Certified Veterinary Technician
Hillsboro, OR 
Posted 2 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description

* Effective 3/19/2022, this recruitment will be open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the posting may be closed at any time without further notice. Washington County reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period. *

** It is anticipated that the first initial application screening will start on 4/4/2022 for the applications submitted by Sunday, 4/3/2022. This posting will remain open and applications received after 4/3/2022 may be considered if needed. **

Are you passionate about your career and the contributions that you make on a day-to-day basis providing medical care and treatment to animals? Have you considered continuing your profession in the public sector within a municipal animal shelter? If so, join Washington County Animal Services as a Certified Veterinary Technician! Your talents will bring value to the services we provide to animals and people residing in Washington County.

Washington County Animal Services, located at the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro has an exceptional opportunity for a Certified Veterinary Technician to perform specialized technical work related to the medical care and treatment of animals in our veterinary clinic. In this role, you will collaborate with community partners throughout the Portland metropolitan area on outreach and educational efforts to prevent animals from needing our services in the first place, and just as significant, providing excellent care and shelter to the animals that do come to us. You will also assist our staff Veterinarian with medical procedures and day-to-day functions of the shelter. You may also play a role in emergency and disaster trainings and in situations that require the assistance of animal medical personnel.

Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter cares for lost animals, finds homes for abandoned pets, licenses dogs, enforces animal cruelty laws and protects our citizens from dangerous animals. Last year, we provided care for stray and injured animals in our shelter, responded to more than 7,000 citizen calls, answered over 50,000 phone calls from community members and maintained some of the highest return-to-owner rates in the country! We work closely with our animal welfare partners to place animals in new homes with fantastic success and many happy placement stories.

Washington County is the second largest county in Oregon with a population of more than 601,500 people. We provide services for an estimated 145,000 dogs and 115,000 cats and their owners in an area that encompasses 727 square miles.

The ideal candidate will be a self motivated, independent worker with a proficiency as a certified veterinary technician ideally who has a prior experience working in an animal shelter setting. The individual will have the ability to perform a multitude of tasks which include both direct patient care and as well as duties involving maintaining medical supply inventory and equipment.
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Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony. We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Duties may include:

  1. Assists the Veterinarian in surgical procedures by preparing animals as directed; prepares instruments, equipment, and medications for surgery; assists the Veterinarian during surgical procedures; induces and monitors anesthesia; observes and reports animal health changes pre- and post- anesthesia and surgery; prepares and maintains surgical data records; stocks the operating room with surgical packs; and maintains records in compliance with local, state and federal laws.
  2. Assists the Veterinarian in administering medical care to animals; responds to emergency situations and provides triage care; administers and records medications and treatments; collects specimens; prepares laboratory samples; evaluates in-house lab work; and prepares lab work for testing performed at other facilities.
  3. Orders and maintains the shelter inventory of controlled substances, medical and shelter supplies, and medications; distributes and records designated quantities of controlled substances; maintains detailed medical records and drug logs; and maintains veterinary equipment in good working order.
  4. Transports sick or seriously injured animals to other veterinary facilities or partner agencies.
  5. Assists in creating a positive and supportive work environment; enforces a safe workplace; establishes a culture of teamwork and communication; creates a workplace that promotes the organizational values of workplace diversity, equity and inclusion and actively promotes an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.
  6. Follows protocols and procedures involved with safe and humane administration of drugs for euthanasia.
  7. Receives and reviews reports from Animal Shelter Technicians and shelter volunteers regarding the health status of animals and follows up on examinations; and makes observations on the health of sheltered animals and reports findings to the Veterinarian.
  8. Provides functional and technical training to Animal Shelter staff and volunteers; and addresses any safety concerns or noncompliance with rules.
  9. Assists Animal Shelter Technicians with cleaning and sanitizing animal kennels and shelter facilities, feeds and provides water to shelter animals, as needed.
  10. Participates in emergency preparedness and response training at least annually. Demonstrates knowledge of basic Incident Command Structure (ICS) and the ability to work within assigned ICS positions as needed.
  11. In cases of emergency, responds to activation during working or non-working hours, except while on scheduled vacation or other approved leave. In addition, leaves may be cancelled during emergency activation.

Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Two (2) years of professional training or course work in the animal health field; AND
  • Two (2) years of work experience in an animal health-related field including the care, handling, or training of dogs and working with the public.
Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities and Specialty Requirements:
  • Possession of a Certified Veterinary Technician license issued by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, the Certified Euthanasia Technician license issued by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
  • Must possess a driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and have an acceptable driving record.
  • Passing a background check is required.
  • Must be able to pass a post-offer physical abilities assessment prior to appointment.
    • For more information on the physical requirements, please visit the . (Please note: The Job Task Analysis is pending update).
If you would like to review the requirements for receiving certification through the Oregon Veterinary Examining Medical Board, please use this link: .

Department of Motor Vehicle Records (DMV) Requirement:
Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. To review the Driver's License and Record Policy for Washington County and instructions for submitting appropriate DMV documentation, please use this link: .

Washington County organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly. To review this classification, please use this link:

Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application.

Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Selection Process:
1. Applications will be reviewed by Human Resources as received for minimum qualification screening.

2. If needed, a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to supplemental questions.

3. Candidates that successfully pass the previous screening steps will be referred to the hiring manager for interview.

Please note: candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family.

Status of Your Application:
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" from email notifications from NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.

Veterans' Preference:
If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' Preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: .

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail at: at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.

Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment
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Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
2 years
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