Animal Health Technician
Department of the Army - Guam

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US Army Veterinary Services operates as a subsidiary of Public Health Command. Their mission is to provide military veterinary services in support of United States Army Medical Command and Department of Defense missions. The civilian function of Veterinary Services is a supplemental mission which exists to assist soldiers and their families in the field of animal health and care.

This is a Flexible 00 position which does not guarantee any hours 00 per week at Andersen AFB, Veterinary Treatment Facility.

Assists veterinary personnel in providing care, management, treatment, and sanitary conditions for animals in a veterinary treatment facility. Positions and restrains animals for examination and treatment. Obtains medical history from owners. Measures and records animals' weight, temperature, pulse, and respiratory rate. Performs general physical examination of animals to detect abnormalities and records and reports results to the veterinarian. Changes bandages, cleans wounds, monitors surgical sites, cleans ears, trims toenails and expresses anal glands. Collects, preserves, and prepares blood, urine, feces, skin scrapings, postmortem tissue specimens, etc., for shipment and/or laboratory examination. Performs routine diagnostic laboratory tests (e.g., fecal smears and flotations, urinalyses, snap tests, blood counts, etc.) and records results. Identifies common internal and external parasites and zoonotic disease of small animals. Prepares patients and operates equipment for diagnostic procedures such as radiographs, ultrasound and endoscopy. Maintains diagnostic equipment and supplies in clean and working order. Places IV catheters aseptically and monitors fluid flow rates. Prepares animal for surgery as directed and functions as scrub assistant during aseptic surgical procedures. Under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, induces and maintains patients under anesthesia, to included monitoring ECG, SPO2, EtCO2, NIBD, temperature, HR and RR. Performs dental prophylaxis on anesthetized patients. Administers oral, topical, and parenteral medications, treatments, and immunizations as directed by the veterinarian. Provides owner/handler with prescribed medications and treatment instructions. Provides emergency treatment as required. Assists with humane euthanasia and necropsy as directed. Annotates appropriate information in animal records and maintains them as required. Prepares exam rooms for operation with adequate stock of supplies and professional appearance. Cleans, wraps and sterilizes surgical instruments and materials and prepares surgical suite for operations. Cleans and sanitizes kennels, exam rooms, surgery and diagnostic rooms, and equipment. Disposes of wastes, sharps, and hazardous materials appropriately.

Performs a variety of administrative and clerical functions. Annotates veterinary medical records completely, accurately and in a timely manner using Avimark. Records all exam findings, tests and treatments performed, medications dispensed, and client communications. Provides paraprofessional advice and education to clients in preventive medicine and zoonotic diseases, pet husbandry, travel regulations, pre- and post-operative care, how to administer medications or treatments at home, and specific doctor's instructions. Answers the telephone and schedules appointments in the appropriate time slots for vaccinations, sick call, and surgery. Greets and receives clients. Registers patients and verifies eligibility for services. Initiates, maintains, and files animal health records. Processes Health Certificate paperwork. Invoices clients, collects fees and provides receipts. Issues Rabies tags. Dispenses labeled OTC and prescription medications as authorized by the veterinarian. Responds to customer inquiries and concerns, providing general information. Directs animal health questions to the veterinarian. Assists with managing inventory to prevent shortages or excess. Assists with monthly inventories as directed.

Presents professional appearance and behavior in the VTF and demonstrates courteous customer service and genuine care for patients. Responsibly handles monetary funds, equipment, medications, diagnostic specimens and patient records. Participates in staff meetings and training as scheduled. Obtains continuing education on a regular basis to maintain technical competence. Performs other duties as assigned.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Social Security card is required
  • Valid Drivers License is required

DUTIES: Incumbent actively participates in the management of the organization by performing a wide variety of clerical and administrative duties. Serves as the central point of contact for matters related to day-to-day operations under the general supervision of a veterinarian. Executes routine tasks without supervision. Work is checked for compliance with established procedures and regulations, veterinary instructions, and treatment of animals. Applies knowledge of the organization, its functions, and regulations to carry out a wide variety of administrative processes. Maintains the Veterinary Clinic's automated database. Responsible for the care of animals and the cleanliness of the facility per standard operating procedures, policies, regulations, and directives.

Observes animal's behavior, health, and appearance. Reports illness, disease, and injury to supervisor. Inspects animals for fleas, ticks, or other parasites and reports any cases as directed by the veterinarian. Feeds and waters the animals. Cleans and disinfects animal kennels and cages per the Animal Facility Policy. Assists or performs euthanasia as directed by the veterinarian and in accordance with humane AVMA guidelines. Takes temperature, vaccinates, de-worms, microchips, and examines stray animals for adoption or returning to owner as required. Administers treatments as prescribed by the veterinarian, such as oral medications, subcutaneous vaccinations or medications.

May perform venipuncture blood draws and run various laboratory tests as prescribed by the veterinarian. Operates a motor vehicle to pickup supplies, deliver packages, or animals as needed. Follows applicable safety rules and regulations. Duties involve moderate to heavy physical effort including lifting various items such as animals, feed, and supplies occasionally weighing up to 70 pounds. Moderate effort required in scrubbing, scraping, sanitizing kennels and operating power-washing equipment. Considerable standing, sitting, and walking for extended periods of time required. Bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, grasping, reaching, and twisting are all required while performing these duties. Incumbent is subjected to noise, dust, odors, feces, urine, parasites, and blood. Work is performed inside and outside with exposure to hot, cold, and windy weather conditions. This incumbent must have the mental, physical, verbal, visual, and audio ability to perform the duties outlined in this job in both a safe and satisfactory manner.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Must have satisfactory work experience directly related to the duties listed in this job description. This includes basic computer and typing skills. Knowledge of veterinary medical terminology preferred. Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English. Must have knowledge of animals' characteristics, needs, behavior, and have skill in observing, handling, and caring for animals. Able to follow complex instructions and the ability to maintain detailed records is required. Valid driver's license is required. Must be able to perform routine maintenance required on kennels and cages.

Highly Preferred Criteria: Possess experience using veterinary practice management software (i.e. AVImark) and Possess a license as a Veterinary Health Technician.

Best Qualified Criteria: Possess experience working in a veterinary clinic or equivalent.

Conditions of employment :

1. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" system. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment. The U.S. Department of Army is an E-Verify Participant. 3. All required background check of AR 215-3 must be successfully completed and maintained. Satisfactory completion of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) that will be initiated prior to appointment to a NAF position; to include a health assessment is required. 4. Social Security Card must be presented at time of appointment.

5. Must possess and maintain and valid drivers license.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies :
  • Minimum Qualifications, Best and Highly Preferred Criteria, Skill in Veterinary Processes, Written and Verbal Communication.

Applicants meeting the best qualified criteria will be referred first to the Selecting Official. All other applicants will be referred for consideration if the certificate (referral list) is returned with no selection.

Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

BENEFITS: Flexible employees are not entitled to Army NAF Benefits .

Conversion of employment category from Flex to RPT/RFT may be accomplished without further competition in accordance

with AR 215-3.

OTHER INFORMATION: To successfully claim veteran's preference , your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. Please review the information listed under the Other Requirements link on this announcement or review our on-line Job Application Kit.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

To claim Military Spouse Preference you must have been married to the sponsor prior to the reporting date on the orders. Unload Sponsor Orders under other and attached marriage certificate (if name does not appear on Orders).

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

The Department of Army Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities are an equal opportunity employer.

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