Essential Functions of the Veterinary Technician Position:
Veterinary Technician works under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or contracted veterinarian with the Houston SPCA.
Veterinary Technician is responsible for proper animal handling.
Care for, feed, water, monitor, medicate and perform minor treatment on animals.
Responsible for vaccinating animals that come into the shelter or need updated vaccinations.
Draw blood and perform diagnostic testing including, but not limited to heartworm testing, fecal testing, skin scraping, FIV and FIV testing.
Assure that injured animals receive proper and timely treatment.
Maintain database by entering accurate information on the animals in our care.
Ensure proper labeling and dating of medications, maintains accurate inventory of all medications in stock and replenishes stock as necessary.
Responsible for maintaining an accurate log of all incoming and outgoing controlled substances and immediately report any discrepancies.
Maintain assigned equipment, supplies and vehicles in safe condition and report any problems or needed repairs to the Director of Animal Services or Veterinary Services Supervisor.
Review charts, collect vital statistics and assist Veterinarian during surgery and exams.
Prepare animals, instruments and equipment for surgical procedures.
Work with x-ray and blood equipment.
Collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures.
Draw blood and perform diagnostic testing
Protect all confidential information, including customers, donors, animals and internal communications.
Represent the Houston SPCA by providing excellent customer service and focus.
Additional tasks as assigned.
Knowledge, skill and abilities needed to perform the essential functions of this Veterinary Technicianposition:
Licensed Veterinary Technician preferred.
Learn the Houston SPCA policies and protocols, such as, but not limited to admitting, cleaning and medical protocols.
Working knowledge of breeds, diseases, medical conditions, and animal handling and behavior.
Ability to handle animals safely, with patience and gentleness.
Ability to represent the Houston SPCA in a professional manner in all situations with the public, volunteers and staff.
Ability to create and sustain positive working relationships within the Houston SPCA, with volunteers and the public, and be a team player.
Veterinary Technician must be patient, courteous and work well under stressful conditions.
Knowledge and ability to accurately work with detailed information in paper and electronic form.
Ability to read, write and communicate effectively.
Ability to learn and quickly adapt to changes in programs and procedures.
High school diploma or equivalent with one year of working experience.
Valid Texas Driver’s License and a good driving record is optimum.
Ability to work unscheduled hours.
Ability to lift 50 lbs.
This Veterinary Technician job description is not designed to encompass all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the individual. Other duties than those listed herein may be assigned.
About Houston SPCA
The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston's first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. The Houston SPCA is a private, non-profit charity, funded entirely by donations, which receives no funding from the Government, United Way or national animal groups.