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Veterinary Health Care Technician*

at Orange County North Carolina

Posted: 9/20/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2558993

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Veterinary Health Care Technician*
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:Depends on Qualifications
Job Type:Full Time
Location: 200 S Cameron Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278, North Carolina
The Orange County Animal Services Department has an opening for a Veterinary Health Care Technician (VHCT). This position is in the Shelter Division of the Animal Services Department. VHCT's perform an exciting variety of duties that include providing care for pets as well as providing exceptional service to shelter visitors and customers.
Animal Services Mission
The Animal Services Department strives to meet the needs of residents by working with volunteers and other partners to deliver cost-effective and integrated sheltering and animal control services that ensure the health, safety and well-being of humans, pets and the community as a whole.  Addressing the problem of pet overpopulation with a proactive and positive approach is an integral ingredient of the department's mission.

Choose a career with Orange County's "State of the Art" Animal Services Center
  • Generous benefit plan including County Paid Health and Dental Insurance for Employee, 11 paid Holidays, and Government Retirement Plan with a standard supplemental retirement of $715 annually and an additional matching contribution up to $1512 annually.
  • Tuition reimbursement program up to $1,900 per fiscal year
The work schedule for this position will rotate to include weekdays (8 am-5 pm) and both a Saturday shift and Sunday shift (8 am-5 pm), for a total of 40 hours per week. The rotation usually includes a weekend shift approximately every 3 or 4 weeks.  The position may also require working some evenings and holidays.

Hiring Range: $32,176 - $37,313

* This is a safety sensitive position and participation in the Drug and Alcohol Program is required. 

 Examples of Duties:
This position performs a variety of duties in an animal shelter setting, which include but are not limited to:
Performing physical and behavioral examinations of shelter animals upon entry and exit;

Administering medications and treatments;

Monitoring and evaluating individual animal health as well as overall herd health;

Performing daily care including medical treatment, observations, and sanitation of animals in isolation areas;

Coordinating with and assisting veterinarians in scheduling, developing, and administering treatment to animals.

Perform humane euthanasia by injection;

Maintain electronic medical records;

Perform duties for digital photo identification of animals;

Maintain scheduled drug logs;

Perform duties to assist veterinarians with sterilization surgeries on shelter animals including administering medication, scheduling surgeries, prepping animals for surgery, anesthetizing, intubation and monitoring anesthetized animals, performing post-op and recovery, and cleaning and setting up the surgery suite.

Provide information and addresses questions or concerns from citizens, potential animal owners, volunteers, and other staff.

Assist in maintaining medical supply inventory and orders and complete animal husbandry and other duties as assigned.

Assists with rescue placement of animals and foster program.
 Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures, including modern office technology.
  • Knowledge of disease management/recognition and general animal care.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform specific diagnostic testing to assist with determining health of animal.
  • Knowledge of vaccinations required and proper techniques.
  • Knowledge of animal shelter policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform physical exams and identify and address medical problems/diseases.
  • Ability and knowledge to perform specific treatments/procedures (i.e. wound management and fluid replacement.)
  • Knowledge of calculating drug dosages.
  • Ability to obtain certification as rabies vaccinator.
  • Ability to obtain certification and perform euthanasia by injection.
  • Ability to keep accurate and detailed records.
  • Ability to perform math.
  • Ability to perform procedures such as venipuncture, intubation, catheter placement, aseptic surgical patient preparation.
  • Ability to effectively operate and use a variety of medical and office equipment such as microscope, stethoscope, gas anesthesia machines, syringes, catheters, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, centrifuge, pulse oximeter etc.
Minimum Qualifications
Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to an associate's degree and three (3) years of veterinary experience.

Requires the ability to become a Certified Euthanasia Technician within the first six (6) months of employment. 

Must become a Certified Rabies Vaccinator at the earliest class offering for such certification and no later than one (1) year of hire with Orange County.

Candidates must possess a driver's license valid in the State of North Carolina.

A registered veterinary technician is preferred but not required.
 Supplemental Information:

Physical Activities
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational support functions including: standing, walking, talking, repetitive motions of hands/wrists and feet, grasping, hearing, handing and reaching.
Examples of physical activities required in this position:
Standing while performing medical procedures
Walking throughout shelter facility
Behavioral examinations animals
Carrying and/or leading animals
Possible Hazards (chemicals, dangerous machinery, etc.)
Position handles controlled substances, a variety of medications and cleaning chemicals as well as dangerous and/or diseased animals.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Women/Minorities/Veterans/Disabilities