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Licensed Veterinary Technician

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Animal Care Centers of NYC | Staten Island, NY
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Summary

Under the direction of a Veterinarian, assist in the provision of medical and surgical care of animals in the shelter. Administers medications, assists with surgery, performs basic laboratory tests, and performs end of life care when necessary. Must be a self-starter with the ability to think critically in order to be a stakeholder in the patients’ treatment plans. Works well independently but as part of a team to ensure timely, quality medical care for all animals in the shelter. This position is based within the medical department at a specific ACC location but flexibility to work at other locations may occasionally be required.


Responsibilities

Medical and nursing care (70%)

  • Administer drugs and vaccines by all routes as directed by the staff veterinarian
  • Perform LVT examinations in SOAP format as needed
  • Interpret clinical information and think critically to act swiftly and accordingly
  • Handle, restrain and triage all animals entering shelter
  • Regularly perform peripheral blood sampling and IV catheter placement
  • Assist with all aspects of surgery – pre, intra, and postoperatively which include administration and monitoring of anesthesia
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology when preparing and administering drugs – including drug class, medical dosing calculations, contraindications, and adverse reactions
  • Obtain diagnostics as ordered by veterinarians (radiographs, bloodwork, urine sampling, cultures, etc.)
  • Collect appropriate samples and perform basic laboratory tests, including decapitation for rabies testing
  • Assist in performance of necropsy, as needed
  • Properly record all drug activity, DEA logs, and statistics, as required by law and ACC policy
  • Aging, sexing, and accurate disease process recognition
  • Implantation of microchips


Operational and administrative support (25%)

  • Under the direction of a veterinarian, accurately document medical exam findings, vaccinations, medications, surgery information and treatments in Shelter Buddy medical records
  • Assist in the documentation of cruelty cases
  • Facilitate transfer of animals from intake or medical areas and into appropriate housing
  • Work cooperatively with ACC volunteers and partners and all departments. 
  • Communicate effectively, cordially, and promptly within and outside of the department
  • Cleaning of medical areas, kennels and cages as needed
  • Maintain medical equipment


Other (5%)

  • Required to obtain ACC-provided euthanasia certification in order to perform the humane euthanasia of animals when needed
  • Other duties as assigned by veterinary team management staff


Qualifications

Eligibility for and willingness to apply for euthanasia technician certification; Good written and oral communication skills; Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, able to multi-task and prioritize; Dependable, reliable, and efficient; Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time.


Education and Work Experience

Associates or bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology, or foreign equivalent recognized by NYS; Licensure in NYS to practice veterinary technology; Previous experience working in shelters preferred but not required.


Work Environment

The employee will regularly be exposed to the following: potentially zoonotic diseases (including rabies), aggressive animals, loud noises (e.g. barking dogs), and odors. Examination, restraint, and treatment of a high number of animals is physically and emotionally demanding. Euthanasia is performed in the facility and is a specific job task.


Reports To:      Veterinary Team Manager

Overtime: This is a non-union position and is eligible for overtime.

Summary

Under the direction of a Veterinarian, assist in the provision of medical and surgical care of animals in the shelter. Administers medications, assists with surgery, performs basic laboratory tests, and performs end of life care…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required

Location

Staten Island, NY

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