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Employment Opportunity: Animal Services

Title: Veterinary Technician

Posting No.: 2030

Closing Date: Until Filled

Department: Animal Services

Hours: Full-Time: 37.5 hours per week, including evenings, weekends, and holidays

Salary: $35,200-$39,000 annually

DuPage County Animal Care & Control is an immediate open admission shelter caring for more than 2,300 animals of varying species annually.  We are currently seeking a Veterinary Technician to assist the Administrator/Veterinarian in all aspects of medical and surgical rounds, practices, and procedures.  There is one (1) full-time position open at this time.

Responsibilities include:
•    Monitors daily animal observation sheets, maintains health check list and surgical schedule for animals in shelter and in foster
•    Recognizes and communicates animal health concerns to veterinarian 
•    Performs catheterization both urinary and venous and proficient at venipuncture
•    Cleans and bandages wounds as ordered by the veterinarian 
•    Administers medication, (e.g. as injections, oral medications, topical treatments, etc.) as directed by Veterinarian
•    Administers euthanasia when instructed
•    Cleans instruments, wraps surgical packs and maintains medical equipment
•    Reviews vaccination records, prepares and administers vaccines according to vaccine protocol
•    Performs intake exams and administers intake vaccinations as per protocol
•    Provides medical support and facilitates routine check-ups for fosters
•    Performs in-house laboratory procedures or prepares samples for outside lab services
•    Induces, intubates, monitors and recovers patients under anesthesia
•    Provides critical care for sick and injured animals
•    Maintains pharmacy, surgical, controlled substance, anesthesia and laboratory records and inventory, and orders medical and surgical supplies when needed
•    Prepackages unit dose medications and refills bulk medications
•    Obtains vital signs of animals (e.g. temperature, pulse, respiration, etc.)
•    Injects microchips
•    Works with veterinarian to maintain complete and accurate medical records

Physical requirements and work environment:
•    While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be required to walk, reach with hands and/or arms and lift up to 50 lbs.
•    While performing the duties and responsibilities, the employee will be exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, and will be subject to animal bites, scratches, and/or kicks
•    The employee will be exposed to supplies commonly used in a veterinary setting
•    The employee may be potentially exposed to zoonotic diseases, dangerous or fractious animals, infectious disease, and sharp objects

  Requirements include the following experience or equivalent combination of training and experience:
•    Completion of an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology
•    Three years of experience as a Veterinary Technician with at least two of those years worked in a shelter setting; or a minimum of five years of experience as a Veterinary Technician
•    A valid Illinois Driver’s License 
•    Ability to obtain certification as a Euthanasia Technician within 6 months of hire

A pre-employment background check is required.

 Applications accepted until position is filled.

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DuPage County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Job Description: 
Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!


About the Role: 

With minimal supervision, acts to control rabies by handling animals, including tranquilizing, impounding and/or relocating wild animals, injured animals, vicious animals and stray animals as required. Conducts investigations into ordinance or statutory violations, and issues violation notices and tickets as appropriate. Interacts with the public and with other outside agencies and organizations representing the Lake County Health Department.


Location: 18736 W. Peterson Road, Libertyville, IL 

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (9:00am - 5:00pm)

*Hours may change due to rotation including evenings and holiday, are required with on-calls*    

  • This is a union position.

 Skills and Experience   

  • Functions as the Lake County Health Department's public contact with the community in the field regarding animal control issues. Informs the public about the laws regarding animals, bites and strays.
  • Issues violation notices, warnings and tickets as required.
  • Is responsible for night and weekend calls in rotation as required.
  • Receives training in the tools used for animal control and thereafter is responsible for proper utilization and care of these tools, including tranquilizing guns and medications.
  • Responsible for maintaining equipment, uniforms and vehicles in good working condition.
  • Prepares activity reports and records of inspections, investigations, transactions and correspondence.
  • Participates in making recommendations that formulate service area policies and procedures.
  • Investigates complaints involving possible violations, offers advice on solutions, and makes follow-up inspections.
  • Offers solutions and follow up on corrections of ordinance and code violations.
  • Makes reasonable and accurate interpretations of statutes and ordinances applicable to responsibilities.
  • Educates the public on environmental health issues and the public health rationale for recommendations.
  • Formulates goals and objectives, establishes appropriate timelines/deadlines and balances his or her workload when involved in multiple projects.
  • Acts in concert with Department of Agriculture in matters relating to livestock and other domestic animals.
  • Prepares and submits specimens suspected of rabies or other zoonoses, including West Nile specimens to the appropriate laboratory.


Education, Qualifications, and Certification:

  • Requires a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  • Requires 1 year of experience as an animal warden or relevant experience.
  • Requires a valid driver's license with appropriate classification and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Requires ability to be licensed by the Department of Professional Regulation State of Illinois Certified Euthanasia Technician within 1 year of hire if not already licensed. 

About the Perks:

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program.

Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us. 

Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Location: Libertyville, Illinois, United States
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
Salary: 17.89 - USD  

Position is subject to close at any time.


Heartland Animal Shelter is seeking Veterinary Technicians to add to our expanding medical team! Duties include evaluating the health of our resident dogs and cats and prescribing appropriate medication and treatment plans, approving animals for adoption, administering medications (oral, topical, SQ, IM, IV, etc.) and vaccinations, obtaining samples and running diagnostic tests (bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal floats, skin cytology, etc.) and responding to medical emergencies. Other duties might include assisting in surgeries, assisting with the shelter’s foster care program, and so on.

Heartland is seeking CVTs to fill these roles, or someone with relevant shelter medicine experience. Professional experience with both dogs and cats is required. Applicants must be comfortable handling both species, of all sizes and temperaments. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, exceptionally organized and able to work independently.

Pay is commensurate with experience. Health insurance benefits are NOT offered through the organization.

To be considered for this role, please email résumé and cover letter to: stephanie@heartlandanimalshelter.org. Applications submitted without both of these items will not be considered. No phone calls, please.







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