JOB TITLE: Veterinary Technician (or Veterinary Assistant)
The Humane Society of Pulaski County is seeking to hire a Veterinary Technician (or Veterinary Assistant). We are a private non-profit (501c3) no-kill animal shelter in Little Rock, Arkansas. We have one full-time veterinarian on staff (who has been with us for over 10 years) and an in-house medical clinic. Our intake includes only dogs and cats.
The Vet Tech (or Vet Assistant) performs duties which may include preparation of animals for surgery, assisting veterinarian with procedures and surgery, and maintaining the clinic in a clean and orderly manner.
- Assist the veterinarian by setting up procedures, helping maintain the flow of patients, adhering to standards that keep animals safe, and keeping treatment areas and labs clean and organized
- Able to efficiently pre-medicate and induce patients, intubate animals and prepare all patients for surgery
- Administer medications and vaccinations, and help maintain clinical records in shelter database
- Assist in the provision of medical and surgical care of animals in the shelter
- Surgical pack preparation
- Position is based mostly within the medical clinic but will also include assisting in care of other shelter animals as well
- Work well independently - and also as a team member - to complete all tasks assigned
- Provide fresh water, food and bedding to patients in medical clinic; walk clinic dogs; some bathing and grooming
- Work with entire shelter staff to maintain sanitary conditions to prevent the spread of illness and disease
- High school diploma or GED
- Certified veterinary technician (CVT, RVT or LVT) is preferred, but will consider qualified Veterinary Assistant
- At least one year of experience working as a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinary Assistant in a veterinary clinic environment (shelter experience is a plus)
- Must pass a pre-employment drug test, as well as all future random drug tests
- Probation period of 3 months
- Valid Arkansas driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Reliable cell phone
- Able to lift and carry 50 pounds safely
- Able to restrain cats and small to very large dogs with minimal stress to the patient and minimal risk to the veterinarian
- Experience with giving intravenous injections and intubating animals for surgery
- Some experience in anesthesia and surgery is required, plus a willingness to learn the abilities not yet experienced
- A strong commitment to the welfare and proper treatment of animals is required
- Must possess genuine compassion for all patients
- Positive attitude and professional demeanor
- Must have a team attitude, and be willing to help other staff in working towards a goal of excellent patient care
- Able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, handle fluctuating priorities and multiple projects
- Able to work occasionally on evenings and weekends
Most of the scheduled days are spent in a high-volume surgery environment. Work is performed in a high noise area. Exposure to industrial cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal feces, zoonotic diseases (can be passed from animal to human), bites and scratches. Safety procedures must be adhered to at all times.
The Veterinary Technician (or Veterinary Assistant) is a key member of the surgical team; the responsibilities described above are necessary to perform the duties of this position but should not be construed as a complete description of all the requirements that may be inherent in the position.
Starting salary is $10.00/hour. Salary increases will be based on abilities and performance.
Email cover letter, 3 references, and resume to Dr. Teresa Medlock at email@example.com