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Animal Shelter Vet Techs in San Marcos, TX at Hamilton-Ryker Company

Date Posted: 12/18/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Currently seeking 2 Temporary Animal Shelter Vet Techs to start asap.  Assignment is expected to last until the beginning of February. 

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri/8am-5pm

This position is responsible for monitoring and assessing the health of animals and assisting veterinarian(s) during medical and surgical procedures including euthanizing. Maintains inventory and assists with shelter operations. Works under the supervision of the Animal Shelter Supervisor; takes direction from contract veterinarian.

Job Duties:

  • Responsible for performing health assessment upon intake, administration of vaccinations, medication and preventatives, monitoring injured/ill animals, daily health observation and recording, maintaining medical supply inventory and perform euthanasia when needed.
  • Performing diagnostics, medical and surgical procedures, and treatments under direction of veterinarian and shelter management. Surgical room pre and post preparation and care of animals’ pre and post op.
  • Assist with medical inventory, scanning for microchips, providing positive customer experiences and other duties as needed.
  • Ability to recognize behavior and signs of medical conditions, symptoms of illness, physical and mental distress.
  • Responsible for record keeping and documentation of controlled/specialized items; processing invoices and documentation of veterinary services product inventory.
  • Responsible for the organization and cleanliness/presentation of veterinary services area.
  • Share responsibility for afterhours call-out to respond to emergency situations.


  • Dealing, evaluating, processing medical needs and services, receive and return animals from/to owners, triage needs of animals and communicating priorities to management/veterinarian, ability to understand/ accept organization procedures and mission.
  • Ability to work independently and make sound judgments, communicating with management and veterinarian and coworkers.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Two years Vet Tech experience in a high volume, fast paced veterinary setting is required (working under a licensed veterinarian).
  • Successful completion of Texas Department of State Health Services approved course in Euthanasia by Injection is required within 120 days of employment. Euthanasia certification renewal every 3 years.
  • Computer Skills – knowledge of databases to accurately update and maintain detailed records.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in a sheltering environment and/or as a veterinary technician is desired.
  • One of the following certifications:
  • Texas Veterinary Medical Association CVA
  • Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Licensed Veterinary Technician Level III
  • Senior level vet tech knowledge and skills.