Job Description

PAWS Chicago is seeking Veterinary Technicians at their Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Veterinary technicians play a critical role providing high-level medical and surgical care of homeless animals at our state-of-the-art facility. Sign-on bonuses, Continuing Education (CE) benefits and competitive pay are given along with a full suite of benefits including PTO, health/dental insurance, 401K, life insurance and CVT license renewal reimbursement (if applicable). Opportunities include shelter medicine and surgery, or one focus as desired. All technicians have opportunity for skill development with Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs). Full-time positions with 4-day work week OR part-time positions (1-3 days/week) available.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Shelter Medicine:
• Provides technical assistance to shelter veterinarians and communicates changes in patient condition, results of diagnostic tests and procedures, and treatment questions
• Provides quality care to pets of all life stages from neonates to seniors including emergency and intensive care as required
• Evaluates animals for disease, injuries, parasites and other possible health concerns and reports to Shelter Veterinarians
• Collects samples for and conducts laboratory tests; including fecal examinations and use of in house IDEXX blood machines, records test results as directed
• Assists Shelter Veterinarians in medical exams; involves but is not limited to restraint, microchipping, blood draws, and vaccinations
• Vaccinates and administers preventatives on intake and as needed
• Prepares medication and administers treatments as prescribed
• Places and maintains IV catheters
• Performs digital radiographs
• Maintains a disease-free or contained environment to ensure the health of the whole population
• Operates a computer, basic office equipment, medical equipment and instruments, laboratory equipment and diagnostic instruments, etc. and exercises care and safety in the use and maintenance of the equipment
• Helps to ensure that medical records are complete and accurate
• Acts as a mentor for externs and proactively utilizes volunteers
• Performs quality control of shelter technical services such as disinfection procedures, in-house diagnostic equipment

• Prepare animals for surgery. Calculate, draw up and administer medications. Shave, intubate and generally prepare animal for surgery as required by veterinarian including blood draws and IV catheter placement.
• Monitor animals under anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions
• Ensure prompt and accurate paperwork is completed each day
• Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures
• Communicate effectively with clients utilizing excellent customer service
• Knowledge and ability to intake and release surgical patients
• Able to respond appropriately during an emergency, take directions from a veterinarian and direct others during the event, and maintain composure during CPR procedures
• Able to assist doctor with surgery using sterile procedure
• Able to perform all job functions of a veterinary assistant including clean, sterilize and prepare surgical instruments/materials as well as assist in the recovery of surgery patients
• Maintain records and manage controlled and non-controlled medications
• Maintain clean work areas including animal holding areas

• Preference will be given to technicians Certified in the state of Illinois (CVT); non-certified candidates welcome with a preference toward those having previous experience
• Passion for animals and animal welfare
• Ability to be flexible, work independently, demonstrate sound judgment, and work in a fast paced, dynamic, collaborative team environment
• Medical knowledge including nursing care, disease symptoms and transmission, animal restraint, blood draws, IV catheter placement, and treatment administration
• Knowledge of prescription medications, procedures and processes
• Basic computer skills
• Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and be walking/standing for up to 10 hours

This is a full time job

Contact Information

Job Contact Details

Tracey Fiffles-Nusko
Assistant Director Human Resources

Closing Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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