Veterinary Technician
City of Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville, FL

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This is technical work in the routine maintenance of kennel facilities to include; care and feeding of sheltered animals, performance of related clerical and customer support work, providing support to veterinarians and veterinary technician seniors in routine medical, surgical, and/or necropsy procedures. Work requires knowledge of standardized work routines and procedures used in the care of animals and maintenance of kennel facilities; including ability to operate a computer. Work schedule involves some weekend, holidays and rotating shifts. Contacts with others require skills in understanding and influencing people, which are important in responding to and resolving complaints relating to animal care issues. Work is performed following established routines, standing instructions, and established procedures and involves similar situations requiring choice of correct procedures. Work is performed in field, kennel, and office environments, where there are some risks and hazards due to the handling of vicious, ill, infectious, and rabid animals; and exposure to offensive odors, chemicals, and other airborne nuisances. Operates laboratory and euthanasia equipment, truck, two-way radio, standard office equipment to include a personal computer and animal restraint equipment. The physical demands consist mainly of standing, walking, transporting animals, and lifting animals and/or objects weighing 50 pounds or more. Work is performed under general supervision where the work assignments are varied and, although subject to standard practices and procedures, the worker is permitted some latitude to set own priorities subject to superior?s approval.

Examples of Work:
Administers basic medical treatments under the direction of a veterinarian such as vaccines, parasiticidal drugs and collecting blood/stool samples.

Takes temperature and other vital signs.

Cleans and disinfects animal runs, kennels, cages, receiving areas and holding areas to ensure the health and well being of the animal population.

Feeds and cares for animals in shelter.

Retrieves and places animals in appropriate areas for holding period, redemptions, medical examinations, shots, etc.

Utilizes and maintains laboratory equipment.

Participates in preparation of animals for medical procedures.

Follows instructions in routine animal surgical procedures.

Observes and records detailed information pertaining to animals suspected of having rabies or other contagious or infectious diseases.

Prepares, maintains and retrieves records, reports and detailed and accurate medical histories of animals housed at facility using a personal computer.

Maintains inventory of drugs, medical equipment, medical supplies, food, cleaning and care supplies.

Transports animals to offsite locations,

Provides customer assistance and information concerning animals and adoption policies.

Depending on assignment, collects redemption and adoption fees and maintains records of monies collected.

Draws blood, prepares and handle lab specimens and performs routine lab tests.

Demonstrates proficiency in the City of Jacksonville core competencies.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of standardized work routines and procedures used to handle, care for, and identify a variety of animals, to include breed, age, temperament and sex.

Knowledge of medical terminology, abbreviations and orders.

Knowledge of the Citys' Customer Service Policy.

Knowledge of the drug names, classes and general uses.

Knowledge of euthanasia practices and procedures.

Skill in the use of animal care equipment and materials.

Ability to draw blood, take temperature and other vitals.

Ability to administer medication or other needs orally, intravenously, subcutaneously and rectally.

Ability to perform euthanasia through the technical administration of required chemicals.

Ability to decapitate deceased animals suspected of having rabies.

Ability to respond to and resolve complaints relating to animal care issues.

Ability to read, comprehend, and follow written and oral instructions in English.

Ability to make careful visual observations including: illness, age and spay/neuter status of animals.

Ability to collect and record technical data relating to animal care using a personal computer.

Ability to perform basic arithmetical calculations, including whole numbers and decimals.

Ability to safely and humanely lift, handle, or restrain animals, including injured, fractious and non-socialized animals, weighing 50 pounds or more which may be of an unpredictable, potentially dangerous nature.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to operate a truck, two-way radio, euthanasia equipment, animal restraint equipment, lab equipment, and cash register.

Open Requirements/Supplemental Information:
A four (4) year combination of education, training, and technical experience in biology, animal husbandry, herd management, animal handling/care, veterinary technician, pre-med or pre-veterinary, medical, phlebotomy or laboratory technician experience.

Euthanasia Technician Certification must secure within six (6) months.
FL Class E Driver's License is required prior to appointment and must be maintained.
City of Jacksonville Public Driver Certification must qualify for prior to appointment, obtain and maintain during employment.

In accordance with the City of Jacksonville Ordinance 116.910, effective July 1, 2012, any person who is hired or appointed by the City of Jacksonville and does not reside within Duval County at the time of hire, will have six (6) months to establish permanent residency within the boundaries of Duval County. Failure to establish permanent residency within six (6) months shall constitute resignation from employment. Effective July 1, 2012, any person who is hired or appointed by the City of Jacksonville and does reside within Duval County at the time of hire, but subsequently moves his/her permanent residence outside the boundaries of Duval County, shall constitute resignation from employment.

ONLINE APPLICATION REQUIRED. Apply at and if claiming veteran’s preference, upload DD-214 (Form 4), by Thursday, December 13, 2012, for consideration. Although you may upload your resume for inclusion with your application, it is important your application provides all the relevant education and experience you possess. Otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete.