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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:W5406

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

NATURE OF WORK

This is specialized technical work in the care and treatment of animals in an animal control program.

Work involves administering limited medical care to impounded animals, as well as feeding, handling and custodial care.

Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed through conferences, written reports, and observation of results obtained.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Performs emergency treatment upon sick and injured animals and administers follow-up treatment as advised by veterinarian.

Performs routine medical procedures upon adopted, incoming, and redeemed animals; administers oral and injectable medications; checks temperature; uses a microscope and other diagnostic equipment for the purpose of identifying parasitic conditions and diseases.

Performs pre-surgical exams, and assists veterinarian during surgery.

Euthanizes animals in order to control population, minimize suffering, and/or free up space for other animals.

Operates an autoclave or cold sterilization apparatus.

Cleans and prepares surgery room for the performance of surgical procedures.

Cleans and disinfects kennels and cages in order to provide a suitable environment for the animals; makes routine inspections of animals and their cages for their health, welfare, safety, and cleanliness.

Cares for and feeds impounded animals.

Maintains records on animals noting all actions taken.

Enters information into animal database and recalls information for later use.

Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Some knowledge of local laws pertaining to animals.

Some knowledge of the remedial and custodial care of animals.

Ability to handle or restrain large and sometimes dangerous animals.

Ability to comprehend and follow instructions, both orally and in writing.

Knowledge of general animal care/health principles and practices.

Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

Ability to operate simple laboratory testing equipment.

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Two (2) years of experience in the care and treatment of animals.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Must possess or obtain the Euthanasia certification within six (6) months of hire.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit: White Collar
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E1/91 R3/15


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