City of Farmington
  • 15-Feb-2023 to Until Filled (MST)
  • Animal Shelter
  • Farmington, NM, USA
  • 18.5781 to $28.9097
  • Hourly
  • Regular-Full Time

Full Benefits



JOB POSTING #36: Veterinary Technician


DEPARTMENT: Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs

WORK LOCATION: Animal Shelter

HIRING RANGE: $18.5781 to $28.9097/Hour


TYPE OF POSITION: Regular, Full-Time

DAYS WORKED: Monday through Friday

HOURS WORKED: 8:00am to 5:00pm

APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED UNTIL: Until Filled, First Review After 2 Weeks Posted



Works under the direct supervision of the shelter veterinarian.

Must hold a current registered veterinary technician license in the state of New Mexico.

Responsible for teaching and training veterinary assistants employed in the animal medical department.

Responsible for day to day operations pertaining to set up of surgery, records, drug calculations and administration of surgical drugs.

Overseeing pre-op physical exams done by vet assistants.

Ability to intubate, administer gas anesthesia, and monitor heart and respiration rates of surgical patients, and to teach assistants to perform these same tasks.

Ability to place I.V. catheters, administer injectable drugs I.V., I.M., and S.Q.. Ability to calculate I.V. fluid dose rates and drug dosages under the supervision of the veterinarian for shelter, public, and CCP animals. Must be able to teach and instruct vet assistants in such protocols.

Responsible for anesthetic induction of all publicly owned animals.

Ability to maintain a veterinary laboratory and to utilize equipment necessary to make medical diagnoses, including but not limited to blood chemistry machines, microscopes, fungal cultures, and fecal exams.

Responsible for training vet assistants to perform such tasks.

Maintain all paperwork on each surgery in compliance with NM state law.

Ability to maintain a controlled drug log in compliance with the state pharmacy board and have it available for inspections.

Manage inventory and record orders for all supplies and drugs needed for the animal medical department and any medical aspect of the animal shelter.

Must be comfortable with data entry and use of computers and software programs.

Ability to multitask and coordinate several procedures simultaneously as directed by the shelter veterinarian.

Ability to coordinate a high volume of surgical procedures on a daily basis.

Must have excellent customer service skills and ability to communicate medical information effectively to both staff and public.

Must be willing and able to be euthanasia certified by the state of New Mexico and perform euthanasia under the supervision and discretion of the shelter veterinarian and/or director.

Ability to train assistants to maintain medical equipment and medical facilities.


Demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to FRAS policies and procedures.

Ensure a safe work environment, follow all safety guidelines, and model safe work practices.

Take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could place a staff member, volunteer, customer, animal, or the organization at risk.

Follow direction of staff veterinarian.

Assist as an expert witness in animal cruelty cases.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.

The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


This position is subject to the City of Farmington's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy which includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing, and follow-up testing.

Diploma from an accredited veterinary technical school.

Current registered veterinary technician license issued from the state of New Mexico.

Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record for the past three years or state of current residency.

Excellent communication skills.

Excellent organizational skills with ability to multitask and prioritize medical cases.

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds of animal onto a surgical table with assistance.

Ability to keep vet tech license current through continuing education courses.

Ability to cope with emotional stress of euthanasia and medical deaths.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors and the public.

Ability to work under stressful situations and handle them appropriately and effectively.

Ability to meet deadlines.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and directions as set forth by the shelter veterinarian and/or the director.


Animal capture equipment, handheld radios, first aid equipment, catch poles, leashes, gloves, chemicals associated with animal medical department cleaning materials including but not limited to chlorine bleach and hydrogen peroxide.

Medical equipment such as gas anesthesia, apnea monitor, recovery equipment, needles and syringes, surgery tables and lights, blood chemistry machines, microscope, otoscope, stethoscope, dental instruments and ultrasonic scaler, IV equipment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is required to use hands handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds individually. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Ability to use a computer.

Ability to work around animals without severe allergic reactions.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently will need to walk quickly and communicate with coworkers in a high noise environment. The employee will be exposed to noxious odors, animal blood, urine, feces, saliva, and may encounter zoonotic diseases such as ring worm, leptospirosis, tick-borne diseases, coccidiosis, mange, helicobacter, campylobacter, rabies, and brucellosis.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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