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 at our South Elgin clinic to ensure our animals are consistently given the highest quality healthcare during their stay.

Reports to: Director of Veterinary Services

Job Type: Full-time or Part-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 veni-puncture, 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 of 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. 

Knowledge and Skills
  • 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.

  • Schedule 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
  • Work Environment: Exposure to animals; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches; exposure to high noise levels when in kennels; work may be performed outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions. 

 

  • Physical Activities: Able to drive, stand, bend, squat, walk, and talk for up to eight hours a day; Able to lift up to 50 pounds with assistance; Able to work a flexible schedule with regular weekend and evening shifts.  Must have the ability to input data, read computer screens and printed material, communicate effectively in-person, via phone, video conferencing and e-mail, and operate office equipment. Physical presence in the office is required for this position.

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.

 

 

Candidates with open availability will be preferred. Please email resume and cover letter to opportunities@andersonanimalshelter.org for consideration. 

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

By appointment only.

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

By appointment only.

BLOOMINGDALE

Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

bloomingdale@andersonanimalshelter.org

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

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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