POSITION SUMMARY: The Veterinary Assistant role is pivotal to a smooth-running shelter operation. This individual will be responsible for the clinic area and inventory of medical supplies as well as overseeing the animals through each stage of their veterinary care at the shelter prior to adoption. Assisting adopters or fosters with any medical questions regarding the animal being transferred into their care. The Veterinary assistant assists the shelter veterinarians with all aspects of the treatment and care of animals at the Lake Humane Society including medical treatments, surgeries and dentals. The Veterinary assistant also provides training and support to the shelter staff, volunteers, adopters, and clients with regards to shelter medicine, disease control, and animal care
- Minimum of 1 year experience in an animal hospital and/or Humane Society is highly desirable.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
- Ability to assist veterinarians with surgery and necropsies.
- Prepare animals for surgery; monitors anesthesia.
- Medicates and provides routine medical care and clinical laboratory tests to shelter animals including: blood draws, cytologies, urinalysis, fecal floats.
- Implants microchips into animals placed for adoption.
- Maintains all surgical packs and autoclaves.
- Examines and screens animals coming into shelter and determines if there is an immediate need for a vet exam.
- Renders emergency treatment in life-threatening situations to sustain life.
- Performs follow-up treatment as prescribed by a veterinarian.
- Performs dental prophylaxis as recommended by veterinarian.
- Assists staff in proper euthanasia techniques utilizing injection methods.
- Maintains records and files using the PetPoint computer system. Stores and maintains inventory of medical supplies.
- Knowledge of Federal, State, and County laws, regulations, and ordinances governing:
- Rabies quarantine
- Euthanasia techniques
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) record keeping requirements for Schedule II narcotics and SHARPS biohazard waste
- Physical and behavioral characteristics of common breeds of dogs, cats and pocket pets
- Disease symptoms in domestic animals
- Autoclaving and surgical pack preparation
- Aseptic surgical techniques
- Professional animal care and husbandry
- LHS customer service objectives and strategies
- Telephone, office, and online etiquette
- Current technology and trends in shelter medicine
Commitment to Diversity: Lake Humane Society is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced team of shelter professionals. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin and are an equal opportunity employer.
Position requires 34 hours per week and the standard weekly schedule is Sunday through Thursday with two days off. Flexibility is required, and the Registered Veterinary Technician may need to work nights and weekends for events, trainings, shelter meetings, and other special circumstances as directed by the Veterinarian, Shelter Manager, and/or Executive Director.
Performs work in both a shelter and office like setting. Exposure to animals, animal waste, bites, scratches, fumes from cleaning/disinfectant solutions, airborne particles, zoonotic diseases, and moderate to high noise levels when in animal areas.
WHAT WE OFFER:
- An amazing culture! We are a close team filled with hard working people all dedicated to the mission of finding animals their forever homes! Nothing could be more rewarding than helping homeless animals find a loving family!
- The ability to save animals without a ton of restrictions.
- Abundant opportunities to grow professionally, including opportunities to attend conferences and training.
- Paid time off after 90 days, along with health benefits, and a matching 401K.
- Very flexible time off. Family oriented team.
- AMAZING pet benefits-better than anywhere around!
- Autonomy and the ability to make decisions based on what you think is best for the organization.
- Creating a more humane community.
- Competitive salary with strong tangible and intangible benefits
MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND COMMUNCIATION DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Requires working alone or with minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated.
- Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional or angry people.
- Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional manner.
- Requires clear verbal communication over the telephone and intercom to internal or external individuals.
- Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous and professional manner.
- Requires ability to work in a team environment and to provide team leadership.
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.
Salary range: $12.00 to $16.00 per hour