Job Opportunity Veterinary Behavior Technician-Fairfield NJ

February 12, 2014

Summary of Job Purpose and Function

The Veterinary Behavior Technician supports our board-certified behaviorist by planning appointments, assisting to complete patient appointments, educating clients on behavior modification plans, and taking steps to ensure a safe and effective hospital environment.

Required Capabilities and Experience

· Must have a strong interest in animal behavior, be able to teach basic commands using positive reinforcement techniques and have experience restraining animals for physical exams and phlebotomy.

· Accurately and consistently follows instructions delivered in an oral, written or diagram format.  Can provide directions.

· Must be willing and able to work safely with aggressive animals.

· Comfortably and confidently uses a computer and is able to learn to use specialized medical software.

· Communicates professionally and effectively with clients directly, via telephone and email.

· Manage multiple tasks at one time; quickly and accurately shifts attention among multiple tasks under distracting conditions without loss of accuracy or appearance of frustration.

· Demonstrates a strong ability to identify, analyze and solve problems.  Translates problems into practical solutions.

· Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and to compute rate, ratio and percent; ability to convert units of measurement.

· Shows a willingness and aptitude to take appropriate steps in finding solutions to problems; presents options and ideas to enhance current processes or procedures.  Takes on additional responsibility when both big and small tasks need to be done.

· Willing to work with others, collaborating and compromising where necessary; promptly share relevant information with others.

· Is open to changing situations and opportunities and is willing to perform all tasks assigned. Able and willing to perform tasks and duties without supervision as appropriate.

· Maintains a positive “can do” outlook, rebounds quickly from frustrations and unpleasantness, and maintains composure and friendly demeanor while dealing with stressful situations.

· Must show dedication, enthusiasm, and be dedicated to constant ongoing continuing education.

Responsibilities and Tasks

· Act as the extra eyes, ears and hands for the veterinarian to ensure the best quality pet care and to maximize the veterinarian’s productivity.

· Provide professional, efficient and exceptional service at all times. This includes performing procedures that do not require veterinarian assistance, completing preparatory work for other procedures, ensuring that clients and pets are comfortable in the hospital, and monitoring pets in hospital.

· Ensure the safety of pets, clients and associates by utilizing safe restraining techniques, following standard protocols, and maintaining clean, sterile and organized treatment areas, exam rooms and labs.

· Mentor other paraprofessionals in the hospital.

· Follow OSHA standards and be familiar with Material Data Safety Sheets. Occupational hazards may include but are not limited to animal bite or scratch wounds and exposure to x-rays, anesthetic gases, CO2 Laser, caustic or toxic materials, and zoonotic diseases. Employees must follow all safety guidelines contained in the employee handbook and posted in hazardous areas.

· Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Education and/or Training

1. Successful candidates will have 2+ years performing the following tasks:

· Dog training

· Assisting with pet examinations.

· I.V. catheter placement, medicating and pet care.

· Radiographs & lab work.

· Cleaning, hospital maintenance, inventory & pharmacy.

2. AS/AA or BS/BA in Biology or other related Science degree preferred but not required.

3. CVT/LVT a plus but not required

Animal Emergency and Referral Associates offers a competitive salary, paid time off, medical benefits and a retirement savings plan.

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