Licensed Veterinary Technician- Humane Educational Society Chattanooga

This position is Supervised by: the Executive Director/Shelter Veterinarian

Job Type: FLSA Non-Exempt

This position Supervises/Manages: Vet Assistant

Essential Functions of the Position:

1. Interview potential candidates for employment

2. Evaluate and counsel existing staff

3. Establish and maintain ongoing training

4. Administer medications, vaccinations and treatments as prescribed by the Shelter Veterinarian

5. Perform daily health rounds for all shelter animals

6. Maintain detailed records for treatments and procedures

7. Assist in planning, organizing and implementing programs

8. Prepare and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

9. Maintain a clean and healthy environment for the animals (medical areas)

10. Ensure security of the Medical Department, animals, property and supplies

11. Involved with Euthanasia decisions

12. Establish working relationships with other functional groups

13. Maintain database management in compliance with the Organization procedures and SOP’s.

14. Prepare reports and input data in a timely and efficient manner

15. Ensure all animals in the facility are treated with respect

16. Follow the mission of the Humane Educational Society

Knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to perform the Essential functions of this position:

1. Must demonstrate the Core Values of the Organization on and off the job.

2. Ability to read, write and communicate effectively

3. Minimum 3 years of Supervisor/Manager experience

4. Minimum 3 years Professional Animal Experience (Shelter experience a plus)

5. Excellent organization skills

6. Ability to analyze processes for continuous rapid improvement

7. Read, understand, interpret, and apply department policies and procedures

8. Computer skills to include Microsoft Suite programs and PetPoint Animal Shelter Management Software

9. Ability to work daily under stress and pressure

10. Ability to work with minimal supervision

11. Properly store and maintain inventory of medical supplies, including Schedule II narcotics

12. Ability to care, feed, and safely handle animals to avoid injury to persons/animals and minimize stress to animals.

13. Knowledge of domestic animal handing, health, and care, including disease symptoms and behavioral wellbeing

14. Knowledge of:

1. Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances governing rabies quarantine, impounding, releasing and destruction of animals

2. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) record keeping requirements for Schedule II narcotics and SHARPS biohazard waste

15. Euthanasia techniques, including willingness and ability to obtain a Certified Animal Euthanasia Technician certification, if not already possessed.

16. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

17. Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations

18. Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility in dealing with people

19. Function calmly in situations that require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy

REQUIRED professional licensing or certifications:

Current License in the State of Tennessee as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment in this class.

Note: One (1) year of experience in an animal hospital and/or public animal control agency is highly desirable.

Valid Driver’s License


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. This position is regularly required to use hands to fingers, handle, and talk and hear. The incumbent is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel or crouch. The position holder must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

2. Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to focus.

3. While performing the duties of this job this position may be exposed to animal odors or airborne particles. This position includes handling needles, syringes, and animal medications.

4. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

5. Work is performed constantly in an animal shelter that operates seven days per week with exposure to animals, including some with questionable health and temperament concerns, zoonotic diseases, and cleaning agents.


To provide limited medical care to animals; to assist veterinarians in the health care of animals and the analysis of animal disease; and to perform related work as required.

Incumbents work under the direction of licensed veterinarians to perform routine medical and emergency procedures.


Examples of functions listed in this class specification are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in the class. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a qualified disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Essential Functions:

1. Performs routine clinical laboratory tests, including fecal smears and blood tests.

2. Performs daily health rounds for all shelter animals.

3. Implants microchips into animals placed for adoption.

4. Renders emergency treatment in life-threatening situations to sustain life.

5. Performs follow-up treatment as prescribed by a veterinarian.

6. Examines all animals coming into the shelter and determines if referral to a veterinarian is necessary.

7. Performs supervisory and scheduling duties for incumbent Veterinary Assistant position

8. Maintains accurate, detailed, and up-to-date records and files using a computer and PetPoint software for all veterinary diagnoses, procedures, surgeries, treatments, vaccinations and medications.

9. Prepare reports and other written material in a logical, concise, and accurate manner.

10. Works with the Director of Operations to maximize efficiency of animal housing to optimize disease management and animal flow through the shelter.

11. Stores and maintains inventory of medical supplies.

12. Provides expert witness testimony in court cases related to animal cruelty and neglect.

13. Documents medical progress in cruelty cases and provides case management for long-term "in-custody" holds.

14. Provides responsive, high quality service to HES employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by personally responding to service requests or appropriate referral, and providing accurate and complete information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner.

Desirable Traits

Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, Drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Supportive of Change, Compassion Toward Animals & People

Background Investigation

Must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Misdemeanor and/or felony convictions may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and recency. Prior to appointment, candidates will be subject to a background investigation.