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Veterinary Technician - Denver Animal Protection - DDPHE
at City of Denver Government
About Our Job
This is an on-call position which will work no more than 39 hours per week and is not eligible for benefits. On-call positions may have routine or variable work schedules.
About the Department of Public Health and Environment
Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DDPHE works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to promote healthy people, healthy pets, and a sustainable environment. DDPHE oversees a number of services related to public health and the environment and is comprised of seven divisions: the Executive Director’s Office; Community & Behavioral Health; Public Health Inspections; Denver Animal Protection; the Office of Medical Examiner; Environmental Quality, and the Office of Sustainability. The Department’s programs are funded from many sources, including the General Fund, Environmental Services Enterprise Fund, state grants, federal grants, private grants, contracts, and donations. For more information on DDPHE’s programs and services, visit the DDPHE website at: http://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/environmental-health.html.
About Denver Animal Protection
Denver Animal Protection (DAP) provides animal care and protection services for all of Denver County. We foster the human-animal bond by protecting the safety and welfare of Denver's animals and citizens. DAP is committed to providing humane care to companion animals; reuniting lost pets with their owners; adopting pets to loving homes; enforcing Denver County animal ordinances; and proactively educating the public about animals, their needs, and DAP's critical role as a community resource.
The Denver Animal Shelter is seeking a Certified Veterinary Technician to perform standard level health monitoring and participating in the medical care of animals in the shelter. In this role, you will be tasked with a variety of animal health care duties under the guidance of a veterinarian, prepare animals for surgery and other treatments, perform routine laboratory tests, and provide other care-giving activities in as requested.
Additionally, the Veterinary Technician:
- Assists a veterinarian with a variety of animal health care duties including caring for ill and injured, animals, monitors the health of animals for signs of disease, and performs other care giving activities in a caring and compassionate manner.
- Prepares animals for surgery and other treatments by sterilizing instruments and equipment, assists the veterinarian during surgical procedures or treatments, restrains and stabilizes animals when necessary, and provides post-operative care.
- Performs routine laboratory tests by collecting and preparing samples for requested tests, conducts laboratory tests, and reads and records results.
- Provides specialized nursing care for ill and injured animals, administers vaccinations and other injections, and dispenses medications.
- Observes animal behavior, reports behavioral changes such as aggression and injury, and prepares daily reports detailing events in the veterinarian clinic.
- Evaluates an animal’s health condition in the intake process, prioritizes treatment of animals that enter the shelter, and assesses the health condition of animals prior to placement for adoption.
- Exercises, bathes, waters, and feeds animals and cleans, maintains, and disinfects cages and medical areas.
- Requests and orders supplies as necessary to keep materials on hand at all times.
- Operates vehicle and two-way radio in performance of duties.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Our ideal candidate will have:
- Experience caring and handling animals, including feeding, controlling, restraint, health, and reproduction.
- Excellent customer service and teamwork skills, including effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile or distressed, being able to relate well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations; being sensitive to cultural diversity; and being able to work with others to achieve goals/objectives.
- Knowledge of veterinary techniques and procedures sufficient to be able to assist veterinarians and perform a variety of duties related to the work assignment.
- Knowledge of animal behavior sufficient to be able to identify record and report unusual behavioral characteristics.
- Knowledge of laboratory equipment sufficient to be able to select and use appropriate equipment.
- Experience performing tests such as urinalysis, blood screens, fecal floatation, microbiology, ophthalmic diagnostics, and others.
- Knowledge of pathogen regulations and universal precautions sufficient to be able to protect self and others from possible infection as well as knowledge of safety hazards and necessary safety precautions sufficient to be able to establish a safe work environment.
- Knowledge of cleaning agents and chemicals sufficient to be able to maintain the cleanliness of the work area.
- Stamina-able to lift 50 pounds without assistance, exerts oneself physically over long periods of time without tiring.
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
- Education requirement: Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technician.
- Experience Requirement: None
- Education/Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.
- License/Certifications: Requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application.
- Possession of a Certified Veterinary Technician License issued by the State of Colorado. Registration as a Licensed Veterinary Technician issued by another state will be accepted in lieu of this requirement providing the applicant is registered by the State of Colorado by the completion of probationary period.
Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.
NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must include a copy of your current Certified Veterinary Technician License. Please attach a copy of your license to your application in the required attachment section. If you do not attach your license, you will not be considered for this position.
About Everything Else
Job ProfileCO2649 Veterinary Technician
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Position Salary Range$16.29 - $23.78
Starting PayBased on experience and education
AgencyDept of Public Health & Environment
The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.
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