Animal Technician
Alachua County, FL - Gainesville, FL

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Graduation from high school or equivalent and one year of animal control experience or two years of veterinary clinic experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Successful completion of a state certified Veterinary Technician program may substitute for the required experience. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. Experience muzzling, intubating animals, assisting with anesthesia, taking x-rays desirable.

Position Summary:

This is general maintenance work in the caring of animals and maintenance of housing facilities with the County Animal Shelter.

An employee assigned to this classification performs a variety of animal care duties including assisting a veterinarian in clinic. Work includes feeding and watering animals, cleaning and repairing cages and other facilities as necessary. Work also includes euthanasia to manage animal populations.

Work is performed under the direction of an Animal Control Supervisor (Shelter Operations) and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties:


Prepares treatment room for examination of animals, and holds or restrains animals during examination, treatment, or inoculation.

Administers injections, performs venipuncture, applies wound dressings, cleans teeth, and takes vital signs of animal, under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Prepares animal, medications, and equipment for surgery, and hands instruments and materials to veterinarian during surgical procedures.

Performs routine laboratory tests, cares for and feeds animals, and assists professional personnel.

Bathes and grooms small animals.

Cleans and disinfects animal cages and facilities as necessary.

Feeds and waters animals.

Euthanasia of unclaimed animals.

Performs general grounds maintenance by mowing, painting, etc.

Completes necessary paperwork for adopting and claiming animals.

Assists veterinarian in surgery by administering medication, removing sutures, handling surgical tools, lifting/moving animals onto surgical prep table, and transporting animals out of the operating room.

Performs related work as required.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Knowledge of the proper care and handling of animals; including those that are sick and/or injured.

Knowledge of euthanasia procedures.

Ability to restrain hostile animals and perform routine maintenance tasks.

Ability to perform general maintenance.

Ability to administer vaccines, medications and prepare animals for surgical procedures.

Ability to recognize signs of stress or disease in animals.

Ability to perform lab tests and operate related equipment.

Ability to assist with animal surgeries and to perform euthanasia.

Ability to monitor animals following surgical procedures.

Ability to deal effectively with the public and co-workers, especially during emotional or stressful situations.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to maintain accurate records.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to walk, talk or hear, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.