This position works under the general supervision of the staff veterinarian, assisting the veterinarian with providing medical and surgical care for animals at Metro Animal Care and Control. This position is responsible for animal handling, patient care and medical treatments.
If you have any questions about this position please contact MPHD HR at (615)-340-5640.
Assist with diagnostic procedures and acquiring laboratory samples, processing in-house and reference lab samples, taking radiographs, anesthesia administration and monitoring, dental prophylaxis, surgical preparation and recovery, hospitalized patient care, critical/emergency care, triage and euthanasia of animals.
Perform routine medical evaluations and diagnostic procedures, including but not limited to taking digital and dental radiographs, and collecting blood, urine, and stool samples.
Provide nursing care or emergency first aid to injured or recovering animals.
Train other shelter staff in proper observation/diagnostic methods, personal and patient safety as well as animal handling techniques.
Responsible for the daily care of animals, including providing appropriate food and water. and basic grooming and bathing.
Provide basic grooming and bathing; clean animal cages and runs; and perform general housekeeping of shelter.
Maintain daily log sheets and treatment histories, complete related animal care reports, and maintain other record keeping as required.
Maintain inventory of clinic supplies, research specifications, prices and availability of materials and equipment, and establish maintenance schedules for clinic equipment.
Ensure compliance with applicable laws established by the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medicine and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Work cooperatively with the shelter manager and staff and foster a spirit of teamwork.
Demonstrate MPHD’s core values of Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Equity (P.R.I.D.E.) when interacting with the public and employees of the Metropolitan Government.
Respond to patron inquiries and performs other duties as assigned
Education and Experience:
Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology or a related field, plus 3 years of professional veterinary technician or related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must have and be able to demonstrate knowledge of: -Basic animal care standards, including safe animal handling procedures for domestic and wild animals. Proper use, secure storage, and disposal of lethal chemicals, syringes, and related equipment.
Active Veterinary Technician license from the State of Tennessee.
Certificate of completion from a NAVTA-approved veterinary assistant program or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and maintenance of valid personal vehicle insurance as required by Tennessee Law.
Must receive pre-exposure rabies vaccination series or have protective titer.
Working Environment/Physical Demands: Medium to heavy work that involves walking, standing, bending, stooping, lifting, and exerting up to 50 pounds of force on a regular and reoccurring basis, including restraint of animals of varying size, age, and physical condition. May risk exposure to toxic and caustic chemicals, and animals/wildlife, including exposure to animal bites, scratches, and diseases such as Rabies, Ringworm, Bartonella, Leptospirosis, and other zoonotic infections.
The Metro Public Health Department serves all of Davidson County’s 701,400 residents. The county includes urban, suburban, and rural areas. Metro Nashville is seeing rapid growth both in population and in diversity. The MPHD headquarters is the 106,000-square-foot Lentz Public Health Center which opened in July 2014. Lentz is an environmentally-friendly facility designed with features that support sustainability and promote healthy living. The Lentz Public Health Center is on a bus line, and has a quarter-mile outdoor walking track available to employees and community members. Beyond the headquarters, MPHD operates five satellite locations offering various public health services. MPHD’s workforce is comprised of approximately 535 highly diverse and skilled employees working in 46 programs. The organization is divided into a Director’s Office and six bureaus (Administration, Community Health, Environmental Health, Health Equity, Communicable Disease and Emergency Preparedness, and Population Health).