Hillsborough County, FL - Tampa, FL

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Performs duties administering medical treatments and vaccinations, assisting a Veterinarian in performing small animal surgery, assessing the health, well-being and temperament of animals upon impound and on an ongoing basis in a shelter environment.


Note : The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. 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. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.

Evaluates and treats impounded animals for illnesses, diseases and injuries.
Vaccinates, deworms and assesses animal health and temperament at impound.
Conducts a wide range of veterinary laboratory tests including, but not limited to, heartworm tests, blood chemistry, fecal examination and FeLV/FIV tests.
Enters and maintains computerized medical and treatment records in accordance with department policy and record keeping requirements.
Performs pre surgical evaluations of animals including the review of medical and shelter records to determine their capability and legality to undergo surgery.
Prepares animals for surgery, prepares surgical packs, monitors patients under anesthesia, and assists Veterinarians during surgical procedures.
Observes animals post surgically for signs of complications and records findings in surgical records.
Administers medications, vaccines, anesthetic agents, intramuscular, subcutaneous and intravenous injections in accordance with Veterinarian instructions, established policies and in accordance with laws and regulations.
Performs the euthanasia of animals in accordance with established policies and humane guidelines for the treatment of diseased, injured or sick animals.
Supports the department in mandated ESF-17 (Emergency Support Function 17) responsibilities in the event of a disaster or during an activation of the County’s Emergency Operations Center .

Performs other related duties as required.


Working knowledge of Florida laws and Hillsborough County ordinances pertaining to the treatment of small animals.
Working knowledge of routine medical procedures for the care and treatment of small animals.
Working knowledge of common animal diseases and health requirements.
Working knowledge of drug use regulations, euthanasia programs, and biohazardous waste disposal related to the treatment of small animals.
Working knowledge of routine veterinary medical and laboratory procedures.
Some knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology.
Skill in administering animal medications and medical treatments.
Ability to maintain files and prepare work related reports.
Ability to use animal handling equipment to control and move animals weighing up to 50 pounds including specialized handling of dangerous or suspected rabid animals.
Ability to work effectively with others.
Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
Ability to work under stressful conditions.

Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.

Associate's Degree major in Veterinary Technology.


Possession of a valid Veterinary Technician Certificate.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
One year of experience as a veterinary technician which includes assisting in surgery, medical treatments and performing diagnostic procedures.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Fifteen quarter hours or twelve semester hours of Veterinary Technology courses; and
Six months of experience as a veterinary technician which includes assisting in surgery, medical treatments and performing diagnostic procedures.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Six months of experience in an animal shelter under the supervision of a Veterinarian, assisting in surgery, medical treatments and performing diagnostic procedures.


Successful completion of a State of Florida approved 16 hour euthanasia technician certification course within the initial probationary period.

Selection Process

Application Screening (Civil Service Office)
Performance Exam, if required (Civil Service Office)
Written Exam, if required (Civil Service Office)
Establish List (Civil Service Office)
Department Selection Interviews (Hiring Agency)
Background Investigation (Hiring Agency)
Job Offer (Hiring Agency)


OPEN AND CLOSED RECRUITMENTS : We are running concurrent Closed (Internal) and Open recruitments. Internal candidates on a closed eligibility list must be considered first, prior to a selection being made from the open eligibility list. To be considered for the same classification under Open recruitment, internal candidates must also apply under the open recruitment process.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE : Preference will ONLY be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation to support entitlement to preference MUST be provided at the time of application.

DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE : The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.

NOTE : Depending on the agency of employment, individuals hired may be required to review Hillsborough County driving eligibility criteria and acknowledge their understanding of its provisions.

NOTE : Employees are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters affecting the County. They are required to work in their normal job duties or other activities within their skills and capabilities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with existing rules and procedures.

EXAMINATION : Applicants will be competitively rated on the basis of their training and experience.

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