Provides the highest quality medical care for the animals in HSMC care.
Assists Chief Medical Officer and follows medical protocols.
- Provides direct medical care to animals, including performing intake and medical exams, administering prescribed treatments.
- Assists with surgery and other veterinary procedures.
- Reports urgent cases to the veterinarian, and monitors patient progress.
- Oversees intake of all cats/kittens taken to the shelter.
- Maintains medical records, equipment, medications, and facilities in the shelter.
- Provides professional and respectful client education and service to staff, volunteers, and the public as needed.
- Order medical supplies, medications, and drugs.
- Clean and medicate all sick cats in the hospital.
- Distribute medication to dogs as prescribed daily.
- Work with other shelters to arrange transfers when space allows.
- Knowledge of county and state laws pertaining to animals.
- Triage animals as needed to determine priority for scheduling. Record and maintain statistics on the number and type of veterinary examinations completed.
- Administer veterinary treatments as needed and/or as directed. Communicate treatment plans to staff and volunteers. Participate in training of medical foster volunteers.
- Assist or assume duties and responsibilities as needed, including induction, and monitoring of anesthesia, prepping for surgery, taking radiographs, and performing dental procedures.
- Obtain animal histories from staff, volunteers, and/or veterinary records. Perform and record physical examinations and perform and/or oversee diagnostic testing as needed. Communicate all findings to attending veterinarian. Ensure that medical records are adequately documented.
- Under supervision of veterinarian, create and maintain reference documentation for staff including dosage charts for commonly used medications, protocols for treatment of commonly identified diseases, and medical counsels for adopters for commonly identified medical problems.
- Coordinate scheduling and transport of animals for off-site veterinary appointments. In cooperation with customer care staff, train and oversee canine cabby/feline ferry volunteers. Provide training and guidance for other volunteers as needed.
- Maintain shelter laboratory area, supplies, and equipment. Collect lab samples such as blood and urine, skin scrapes, impression smears, bronchograms and ringworm cultures. Ensure that laboratory equipment is maintained in good working order.
- Provide training and indirect oversight for staff administering rabies vaccinations. Administer rabies vaccinations as needed.
- Provide guidance for staff as needed on examining animals, estimating age, and determining spay/neuter status. Perform routine procedures such as nail trims, basic grooming, ear cleaning, otoscopic exams and suture removal.
- Provide medical information and fill prescriptions for adopters as needed.
- Must be passionate about animals
- Experience as a Veterinary Technician
- Prior shelter, veterinary clinic, or animal control experience required
- Computer literate, knowledge of shelter databases.
- Shows maturity, good judgment and performs duties in a professional manner.
- Ability to work under pressure and stay calm in stressful situations.
- Must be in good physical and mental health with no allergic condition which might be aggravated by exposure to animals.
- Demonstrated capability to be a self-starter, facilitator, and organizer.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Must possess basic math skills, including use of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals and medically relevant calculations such as conversions between different units, doses and dosages, and rates, ratios, and percentages.
- Ability to lift 50lbs without assistance and lift to 100 lbs. with assistance.
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to an ever-changing environment.
- Ability to work in an emotionally taxing field – a positive attitude and sense of humor are essential.
- Work is performed in an animal shelter. There is a potential for exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, animal waste, strong odors, hazardous chemicals or chemical materials requiring OSHA Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), anesthetics, sharp objects, and potential dangerous and unpredictable animals.
- Ability to stay standing or active during an entire shift; lift and carry objects and animals up to 50 pounds; lift, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, pull, and other strenuous activities.