Registered Veterinary Technician
Salary: $18.46-$22.53 hourly / $3,210-$3,918 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, provides routine
paramedical treatment to animals in the County animal shelters;
cares for, places, and disposes of animals and maintains kennels in
a sanitary condition, maintains accurate records of treatment and
procedures; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This classification is a
journey-level classification characterized by responsibility for
ensuring proper medical care for sheltered animals and is
distinguished from Animal Control Officers in that the major
function of the Officer class involves patrol and enforcement
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Performs physical examinations of animals and records findings;
examines animals to determine breed and approximate age; evaluates
health of animals and determines which animals have priority for
medical care; recommends further evaluation such as x-ray and skin
2. Receives reports from shelter staff regarding health status of
animals and follows up with examinations; treats animals and
administers vaccinations under the supervision of a veterinarian;
monitors health of animals in quarantine; records all treatment and
vaccinations on paperwork and in the computer record for each
3. Orders and maintains inventory of controlled substances, medical
supplies, and medications; performs research on vendors to obtain
best pricing; confers with staff and veterinarians regarding supply
needs; distributes and monitors usage of controlled substances;
reconciles logs of controlled substances at all shelters; oversees
proper use of euthanasia solution and pre-anesthetics; provides
training and euthanasia certification for staff as needed.
4. Assists veterinarian with examinations; restrains animals during
examinations; makes observations on the health of sheltered animals
and reports to veterinarians; communicates medical information to
staff, volunteers, and clients; generates list of animals to be seen
by veterinarian; schedules animals for spay or neuter surgery;
obtains cost estimates for outside treatment.
5. Obtains and prepares laboratory specimens for rabies testing;
ensures that rabies specimens are handled, transported, and disposed
of in accordance with all applicable procedures and protocols in
order to protect public safety.
6. Assists in the determination of adoptability; recommends animals
for foster care as appropriate; prepares or has input on the
selection of animals for euthanasia; assists with feeding, watering,
cleaning, and disinfecting of animals in the shelter.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Current registration as a Veterinary
Technician with the State of California.
Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid CA Class C driver's
Knowledge of: methods, techniques, and medication used in the care
and treatment of animals; physical and behavioral characteristics of
common domestic animals and livestock; characteristics of common
diseases; spay and neuter surgical procedures and techniques; proper
techniques for preparation, handling, and disposal of rabies
specimen test samples; proper euthanasia procedures; basic animal
care and nutritional needs; standard office computer software;
English grammar and usage.
Ability to: handle animals properly and perform work in a humane
manner; perform euthanasia of animals by injection; recognize
symptoms of rabies and other common diseases and injuries in
animals; keep accurate records of treatment; lift 75 lbs; perform
extensive stooping, bending, and carrying; learn specialized
computer applications; exercise tact and independent judgment;
maintain effective working relationships with shelter staff,
volunteers, clients, and veterinarians.