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Hillsborough County Government

Veterinary Technician (#VETTECGENK) GENK
$15.15-$24.06 Hourly / $2,626.00-$4,170.40 Monthly / $31,512.00-$50,044.80 Yearly


Performs duties administering medical treatments and vaccinations, assisting a Veterinarian in performing small animal surgery, assessing the health, well-being and temperament of animals upon impound and on an ongoing basis in a shelter environment.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Six months of experience in an animal shelter under the supervision of a Veterinarian, assisting in surgery, medical treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of Florida laws and Hillsborough County ordinances pertaining to the treatment of small animals.
  • Working knowledge of routine medical procedures for the care and treatment of small animals.
  • Working knowledge of common animal diseases and health requirements.
  • Working knowledge of drug use regulations, euthanasia programs, and biohazardous waste disposal related to the treatment of small animals.
  • Working knowledge of routine veterinary medical and laboratory procedures.
  • Some knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology.
  • Skill in administering animal medications and medical treatments.
  • Ability to maintain files and prepare work related reports.
  • Ability to use animal handling equipment to control and move animals weighing up to 50 pounds including specialized handling of dangerous or suspected rabid animals.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Evaluates and treats impounded animals for illnesses, diseases and injuries.
  • Vaccinates, deworms and assesses animal health and temperament at impound.
  • Conducts a wide range of veterinary laboratory tests including, but not limited to, heartworm tests, blood chemistry, fecal examination and FeLV/FIV tests.
  • Enters and maintains computerized medical and treatment records in accordance with department policy and record keeping requirements.
  • Performs pre surgical evaluations of animals including the review of medical and shelter records to determine their capability and legality to undergo surgery.
  • Prepares animals for surgery, prepares surgical packs, monitors patients under anesthesia, and assists Veterinarians during surgical procedures.
  • Observes animals post surgically for signs of complications and records findings in surgical records.
  • Administers medications, vaccines, anesthetic agents, intramuscular, subcutaneous and intravenous injections in accordance with Veterinarian instructions, established policies and in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Performs the euthanasia of animals in accordance with established policies and humane guidelines for the treatment of diseased, injured or sick animals.
  • Supports the department in mandated ESF-17 (Emergency Support Function 17) responsibilities in the event of a disaster or during an activation of the County‚Äôs Emergency Operations Center.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Successful completion of a State of Florida approved 16 hour euthanasia technician certification course within the initial probationary period.

Possession of a valid Driver License.

CLASS: VETTECGENK; EST: 10/18/2000; REV: 1/5/2012;