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Generic Job Description - Animal Health Technician

PED Number: 
Animal Health Technician
Sub Group:
Job Summary: 
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, performs animal health related duties and technical procedures related to care and use of animals. Prepares animals and assists in surgical procedures. Administers treatment and medications. Provides pre- and post-operative care. Coordinates use of operating room and equipment. Acts as resource person. Maintains records. Maintains equipment.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Performs technical duties related to the care and maintenance of animals. Examines and monitors health of animals.

2. Participates in projects and experiments. Participates in experimental and surgical procedures; participates in modification of protocols.

3. Performs euthanasia and necropsy. Prepares animals for surgery and provides post-operative care of animals.

4. Schedules operating room times. Prepares surgical facility, including equipment and drugs.

5. Discusses diagnosis and treatment with veterinarian. Administers medications and treatments. Collects samples and performs certain tests and analyses.

6. Updates and maintains standard operating procedures. Compiles and analyses data. Maintains records and prepares report. Prepares invoices for various services charged to clients.

7. Acts as resource person. Instructs others on procedures and operation of equipment. Provides technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and the analysis of results.

8. Ensures sufficient inventory and purchase of all animal care supplies, equipment and materials. Maintains equipment, performs minor repairs and arranges for service and major repairs.

9. Ensures compliance with safety regulations in the use of equipment. Ensures proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

10. Keeps abreast of new developments in the field to update skills and knowledge.

11. Uses a variety of equipment such as anesthesia equipment, autoclaves, microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, veterinary instruments and computers.

12. The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks, which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.
Education and Experience: 
DEC III (Animal Health Technology)
Three (3) years’ related experience