Licensed Veterinary Technician
Under the direction of a veterinarian, assist in the provision of medical and surgical care of animals in the shelter. Administers medications, assists with surgery, performs basic laboratory tests, and performs end of life care when necessary. Must be a self-starter with the ability to think critically in order to be a stakeholder in the patients’ treatment plans. Works well independently but as part of a team to ensure timely, quality medical care for all animals in the shelter. This position is based within the medical department at a specific ACC location but flexibility to work at other locations may occasionally be required.
Medical and nursing care (70%)
Administer drugs and vaccines by all routes as directed by the staff veterinarian
Perform LVT examinations in SOAP format as needed
Interpret clinical information and think critically to act swiftly and accordingly
Handle, restrain and triage all animals entering shelter
Regularly perform peripheral blood sampling and IV catheter placement
Assist with all aspects of surgery – pre, intra, and postoperatively which include administration and monitoring of anesthesia
Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology when preparing and administering drugs – including drug class, medical dosing calculations, contraindications, and adverse reactions
Obtain diagnostics as ordered by veterinarians (radiographs, bloodwork, urine sampling, cultures, etc.)
Collect appropriate samples and perform basic laboratory tests, including decapitation for rabies testing
Assist in performance of necropsy, as needed
Properly record all drug activity, DEA logs, and statistics, as required by law and ACC policy
Aging, sexing, and accurate disease process recognition
Implantation of microchips
Operational and administrative support (25%)
Under the direction of a veterinarian, accurately document medical exam findings, vaccinations, medications, surgery information and treatments in Shelter Buddy medical records
Assist in the documentation of cruelty cases
Facilitate transfer of animals from intake or medical areas and into appropriate housing
Work cooperatively with ACC volunteers and partners and all departments.
Communicate effectively, cordially, and promptly within and outside of the department
Cleaning of medical areas, kennels and cages as needed
Maintain medical equipment
Required to obtain ACC-provided euthanasia certification in order to perform the humane euthanasia of animals when needed
Other duties as assigned by veterinary team management staff
Eligibility for and willingness to apply for euthanasia technician certification; Good written and oral communication skills; Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, able to multi-task and prioritize; Dependable, reliable, and efficient; Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and stand for prolonged periods of time.
Education and Work Experience
Associates or bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology, or foreign equivalent recognized by NYS; Licensure in NYS to practice veterinary technology; Previous experience working in shelters preferred but not required.
At ACC it's all hands-on deck. We work together as a team, which means you may be asked to help with tasks that involve working outside in all sorts of weather. As a busy animal shelter in one of the biggest cities in the world it can get noisy inside. Employees should have the ability to remain calm yet professional in stressful situations involving animals and/or members of the public. ACC houses hundreds of animals in its facilities at any given time and with that comes fur, odors and other airborne particles in abundance.
ACC offers many low-cost services to pets and people in need. This includes compassionate end-of-life services for people who cannot afford to go to a private veterinary office but still want to provide a professional and peaceful transition for their beloved pet.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. New hires must have one dose of a single-dose vaccine (J&J) or a first dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) by their first day of employment. For Pfizer or Modena, you must provide proof your second dose within one month of your start date. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.
Reports To: Veterinary Team Manager
Overtime: This is a non-union position and is eligible for overtime.
Animal Care Centers of New York City is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital status, citizenship status, or sexual orientation. Accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals requiring them. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
This is a full time job
Job Contact Details
Closing Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022