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Registered Veterinary Technician

Salary: $18.46-$22.53 hourly / $3,210-$3,918 monthly / Range: 5178

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 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 scraping.
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 animal.
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 license.

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.


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