled substances in proper manner.
7. You will prep animals for surgery.
8. You will ensure the safety of our pets, clients and team members by utilizing safe restraining techniques and following standard protocols.
9. You are responsible for maintaining a clean, sterile and organized treatment area and surgical suite.
10. You will be responsible for prep of all surgical materials i.e. drapes and instruments for the next work day.
11. You will be responsible for maintaining the anaestisa machine i.e. filling with isoflorene, changing F/air, and soda sorb.
12. You will help the veterinarian manage medical/surgical inventory for veterinary services.
13. Interprets and follows all state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertinent to spay/neuter clinic.
14. Must pass KCAAP training manual within approved time period
15. Must work toward TVMA certification program within time frame agreed upon.

Medical Support Staff Job Requirements
Client Education
1. Must be knowledeable of basic veterinary medical concepts including but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks
2. Must also be able to 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) 70 dogs and cats per day
2. Must be aware of 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 (will train) – 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 be 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
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 responsible degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations
7. Must have acceptable sense to touch and smell
8. Must have good range of motion in joints especially wrist, knees, elbows
9. Must have good range of motion in your back for instance twisting
10. Must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
11. Must be able to use a ladder or step stool
12. must possess excellent hand-eye coordination
13. May b e asked to move large oxygen tanks
14. must possess an acceptable degree of dexterity in hands and fingers
15. 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 under stressful conditions and work efficiently and effectively under those conditions
2. Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situation (with training)
3. Must be able to cope with death either due to surgical complications or euthanasia
4. Ability to rapidly and accurately process information
5. Ability to delegate tasks
6. Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help
7. Ability to control instinct (for example: while it is most often required to tighten grip and NOT release the animal when they begin to struggle)
8. Ability to make decisions
9. Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm

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 isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide
3. Potential exposure to formalin solution
4. Potential/prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas
5. Prolonged exposure to quartenary ammonium cleaners and bleach
6. Prolonged exposure to pressurized steam
7. Potential exposure to sharps including needles and blades

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In response to the growing demand for spay/neuter services in our region, KCAAP has purchased land and begun the process of building and...