Animal Health Care Technician
Purpose of Classification:
Provides assistance to the veterinary staff and research investigators by conducting routine health care procedures on laboratory animals.
This is fourth in a series of seven classifications and is distinguished from the Animal Technician, Senior in that the majority of duties incumbents perform are health care related.
Example of Duties:
- Performs clinical health rounds to observe the physical health and well being of laboratory animals and reports abnormalities to supervisor and/or veterinarian.
- Administers medications and treatments as directed, observes animals for medical reactions, treats or notifies veterinarian.
- Collects biological samples for diagnostic analyses and evaluation.
- Maintains pertinent records on laboratory animals which include general health conditions, date of birth, death and cause, vaccinations, medications and other data relevant to animal health.
- Assists investigators/veterinarians in surgeries including anesthesia, medication and injections.
- Provides post-operative care ensuring recovery from anesthesia is satisfactory and incisions and sutures are intact; assists during necropsy procedures.
- Euthanizes sick animals after consultation with veterinarian.
- Keeps records of medications, supplies and special services rendered and initiates billing charges.
- Instructs Animal Technicians to administer medications in absence of Animal Health Care Technician.
- Performs health inspections of newly received animals, accepting or rejecting them based on health status.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology.
- Knowledge of medical techniques and standard clinical procedures.
- Knowledge of veterinary medical terminology.
- Knowledge of methods and techniques in handling large and small animals.
- Knowledge of the principles, practices and theories of veterinary nursing care.
- Ability to effectively communicate.
- Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology or Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND three years of animal husbandry experience; OR,
- five years of animal husbandry experience; OR,
- American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT); OR
- Arizona Veterinary Medical Association certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) OR,
- Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
- Possession of a current Arizona Class "D" driver's license may be required upon employment.