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Senior Veterinary Technician [ID: 4696]

Employer
St. Petersburg College
Location
Veterinary Technology Center

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Compensation:$17.36 - $21.71Openings:1PeopleSoft ID:1039Department:Veterinary TechnologyLocation:Veterinary Technology CenterPosition Summary:

This class is the second of two levels in the Veterinary series. Incumbents coordinate the care and use of animals in the kennel. Responsibilities may include preparing the work schedule for Veterinary Technicians; monitoring staff and students working with animals; preparing animals for daily procedures; monitoring the recovery of animals; maintaining relationships with vendors and contractors; modifying the kennel environment to address animal behavioral issues; and performing the duties of the lower level.

Requirements:

Education:

Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology. Certified in the State of Florida.

Experience:

Four years experience involving the care of animals. Must include at least 2 years in a veterinary hospital.

* An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job may be acceptable in lieu of those requirements listed above.

Knowledge:

  • Animal care principles and practices;
  • Animal behavior;
  • Common animal diseases;
  • Basic animal anatomy;
  • Proper cleaning and sanitizing methods and procedures;
  • Recordkeeping principles;
  • Computers and related software applications.

Skills:

  • Performing diagnostic tests, including x-rays and blood or fluid analysis.
  • Administering medication, vaccines, and treatments.
  • Safely restraining animals for procedures.
  • Preparing animals for surgery, including sterilizing tools and administering anesthesia.
  • Support for the veterinarian during surgery or other procedures.
  • Doing emergency first aid as necessary.
  • Providing guidance to kennel staff members in the case of a contagion. How to prevent the spread of disease and/or parasites.
  • Provide training to new employees regarding animal body language and how to stay safe in a kennel setting. Assessing animal needs and determining solutions;
  • Prioritizing and assigning work;
  • Assessing animal needs and determining solutions;
  • Caring for animals;
  • Observing and documenting animal behavior;
  • Identifying sick animals;
  • Cleaning and sanitizing animal holding areas;
  • Handling animals;
  • Maintaining records;
  • Using a computer and related software applications;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with subordinates, coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.

Physical:

  • Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, walking, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
  • Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of forces constantly to move objects.
  • Incumbents may be subjected to fumes, odors, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, blood and other bodily fluids, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises, and a threatening environment.

License:

Certified Veterinary Technician.

Responsibilities:

On call: Responsible for…

  • Assuring coverage in the event a kennel employee is unable to come to work.
  • Any weekend or after-hours communication with the veterinarian in the event of an animal need/emergency.
  • Providing the care and/or medication prescribed by the veterinarian during a weekend.

Adoptions:

  • Evaluation of adoption applications including research of any previous veterinary history and housing approval in the event of a renter.
  • Communication with potential adopters regarding meet and greets with other members within the household and any other pets.

These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

Potential Frequency

1.

Prioritizes and assigns work to veterinary technicians; monitors the performance of lower level staff; and trains staff on work methods and procedures.

Daily

10%

2.

Coordinates veterinary operations which includes preparing animals for daily procedures; monitoring the recovery of animals; maintaining relationships with vendors and contractors; modifying the kennel environment to address animal behavioral issues; and performing related duties.

Daily

15%

3.

Cleans animal cages and housing facilities, which involves determining appropriate chemicals to utilize.

Daily

15%

4.

Feeds animals according to defined procedures; administers medications as necessary.

Daily

15%

5.

Performs assessments and observations of animals to determine health, eating habits, and behavioral issues; recommends veterinarian medical services, referrals, and evaluations based on assessment and observations.

Daily

15%

6.

Prioritizes and oversees student assistants in the feeding of animals and cleaning of equipment and facilities.

Daily

5%

7.

Assists instructors and students in laboratories with prescribed treatments.

Weekly

10%

8.

Maintains inventory of animal care, feeding, and testing supplies; notifies supervisor when inventory levels are low.

Weekly

5%

9.

Maintains records of operational records and reports.

Daily

10%

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