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Animal Health Technician
at Maricopa County
- Position Overview
The Animal Health Technician provides limited medical care to animals; assists veterinarians in the health care of animals and the analysis of animal disease; and performs related work as required to promote the health, safety, and welfare of people and pets in Maricopa County.
This recruitment will be used to fill both Unclassified and Contract positions.
This position may require the ability to travel to both locations listed below.
West Valley: 2500 S. 27th Avenue, Phoenix
East Valley: 2363 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa
- Position Qualifications
Minimum education and/or experience:
High school diploma or GED and one (1) year of experience working in an animal hospital setting. Completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units in Animal Health, Animal Science, Zoology or related animal sciences may be substituted for the required experience.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Federal, state and county laws, regulations, and ordinances governing rabies quarantine, impounding, releasing and euthanasia of animals.
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recordkeeping requirements for Schedule II narcotics and SHARPS biohazard waste.
- Physical and behavioral characteristics of common breeds of dogs and cats.
- Disease symptoms in domestic animals.
- Autoclaving and surgical pack preparation.
- Animal care and husbandry.
- Aseptic surgical techniques.
- OSHA regulations and requirements.
- Principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- The use of standard office equipment and software.
- The use of computer applications including spreadsheets, database and word processing software.
- Follow instructions and directions.
- Maintain reports, records, logs, and filing systems.
- Enter data into a computer system.
- Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- Identify normal and abnormal animal behavior and symptoms of rabies and other animal disorders.
- Care, feed and safely handle animals to avoid injury to persons/animals.
- Properly store and maintain inventory of medical supplies, including Schedule II narcotics.
- Apply laboratory analysis techniques.
- Maintain accurate records and files.
- Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service.
- Prepare reports and other written material in a logical, concise, and accurate manner.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Experience in a clinical and/or surgical environment. Additional years of experience working in an animal hospital setting.
Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Completion of a certified curriculum in veterinary technician/assisting.
This position could involve lifting floor to waist up to 50 lbs., waist to shoulder of 50 lbs., lifting shoulder to overhead of 30 lbs., carrying a weight of 50 lbs. for a distance of 100 feet, and pushing/pulling a weight of 70 lbs. a distance of 100 feet. This position requires the ability to work any shift and any location. Shift hours and locations will vary with assignment. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, and have the ability to change scheduled work days on short notice. In addition, reporting to either location based on agency need.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Prepares animals for surgery.
- Induces and monitors anesthesia.
- Assists veterinarians with surgery and epidemiology, autoclaves and maintains surgical packs. Performs routine clinical laboratory tests.
- Performs euthanasia and epidemiology.
- Implants microchips into animals adopted.
- Provides emergency treatment in life-threatening situations to sustain life and perform follow up treatment as prescribed by a veterinarian.
- Updates records and files using a computer.
- Provides courteous, high quality service to members of the public.
- Maintains proper sanitation of clinic.
- Searches for pre-sterilized animals in the kennel and flag them for immediate adoption.
- Searches kennels for animals in need of medical attention or grooming.
- Educates adopters on proper medical care including post-op instructions, annual vaccinations and basic disease symptoms.
- Selection Procedure
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.