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City of Ames Animal Control Veterinary Technician in 50010, Iowa

Animal Control Veterinary Technician



Animal Control Veterinary Technician


$21.41 - $29.77 Hourly


50010, IA

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6/10/2019 12:00 PM Central

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  • Benefits

General Information

The City of Ames Animal Control Division is seeking a part-time (25 hours per week) Animal Control Veterinary Technician. This part-time position will work Tuesday through Saturday from 8am-1pm. This schedule is subject to change as coverage is needed from time to time. This position is also entitled to half time benefits.

Under general supervision, the Animal Control Veterinary Technician provides paraprofessional veterinary medical care and treatment for animals in the care of the Ames Animal Shelter.

The position reports to the Animal Control Supervisor.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Examples of Essential Job Functions:

The following duties are typical for this classification. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Animal Health

• Coordinates and conducts intake animal health care examinations on animals entering the Shelter

• Vaccinates, deworms and provides flea treatments to animals

• Takes and records vital signs

• Administers prescribed medications and immunizations

• Conducts physical examinations to assess behavior/temperament

• Observes animals for signs of illness, stress or poor behavior

• Examines animals during post-surgery recovery

• Calculates drug dosages in accordance with Veterinarian instructions

• Coordinates the collection of blood, urine, feces, tissue and other diagnostic samples

• Monitors the care of animals post-surgery and during treatment

• Schedules and transports animals off-site for veterinarian appointments

• Communicates necessary follow-up/discharge instructions or medical information to the public, potential adopters, volunteers and staff

• Follows established clinic policies, procedures and medical protocols

• Implants microchips

• Restrains animals during examinations and laboratory procedures

• Conducts Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Heartworm Disease and other tests to determine health status of animals

• Provides first aid and emergency treatment to animals in the absence of a veterinarian and determines the need for immediate veterinarian treatment

• Identifies, segregates, and isolates dangerous and/or ill/injured animals

Animal Care

• Cleans and disinfects kennels, cages, medical examination areas and animal handling equipment

• Assists with the duties and responsibilities of the Animal Control Attendant position and functions

• Feeds, waters and cares for a wide variety of animals

• Arranges for and provides appropriate species specific animal housing and nutrition

• Bathes and grooms animals as deemed necessary

• Performs minor kennel repairs or reports maintenance or repair needs


• Files and maintains accurate records/logs of animals entering the Shelter

• Enters accurate data into animal control database

• Generates various reports for animals, controlled substances and other purposes

• Monitors controlled substances and use logs for legibility and accuracy

Volunteer Program

• Assists with the coordination of the volunteer training & orientation sessions with Shelter staff

• Coordinates special animal care related programs such as the foster care program

Other Essential Duties

• Assists with customer service duties as needed

• Assists Animal Control Officers or other staff with loading/unloading of animals

• Monitors, stocks and inventories medical clinic supplies

• Performs compassionate and humane euthanasia for impounded animals as directed by the Animal Control Supervisor

• Maintains positive, cooperative relationships with co-workers, volunteers and the public

• Prioritize needs, self-management of time, flexibility in completing tasks and always work as a team to accomplish goals/objectives

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: Associate degree in veterinary technology or a closely related field, with one (1) year of animal shelter or veterinary assistant experience; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Requires a valid Iowa driver's license and safe driving history.

Prior history that may disqualify a candidate includes but is not limited to: criminal background, lack of integrity, dishonest behavior, failure to maintain confidential information, cash management issues, substance abuse of any kind and failure to accurately inventory, log and maintain controlled substance records.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Knowledge of animal behavior, anatomy and physiology, common animal diseases and their symptoms, care and feeding of animals, and effective methods for cleaning and disinfecting facilities and equipment in a veterinary medical clinic setting.

Knowledge of current principles and practices of veterinary medicine; current veterinary techniques as they relate to the care and treatment of sick and injured animals in a shelter environment.

Knowledge of best practices and techniques for the safe and humane treatment of animals; humane methods for treatment and administration of medications and inoculations to animals; humane euthanasia techniques; basic diagnostic procedures.

Knowledge of physical and behavioral characteristics of small animals.

Knowledge of work-related safety standards and procedures and the ability to interpret and follow those standards and procedures.

Knowledge of best practices for the safe and legal handling of medications and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment. Knowledge of local, state and federal animal laws and regulations, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recordkeeping requirements and proper Biohazard Waste management requirements.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Ability to handle animals humanely and effectively under stressful situations; handle aggressive, sick or injured animals and recognize normal and abnormal behavior and signs of disease or illness in animals.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing with pet owners, veterinarians, volunteers, the general public and animal control officers. Ability to act quickly, calmly and appropriately in matters of medical urgency and emergency situations with a wide variety of animals.

Ability to use a computer to perform work-related tasks; ability to maintain accurate, complete and up-to-date records.

Ability to provide first aid and emergency medical treatment to a wide variety of animals.

Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive data and information such as regulations, animal medical certificates, treatment/medical records, lab results, department forms, veterinary medicine manuals/textbooks, breed books, correspondence, and general operating manuals.

Ability to compare, differentiate, measure, assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data and information. Ability to classify, compute and tabulate data.

Ability to accurately count items, add and subtract, multiply and divide, and calculate percentages, fractions, and decimals.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process:

Screen for Minimum Qualifications: To be considered for this position, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications and fully complete the application including the Supplemental Questions.

Phone Interviews: Candidates who submit a completed application and meet minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the written exam. A 70% average score from the Phone Interview will be considered passing and eligible to move to the On-site interview.

The hiring department may forego the phone interview step and offer onsite interviews to qualified applicants depending on the number of candidates who passed the written test.

On-site Interview Process: Candidates who pass the phone interview step will be invited to participate in an on-site interview process. A 70% average score from the oral board panel will be considered passing.

In the event that a large number of applicants pass the phone interviews; preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum. Above minimum qualifications would include applicants who have passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE - and the Veterinary Technician State Exam and animal shelter experience.

The selection process will also include completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check, and physical. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.


Required Physical Activities: Stooping, kneeling, crouching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions. Medium work requiring exertion up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Vision Requirements:

Vision must be sufficient to perform office work and precision tasks associated with animal care. Vision cannot be inhibited by color blindness or other conditions that would interfere with the reliable visual identification of individual animals.

Environmental Conditions:

The work is performed in an environment that is subject to noise, heat, cold, animal excrement and odors, animal fur/dander, internal/external parasites, fumes from disinfectant chemicals and potentially aggressive/dangerous animals. Employee is also in contact with animals of unknown origin that have the potential to bite and potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, including rabies.

Employees assigned to the Animal Control Division are required to be vaccinated for rabies (pre-exposure) within two months of the date of employment at the expense of the City of Ames.

E-Verify Process

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

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