Works under the direct supervision of the shelter veterinarian.
Must hold a current registered veterinary technician license in the state of New Mexico.
Responsible for teaching and training veterinary assistants employed in the animal medical department, as well as volunteers.
Responsible for day to day operations pertaining to set up of surgery, records, drug calculations and administration of surgical drugs and prescriptions.
Overseeing pre-op physical exams performed by vet assistants on shelter animals.
Performing pre-op physical exams on public animals during public surgery days.
Ability to intubate, administer gas anesthesia, and monitor heart and respiration rates of surgical patients, and to teach assistants to perform these same tasks.
Ability to perform diagnostic tests such as skin scrapes, schirmer tear tests, and fluorescine dye tests. Apply bandages, otoscopic exams, and physical exams including cardian and lung sounds.
Ability and knowledge to respond to surgical emergencies including apnea, hemorrhage, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Ability to maintain a veterinary laboratory and to utilize equipment necessary to make medical diagnoses, including but not limited to blood chemistry machines, microscopes, fungal cultures, and fecal exams.
Maintain all paperwork on each surgery in compliance with NM state law.
Ability to maintain a controlled drug log in compliance with the state pharmacy board and have it available for inspections.
Manage inventory and place orders for all supplies and drugs needed for the animal medical department and any medical aspect of the animal shelter.
Ability to multitask and coordinate several procedures simultaneously as directed by the shelter veterinarian.
Ability to coordinate a high volume of surgical procedures on a daily basis.
Must have excellent customer service skills and ability to communicate medical information effectively to both staff and public.
This position is subject to the City of Farmington’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy which includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing, and follow-up testing.
Diploma from an accredited veterinary technical school.
Current registered veterinary technician license issued from the state of New Mexico.
Valid New Mexico driver’s license with acceptable driving record for the past three years or state of current residency.
Excellent communication skills
Excellent organizational skills with ability to multitask and prioritize medical cases.
Must be self-motivated while unsupervised.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
Ability to keep vet tech license current through continuing education courses paid for by the City of Farmington.
Ability to cope with emotional stress of euthanasia and medical deaths.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors and the public.
Ability to work under stressful situations and handle them appropriately and effectively.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and directions as set forth by the shelter veterinarian and/or the director.
Commitment to mission, values, goals, and success of the FRAS with compassion and genuine affection for animals.
For a more detailed description of job duties, contact City of Farmington Human Resources, 850 Municipal Drive, Farmington, New Mexico 87401, 505-599-1132, email email@example.com, or visit our website at www.cofjobs.com.
Are you enthusiastic, energetic, optimistic, outcome-driven, team-oriented and customer-service focused? The Farmington Regional Animal Shelter is an important part of the local community. You will help find forever families for homeless dogs and cats in the Four Corners area. Every day your team will care for the animals temporarily in our care and assist in making connections between adopter ...and animals in need. You will lead your team of veterinary assistants in medical care and team development. Best of all, you will help your team create a safe and welcoming environment and will make a difference in the lives of animals.