Assistant Veterinary Technician

An Assistant Veterinary Technician can be compared to the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in human medicine. In our shelter they are responible for assisting the Veterinary Technicians in the daily care of the animals including feeding, cleaning, and administering routine vaccinations and medications. They also help in the operation of the animal shelter such as adoptions, answering phones, general cleaning, maintenance, and even assist animal control when needed.



BCACC Assistant Veterinary Technician Job Description

Job Summary

This is a dedicated position involving a basic knowledge of animal health in an Animal Care and Control Shelter. An employee in this class is responsible for assisting the veterinary technician in providing animal care; recognizing, preventing, and addressing illness, injuries, and disease in an animal shelter. Duties are performed under direct supervision of the Veterinary Technician.

Major Essential Duties

  • Examine animal for signs of illness, injury or disease
  • Administer prescribed treatment to animals as directed by the veterinary technician and/or a licensed veterinarian
  • Perform euthanasia to incurable and unadoptable animals; control animal population in the animal shelter to prevent overcrowding
  • Consult with licensed veterinarian concerning non-routine animal health care treatment when the veterinary technician is not available
  • Prepare vaccines and medications; inoculate and medicate animals received to prevent viruses, parasites and other animal disorders
  • Ability to assist the public with the recovery of lost pets; by assisting owners through the shelter, completing lost reports, checking found reports, and making additional recommendations on recovery
  • Maintain clean and sanitary conditions in the animal housing areas
  • Knowledge and ability in the feeding and care of impounded animals; knowledge and ability to administer vaccines and worm medications
  • Organize supplies and donations

Minor Essential Duties

  • Accepts animals brought into the department by citizens and follow departmental procedures for this process
  • Ability to assist the public in choosing a pet for adoption and accurately completing adoption documentation
  • Works with, trains, instructs and assists volunteers.
  • Answers phones
  • Performs minor building maintenance.
  • Performs any other animal care and control duties as directed by the Director

Supervisory Responsibilities

Volunteer activities as related to animal care


The Assistant Veterinary Technician performs duties with in the Animal Care & Control department or animal shelter under the direct supervision of the Animal Control Director. For medical diagnoses, the veterinarian technician is under the direct supervision of Veterinarian Technicians.


Education and/or Experience

  • Graduation from a standard high school or the equivalency.
  • Knowledge of animal behavior patterns and disease symptoms
  • Knowledge of caring for and feeding animals

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret policies, procedures, professional publications, and governmental regulations
  • Possess strong oral, written and listening skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers and decimals

Reasoning Skills

  • Defines problems, collects data, establishes facts, and draws valid conclusions
  • Interprets a variety of technical and instructional information
  • Makes decisions which serve the County’s best interest and follow the missions and objectives of the department

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners Euthanasia Specialist License within a time period specified by the Director of Animal Care and Control.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain promptly, a proper Commonwealth of Kentucky motor vehicle operator’s license for type of equipment operated.

Other Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology, diseases, nutrition and housing
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory techniques, procedures, supplies and equipment
  • Knowledge of sanitary principles and procedures
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and corresponding safety precautions necessary for the safe performance of assigned duties
  • Ability to maintain equipment, building and grounds in a clean and orderly fashion
  • Ability to act independently within established guidelines
  • Ability to maintain accurate medical records
  • Ability to restrain animals
  • Ability to exercise judgment, tack and diplomacy

Physical Demands

The physical demands described represent those required to successfully perform the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing job duties, the employee could reasonably be expected to:

Lifting Object/s Occasional1-33% Frequent34-66% Constant67-100%
Floor to waist lift Larger animals, bags of product 50 lbs
Waist to 50 inch lift Small animals, bags of product 30 lbs


Carrying Occasional1-33% Frequent34-66% Constant67-100%
Small animals, bags of product short distances 30 lbs.      .


Pushing – Pulling  Occasional1-33% Frequent34-66% Constant67-100%
Push –tables, carts, animals Force = approx.30 lbs of force    
Pull – tables, carts, animals Force =approx. 30 lbs of force    




Postures Occasional1-33% Frequent34-66% Constant67-100%
Standing                X
Sitting               X
Walking              X
Bend/stoop              X
Squat              X
Crawl              X
Twisting              X
Climbing              X
Crouch              X
Kneel              X
Balance              X


Hand use Occasional1-33% Frequent34-66% Constant67-100%
Simple Grasp                   X
Firm Grasp                X
Fine Grasp                X
Keyboard-data input               X
Tools-impact                X
Tools-vibration                X
Tools-wrist/hand rotation                X


Reaching  Occasional1-33% Frequent34-66% Constant67-100%
Shoulder-Overhead              X
Waist                X
Below waist              X
Forward               X
Laterally              X
Cross midline              X
Behind body              X



Vision requirements include close, distance, color, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

Work Environment

The work environments described in the preceding paragraphs represents those encountered while performing the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level is usually moderate to high.
  • Exposure to aggressive and sick animal
  • Exposure to zoonotic diseases and parasites.
  • Temperature level will vary from extreme cold to extreme heat
  • Moisture level will vary from extreme dry to rain, snow, and ice conditions and may require immersion in water.


  • Must display the following:
  • Positive communication
  • Objectivity
  • Willingness to solve problems
  • Commitment to serve the county’s best interests
  • Adherence to the applicable provisions of the Department Rules and Regulations, the Personnel Policy Manual, the Boone County Administrative Code, the Kentucky Revised Statutes, and any other procedures, rules, regulations, and polices set forth by appropriate authorities
  • Must have personal integrity and remain free of felony convictions
  • Must maintain confidentiality when required
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be bondable