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Animal Health Technician #2406-331800-01

Date Opened
Saturday, June 29, 2024 11:30 AM
Close Date
Saturday, July 13, 2024 11:59 AM
  • $48,760
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


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 & feeding of animals/sanitation & maintenance of shelter facility 
Mix food/liquid formulas/medications/food supplements according to instructions/ prescriptions/knowledge of animal species 
Examine & observe animals detecting signs of illness/disease/injury & select candidates for euthanasia/perform euthanasia on daily basis 
Contact veterinarians securing treatment to sick/injured animals & 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 & on recommended medical care of adopted pets 
Respond to questions from citizens & 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 & treatment of animal health problems 
Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper 
Collect & 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 & practices 
Knowledge of principles & processes for providing customer/personal services including: customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, evaluation of customer satisfaction 
Knowledge of administrative & clerical procedures/systems such as: word processing, managing files & records, other office procedures & terminology including structure/content of English language including meaning & spelling of words/rules of composition/grammar 
Knowledge of chemical composition/structure/properties of substances & chemical processes/transformations including: uses of chemicals & interactions, danger signs, production techniques, disposal methods
Ability to deal courteously & effectively with public / peers / subordinates 
Ability to provide veterinary medical services to all sheltered animals 
Ability to examine / diagnose / treat illness / injury & perform first aid / emergency care
Ability to prepare / maintain records & 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 for 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 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, vision, and psychological 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

At least 18 years of age
High School diploma/GED with three (3) years of relevant work experience
OR an Associate’s degree with one year of relevant work experience
OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential job duties

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.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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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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