Certified Veterinary Technician; Minnesota

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota
Roseville, MN
Job Category
Full time Positions
$17.50/hr starting salary
Last Date to Apply
OPEN POSITION - CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs) assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned or sick wild animals. They perform a variety of veterinary medical care and support services; provide necessary guidance to volunteers and interns; properly manage and adhere to all WRC medical, safety and training procedures; and maintain high quality standards in medical care, facility maintenance and record keeping. The position is part of our medical team of five-full time and three part-time staff veterinarians, four certified veterinary technicians, and three veterinary technician assistants in a fully equipped veterinary hospital including: digital radiology, ultrasound, in-house laboratory (including teaching microscope), a surgical suite, XRF lead detection, and critical care capabilities. WRC is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, has a full-time staff of 26, and relies greatly on the efforts of more than 600 volunteers. Due to the high level of burnout and compassion fatigue in the veterinary and wildlife rehabilitation fields, WRC is committed to the emotional well-being of its employees; currently, WRC is working towards certification in Clear Blueprint, sponsored by NOMV, amongst other approaches. CVT duties: - Prepare and administer medications/treatments to all adult patients and any complicated nursery patients - Set up patient caging, adjust husbandry, and prepare patient diets - Perform diagnostics such as radiographs, manual CBCs, operate bloodwork machines, cytology, parasitology, culture/sensitivity, gram stain, urinalysis, etc. - Prep for surgeries and monitor anesthesia for patients undergoing diagnostics or procedures - Maintain proper record keeping - Respond appropriately and promptly to emergency protocols - Assist in training volunteers and students, attend regular staff meetings and other meetings as requested - Maintain a clean, organized treatment area and ensure an adequate level of hospital and laboratory supplies - Follow and enforce all WRC policies and protocols - Continually learn about our diverse patient population and be able to adapt procedures and protocols to support both population-based and individualized medicine in a high volume setting Scheduling: - CVTs will work an average of 35 hours per week for the year. Hours will be less during the winter and more during summer peak season o Supervisor will create schedule and adjust as needed - CVTs must coordinate amongst their co-CVTs for coverage to ensure there is 1-3 vet techs at the Roseville location at all times, depending on the workload - Some evenings, weekends, and holidays are required Compensation: - Starting hourly wage of $17.50 - 100 percent health insurance coverage for employees including a dental plan - Section 125 cafeteria plan for non-covered health costs including dependent premiums - Participation in a retirement 403b plan (3% employer contribution) - Sick and vacation days (PTO) based on hours worked and years of service
Requirements - Must be able to obtain a veterinary technician certification in the state of MN within 3 months of starting employment. - Rabies pre-exposure vaccine series and titer are required before starting. Covid-19 vaccination required. CVTs must: - be capable of lifting 30 lbs from the floor - be able to be on their feet for 10 hours at a time - be able to work on the floor - be able to work in varying weather conditions - maintain the wild nature of patients by following WRC policies and procedures - treat everyone with respect Selection Criteria - Ability to project a positive attitude toward co-workers, supervisor, volunteers and the public. - Ability to provide excellent customer service – in person and on the telephone. - Ability to act decisively while remaining calm and compassionate in sometimes stressful situations. - Ability to work well with other people and as a member of a team. - Ability to prioritize tasks and complete them in an efficient manner. - Knowledge of proper restraint/handling of animals as well as ability to perform various diagnostics. - Experienced as a certified vet tech. Experience with wildlife preferred but not required. - Willingness to work a flexible schedule. To Apply Send cover letter, resume and list of 3 references with contact information to ashley@wrcmn.org and renee@wrcmn.org. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.
Contact Person
Ashley Holte, CVT; Renee Schott, DVM, CWR
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