Veterinary Technician-Texas

Harris County Public Health Services
Houston, Texas
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Position Description Under the supervision of the Chief, Veterinary Operations (CVO), the Veterinary Technician participates in clinical and animal care activities that support the HCPHS VPH pet adoption program. Implements strategies to increase the "Leave Alive" rate as assigned. Also serves as support to other sections as needed. Veterinary Support Functions Assists veterinarian with surgery, including sterilization of instruments and surgical area, animal prep and monitoring of vital signs; monitors post-operative recovery and reports changes in condition. Responsible for the cleaning, feeding, and care of the animals in the surgery, surgery holding and isolation areas. Ensures that the areas are kept clean, sanitized, and uncluttered at all times. Responsible for cleaning and maintaining surgical equipment and sterilizing instruments. Using protocols, responsible for the safe induction of anesthesia, monitors animals while under anesthesia and during recovery. Routinely evaluates health and temperament of sheltered animals and advises the veterinarian and/or the kennel supervisor as appropriate. Administers prescribed medications as directed and administers vaccinations per VPH protocols and directions from VPH veterinarians. Creates and updates medical records as appropriate. Performs physical exams on animals including a variety of animal health procedures encompassing diagnostic laboratory tests, administration of medications, and assisting with or performing medical treatments. Responsible for routinely performing an inventory of veterinary drugs & vaccines and reporting results to the CVO. Responsible for maintaining and routinely performing inventory of controlled drug logs. Data Entry/Reporting Responsible for accurate and timely data entry of information into the shelter database. Indirectly responsible for accuracy of medical records entered by subordinate Veterinary Operations staff through supervision and training. Updates animal records as necessary to ensure complete and current information. Maintains and reports statistical data relating to productivity of medical operations section and leave-alive program, and uses this data to identify problem areas and develop resolutions and enhancements to veterinary operations Monitors, evaluates and recommends methods for improving the efficiency of animal throughput. Leave Alive Functions Adoption: Responsible for ensuring that all animals in the shelter adoption program have anesthetically pleasing pictures on the department's website. Ensures that cage cards reflect the current status for animals available for adoption. Supervises the work up and medical records entry of all animals placed on adoption hold. Coordinates grooming of adoption animals as appropriate. Transfer, Rescue & Foster: Consults with transfer & rescue organizations and foster homes as needed concerning animal health and temperament issues and facilitates a quick transfer of animals to these organizations. Along with Kennel Operations Technician (Rescue Coordinator) ensures that animals for foster, transfer, and rescue are appropriately worked up and records are entered in timely and accurate manner. Identifies animals that should be held and worked up for transfer, rescue or adoption prior to scheduled release. Community Relations Promotes responsible pet ownership and answer questions concerning animal health, behavior, and care. Administers vaccinations and implants microchips in owned animals. Participates in various outreach programs such as vaccination clinics, health fairs, and mobile adoption events. Other Responsibilities Assists the CVO and ASV in assessing current protocols & helps develop updated and/or more efficient protocols. Participates actively in training other Veterinary Operations staff under the direction of the CVO and ASV as needed. Other Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
Requirements High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Six (6) months of experience working in an animal shelter, veterinary practice or animal care environment. A minimum of six (6) months of anesthesia and surgical experience. Proficiency in the use of a computer. Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to handle difficult people and situations in a professional manner is necessary. Ability to handle multiple projects and be a team player; often required to multi-task quickly and with efficiency. Ability to follow directions and complete tasks a majority of the time with minimum supervision. Must be comfortable working with animals. Ability to cope with the difficulties associated with animal euthanasia. Environmental and Physical Requirements: Position requires bending, lifting, stooping and standing for long periods of time. Will be required to lift and retrain animals. NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration. Preferences Associates or bachelor's degree. Current licensure as a Veterinary Technician with the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Experience with HLP's Chameleon software. One (1) of year previous data entry experience. Bilingual in English and Spanish. General Information HOURS: 40 Hours Per Week SALARY: Will Be Discussed During Departmental Interview Based on 26 Pay Periods All interested applicants must submit an online application at
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