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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2317 - Veterinary Technician

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Non-Exempt
GRADE:             110

Under general supervision; performs work of routine difficulty in assisting veterinary practices at the DuPage County Animal Care & Control Department; performs related work as required.

A Veterinary Technician performs a variety of detail oriented tasks at Animal Care and Control to relieve the Veterinarian of routine tasks. Supervision is received from the Animal Care and Control Administrator/Veterinarian and Manager.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Maintains health check list and assists veterinarian in medical rounds
•    Communicates staff’s animal health concerns to veterinarian
•    Monitors population, flow and status of animals in shelter/foster
•    Assists veterinarian in all practices and procedures of medical and surgical support using proper aseptic techniques
•    Maintains surgical schedule and communicates any updates to all necessary parties
•    Induces anesthesia
•    Performs catheterization both urinary and venous
•    Cleans and bandages wounds as ordered by the veterinarian
•    Monitors daily animal observation sheets
•    Administers medication– (e.g. as injections, oral medications, topical treatments, etc.) as directed by Veterinarian
•    Certified for euthanasia and administers euthanasia when necessary
•    Cleans instruments and wraps surgical packs
•    Provides humane care and handling of animals accepted into the shelter
•    Works with Veterinarian to develop and recommend humane care standards and uphold standards of care for shelter animals
•    Assists animal care staff as needed with restraint and handling
•    Reviews vaccination records, prepares vaccines, and ensures that vaccinations/boosters are administered according to intake protocol
•    Maintains and coordinates repair of medical equipment such as autoclave, pulse oximeter, centrifuge, fluid pump, microscope and dental unit
•    Performs routine laboratory procedures and analyses in hematology, microbiology, parasite identification, fecal analysis, urinalysis, and serology
•    Performs venipuncture, prepares samples for outside laboratory analysis, arranges pickup, and keeps lab supplies stocked
•    Performs and analyzes skin and ear cytologies
•    Monitors patients under anesthesia and recovers patient after general anesthesia
•    Provides critical care, including administering of fluids, CPR, etc. for sick or injured animals
•    Monitors weight, feeding, treatment, etc., for critical care patients
•    Provides medical support for fosters including developing medical protocols for fosters, performing routine vaccinations/weigh-ins, maintains foster surgery schedule, advises fosters on medical concerns, treatment, and course of action
•    Maintains pharmacy, surgical, controlled substance, anesthesia and laboratory logs
•    Prepackages unit dose medications and refills bulk medications
•    Labels drugs chemicals, and other pharmaceutical substances and maintains SDS binder
•    Obtains and develops radiographs as needed
•    Obtains vital signs of animals (e.g. temperature, pulse, respiration, etc.)
•    Performs dental prophylactic cleanings at the direction of veterinarian, excluding extractions
•    Performs intake vaccinations, exam, etc. for incoming animals
•    Performs ear cleanings, medical grooming, dips and nail trims
•    Performs enemas if necessary
•    Prepares and administers diets, adding supplements as indicated
•    Routinely assess the health of each patient housed at Animal Control (or in foster) for illness, infestations, injuries or abnormalities communicating any concerns to veterinarian, and provides basic treatment as needed at direction of veterinarian
•    Injects microchips
•    Works with veterinarian to maintain complete and accurate medical records, and drafts Medical Disclosures as needed
•    Maintains medical inventory, orders medications and supplies while monitoring expiration dates
•    Completes adoption packets for animals going up for adoption (rabies certificate, state medical disclosure, medical record, microchip info, booster info)
•    Maintains a clean and well-stocked surgery/exam room
•    Gives presentations and prepares training and reference materials for staff/volunteer/foster in-services
•    Assist veterinarian with coordinating backup veterinary support and assist backup veterinarian as needed
•    Transport animals to/from off-site veterinary hospitals as needed for diagnostic, medical or surgical care
•    Places appropriate signage when applicable – i.e. NPO, caution, special food, etc.
•    Answers animal related questions over the phone or in person
•    Follows all medical and surgical protocols
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

•    Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned
•    Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Basic animal behavior, body language and care
•    Safety practices concerning the handling and restraint of animals
•    Current principles pertaining to animal control and welfare
•    Shelter medicine
•    Medications, dosages and their administration
•    Animal diets, disinfectants, diseases and how they are spread
•    Maintaining inventory and ordering medications, supplies and food
•    Surgical anesthesia for animals undergoing spay/neuter procedure and recovery
•    Current office practices, procedures and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
•    Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
•    Providing humane care for animals
•    Safety awareness and prevention of injury
•    The operation of anesthesia, dental, centrifuge and autoclave machines
•    Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
•    Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
•    Time management and multi-tasking
•    Explaining concepts of prepubescent sterilization and humane euthanasia
•    Maintaining the highest standards of record keeping, facility cleanliness, sanitary conditions and safety standards
•    Handling and treating exotic animals is a plus
•    Working alone and as part of a team
•    Identifying areas of improvement and making recommendations that will enhance operations and animal care

Ability to:
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departments and third party contacts, such as vendors
•    Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
•    Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality
•    Prioritize and assign work
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
•    Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
•    Work with minimal supervision
•    Exhibit leadership and organizational confidence
•    Present materials and information to large and small groups
•    Maintain harmonious, constructive, respectful relationships with those contacted in course of work of all skill levels
•    Use computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email


Completion of an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology, 3 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician with 2 of those years worked in a shelter setting; or five years of experience as a Veterinary Technician; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will be exposed to supplies commonly used in a veterinary setting including but not limited to anesthetic gases, x-ray irradiation, within appropriate OSHA standards.  The employee may also be potentially exposed to zoonotic diseases, dangerous or fractious animals, infectious disease, and sharp objects.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be required to walk, reach with hands and/or arms and lift up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working with loud animals, on concrete floors and being exposed to unfavorable odors and one may be subject to animal bites and/or scratches.

Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois Driver’s License.