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City of Austin

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Austin, TX

$21.78 – $24.50

Job Summary: The Animal Care Assistant provides medical care and support to animals in a shelter, performing examinations, vaccinations, surgeries, and emergency care.

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Duties, Functions and Responsibilities: - Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned. - Monitors the health and welfare of animals within the shelter and provides medical care under the direction of staff Veterinarians; to include performing physical examinations, vaccinations, in-house laboratory tests, collecting specimens, and performing diagnostics to determine and evaluate the health condition of animals at the time of impound or prior to adoption or surgery. - Assists Veterinarians in surgery to include preparing and administering pre-anesthetics and induction agents, monitoring the animal during surgery, and providing post-operative care. - Assists in the euthanasia of animals identified by Veterinarians or shelter management with understanding and compassion for the animal. - Assists Veterinarians with emergency care and treatment in life-threatening situations. Implants microchips in sheltered animals. Prepares, transports, and documents specimens for rabies testing, and reports results. - Maintains accurate and relevant written and electronic records of medical treatments, care provided, and physical condition of animals, including those of unknown health and temperament. - Assists other staff with animals; contributes to the programs and services that support the shelter’s live outcome goal. - Attends training. - Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised : May provide training, and guidance to others. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: - Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed. - Knowledge of disease management and safety protocols. - Knowledge of animal services and related programs. - Knowledge of current principles and practice of veterinary medicine as it relates to shelter medicine. - Knowledge of animal care and husbandry of common breeds of dogs, cats, livestock, and other animals kept as domestic pets. - Knowledge of general surgical procedures, aseptic technique, and operation of common equipment used in providing veterinary care. - Knowledge of euthanasia techniques. - Knowledge of Local, State, and Federal animal health laws and regulations. - Knowledge of City practices, policies, and procedures. - Skill in providing medical care services to a wide variety of well, sick, and injured animals including support of high volume spay/neuter operations. - Skill in identifying normal and abnormal behavior and signs of disease including the symptoms of rabies and other zoonotic diseases. - Skill in safely handling animals, including those with unknown temperament. - Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations. - Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing. - Skill in using computers and related software applications. - Skill in safely handling animals, including those with unknown temperament. - Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities. - Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with City employees and the public.
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