Adams County Government, Brighton, CO is seeking a caring professional to assist the Animal Shelter Veterinarian in performing a high volume of spay/neuter and other surgeries on domestic animals at the Adams County Animal Shelter. This position is responsible for patron education. Under the direction of the Shelter Veterinarian, this person manages the care of sick and injured animals within the Shelter, performs dental cleanings, and administers medications, vaccinations, and medical treatments. The successful candidate will assist in keeping accurate medical records in the Animal Shelter software database.
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EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Preps animals for anesthesia and surgical procedures.
Assists Shelter Veterinarian in performing physical examinations of Shelter pets.
Accurately records exam findings and treatment plans into shelter database.
Ensures that treatment plans are communicated to animal care staff and are carried out appropriately.
Keeps accurate records of follow up examinations.
Acts as a liaison between the Shelter Veterinarian and the public, accurately conveys medical history and Veterinarian's exam findings to the public.
Under direction from the Shelter Veterinarian and Shelter Director, prepares medical disclosures for adoptable animals.
Perform daily rounds of sick and injured animals, make appropriate notes on progress, and schedule Vet Checks on animals of concern.
Provide excellent patient care.
Administer injections, vaccinations, medications, treatments, and supportive care as indicated by Standard Operating procedures and Shelter Veterinarian.
Intubate patients, monitor anesthesia, perform venipuncture, place intravenous catheters, and administer fluids as necessary.
Prepare and sterilize surgical packs.
Utilize proper animal handling techniques.
Maintain a safe, secure, and healthy environment by sanitizing and disinfecting holding and surgical areas.
Monitor supplies, places orders, and verifies receipt of supplies.
Maintain controlled drug inventories and keeps usage logs up to date and in accordance with DEA requirements.
Perform humane euthanasia.
Able to work well both independently and as a part of a team.
Perform full range of Animal Care Technician duties as required.
Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must possess excellent animal handling and restraint skills.
Use general principles of animal care.
Basic Veterinary knowledge.
Using excellent customer service skills, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, community and shelter partners, and members of the public.
Ability to work in an emotionally taxing field and maintain a positive attitude.
Ability to maintain a high level of personal accountability.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to consistently model and facilitate open and productive communication in the workplace.
Schedule and coordinate patient care; set priorities; adapt to changing priorities.
Must be willing to support and communicate Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center euthanasia policies and decisions.
Computer skills: Basic computer skills. Knowledge of Chameleon® operating system preferred.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Experience: At least three (3) years of experience as a Certified Veterinary Technician in an Animal Shelter or Veterinary Hospital.
Education and Training: Education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Graduation from an accredited school of Veterinary Technology (2 or 4 year program).
License or Certificate: Must be Certified/Licensed/Registered Veterinary Technician.
Additional Salary Information: A comprehensive benefit package is available to both part-time employees (30-39 hour per week) and regular full-time employees (40 hours per week). Some of our exciting new benefits include: free on-site fitness center for employees, free on-site wellness clinic, a rewarding volunteer program, and a flexible work schedule.
Why Work for Adams County?
Be a Part of Something Great
We hire exceptional people and give them a multitude of top-notch opportunities to grow, expand their capabilities and reach their full potential. We invest in their education and development, resulting in experienced, intelligent and dedicated colleagues. Adams County has a customer service-focused culture that offers employees exciti...ng and dynamic challenges to build successful careers they can be proud of, now and in the future. We are committed to hiring people who value a positive work environment, servant leadership, teamwork, transparency, and credibility.
Adams County is located in the northern metropolitan area of Denver. It ranks among the top five largest counties in the state and is projected to be the fastest growing county in the metro Denver area over the next two decades. With a population close to 450,000 residents, it is home to the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton; the town of Bennett and portions of Arvada, Aurora, Lochbuie and Westminster. The county offers a professional business climate, a diverse labor pool, affordable land, a wide range of housing opportunities and community amenities and boasts a high quality of life for residents.
While employees have their own unique reasons for working here, we've given the matter some serious thought. After talking to a range of people from new employees to long-term employees, below are some common reasons employees give for working for Adams County:
• Challenging and rewarding work
• Collaborative team environment
• Employee recognition programs
• Enviable holiday / vacation benefits
• Fair and thorough recruitment process
• Friendly and helpful coworkers
• Generous salary and benefit package
• Growing county and community
• Only 20 minutes from Denver
• Stable organization with a 100-year history
• Effective sustainability and environmental responsibility
• Valuable health and wellness programs
• Wide range of career opportunities and advancement potential
Benefits of Adams County
Adams County provides a comprehensive benefit package to part-time employees (30-39 hours per week) and regular full-time employees (40 hours per week). Our benefit package includes the following:
• Aflac Supplemental Medical Insurance
• Basic Term Life Insurance Policy
• Credit Union Membership
• Deferred Compensation Plan
• Dental Plans
• Elective Employee Benefit Programs
• Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
• Employee Training and Management Development
• Flexible Spending Cafeteria Plan
• Long Term Disability Policy
• Medical Plans
• Onsite Medical Clinic
• Onsite Workout Center
• Optional Term Life Insurance
• Recreation Center Discounts
• Retirement Plan
• Tuition Reimbursement Program
• Vision Plan
• Wellness Program