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Animal Care TechnicianCITY OF IOWA CITY - Job Description Job Class #04-02 FLSA Non-Exempt Civil Service Identification Position Title: Animal Care Technician Department: Police Division: Animal Services Supervisor: Animal Services Supervisor Job Summary Under immediate direction, maintains a safe and sanitary facility for center animals and the public. Provides for and is responsible for the humane handling and care for all center animals and all animal housing areas. Is accountable for the overall cleanliness of all animal housing areas. Assures industry best practice standards for all animals’ nutritional, housing, emotional and medical needs. Is accountable for training temporary employees and others in kennel and animal maintenance. Educates and provides assistance and adoption counseling to the public. Shows strong initiative and works in a leadership role within animal housing areas. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities Cleans and disinfects all animal housing areas including cages, kennels and animal equipment and performs general facility custodial duties. Assesses the needs and cares for animal’s physical health including bathing and grooming and behavioral health including training and providing mental exercise and enrichment Prepares samples (including drawing blood) and performs laboratory screening tests including heartworm, leukemia, FIV and other common tests and fecal screenings using prescribed methods and instructions. Reads results of medical screening tests and makes recommendation for medical care or euthanasia if necessary. Vaccinates, deworms, medicates and performs all other standard medical protocol. Recommends animals for euthanasia based on guidelines and performs euthanasia, and prepares samples for rabies testing. Maintains controlled substance records. Documents and maintains animal medical, treatment and euthanasia records and assists with entering data into computer database. Creates surgery and treatment schedule for veterinarian for each animal, such as routine spays/neuters, rabies vaccinations, and the assessment of injuries, and illnesses. Job Class #04-02 Animal Services Page 2 Reviewed 2/8/2021 Ensures all procedures are documented accordingly. With assistance, performs behavioral evaluations on all animals and writes individual personality profiles on each animal. Recommends animals for adoption or other appropriate live release option. Assists with general maintenance and repair of equipment. Reports equipment repair or replacement needs to supervisor. Performs adoption counseling with the general public for animal matching. Provides customer service to walk in visitors as well as phone and/or electronic inquiries. Gives educational information to the public and answers questions relating to impounded animals and community animal related problems. Evaluates and recommends animals for foster care and works with the supervisor on placements. Educates and helps train hourly employees, volunteers, students and community service works in general kennel operations; assigns work and duties to those individuals. Maintains inventory and reports supplies needed to supervisor. Conducts self in a manner which promotes and supports diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and community. Performs all other related duties as assigned. Physical and Environmental Conditions The physical demands and work environment conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and are encountered while performing those essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or grip firmly; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, climb, crawl or balance. The employee frequently is required to talk, hear, and smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance. The employee must frequently (34-66% of the workday or maximum 1 lift, push, pull, carry or move every two minutes) up to 25 pounds, occasionally (11-33% of the workday or maximum 1 lift, push, pull, carry or move every 30 minutes) up to 50 pounds, and infrequently (0-10% of the workday or maximum 1 lift, push, pull, or carry or move every hour) more than 100 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Hand dexterity, balance and strength are essential in performing treatments on animals and during animal handling. Job Class #04-02 Animal Services Page 3 Reviewed 2/8/2021 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to work closely with both domestic and wild animals and will be exposed to related hazards. The employee is regularly exposed to communicable and Zoonotic diseases, wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions; freezing ice and cold, slippery conditions and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and high, precarious places. The employee may be exposed to biohazards. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud. Minimum Education, Experience and Certification High school degree or equivalent required. Certified Veterinary Technician, Certified Veterinary Assistant or Certified Animal Services Officer and/or equivalent experience or education in an animal related field required. Valid driver's license with satisfactory driving record required. Must be 18 years of age per Iowa Code 92.8. Must pass criminal background check. Preferred Education, Experience and Certification Euthanasia Technician Certification preferred and will be required within one year of hire. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Ability to draw blood, restrain animals and perform general screening tests. General knowledge of animal disease and preventative maintenance. Ability to use a microscope and read results. Knowledge of animal care and animal behavior. Ability to administer medications and perform euthanasia. Must be able to demonstrate behavior observation and handling skills with dogs and cats. Must be able to handle fractious or aggressive dogs and cats with appropriate equipment. Must be willing to work with a variety of animal species including domestics, exotics and wildlife. Must have skills in computer and data entry and oral and written communication skills. Must be able to work both independently and as a team in a very busy, hectic, high stress environment. Must have the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and effectively delegate. Must be able to and work directly with the public in very emotional, sometimes highly charged environment. Must be able to disseminate educational information to the public relating to the centers mission. Must have excellent public relations experience, be public service oriented and believe in the mission of the division. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position.