How to write a Veterinary Technician job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Veterinary Technician job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Veterinary Technician job titles

    Veterinary Technician
    Senior Veterinary Technician
    Large Animal Veterinary Technician
    Veterinary Technician (Part-Time)
    Vet Tech

Veterinary Technician job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Veterinary Technician job summary

Our veterinary clinic is interested in hiring a Veterinary Technician to assist in the care of our animal patients, and to spend time teaching our junior staff how to perform basic veterinary functions. The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up appointment rooms, assisting the Veterinarian during surgical procedures and cleaning and storing the surgical instruments when the procedure is over. If you love animals and are committed to providing high quality care as a Veterinary Technician, we hope you’ll submit an application.

Veterinary Technician responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Veterinary Technician responsibilities

    Assist the Veterinarian with routine patient appointments and surgical procedures
    Collect and preserve laboratory samples that must be shipped offsite for more comprehensive testing
    Perform ultrasound examinations based on the instructions and under the guidance of the attending Veterinarian
    Collaborate with Veterinarians to develop training courses for staff members
    Ensure all surgical equipment is properly sterilized and stored
    Prepare appointment rooms prior to scheduled patient visits

Veterinary Technician qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Veterinary Technician skills

    Must possess a valid Veterinary Technician certification
    3+ years’ experience as a Veterinary Technician preferred
    Experience working with exotic birds preferred
    Strong communication and leadership skills required
    2+ years’ supervisory experience preferred

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