The Humane Rescue Alliance, the first unified organization in a major urban area to provide all the animal welfare programs and services to the community, seeks a veterinary technician to join a dynamic team of medical professionals to provide medical care and monitoring of health and welfare of animals through its medical center. HRA’s medical center cares for shelter animals and provides low cost services to members of the public via appointment and through HRA community programs, including community cats and animals in HRA foster homes. This position offers a unique opportunity to work for an innovative, mission-oriented organization committed to changing the landscape of animal welfare.
Provide a wide range of medical care and guidance, from basic wellness and care information to surgical support to HRA shelter animals and community/owned animals. Ensure each patient is treated humanely and compassionately and that medical information is shared with clients in a way that is friendly, approachable, and clear, and that it complies with policies and mission of organization. Must be committed to providing incremental levels of support to owned animals to support accessible and improved care in the home and maintenance of the human-animal bond.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist veterinarians with appointments and walk-in wellness clinics, including recording patient history, addressing client concerns regarding pet, and providing animal restraint and assistance during veterinary exams.
Conducts patient appointments for basic wellness, including administering vaccinations, blood draws and parasite treatments.
Handle basic care duties such as cleaning and dressing wounds, administering medication and special diets, collecting samples, checking vitals, and cleaning treatment areas.
Inform and educate clients on animal conditions and proper care, including pre and post -surgical care.
Update and maintain patient files, review care plans, and handle other administrative duties as necessary.
Calculate, administer and record medications; complete controlled drug logs.
Operate radiology equipment.
Respond to emergency situations and administer triage care, as needed.
Prepares laboratory samples and performs in-house lab work.
May assist veterinarians and surgical team by sterilizing tools and instruments, ensuring supplies are ready and available for use in exam and operating rooms, and confirming equipment is working properly.
May perform and provide surgery assistance to veterinarians including anesthesia induction, monitoring, recovery, examination, and medication of shelter animals.
Perform daily health evaluations, scheduled treatments, intake exams and vaccinations of shelter animals.
Assist veterinarians with daily rounds, monitor daily health of animals in shelter and medical center.
Perform routine exams on shelter animals both with and without a veterinarian.
Assist in care, treatment of animals in foster according to appointment schedule.
Perform and assist with euthanasia of shelter animals.
Respond to post-adoption health inquiries.
Notify behavior team of animal behavioral needs and/or concerns.
Maintains satisfactory level of care by attending Continuing Education, as required or assigned.
Maintains departmental procedures and protocols regarding humane care and treatment of animals.
Follow safety guidelines, maintain a healthy and safe environment for animals and people.
Take immediate action to address any safety concern or noncompliance of safety rules that could put an employee, volunteer, client, animal, volunteer, or organization at risk.
Represent HRA in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
Provide quality service to public, volunteers, and employees recognizing their individual contributions to success of HRA.
Promote special events, programs, fundraising efforts, and donor opportunities when practical.
Performs other duties and special projects as assigned
Qualifications and Requirements:
Knowledge of veterinary technician and animal shelter procedures and protocols.
Demonstrates knowledge of animal restraint and handling techniques, as well as general animal safety practices, including recognizing animal behavior patterns.
Ability to draw blood, administer subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intravenous injections.
Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures. Ability to be flexible, detail oriented and able to prioritize.
Excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service orientation. Ability to communicate effectively, courteously, and professionally with a variety of individuals representing the public, board members, volunteers, donors, and employees.
A team-oriented and collaborative approach to work, with an ability to bring out the best in peers. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to gather information from colleagues.
Computer literacy with proficient use of programs including Microsoft Office programs, Outlook email, Internet and database management software to efficiently accomplish work.
Passion for HRA mission, for caring of all animals regardless of age, breed, temperament or species.
Ability to work weeknights, weekends, holidays as needed. Ability to work weekend vaccine, feline clinics, as needed.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted regularly, 50+ pounds assisted.
Ability to be comfortable working w/ cats, dogs, small animals, reptiles, fish, wildlife.
Ability to perform strenuous physical activity on daily basis, including lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, standing, squatting, and bending.
Due to nature of shelter work, may be exposed to deceased, fractious, or aggressive animals; hostile, irate persons; zoonotic or other diseases; unpleasant noises, odors, sights; extreme temperatures.
Education and Experience:
College degree or equivalent experience. Certified Veterinarian Technician preferred.
Minimum one year of progressively responsible experience as vet tech. Experience with shelter medicine preferred.
Ability to pass basic vet tech skills assessment during interview process.
This is a full time job
Job Contact Details
Closing Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020