Job Purpose: Provide medical care to all SPCA animals as per Shelter Veterinarian instructions and medical standard operating procedures. Serve in one or more assigned roles on designated shift as personal certifications and experience allow.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Assist Shelter Veterinarian with treatment procedures and exams.
- Complete initial physical exam, and start an animal on medications or treatments, based on Veterinary SOP.
- Perform routine procedures including, micro chipping, vaccinations, wound cleaning, injections and blood sampling.
- Perform and interpret routine laboratory procedures including skin scrapes, DTMs, ear cytology and microfilaria exams.
- Complete daily, or as otherwise scheduled:
- a. Perform treatments, vaccinate, deworm and/or give heartworm/flea prevention for all animals in the shelter. Complete any treatments in for Adoptions floor animals, including post-operative medications, and monthly preventives.
- Check volunteer medical concerns sheets in Feline Friends, the Canine Volunteer office, and Pocket Pet Plaza.
- Examine all the animals in adoptions and move any animals of concern (medical or behavioral) to the proper kennel, starting treatment recommended by the Medical SOP.
- Coordinate daily surgical cases.
- Perform routine dental cleanings.
- Administer sedation and anesthesia medications.
- Intubate and maintain pets on oxygen and/or gas anesthesia.
- Monitor pets under anesthesia and adjust levels based on evaluation of pet.
- Log Controlled Drugs per DEA guidelines.
- Monitor recovery of anesthetized pets.
- Prior to full recovery, ensure pets are microchipped, ears cleaned, and nails trimmed.
- Place animals in the appropriate areas after surgery is completed.
- Ensure PetPoint records are updated thoroughly and accurately, with surgery notes, treatments, and data prior to moving to next stage.
- Provide friendly, responsive and personalized customer service.
- Keep accurate and updated records and enter data as required into Pet Point shelter software.
- Assist other medical team employees as needed.
- Be able to interact with the public and discuss medical issues with adopters.
- Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
- Participate in required meetings and trainings.
- Ensure DEA compliance with Controlled Substances (i.e. buprenorphine)
- Professionally represent SPCA Tampa Bay at all times.
- All other duties as assigned.
- CVT Level: Associate’s degree.
- NonCVT Level: High school diplomas or equivalent including biology, math and other science coursework.
Licensure or Certification:
- Valid Florida driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
- Certified Veterinary Technician preferred, not required.
- Volunteer experience in a shelter or other similar animal care facility.
- One to two years veterinary work experience.
- Ability to provide excellent service and care for customers and animals.
- Ability to objectively observe animal behavior.
- Knowledge of animal communications.
- Knowledge of safe and humane animal handling techniques.
- Genuine concern for all animals and their welfare.
- Ability to show compassion for animals and their owners.
- Comprehensive knowledge of humane methods of care, handling, and restraint of animals.
- Ability to recognize changes in condition or behavior as indicators of possible problems.
- Manual dexterity for handling animals, medical instruments and equipment and for completing intricate tasks.
- Ability to work collaboratively and serve as an effective liaison with other departments
- Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information with discretion.
- Working knowledge of standards and practices applicable to animal medical records.
- Working knowledge of Pet Point shelter software.
- Working knowledge of applicable OSHA and DEA standards and requirements.
- Ability to operate dental, anesthesia and x-ray equipment.
- Ability to operate computer, printer, copier, telephone, fax machine and smartphone.
- Moderate physical effort – regularly lifting or moving up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds.
- Walking and prolonged standing.
- Stooping, kneeling, bending and crouching.
- Carrying, pushing and/or pulling.
- Facility operations include areas of high noise levels.
- Exposure to animal feces and potential for scratches and bites.
- Activities require the handling and transporting of SPCA pets of all sizes.
- Ability to work flexible hours.
- Reliable transportation.
- Ability to pass required background check and drug screen.