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Mountain Humane

Veterinary Technician

Animal Care Operations - Medical – Hailey, Idaho
Department Animal Care Operations - Medical
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $16 - $18/hour

Mountain Humane, located in world-famous Sun Valley, Idaho, is on a mission to change lives by connecting pets and people. We do this through innovative programs that inspire and have impact in and beyond southern Idaho. The first shelter to become “no-kill” in the state of Idaho (in 1999), annually we help more than 2,500 animals and touch the lives of more than 5,000 people through our local and regional programs. Voted the “Best Non-Profit Organization” in the Wood River Valley for the last 8 years, we are proud to be a model for other animal welfare organizations and to be at the forefront of best-practices in non-profit management.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Veterinary Technician (VT) assists the Medical Director, Shelter Veterinarian, and Veterinary Clinic Coordinator (VCC) in all duties necessary in maintaining the health and welfare of the Shelter population.  The Veterinary Technician assists the Medical staff in the examination and treatment of our Shelter population including administering medication and vaccinations, sending animals for outside veterinary care when necessary; assisting with euthanasia, recording medical treatments and procedures, and contacting other members of the medical team when necessary.  The VT must maintain strong communication channels to ensure coordination of care with the Medical staff.

Classification: Full time, Non-exempt

Supervisor: Veterinary Clinic Coordinator

Reports to:  Director Animal Care Operations

Office Location: Hailey, Idaho

QUALIFICATIONS:

A proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy, physically-demanding workplace environment

Minimum of a high school diploma

Must work well with the public, including children, persons of varied racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual preference, and with individuals who are differently-abled

Must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to work well in a team and independently

Must be highly organized, motivated and remain flexible under pressure. Attention to detail and ability to organize and set priorities a must

Must have a valid driver’s license

Excellent skills in companion animal handling and restraint

Knowledge of proper administration and dosage of medication to animals

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public

A genuine compassion for all animals, regardless of their condition

A desire to learn and ability to stay open-minded

18 years of age or older

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Medical and Surgical Center Support (Assist in the absence of VCC and perform all duties on VCC relief day)

  • Maintain all surgical and medical equipment including tools and supplies
  • On day of surgery help Veterinary Clinic Coordinator to ensure adequate supply of surgical supplies including surgery packs and oxygen supply
  • Assist Shelter Veterinarian with surgeries by preparing, monitoring, and recovering animals including documentation of anesthetic monitoring
  • Ensure maintenance and cleanliness of medical/surgical center
  • Inventory medical supplies as needed

Shelter Population Health

  • Assist Shelter Veterinarian and Veterinary Clinic Coordinator in processing and care of all animals including impounds
  • Ensure all in-house treatments are done as directed by Shelter Veterinarian and maintain an accurate log of medications and treatments
  • Take vitals of any animals as directed by Shelter Veterinarian
  • Maintain and insure vaccination status is current for all Shelter population and all incoming impounds
  • Have a working knowledge of vaccination protocols for the Shelter
  • In cooperation with the kennel staff and management, monitor in-house animals on a regular basis and make Shelter Veterinarian aware of any animal with a suspected medical problem
  • Maintain and update medical records and animal files in Shelter Luv as necessary and in coordination with VCC
  • When outside veterinary work is required, as determined by Shelter Veterinarian, be willing to transport animal to and from clinic
  • At no time gives veterinary medical advice or services to animals of staff, volunteers, or the public without consulting with Shelter Veterinarian

 Shelter Programs, Events, and Community Education

  • Be familiar with general shelter policies, procedures, programs, events, and history
  • Answer customer and adopter questions regarding current medications or ailments as appropriate or relaying questions to Medical Staff

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

  • Maintain a neat and well-groomed personal appearance
  • Wear supplied uniforms and closed toed shoes during all working hours
  • Comply with all facility safety protocols
  • Assist in maintaining overall facility cleaning standards
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • May require driving of company vehicles

                      -Regular use driving of company vehicles; employee’s must be at least the age of 25

                -Occasional use driving of company vehicles; employees between the ages of 21 and 24 must be                                   preapproved

                -Employee’s under the age of 21 are not allowed to drive company vehicles

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Indoors and outdoors, including in shelter environment with dogs, cats, pocket pets
  • Some evening and weekend hours will be required
  • May include vehicle travel back and forth to venues
  • Animal handling required; while all adoptable animals have health and behavior screening, by nature of the industry, there may be occasional exposure to dead, injured, sick, unruly, vicious, and/or dangerous animals in addition to possible exposure to parasites and infectious diseases
  • Work day includes walking, standing, sitting, bending, squatting, lifting (occasionally up to 50 lbs), answering telephones, and using a computer

HOURS, SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Hours: Full Time position, ability to work around Veterinarian and Clinic Schedule; 

Salary: $16-$20/hr depending on experience, proficiency/efficiency in job tasks and ability to work cooperatively while fostering the mission of the organization

Benefits:  Mountain Humane offers health insurance, personal time off, 403b retirement plan and other benefits as outlined in the Employee Handbook

 

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and levels of work performed by this position, but are not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Either employer or employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without notice and with or without cause.

 

Mountain Humane Valley is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Location
    Hailey, Idaho
  • Department
    Animal Care Operations - Medical
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level
  • Compensation
    $16 - $18/hour
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