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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

VETERINARY SPECIALIST 1

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VETERINARY SPECIALIST 1
524A
Category: Science & Engineering

Class Series Concept

Positions in this occupational category perform specialized work relating to the health care and safety of animals, livestock and the public, which includes surveillance and investigation of diseases. Positions may also perform veterinary technical work that includes, but is not limited to, assisting in surgery, administering anesthetics and injections, drawing blood, performing routine radiology and laboratory analysis of specimens, and conducting inspections associated with disease control and eradication.

Definition

This is the entry level of the series. Positions perform veterinary technical work such as assisting in surgery, administering anesthetics and injections, drawing blood, performing routine radiology and laboratory analysis of specimens. Some positions may be responsible for conducting a variety of inspection functions associated with disease control or eradication; such as inspecting rendering plants, independent collectors, transfer stations and restricted feedlots within an assigned area.

Typical Work

Performs routine radiology procedures and processes films;

Assists in animal surgery;

Prepares animals for surgery, radiography, application of splints and casts and electro-cardiography;

Monitors vital signs after surgery or serious injury;

Collects and analyzes samples of blood, urine and feces;

Maintains records;

Inspects rendering plants, independent collectors, transfer stations and restricted feedlots within an assigned area;

Coordinates with area livestock owners to arrange for tests and/or inspection of livestock;

Coordinates testing with laboratories and collects raw milk samples for Brucellosis Ring Test Method;

Explains testing and animal disease eradication programs to local health authorities, livestock producers, livestock salesyards, and the general public.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require an Associate Degree from an accredited school of animal technology; or registration, certification or licensure in an animal or veterinary technician field and one year experience with the care and treatment of animals in a veterinary practice; or equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 4891 Veterinary Technician, 45880 Veterinary Technician; effective June 1, 2005.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.

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