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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Health Care Provider
Veterinarian Surgical Assistant
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City of Las Cruces | Las Cruces, NM
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Job Description

Nature of Work

This will be be a continuous posting until filled. Applications may be reviewed every two weeks or as needed.


Fulltime regular, non-exempt position that performs duties to support surgical/medical department and document health care of Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV) shelter animals.

Work is performed around a variety of animal species with potential for physical harm from animal bites, kicks and surgical instruments. Moderate to heavy physical demands; occasional heavy lifting up to 100 pounds; some moving and lifting of supplies and equipment.

Position involves completing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues; may be assigned to a non-traditional work schedule based on operational need. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and ASCMV policies.

Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Posting may be used to fill various vacant positions and/or establish a pool of qualified candidates for future use.

Duties and Responsibilities

* Surgical preparation, induction under veterinarian supervision, anesthesia and recovery; drug calculations; vaccinations; data entry; customer service and education; maintaining surgical inventory and cleanliness.Perform routine medical treatments including give medicine, and clean and bandage wounds. Take vital signs. Draw blood from all species of animals. Dispense prescriptions. Conduct fecal sample analysis. Perform lab tests and send out for diagnosis. Perform necropsies of small mammals, fish, avian, and reptiles. Reports information to the pathologist packs and mails specimens.
* Prepares animals for arrival. Feed, clean and observe animals. Disinfect animal enclosure after animal departure. Collect fecal samples. Keep accurate records of consumption and temperature. Perform maintenance and record keeping duties for shelter. Clean and disinfect exam and treatment rooms, surgery and scrub rooms, laboratory areas. Sterilize surgical instruments, drapes and equipment. Receive, log, tag and store medical equipment, supplies and medications.
* Input data into computerized program. Establish and maintain animal medical files. Contact other shelters, laboratories and research facilities for medical information. Keep logs of consumption, medical treatment, parasitological, observation and other necessary data. Answer questions about the shelter, as needed.
* In the event of not enough surgeries scheduled to fill a 40 hour work week, may be expected to perform other medical duties in the building.

Minimum Qualifications

Equivalent to a high school diploma AND three (3) years animal health care experience under the supervision of a veterinarian. A combination of education experience and training may be applied in accordance with ASCMV policy.


Valid driver's license is required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with ASCMV policy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: Application of good knowledge of domestic animal health care; handling and feeding of animals; laboratory methods and techniques; quarantine and safety principles and methods; sterilization processes.

Skills in: Surgical preparation and feeding animal's regular and special diet foods; performing assigned routine veterinary procedures.

Ability to: Maintain accurate logs and records of animal care and observation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, officials, customer departments, contractors, regulatory agencies and the general public.