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Large Animal Veterinary Technician – Job Description

The role of the Large Animal Veterinary Technician (LAVT) is to manage the overall wellness of all large animals and to ensure each one receives the high-quality veterinary care they deserve. The LAVT upholds clear communication with the Alaqua team, continual oversight of all large animals.
Dental, Vision, 20K Life Insurance policy, Long- and Short-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, and AFLAC Accident Advantage Plan at no cost for full-time employees
Negotiable based on experience
  • Assist with radiographs or ultrasounds, shockwave treatments
  • Assist Veterinarian during surgery, routine examinations, or health checks.
  • Create a sterile field for barn surgeries, prepare and sterilize instruments, check medications, supplies, and equipment
  • Give injections, draw blood for lab tests, and conduct X-rays or other tests as needed or prescribed by Veterinarian
  • Maintain medical records on all large animals, including chickens
  • Maintain and schedule all farrier/dentist appointments
  • Collaborate with Clinic Administrator on scheduling routine exams for all large animals as appropriate
  • Maintain all treatments and ensure staff is administering appropriately
  • Formulate training plans and delegate tasks accordingly
  • Facilitate meet and greets
  • Collaborate with Adoptions on available animals
  • Keep animal profiles up to date and accurate based on training
  • Collaborate with Adoptions on all large animal adoptions
  • Maintain records on all large animals in foster as well as scheduling routine home visits
  • Work with local feed/hay companies for all feed needs
  • Work with OM on emergency preparedness
  • Train staff on proper protocols, medical needs and how to recognize illness/lameness
  • Maintain large animal budget
  • Work with drug reps
  • Facilitate tours
  • Assess reported medical concerns, evaluate wellbeing, and work in partnership with Veterinarian and Clinic Administrator
  • Assist with intakes performing brief tech exam, diagnostic, and vaccinations. Report gross findings and appointments required to the Clinic Administrator. Reevaluate new intakes every 14 days for 1st month
  • Ensure all large and farm animals are up to date on vaccinations, hoof trims, dental, and other necessary standard care requirements
  • Schedule and perform physical exams and standard testing on a monthly/quarterly basis
  • Oversee nutritional diets of all large and farm animals
  • Collaborate with leadership rescue medical care plans when required
  • Research, apply, and follow up on grants/sponsorships for large animals (feed & supplement companies, public and local businesses)
  • Work in partnership with founder on events/seminars/clinics to advocate for large animals
  • Ensure all pastures and enclosures are functioning and report maintenance issues

Supervisory Duties

  • Maintain updated and prepared Emergency Action Plan for all large and farm animals
  • Back up Clinic Administrator, as requested

Supportive Roles
This position may be required to perform a combination of the following supportive functions:

  • Attend events or educational outreach
  • Assist Alaqua, state, or federal agencies with abuse cases or rescue missions
  • Additional duties as assigned
    • Experience with animal handling, restraint, health, and behavior assessments
    • Practiced in spotting large animal signs of lameness, illness or other issues
    • Skilled in intravenous injections experience and intubating animals for surgery
    • Must be in good physical health with a confident ability to safely and humanely restrain any frightened, strong, large animals during treatments and daily care
    • Must possess excellent reflexes. Should be able to identify own limitations
    • Uphold a strong commitment to the welfare and proper treatment of animals
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle fluctuating priorities and projects
    • Ability to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals
    • Knowledge of standard large animal and farm environment safety procedures
    • Associates degree as an Equine Veterinary Medical Technician preferred

    • Two (2) years as a Equine Veterinary Technician or two (2) years as a Certified Veterinary Technician with three (3) years large animal experience
    • Experience in shelter medicine preferred
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license
    • State licensed as a certified Equine Veterinary Medical Technician
    • Must have current rabies and post exposure vaccination, or be able to obtain before employment
    • Certified to perform euthanasia
    • Position is Full time. Some weekend and holiday shifts are required. Typical work hours are between 8:30 AM and 5 P.M.  Due to the cyclical nature of the industry, employees may be required to work varying schedules to meet the needs of the business.  In addition, attendance at all scheduled training sessions and meetings is required.

    • Occasional travel is required to area rescues, Alaqua locations and community clinics.

    The work environment is both indoor and outdoor. Dust, dander, blood, excreta, chemicals, and other allergens are common in work area. Handling of domestic animals is common. This environment is suited for those who can multi-task, block out surrounding distractions, thrive in a busy atmosphere, and be able to remain calm and steady under pressure.

    Physical Demands

    • Walking and standing are required most of the working day. Length of time of these tasks may vary from day to day and task to task
    • Must be able to exert well-paced ability to reach all areas of the shelter in a timely basis
    • Must be able to lift 50+ pounds on a regular and continuing basis
    • Must be in good physical health with confident ability to safely and humanely restrain any frightened, strong, large animals during treatments and daily care
    • Requires grasping, writing, standing, sitting, walking, repetitive motions, bending, climbing, comprehension, hearing ability, communication, and visual acuity
    Alaqua Animal Refuge embraces and supports being different for the benefit of our employees, our animals, and our community. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.
    Please apply by sending cover letter and resume to Kimberley Johnson, Human Resources Manager at kjohnson@Alaqua.org