Animal Services Veterinary Technician
- Summary of Job Duties
City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of: Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?
- Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
- Diverse community
- Competitive total compensation package
- Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
- Light rail station minutes away
- On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
- Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
- Access to innovation work spaces
Neighborhood Services - Animal Services Division
Aurora Animal Services provides animal-related services for the city of Aurora. You can call them to pick up an injured or stray animal. Owners should search kennels in the shelter frequently for lost pets. The shelter also has many animals available for adoption.
The Animal Services Veterinary Technician will provide humane medical care and treatment of animals in the Aurora Animal Shelter.
- PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Performs evaluations on animals including age, gender, general health, and spay/neuter status.
- Notifies DVM of signs of injury and illness in a concise and timely manner.
- Uses and maintains medical equipment appropriately.
- Uses humane techniques to restrain animals for veterinarians and Animal Care Officers.
- Prepares animals for surgery. Administers anesthesia and monitors anesthetized animals. Sterilizes surgical equipment.
- Administers medication, vaccinations, and microchips according to veterinary instruction.
- Supervises and trains volunteers including veterinary technician students.
- Properly documents evaluation and medical findings, fills prescriptions.
- Educates patrons about animal's medical conditions and treatments.
- Ability to maintain and order inventory of veterinary medical supplies.
- Performs and monitors cleaning and sanitation of veterinary medical areas including treatment, isolation rooms and surgical suite.
- Strict adherence to legal requirements for administering and recording use of controlled substances.
- Adheres to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and creates appropriate SOPs for department use.
- Understands and respects decisions to euthanize animals with severe medical and/or behavioral problems.
- Knowledge of common zoonotic diseases, their transmission and prevention of spread to humans or other animals.
- Perform other duties as assigned
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent experience
Experience: Completion of a Veterinary Technician internship or comparable experience. At least 1 year of progressively responsible experience in the care and handling of animals in a veterinary setting. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Knowledge: Working knowledge of current veterinary standards and practices, dog and cat breed characteristics and knowledge of standard contagion practices in a shelter environment.
Possess an excellent understanding of animal behavior and uses positive reinforcement techniques to interact with shelter animals.
Abilities: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and citizens; to handle difficult or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; to provide humane care and treatment for a variety of animals; to pay high attention to detail; to assist in daily surgical procedures; to perform in a high pace and high stress environment; to assist with performing euthanasia on a daily basis; and ability to operate a City vehicle.
Skills: Collect samples and perform diagnostic tests including blood work, urinalysis, fecal and infectious disease testing. Possess safe animal handling and restraint techniques; provide good customer service with strong interpersonal skills. Skilled in Chameleon software or other shelter related software. Skill in data entry of medical records and logging of controlled substances and medical treatments. Motivation to always improve standard of care.
Licenses, Certificates and/or Equipment Required: This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
- Must have current Veterinary Technician certification.
- Possession of a Certified Veterinary Technician License issued by the state of Colorado. (Registration as a Licensed Veterinary Technician issued by another state will be accepted in lieu of this requirement providing the applicant is registered by the State of Colorado).
- Valid Colorado Driver's License with a good driving record.
- Euthanasia Certification must be obtained with 3 months.
- WORKING CONDITIONS
- Physical Demands: Moderate to heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 75 pounds; frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; regular walking and standing; a full range of body movements including bending, kneeling, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, and crawling; foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle; vision to read reports, instructions, and other written material; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees, citizens and animals.
Work Environment: Works primarily indoors in an animal shelter with exposure to dust, water, noise, animal dangers, odors, cleaning chemicals and fumes.
Equipment Used: Uses a variety of tools and equipment common to veterinary, kennel and cleaning operations; motor vehicle for transporting animals to off-site animal hospitals.______________________________________________________________________
For Veterans preferences: Please show all of your employment history, military service and include related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer. We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants. It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at: 303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace. A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.