CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
JOB DESCRIPTION

Anderson’s Certified Veterinary Technician works closely with and provides crucial support to our Medical Director and our Director of Veterinary Services to ensure our animals are consistently given the highest quality healthcare during their stay.  

 

Reports to: Director of Veterinary Services

Job Type: Full-time, Hourly (based on a 40-hour workweek; commensurate with experience).

Non-exempt                                                                             

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (to include, but not limited to)
  • Handle and restrain patients with skill, high level of care and compassion while being attentive to their needs and well-being.

  • Treat all animals humanely with compassion, regardless of circumstance; promote a caring attitude toward animals.

  • Administer venipuncture, catheter placements, and SQ/IM/IV injections; perform blood draws.

  • Perform with veterinarian supervision: urinary catheterizations, fine needle aspirations and abscess punctures, cast/splint application, dental prophylaxis.  

  • Calculate drug dosages, prep and administer medications and non-Rabies vaccines according to clinic protocol.

  • Complete at least twenty hours of continuing education for license renewal every two years. Keep current on companion animal medical and behavioral issues.

  • Conduct anesthesia induction and intubation; monitor and maintain proper levels during surgery with veterinarian supervision.

  • Respond to the needs of all clients and staff with a high degree of urgency while communicating appropriate and pertinent medical information based on audience. 

  • Assist with and perform other tasks as delegated.  

  • Share ideas during solution-based discussions on how to improve animal care and increase process efficiency. 

  • Maintain constructive professional relationships, demonstrate respect for everyone contacted; understand the impact of your work on others.

  • Quickly absorb and discern complex issues; makes decisive, principled decisions under highly emotional or stressful conditions.

  • Diffuse situations prior to conflict; resolve constructively and directly in a timely manner.

QUALIFIED CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS
  • Degree in an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program; at least two years of professional vet technician experience a plus. Must hold valid IDFPR license to perform humane animal euthanasia.

  • Must be flexible to work occasional weekend, weeknight, holiday shifts and work non-standard hours when needed. 

  • Demonstrate clear and concise, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Support and understand the benefits of low-stress, fear-free handling and positive reinforcement training in a veterinary clinic environment.

  • Multi-task successfully and adapt swiftly to change in environment, protocol and priorities without being overwhelmed.  

  • Supports Anderson’s mission and vision; desires to help advance the organization.

  • Remains calm and professional in potentially stressful and emotional situations.

  • Is mature, self-motivated, reliable and honest with an outgoing, participatory work style.

  • Maintains focus during frequent interruptions; works independently with confidence.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • Willingness and ability to work with domestic animals of all temperaments and species.

  • Exposure to high noise levels; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Able to stand, crouch, bend at the waist, kneel, squat, walk, and talk for up to ten hours a day.

  • Able to lift at least fifty pounds with assistance from floor to table height and vice-versa.

  • Able to engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms, and hands and to hear and see at levels where the movement of animals and objects is not physically limited.

  • Must have the ability to drive a vehicle, input data, read computer screens and printed material, communicate effectively in-person, via phone, video conferencing and e-mail, and operate office equipment.

ABOUT US

Anderson Animal Shelter was incorporated in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois. Over the years, the shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. Anderson Animal Shelter collaborates with public and private organizations and individuals to shelter, care for and promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals. We advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of these animals through direct care, humane education and community outreach programs.

 

EUTHANASIA STATEMENT

All volunteers and staff of Anderson Animal Shelter must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and emotional health of our shelter animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.

 

TO APPLY

Candidates with open availability are preferred. Email resume and cover letter with availability to opportunities@andersonanimalshelter.org with the subject: CERTVT for consideration. Please consider your commute before applying.

Shelter Holidays

New Year's Day  ·  Memorial Day  ·  Fourth of July  ·  Labor Day  ·  Thanksgiving Day  ·  Christmas Day

We will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

NORTH AURORA

Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

northaurora@andersonanimalshelter.org

Adoption Center Hours

Mon–Fri      Noon–6pm

Sat  11am–6pm

Sun   11am–5pm

Adoptions stop 30 mins before close of business.

SOUTH ELGIN

Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

info@andersonanimalshelter.org

Adoption Center Hours

Mon–Fri      Noon–7pm

​Sat-Sun   11am–5pm

Adoptions stop 30 mins before close of business.

BLOOMINGDALE

Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

bloomingdale@andersonanimalshelter.org

Adoption Center Hours

Mon–Fri      Noon–6pm

​Sat-Sun   11am–6pm

Adoptions stop 30 mins before close of business.

New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Anderson Animal Shelter is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.

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