Job Posting: Mobile Certified Veterinary Technician
RESPONSIBLE TO: Lead Veterinarian- Community Veterinary Services
A high level of professionalism and strong customer service skills are mandatory for this position. Working as part of a team in a small busy environment makes strong interpersonal skills an absolute requirement.This position has to be flexible in the duties and responsibilities to best fit the changing needs of the Mobile Veterinary program, and the mission of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The duties of the position cover any part of the veterinary practice and do not entail any activities prohibited by the veterinary practice act of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Veterinary Technician performs all functions of the position under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Must complete a 90-day orientation and training period;
- Must maintain a good attendance record;
- *The regular workweek for the mobile clinic is 40 hours, which may include Saturdays. Must be willing to work a reasonable amount of overtime or when other duties require it at night, weekends, and holidays;
- *Must be able to handle a wide variety of animals effectively and in a humane manner. Must be able to work under close supervision of the Lead Veterinarian of Community Veterinary Services. Handle any animals received in the mobile clinic and move them as required for treatment or other care when required;
- *Prepare patients, instruments, and equipment for surgery when required. Assist in diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures when required. Skillfully place catheters, intubate patients and properly administer injectable, oral, and topical medications when required. Accurately collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures. Evaluate and monitor on an ongoing basis, the health and behavior of all animals in the Mobile Clinic. Dress animal wounds when required;
- *Must present a neat, clean and professional appearance and must wear a uniform while on duty;
- *Must be able to learn and articulate the League’s policies regarding its care, treatment, evaluation, placement and euthanasia of animals. Must know or be able to learn and perform the League approved techniques for the euthanasia of animals;
- *Must be able to perform and position the animal for radiology. Expose and develop diagnostic radiographs when required;
- *Must be able to work efficiently in a busy mobile office setting performing multiple tasks including answering telephones, completing all paperwork, receptionist duties, kennel duties, assisting the public, and other tasks as assigned. Assist with the promotion and coordination of mobile clinic programs when needed;
- *Since most of the Mobile Clinic areas are either open to or visible by the public, a strong emphasis must be placed on site appearance. Maintain all areas in a neat, clean and organized fashion;
- *May be assigned duties at the headquarters clinic, or shelter or to another branch shelter’s operation if personnel requirements dictate this need.
- *When working alone, must assume responsibility for opening and closing the Mobile Clinic. This includes making sure the animals have been properly taken care of and securing the premises;
- Responsible for driving the mobile van. Must maintain a valid Massachusetts Drivers License and must be insurable with the League’s automobile insurance policy;
- *Prepare special animal releases, when required. Instruct owners of any special care, diet or prescription of animals being released from surgery. Help staff with basic medical procedures on ear mite treatment, suture removal, etc.;
- *Must be able to understand, perform and assist preparatory medical procedures i.e. feline leukemia test, heartworm, and parasite identification, administer vaccines and medication under veterinary supervision, and take temperatures;
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS:
- An Associate’s degree or certification from an A.V.M.A. accredited college level or Certified Veterinary Technician program in veterinary technology is strongly recommended;
- Minimum of two years of animal surgical experience, required. Must have prior background knowledge and understanding of disease processes. Prior experiences with domestic animals, preferably working in a Humane Organization or Veterinary Clinic required;
- Must be familiar with and have some experience with laboratory and clinical techniques, uses of veterinary drugs, instruments and equipment, anesthetic and surgical nursing and monitoring including instrumentation;
- Must demonstrate proficient computer skills;
- Must be of good moral character with an even disposition and the ability to deal effectively and politely with people in a variety of difficult situations. This person must have definite abilities to evaluate problems accurately and display good, sound judgment when working without supervision and under emotional stress. These are extremely important and critical qualifications;
- Must be physically capable of performing all the duties of the Mobile Clinic and/or including moderately heavy work. Required to lift at least 50 pounds;
- A high level of professionalism, strong interpersonal skills and ability to be a team player are absolutely required.
*Essential functions of the job in compliance with the ADA.
Please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include the job title in your email subject line) or:
Human Resources Department
Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116
HR fax (617)-423-6201
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an equal opportunity employer, and we make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.