City of Farmington
  • 19-Sep-2017 to 31-Dec-2018 (MST)
  • Animal Shelter
  • Farmington, NM, USA
  • 16.9329-20.8056
  • Hourly
  • Regular-Full Time

Full Benefits





DEPARTMENT: Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs

WORK LOCATION:  Animal Shelter

HIRING RANGE: $16.9329 - $20.8056 per hour


DAYS WORKED:   Monday - Friday

HOURS WORKED:  7:00 a.m.   4:00 p.m. OR 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

TYPE OF POSITION:  Regular, Full-Time            




Are you enthusiastic, energetic, optimistic, outcome-driven, team-oriented and customer-service focused?  The Farmington Regional Animal Shelter is an important part of the local community.  You will help find forever families for homeless dogs and cats in the Four Corners area.  Every day your team will care for the animals temporarily in our care and assist in making connections between adopter and animals in need.  You will lead your team of veterinary assistants in medical care and team development.  Best of all, you will help your team create a safe and welcoming environment and will make a difference in the lives of animals.



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, as well as volunteers.

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

Overseeing pre-op physical exams performed by vet assistants on shelter animals.

Performing pre-op physical exams on public animals during public surgery days.

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 perform diagnostic tests such as skin scrapes, schirmer tear tests, and fluorescine dye tests.  Apply bandages, otoscopic exams, and physical exams including cardian and lung sounds.

Ability and knowledge to respond to surgical emergencies including apnea, hemorrhage, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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.

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

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 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 put a staff member, volunteer, customer, animal or the organization at risk.

Assist as an expert witness in animal cruelty cases

Follow direction of staff veterinarian

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 New Mexico 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.

Must be self-motivated while unsupervised.

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Ability to keep vet tech license current through continuing education courses paid for by the City of Farmington.

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.

Commitment to mission, values, goals, and success of the FRAS with compassion and genuine affection for animals.

This position has the responsibility to participate in and comply with the City's Environmental, Health, and Safety program.


Animal capture equipment, police radio, first aid equipment, catch poles, leashes, gloves, cleaning materials in shelter maintenance and disinfecting including 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 sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.  Reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  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.


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