Part-time Veterinary Technician
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Medical Manager
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Veterinary Technician assists the Medical Manager the Operation Kindness veterinarians with providing a high level of medical and medical-related care to ensure the health and well-being of all Operation Kindness animals.
- Ensures that all shelter animals receive proper veterinary care in a timely manner.
- Takes all necessary precautions and follows shelter policies to ensure that animals are not unduly exposed to illness or injury.
- Makes daily rounds of the cat and dog rooms to ensure that all animals are removed to isolation at the earliest sign of illness or distress.
- Assists Operation Kindness veterinarians in procedures as requested.
- Promptly checks-in arriving animals (within 24 hours of arrival) according to shelter procedure.
- Checks-out animals who are being adopted according to shelter check-out procedure.
- Dispenses mediations and gives injections in accordance with shelter and veterinary guidelines and government regulations.
- Performs clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal exams, urinalyses, fungal cultures, heartworm checks; draws blood for laboratory analysis. Maintains file of lab test results and ensures that they are also added to patients’ records.
- Transports animals to and from off-site veterinarians.
- Schedules spay and neuter surgeries.
Facilities and Supplies
- Prepares, stocks and maintains the treatment room, the isolation room and the surgery rooms; cleans surgery room and equipment after each use.
- Maintains an appropriate inventory of all medical supplies. Properly stores all medications.
- Maintains timely, accurate, complete and legible health records including spay and neuter surgeries.
- Verify veterinarian visits for billing.
- Provides clients with written medical records of procedures and vaccinations administered at Operation Kindness.
- Counsels clients as needed on animal care, explaining dosages/purpose of medications being sent home and reinforcing home care follow-up treatments and care; ensures that conversations are on a level that is easily understood by non-veterinarians; makes client feels welcome in asking questions and having concerns about their pets.
- Returns, on the same day, all phone calls from clients with medical-related concerns about their adopted animals.
- Reports suspicion of animal abuse or neglect to Director of Animal Care, Director of Operations or Executive Director immediately.
- Reports any unsafe working conditions to Director of Animal Care, Director of Operations or Executive Director immediately.
- Maintains client, donor, volunteer and staff confidentiality at all times.
- Follows Standard Precautions and other safety regulations at all times.
- Completes all necessary and requested training in a timely manner in accordance with shelter policy.
- Attends staff meetings.
- Participates in shelter events as requested by Supervisor.
- Performs other duties as requested by Director of Animal Care, Director of Operations or Executive Director.
- High school diploma or equivalent; Veterinary Technician Certification desirable but not required.
- Fluent in English
- 3-4 years Vet Tech experience, which includes surgery experience
Technical Skill Requirements
- Proven ability to set catheters with 100% accuracy
- Proven ability to draw blood with ease and accuracy
- Ability to intubate successfully and independently
- Extensive knowledge of diseases, conditions and medications
- Proven ability to correctly decipher issues (medical and otherwise) and identify resolutions independently
- Proven ability to prepare animals and equipment for specialty surgeries independently
- Proven ability to correctly and confidently communicate medical information to a wide variety of people, including customers, co-workers, volunteers and donor
- Extensive knowledge of and proven ability in xray techniques, positions and safey awareness
- Extensive knowledge of preventive care, including vaccines
Behavioral Skill Requirements
- Proven customer service skills
- Proven leadership skills
- Proven ability to maintain composure in a wide variety of settings
- Proven organizational skills
- Proven communication skills
- Feels and expresses a genuine liking for animals and for working in an animal care environment.
- Supports Operation Kindness’s mission and understands how it is organized and functions as a non-profit organization.
- Is able to work equally well with paid staff members, clients and volunteers.
- Is able to relate well to persons with varied backgrounds and beliefs.
- Has a positive attitude; is open to new ideas.
- Physical Effort: Position requires lifting and carrying animals and shelter materials weighting up to 40 lbs; when animals or materials weigh over 40 lbs, another staff member will assist in the lifting and carrying. Position also requires sitting or standing for extended periods of time and speaking over the telephone.
Working conditions: May be exposed to unpleasant odors, noises and animal feces. May be exposed to bites, scratches and animal diseases.
APPLY for any of the available positions
above, qualified candidates should send us
your RESUME, COVER LETTER, SALARY REQUIREMENTS
and/or SALARY HISTORY (REQUIRED).
Please review the requirements for the position
before applying. In addition, you will need
to complete a job application if we request
you come in for an interview.
in person at our shelter, Monday-Friday
from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We are located at 3201 Earhart Drive in Carrollton. Earhart is one block south
of Keller Springs and two blocks west of Midway Rd.
by mail at,
Operation Kindness - Attn: Director of Integrated Services/HR
3201 Earhart Drive
Carrollton, TX 75006
to include the POSITION you are applying
for in the "SUBJECT" of the email)
us at 972-417-8956