Animal Health Care Technician

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Purpose of Classification:

Provides assistance to the veterinary staff and research investigators by conducting routine health care procedures on laboratory animals.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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.
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