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Veterinary Technician

NH Humane Society

New Hampshire Humane Society is a private animal welfare organization located in Laconia, New Hampshire providing shelter, care and comfort to over 1,200 animals annually. The animal shelter has been in operation continuously since 1907 and is dedicated to caring for companion animals providing safe harbor, behavioral and medical rehabilitation and ultimately a loving forever home. The agency is funded entirely by donations from private donors and businesses that are aligned with the mission. 


Part-time position (24-32 hours/week, including one weekend day) working directly with shelter animals providing all aspects of care including examinations, vaccinations, lab tests, and assisting with spay/neuter surgeries. Wonderful opportunity to join a dynamic team in a rewarding environment where animals are placed in loving forever homes.

Seek an individual with demonstrated technician skills including venipuncture, intubation, animal restraint, and records management.  Starting rate of pay will reflect candidate’s level of experience.

Requirements:

Personal Relations
Treat all animals with compassion. Maintain a professional team collaborative approach when interacting with other staff, volunteers, and the public.  Perform job duties in a professional, efficient, and positive manner at all times by communicating effectively with all departments within the shelter.

Working Environment
Environment can be stressful and demanding.  There is exposure to cleaning chemicals, fractious animals, and bodily fluids such as vomit, urine, blood, fecal and other purulent matter.  Work can be physically and emotionally demanding.  There are occasions when a terminally ill or extremely aggressive animal will need to be euthanized humanely.  The shelter is a smoke-free workplace.

Necessary Qualifications

1. Certification from an accredited college or university.  
2. Ability to lift and carry 50lbs; bend and reach; work with a variety of cleaning agents.
3. Initiative and ability to work with minimal supervision and direction.
4. Strong leadership skills tempered with the ability to work cooperatively within a team dynamic.
5. Working knowledge of current animal shelter medical practices.

Responsibilities:

Assist NHHS Veterinarian with performing thorough physical assessments and incoming examinations of all animals.  Examination notes are logged in written form within patient files and entered digitally into the shelter tracking software system.  

1. In the NHHS Veterinarian’s absence, provide initial first aid and medical treatments as necessary following current protocols and best practices.  Delegate and oversee the administration of prescribed treatments in conjunction with others on the medical team and shelter animal care staff.
2. Assist with surgical procedures including pre-op anesthesia, intubation, anesthesia monitoring and post-surgical recovery and care of surgical patients.  Maintains anesthetic equipment. 
3. Ensures that animals under medical care of the NHHS Veterinarian receive all prescribed treatments and all follow-up care as directed. 
4. Conduct initial exam for incoming animals within 48 hours of arrival, and as needed throughout their stay at NHHS.  Provide initial treatments as necessary, reporting to the NHHS Veterinarian.  Administer vaccinations, perform laboratory tests, including blood draws for FIV/FELV and Heartworm tests.  Prepares samples for shipment at the direction of the NHHS Veterinarian. 
5. Observe physical condition and behavior of animals at the shelter and keep accurate records.  Maintain antiseptic and aseptic techniques.  All medical information is to be maintained and logged in each animal’s digital record and updated timely and with accuracy (i.e. after animals are altered, vaccinated, etc.).
6. Conduct weekly inventory of medical supplies and maintain minimum stock levels.
7. Function as a resource for all other team members in regard to animal health problems.  Orient, train, and supervise less experienced team members in basic health care and safe handling techniques.
8. Serve as liaison between foster homes and NHHS Veterinarian for animals not yet adopted and still under the ownership of the NHHS.  Ensure all discussion and treatment plans are noted in the patient file with appropriate follow-up care. 
9. Schedule and manage surgeries for in-house animals and ensure public spay/neuter program patients are also scheduled appropriately.  Work with other medical staff to ensure professional, smooth discharge of privately-owned pets and ensure follow-up calls are placed post-operatively.     

How to Apply:

Please send resume and letter of interest via email to Lauren Richard, Operations Director, at lauren@nhhumane.org.

Job Location:

Laconia

Date Added: November 9, 2017

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