Vet Tech

Midland, TX 79706

Industry: Medical Job Number: CC94921626 Pay Rate: 20.00

Job Description

Veterinary Technician
Under general supervision, is responsible for performing complex technical work assisting a
Veterinarian in the medical care of animals at local animal shelter's by applying knowledge of animal
care, handling, husbandry and veterinary practices. May be assigned additional duties related to
cleaning dog runs, cat cages and other areas of the shelter.
This position has responsibilities that require lifting up to 50 pounds on occasion.
• Assists veterinarian with spay/neuter surgeries; sedates and prepares animals for surgery,
monitors animals general health and vital signs during procedures and while recuperating.
Monitors and regulates patient temperatures by using heated tables, pads, water bottles, and
wrapping patients in blankets and towels. Prepares animal for surgery – clip surgical fields with
straight margin, minimize tissue trauma, properly scrub and prepare surgical fields, maintain
clean fields when moving patients, properly position and align animal for surgery.
• Assists veterinarian with and administers prescribed medications, both oral and injectable, to
animals in order to provide support and nursing care. Properly calculates medication dosages and
volumes of liquids or tablets to be administered. Identifies a patient's level of pain and possible
causes of pain, and understand the medications and methods to control pain.
• Prepares for and assists veterinarian with routine and emergency medical procedures, including
but not limited to wrapping wounds, blood draws, nail trimming, SQ fluids, IV and IM
injections, IV catheter placement, fecal tests, microscopic exams, grooming needs and gland
expression, etc.
• Performs daily health checks on all animals in the shelter; reviews all sick slips by examining
and medicating if required, and moving animal to appropriate isolation area if required.
• Sets up and maintains equipment including respiratory and heart monitors, heating pads,
autoclave, and surgical instruments, etc. Checks and maintains O2 machines and anesthetic
• Processes each animal by examining and documenting in computer database all health
information, vaccinations and any minor medical attention provided, veterinarian notes, presence
of microchip and all animal description information.
• Performs routine diagnostic tests including but not limited to parvo, heartworm, fecal floatation,
skin scrapings, urinalysis, fungal cultures, etc.
• Prepares rabies specimens for health department testing.
• Assists with euthanasia as required.
• Cleans kennels and provides animal care as directed by shelter management.
• Maintains Clinic by cleaning and disinfecting the Surgery Center kennel and health care areas for
prevention of infectious/zoonotic disease, and organizing, cleaning and sterilizing surgical
instruments and packs.
• Maintains clinic inventory and assists in ordering supplies and medications.
• Maintains surgery and controlled substance logs.Keeps controlled drugs secured to meet Drug
Enforcement Agency and state board specifications.
• Performs computer data entry and record keeping according to established protocol.
• Remains productive during slow times by seeking additional duties such as cleaning, stocking or
other tasks.
• Develops and maintain shelter emergency plan.
• All other duties as assigned by a supervisor/manager within your department/division
Ability to sit, stand and drive a vehicle to and from various work sites. Employee may be exposed to
seasonal temperatures while maintaining kennel and grounds, traffic hazards, chemicals, mild acids,
detergents and noise. Employee also may be exposed to animal bites and animal transmitted diseases.
Ability to lift bags of materials such as dog food, cat litter, or animals regularly.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
Ability to interact with the public and provide humane care for the animals. Some knowledge in the
recognition of animal diseases is needed. Ability to follow both written and oral instructions is also
Ability to read and understand manuals and state and other regulations in order to record work activities,
complete required records, or provide information to the public. Knowledge of the equipment necessary
to restrain animals such as catch poles, cat grabbers, and various traps and cages. Skill in math in order
to compute and maintain various records and measure chemicals. Employee develops correspondence
with other state and local agencies and maintains records.
Minimum Education, Experience and Certification
Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge,
skills, and abilities may qualify. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:
• Education: High School Diploma or equivalent, preferred Graduate of American Veterinarian
Medical Association (AVMA) or Associate's Degree.
• Experience: Two (2) years of experience as a veterinary technician or assistant; preferably in a
shelter environment, but may consider other relevant medical and leadership experience. Must
possess intermediate computer skills, including Microsoft Office and ability to learn shelter
software, PetPoint.
• Licenses: Valid Texas Driver's License required. Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state
of Texas (preferred) and Euthanasia Certification (within 120 days).

Meet Your Recruiter

Janie Rodriguez
Executive Admin – Midland

Janie enjoys helping her coworkers and seeing the smile on a candidate’s face when they get a job. She is good-hearted, honest, kind, and funny. She’s quiet at first, but once she gets to know you, she opens up. She’s motivated by getting tasks done and working hard to earn what she wants.

She attended Fort Stockton Texas and NMSU- Carlsbad. In her free time, Janie likes listening to music, watching a good movie, reading inspirational quotes, singing to her puppies, and sightseeing.

Fun Facts:

Favorite movies: Secret Life of Pets, Steel Magnolias, The Notebook, Courageous and comedies.

If she could live on just one food for the rest of her life, it would be: Chips and Salsa

Favorite music: Classic Rock like Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, Classic Country, and Spanish

Favorite superheroes: Batman and Robin

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