Responsible to: Shelter Manager
With direction, assists all practices and procedures of surgical support. Assists or performs laboratory tests, vaccinations, and treatments of animals as indicated by the veterinarian. Cleans instruments and wraps surgical packs. Monitors animals during surgery, and recovers patients after surgery. Enters data that builds medical records, and prepares end of day paperwork including preparing medications. Assists veterinarians in recheck exams. Releases animals at the end of the surgical day. Trains in developing the skill of induction and efficient preparation of animals for surgical procedures. Maintains the highest standards of record keeping, facility cleanliness, sanitary conditions and safety standards. Provides constant humane care and handling of the animals. Answers animal related questions over the telephone and in person. Utilizes care to develop cooperative and helpful relationship with colleagues, volunteers, and adopters. Assists in the training of new employees and volunteers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepares and maintains accurate medical records, clinic and animal files, as well as pharmaceutical logs and vaccinations records.
Performs surgical related duties of cleaning instruments and wrapping packs, and monitoring patients under anesthesia and recovery. Trains in the efficient induction and prepping of animals for surgery.
Checks animals for illness, infestations, injuries or abnormalities, and performs diagnostic tests as directed by the veterinarians. Inoculates, medicates, feeds, and cares for animals as indicated by the veterinarian.
Maintains proper animal identification.
Keeps animal cages clean and sanitized, and cleans and maintains clinic facilities and equipment.
Participates in euthanasia and preparation of animals if required.
Meets and talks with clients and/or adopters during admission recheck exams, vaccination clinics, and surgical release, giving accurate and understandable instructions for post-surgical care and treatments.
Coordinates and ensures the daily medication for shelter animals. Ensures that all shelter animals requiring medication or medical treatment receives what is needed in a timely manner.
Coordinates accurate communication with med team members regarding any changes or alterations to administration of scheduled meds.
Furnish information concerning the work of the clinic and shelter; provide basic animal care advice and make referrals as appropriate.
Perform pre-surgical duties on animals selected for surgery.
Assists the veterinarian when needed and performs post-surgical duties to ensure proper recovery of the animals.
Provides the veterinarian with equipment, routine and special surgical instruments, surgical packs, and lab and clinic material.
Properly maintains all medical and surgical records as well as daily usage of narcotics and other controlled substances in the appropriate forms.
Receives animals scheduled for surgery, and transports animals from Furkids to emergency.
Maintains clinic records and prepares reports as required.
Dispenses prescribed medications.
Stocks clinic supplies and performs minor maintenance tasks on all surgical equipment and refers any problems appropriately.
May perform any of the above duties in an off-site capacity, such as a remote vaccination facility.
Maintains all safety standards at all times.
Perform customer service to the standards set forth by Furkids.
May drive company vehicle in performance of company business.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions: Work is performed at an animal shelter. Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, dangerous and fractious animals, high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, and sharp objects. Field conditions may be encountered. Able to lift up to 50 lb., long periods of standing, bending, stooping, reaching and animal handling and restraint in animal shelter setting. Potential exposure of infectious diseases to owned animals. Able to handle all sizes and activity levels of animals.
Performance Factors and Necessary Skills:
Communication and Contact: The Veterinary Technician communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of Furkids and has tact and above average communication and customer service skills.
Attendance and Dependability: The Veterinary Technician can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work and can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.
Relationships with Others: The Veterinary Technician works effectively and relates well with others including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of Furkids and exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others and works to maintain constructive working relationships. Possesses a genuine desire to help people and animals.
Must recognize or be willing to gain working knowledge of normal and abnormal health and behavioral conditions of the patients, pre- and post-surgery.
Must have or be willing to gain working knowledge of animal welfare laws, various species and breeds of common animals, how to handle animals properly, how to recognize common diseases, and how to handle clinic equipment including the computer and euthanasia methods and materials.
Typing, computer and general office work experience.
Simple business mathematics and cash handling experience.
Animal technician experience and animal grooming experience desirable.
Knowledge of the diseases and disorders of animals, spay and neuter and related procedures, and animal handling and restraint.
Knowledge of disinfecting procedures; antisepsis and asepsis.
High School graduate with experience handling companion animals.
Coursework and/or experience in companion animal surgery, preferably spaying and neutering.
Certified Veterinarian Technician or Registered Vetreinarian Technician
Possession of a valid Georgia driver’s license and driving record acceptable to Furkids insurance carrier.