We are seeking motivated and compassionate people with a passion for animal welfare.
Title: Veterinary Technician I
Departments: Animal Medical Department
This position reports to: Shelter Veterinarian
This position supervises: N/A
Hours: Full-time; 40 hours/week
Schedule: Sunday (8:00am-5:00pm), Monday-Thursday (7:00am-4:00pm) OR
Purpose of Position: Provide veterinary medical and surgical nursing skills with a focus on shelter medicine. Veterinary technicians enhance the lives of animals at the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) by partnering with fellow colleagues to prepare animals for adoption, alleviate suffering and bring justice to victims of cruelty. Periodic rotation through the NHS Spay & Neuter Center occurs on an as need basis.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees are required to follow any other job related duties assigned by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, and does not alter the “at? will” relationship.
Perform medication rounds for shelter animals
Administer prescribed pain medications, antibiotics, antiparasitics and vaccines
Relieve animal suffering and comfort the sick
Provide supplemental feeding to puppies and kittens too young for adoption
Assist NHS veterinarians in disease surveillance
Collect specimens and perform diagnostics as prescribed by NHS veterinarians – common diagnostics include:
Fecal exams by centrifugation
Skin scrapes and cytology
In-house CBC and chemistry panels
DTMs, Wood’s Lamp and trichograms
Heartworm, FeLV and FIV tests
Submit various diagnostics to off-site laboratories
Provide enrichment and stress reduction for animals through humane handling
Perform medical rounds with NHS veterinarians
Ensure prompt and accurate medical record updates
Assist in examination of shelter animals
Administer pre-medication, induce anesthesia and intubate surgical patients
Direct other staff and volunteers on a rotational basis as lead anesthetist
Monitor anesthetized patients
Assist in animal emergency triage and resuscitation
Place IV catheters
Prepare animals for surgery
Perform dental cleaning and non-surgical extraction as allowed for by state regulations
Recover anesthesia patients with the assistance of trained volunteers
Handle and record controlled substances for large volumes of surgical patients
Assist in training new staff members, department volunteers, veterinary students and interns
Collaborate with personnel from other NHS departments
Perform safe and humane euthanasia when necessary on a limited basis in Animal Medical Department
Act as a resource for adopters answering pre and post adoption medical questions
Maintain clean treatment, housing and examination areas
Periodically review, provide input and adhere to Animal Medical Department and shelter protocols
Assist in the cleaning and sterilization of surgical equipment
Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Operations Manager or veterinarian
Position Qualifications: Education, Experience, Certification, and Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
Minimum: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from an accredited program
Must be a licensed veterinary technician in the state of Nebraska
Consideration will be given to veterinary technicians currently licensed in another state with a background in shelter/rescue work – must be able to obtain Nebraska veterinary technician license
Must adhere to applicable state and federal laws governing the practice of veterinary medicine
Display affection and compassion for animals and concern for their welfare
Must adhere to highest ethical standards; possess trustworthiness, exercise maturity and sound independent judgment while maintaining a professional manner and personal appearance
Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing
Must have valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record and be able to provide proof of vehicle insurance
Be comfortable and skilled working with a culturally diverse staff and community
Must be considerate, respectful and display a helpful demeanor to all employees, volunteers and customers
Must be able to work cordially, safely and efficiently in face-paced, stressful conditions
Must possess the ability to cope with loss of animal life from illness, injury and euthanasia
Must exhibit the organization core values of compassion for all animals, respect and dignity for all, strive for excellence and teamwork
Ability to safely and humanely handle animals
Ability to respectfully give and receive feedback
Ability to work independently and part of a team
Ability to work in close proximity of others
One year veterinary technical experience preferred
Previous experience in a shelter and/or high volume spay/neuter
Familiarity with Microsoft operating systems and computer literate in Microsoft Office
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions within the work environment.
Minimum 40 hours per week; will routinely exceed 40 hrs. during a majority of the year. Rotating on call emergency schedule required. Evening, weekend and holiday hours will be necessary as part of being on call, in the event of an emergency, staffing shortages or special events.
The noise level in the office environment is usually quiet, though barking or whining of animals may be escalated at certain times in certain areas of the building.
High exposure to animals whose reactions to the shelter environment cannot be predicted.
Temperatures in the shelter environment are varied, though usually moderate, and dependent on the season.
Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases and hazardous chemicals.
Ability to work around animals without severe allergic reactions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Lifting up to 50 lbs with or without assistance
Lifting over 50 lbs with assistance
Exposure to hazardous materials
The Nebraska Humane Society provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, status as a veteran, or any other protected category, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
About Nebraska Humane Society
The Nebraska Humane Society protects, saves and enriches the lives of animals in the communities we serve. We provide education, give sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions and promote responsible pet ownership. We have around 160 employees dedicated to the well-being of animals. We offer a wide variety of benefits which include health, dental, vision, FSA, life insurance, and many more. A NHS Benefit Summary will be sent to candidates prior to their first interview.