Veterinary Technician - Bentonville, AR at Best Friends Animal Society

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas





Job Description:

Location: Bentonville, AR



Hiring Range: This position's hiring range is anticipated to be $19.50 per hour to $22 per hour (certified technicians may be eligible for an increased pay range), depending on experience, plus great benefits!


This position works a schedule of 4, 10-hour days per week - 7 am - 6 pm.


Interviews will occur weekly and will continue until the position is filled.



Be part of something truly transformative!




Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas is looking for versatile and, quite frankly, AMAZING, Veterinary Technicians to join our team. We have built a state-of-the-art Pet Resource Center in Bentonville; the clinic will be the shining star and beacon of hope to many in the region who may struggle to afford veterinary care. This is an opportunity to be part of the team that helps build our veterinary program from the ground up.


Our world is unique and changes daily. We partner with shelters across Arkansas and the region to help them maximize their lifesaving. We are looking for a Veterinary Technician that will help with our intake from shelters, assist with foster animal appointments, surgery, and provide great care aligned with our mission. Is this you?


Our perfect candidate is caring, motivated, hard-working, a little scrappy, and willing to jump in to help where there's a need. In addition, they will have surgical experience and ideally experience with high volume, high quality, spay and neuter. We promise a great group of colleagues and friends ready to team up with you to advance lifesaving across the state.



Position Summary: Veterinary Technicians provide high quality medical care for animals in Best Friends lifesaving and veterinary programs. They are responsible for daily medical activities and supporting Best Friends veterinarians. Veterinary technicians act with urgency to accomplish important tasks and play a direct role in achieving Best Friends Animal Society's no-kill mission and organizational success. Technicians may receive intensive assignments in a particular program, based on organizational needs.



Essential Duties / Responsibilities:



  • Demonstrate kindness and the Golden Rule in our everyday actions by practicing inclusion and respect for every person for the value they bring to the table. Be a role model for the spirit of authenticity, kindness and positive influence with each other, our visitors, and volunteers as well as to the animals every day. This includes listening, being present, being supportive of others and demonstrating compassion and curiosity in conflict.


  • Perform basic medical care including but not limited to intravenous injections, blood draws, medicating, vaccinating, subcutaneous fluids, catheter placement, and microchipping under the direction of a veterinarian; have a comprehensive knowledge of sterile techniques, basic knowledge of surgical instruments, and general pharmacology, anesthesia monitoring, surgical induction and recovery; skilled understanding of humane restraint for medical procedures and emergency stabilization procedures.


  • Maintain a clean and disinfected working environment, maintain controlled substances logs, accurately enter, and maintain patient and client medical data.


  • Support, empower and enable volunteers and foster parents with the goal of utilizing volunteers to expand Best Friends lifesaving capacity; assist with client communications including aftercare and emergency support.


  • Provide basic care such as feeding, cleaning, walking, and socialization for animals temporarily housed or transported within Lifesaving Center vehicles, buildings, or facilities.


  • Deliver superior customer service; communicate (or develop communications) about and maintain knowledge of Best Friends and community partner programs.


  • Work collaboratively with Best Friends' team members in all areas of operations to achieve lifesaving goals; follow Best Friends policies, procedures, and task lists for daily lifesaving outcome assignments, including accurate and timely communications, work completion, data entry, and recordkeeping.


  • Maintain a safe workplace, value, and model safe work practices, adhering to organizational safety practices and rules, and communicating to leadership about unsafe practices and conditions.



Skills and Experience:



  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience working as a veterinary technician in a clinic, hospital, or animal welfare setting is required.


  • Experience assisting in surgery is required, high volume, high quality, high volume spay and neuter surgery experience is a plus.


  • Certification from an AVMA accredited veterinary technician certification program and licensed in good standing by the appropriate state is preferred, but not required.


  • Certified in Fear Free handling is a plus.


  • Bilingual or multi-lingual skills preferred but not required.


  • Customer-centric, non-judgmental approach to engaging with adopters, partners, visitors, volunteers, and colleagues; familiarity and comfort with a conversational adoption process.


  • Ability to work with, leash, kennel, walk, and handle cats and dogs, including those with health and/or behavior conditions/concerns; basic ability to identify and speak to medical and behavioral characteristics of dogs and cats.


  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team player, personable, professional, and able to get along with people from different backgrounds, as well as the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations.


  • Abilityto work in a fast-paced environment withwell-developedorganization skillsto juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.


  • Resourceful, get-it-done attitude; initiative to assist in any area or process; problem solving, seeking answers independently and enthusiastically; flexibility to persist until goals are achieved.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products; familiarity with shelter software/animal management software, or desire to learn.



Physical Requirements:



  • Routinely lift 40 pounds and perform daily strenuous activity including, but not limited to lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning, and bending.


  • Perform repetitive tasks for extended periods of time including typing, sitting, walking, arm, and hand motion.


  • Work indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold.


  • Exposure to dogs, cats and other animals of all sizes, temperaments, and medical status.


  • Ability to travel, including overnight stays, when needed.


  • Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule; position includes weekends, nights, and holiday work.


Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or domestic partner status.


Applicants for employment in the US must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the US by Best Friends Animal Society.


Culture Statement and Responsibility

We value attitude over aptitude, and we treat Kindness as a discipline because it is paramount in our culture along with our other Guiding Principles. Culture is how we talk to and treat ourselves and one another, it's how we generate and respond to change, it's how we plan and make decisions, it's how we do what we do.
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