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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Employment Opportunity: Animal Services

Title: Veterinary Technician

Posting No.: 2327

Closing Date: Until Filled

Department: Animal Services

Hours: Full-Time: 37.5 hours per week, including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed

Salary: $39,000-$44,000 annually

There is one (1) full-time position open at this time.

Responsibilities include:
• Monitors daily animal observation sheets, maintains health check list and surgical schedule for animals in shelter and in foster
• Recognizes and communicates animal health concerns to veterinarian 
• Performs catheterization both urinary and venous and proficient at venipuncture
• Cleans and bandages wounds as ordered by the veterinarian 
• Administers medication, (e.g. as injections, oral medications, topical treatments, etc.) as directed by Veterinarian
• Administers euthanasia when instructed
• Cleans instruments, wraps surgical packs and maintains medical equipment
• Reviews vaccination records, prepares and administers vaccines according to vaccine protocol
• Performs intake exams and administers intake vaccinations as per protocol
• Provides medical support and facilitates routine check-ups for fosters
• Performs in-house laboratory procedures or prepares samples for outside lab services
• Induces, intubates, monitors and recovers patients under anesthesia
• Provides critical care for sick and injured animals
• Maintains pharmacy, surgical, controlled substance, anesthesia and laboratory records and inventory, and orders medical and surgical supplies when needed
• Prepackages unit dose medications and refills bulk medications
• Obtains vital signs of animals (e.g. temperature, pulse, respiration, etc.)
• Injects microchips
• Works with veterinarian to maintain complete and accurate medical records

Physical requirements and work environment:
• 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.
• While performing the duties and responsibilities, the employee will be exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, and will be subject to animal bites, scratches, and/or kicks
• The employee will be exposed to supplies commonly used in a veterinary setting
• The employee may be potentially exposed to zoonotic diseases, dangerous or fractious animals, infectious disease, and sharp objects

Requirements include the following experience or equivalent combination of training and experience:
• Completion of an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology
• Three (3) years of experience as a Veterinary Technician with at least two of those years worked in a shelter setting; or a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a Veterinary Technician
• A valid Illinois Driver’s License 
• Obtain certification as a Euthanasia Technician within one (1) year of hire

A pre-employment background check is required.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

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DuPage County is an Equal Opportunity Employer