Certified Veterinary Technician
full-time - Colorado Springs, CO
*** Sign-on Bonus offered ***
Provides high level of patient care for animals in the Veterinary Clinic to include blood draws, IV catheter placement, nursing care, anesthesia and surgical preparation. Provides assistance with surgical procedures, high level of patient care and appropriate follow-up in conjunction with the veterinarians' direction for all animals in the shelter requiring medical treatment.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Administers treatment and anesthesia to Veterinary Clinic animals under the direction of staff veterinarians. Provides excellent patient care and ensures proper diets are provided to animals.
- Maintains medical/surgical treatment records and reports in an accurate and timely manner and in accordance with HSPPR procedures, updates records in the shelter database. Maintains drug logs for all controlled substances.
- Communicates with customers and other shelter staff concerning the health of animals in the Veterinary Clinic. Answers general questions about HSPPR procedures and veterinary care of animals.
- Assists in the maintenance of the Surgery Center and facility equipment to assure cleanliness and safety.
- Provides accurate information and friendly professional service to the public by assisting with the drop offs coming in for surgery in the mornings and post-op instructions after surgery at the end of the day. Explains risks of anesthesia, nature of the procedure being done, and post-op care and has client sign paperwork and plan for picking up later in the day.
- Fills all medications from a central pharmacy and ensures all animals receive the appropriate medication.
- Works with Staff Veterinarians, Veterinary Services managers in developing and adhering to current treatment, vaccination and medical treatment protocols. Assists the veterinarians as required with treatments and medication orders.
- Administers treatments per the veterinarians' orders and provides excellent supportive care for all injured and ill animals.
- Provides direction and triage for incoming animals in need of medical attention.
- Maintains medical treatment records and reports in an accurate and timely manner and in accordance with HSPPR procedures. Updates records in the shelter database with information regarding the health status of each animal and appropriate follow-ups.
- Communicates on a daily basis with the shelter veterinarians regarding the status of animals in treatment. Brings concerns forward and triages priorities throughout the day by working with shelter staff.
- Reviews all sicks slips by examining and medicating as needed, following medical protocols, and moving animals to appropriate isolation areas as indicated. Assists with processing new animals. Provides medical support for animals in foster care.
- Assists with Euthanasia as required.
- Performs in-house laboratory testing and radiographs. Calculates appropriate drug dosages and fluid rates for patient care.
- Cleans and disinfects kennels and health care areas as needed to ensure they are maintained in a sanitary and organized manner.
- Provides proper diets for hospitalized patients and charts everything related to medications, diet and eliminations.
- Cleans and disinfects parvo ward and provides all care and treatment for parvo patients.
- Works with and provides training as required for externs and volunteers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
Schedule may include weekend and holiday work.
Skills / Requirements
- Associate’s degree in veterinary technology from an accredited institution. Must possess a current Veterinary Technician license.
- Successful completion of a veterinary technician internship or one year prior experience in a full service veterinary hospital or animal shelter environment.
Who Are We? The first of only two AAHA accredited shelters in Colorado!
Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado
HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas Counties as well as the City of Centennial. We employ a total of 200+ employees. We are an organization that celebrates and prioritizes diversity and inclusion. A drug test and background check are mandatory for employment.
In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive benefits to our full-time staff.
Health Insurance ~~ 401K with employer matching up to 4% of salary ~~ Dental and vision* Insurances ~~ Supplemental Group Insurance* ~~ Short and long term disability Insurance ~~ Paid time off ~~ Holidays ~~ Direct Deposit ~~ Personal Pet Perks
(*) Employee pays the full premium
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness qualified employer. To learn more about this program, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/.
The core values of the staff unite us and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization, and our community.
Core Values Statements-
- Compassion: We believe that animals matter. We are committed to treating animals and people with kindness, respect and compassion.
- Stewardship: We are accountable and transparent in our actions and in the use of our resources to build trust in those we serve.
- Integrity: We believe we can make the greatest impact by staying true to our mission, always doing what is best for the animals and people of our community, and by standing united in our decisions.
- Excellence: We are passionate about our mission, and strive for excellence through continual learning, innovation and the development of our board, staff and volunteers.
- Collaboration: We seek strategic partnerships and alliances to advance the welfare and protection of animals and people.
- Service: We exist to serve our communities and operate with this commitment to serve as front and center in all we do.
Pay: $18.75 to $20/hour
Job Status: Full Time