Nov 09, 2019

Veterinary Health Care Technician (VHCT)

  • Orange County Human Resources Department
  • Durham, NC, USA
Full time Admin-Clerical

Job Description

This position is in the Shelter Division of the Animal Services Department. VHCT's perform an exciting variety of duties that include providing care for pets as well as providing exceptional service to shelter visitors and customers. Choose a career with Orange County's "State of the Art" Animal Services Center

  • Generous benefit plan including County Paid Health and Dental Insurance for Employee, 11 paid Holidays, and Government Retirement Plan with a standard supplemental retirement of $715 annually and an additional matching contribution up to $1512 annually.
  • Tuition reimbursement program up to $1,900 per fiscal year
  • The work schedule for this position will rotate to include weekdays (8 am-5 pm) and both a Saturday shift and Sunday shift (8 am-5 pm), for a total of 40 hours per week. The rotation usually includes a weekend shift approximately every 3 or 4 weeks. The position may also require working some evenings and holidays.

This is a safety sensitive position and participation in the Drug and Alcohol Program is required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: This position performs a variety of duties in an animal shelter setting, which include but are not limited to:

  • Performing physical and behavioral examinations of shelter animals upon entry and exit;
  • Administering medications and treatments;
  • Monitoring and evaluating individual animal health as well as overall herd health;
  • Performing daily care including medical treatment, observations, and sanitation of animals in isolation areas;
  • Coordinating with and assisting veterinarians in scheduling, developing, and administering treatment to animals.


  • Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures, including modern office technology.
  • Knowledge of disease management/recognition and general animal care.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform specific diagnostic testing to assist with determining health of animal.
  • Knowledge of vaccinations required and proper techniques.
  • Knowledge of animal shelter policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform physical exams and identify and address medical problems/diseases.
  • Ability and knowledge to perform specific treatments/procedures (i.e. wound management and fluid replacement.)
  • Knowledge of calculating drug dosages.
  • Ability to obtain certification as rabies vaccinator.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to an associate's degree and three (3) years of veterinary experience.
  • Requires the ability to become a Certified Euthanasia Technician within the first six (6) months of employment.
  • Must become a Certified Rabies Vaccinator at the earliest class offering for such certification and no later than one (1) year of hire with Orange County.
  • Candidates must possess a driver's license valid in the State of North Carolina.
  • A registered veterinary technician is preferred but not required.

Orange County provides a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • Participation in the North Carolina State Retirement System;
    • Orange County contributes 7.56% of your base salary per pay period and 8.25% for LEO.
  • Health Insurance
    • Orange County pays 100% of employee premiums for health insurance and a portion of dependent premiums.
  • Dental Insurance
    • Orange County pays 100% of employee premiums for dental insurance.
  • Life Insurance
    • Orange County pays for an employee life insurance policy based on employees salary up to $50,000.
  • Vision Insurance
  • Optional Life and Disability Coverage
  • 401 (k) and 457 Deferred Compensation Plans
    • Orange County contributes $27.50 per pay period to the supplemental retirement plan you choose and will contribute up to an additional $63 per pay period as a match.
  • Paid Holidays
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Various other leave programs including civil, funeral, parental, etc.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Women/Minorities/Veterans/Disabilities


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