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Animal Health Technician #2208-331800-01

Date Opened
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 12:00 AM
Close Date
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 8:00 AM
  • $41,600/year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is a highly respected law enforcement agency, both in our community and nationally. Our progressive department provides exciting opportunities for law enforcement professionals to develop partnerships with our citizens in order to prevent the next crime, and to enhance the quality of life within our community always treating people with fairness and respect. The department employs nearly 2,000 sworn officers and over 500 civilians serving a jurisdiction with close to 1 million people. Our employees are men and women from diverse backgrounds interested in meeting the needs of and serving an equally diverse community. The men and women of the CMPD are committed to providing the very best service possible and maintaining the high level of confidence this community has in us.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

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Under general supervision of a Veterinarian, the Animal Health Technician will have work that involves examining, diagnosing, treating and euthanizing of a variety of animals in the care of the Animal Shelter. This position provides quality veterinary medical services and maintains accurate records and reports. This role has work reviewed through discussion of medical decision, effectiveness of the disease prevention program, appearance, sanitation of the shelter facility and complaints.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs daily inventory audit of all animals
  • Supervises Kennel Attendants in care and feeding of animals/sanitation and maintenance of shelter facility
  • Mix food/liquid formulas/medications/food supplements according to instructions/prescriptions/knowledge of animal species
  • Examine and observe animals detecting signs of illness/disease/injury and select candidates for euthanasia/perform euthanasia on a daily basis
  • Contact veterinarians securing treatment to sick/injured animals and animals seized under cruelty prosecutions
  • Perform animal grooming duties such as: washing, brushing, clipping, trimming coats, cutting nails, cleaning ears and may include specialized procedures such as: branding/tattooing/hoof trimming
  • Provides advice to citizens on ability to adopt individual pets and on recommended medical care of adopted pets
  • Respond to questions from citizens and provide information about animals such as: behavior/habitat/breeding habits/facility activities
  • Treat animal illnesses or injuries including dressing or suturing wounds/applying splints/other protective devices following experience or instructions of veterinarians
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood/urine/feces such as urinalyses or blood counts assisting in diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper
  • Collect and record animal information such as weight/size/physical condition/treatments received/medications given/food intake
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Skill in professional veterinary medical techniques and practices
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer/personal services including: customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, evaluation of customer satisfaction
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures/systems such as: word processing, managing files and records, other office procedures and terminology including structure/content of English language meaning and spelling of words/rules of composition/grammar
  • Knowledge of chemical composition/structure/properties of substances and chemical processes/transformations including: uses of chemicals and interactions, danger signs, production techniques, disposal methods
  • Ability to deal courteously and effectively with public/peers/subordinates
  • Ability to provide veterinary medical services to all sheltered animals
  • Ability to examine/diagnose/treat illness/injury and perform first aid/emergency care
  • Ability to prepare/maintain records and reports
ADA and Other Requirements

Positions in this class typically require: grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Physical Requirements:

  • Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, climbing, or walking extended periods of time.
  • Light to moderate lifting and carrying; some crouching, stooping, squatting, crawling, reaching, pushing, and pulling when performing tasks.
  • Adequate vision, hearing, and speech required.
Sensory Requirements:
  • Concentrated and attentive use of one or more senses (visual, audio, and other sensory modalities) for proofreading, data entry, tabulating data.
  • Ability to operate in an environment with frequent interruptions from people and or noises, which in return could result in some level of stress, fatigue, or strain.
  • Comprehensive of written information in work related documents.
  • Ability to hear, understand and distinguish speech.
Working Conditions:
Indoor/Outdoor environment; work in a variety of environmental and weather conditions in indoor and outdoor settings; regular exposure to fumes or airborne particles, animal transmitted diseases, exposure to fractious, frightened, dangerous animals; mental and emotional stress from euthanasia; contact with irate/emotional pet owners and victims; frequent exposure to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration; potential for contact with toxic or caustic chemicals; the noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Other Requirements:
Successfully complete and pass a pre-employment hearing and respirator clearance evaluation. Failure to successfully pass all segments of the pre-employment evaluation process will result in disqualification from further consideration under this vacancy announcement.

Preferred Qualification

North Carolina Licensed Veterinary Technician

Minimum Qualifications

High School Graduate or Equivalent and three years related work experience


Associate's Degree with one year related work experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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