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ARMY NAF STANDARDIZED
POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

PD#: 20209

Sequence#: VARIES

Replaces PD#:

ANIMAL HEALTH ASSISTANT

NF-0704-03

 

POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS USED IN CLASSIFYING/GRADING POSITION

Citation 1: ANIMAL HEALTH TECH SERIES, DEC 91 (TS-111)
Citation 2: NAF PERSONNEL POLICY, AR 215-3, CHAPTER 3, 29 AUGUST 2019

Classification/Job Grading Certification:  I certify that this position has been classified/graded as required by Title 5, U.S. Code in conformance with standard published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or if no published standards apply directly, consistently with the most applicable published standards.

 

Classified By: NAF GENERIC

Classified Date: 06/19/2017

POSITION INFORMATION:

FLSA: EXEMPT

Career Field:  

Program Code: VARIES

Bus Code: VARIES

Region: NAF

Financial Disclosure:  

PD Status: VERIFIED

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:

Drug Test Required: VARIES

Position Designation:VARIES

Position Sensitivity: VARIES

Security Access: VARIES

Emergency Essential: VARIES

Investigation: 

DEVELOPMENTAL ASSIGNMENT:

Career Ladder PD:  

Target Grade/FPL:  

Career Pos 1:

Career Pos 2:

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DESCRIPTION OF MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsible for the appearance and sanitation of the clinic exterior, reception area and exam rooms in order to maintain general cleanliness (to include cleaning urine, feces and blood), spot cleans as necessary. Ensures adequate supplies, and maintains patient flow for exam rooms. Greets clients, verifies patient identity, and escorts client and patient into an exam room. Positions and restrains animals for examination and treatment. Verifies patient reason for visit and prepares supplies for veterinarian examination. Obtains thorough patient history, takes records vital signs (to include temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure) into the veterinary treatment record. Collects and prepares diagnostic samples to include venous blood, fecal, urine and skin scrapings. Completes diagnostic testing as instructed by veterinarian or in accordance with established protocols.

May assist veterinarian to provide specialized nursing care; prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery; provide anesthetic monitoring; assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures; expose and develop radiographs (x-rays); advise and educate animal owners; and perform dental prophylaxes.
Prepares and administers vaccinations, oral and topical medications to patients as prescribed by the veterinarian. Prepares and dispenses prescription medication according to veterinarian instructions. Applies knowledge of common topics to assist clients in solving common husbandry problems. Applies knowledge of preventive care, disease prevention, lifestyle risks, and veterinary care to provide individualized wellness counseling to clients. Assist the facility in obtaining local credentialing for surgical, anesthetic, dental, and diagnostic procedures as required by the patient load and manning of the clinic. May provide training to lower level staff.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

A minimum of six (6) months demonstrated experience directly related to the duties required in the position that must have been gained through practical application in a Veterinary Medical setting and which demonstrates the knowledge, clinical skills, and abilities essential to perform successfully in accordance with the guidelines of the AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association or equivalent (e.g. VMSB – Veterinary Medical Standardization Board etc.). Demonstrated experience include: proficiency in basic medical terminology; utilizes correct sterile techniques; apply appropriate restraint techniques to perform a variety of routine medical and diagnostic procedures (to include proper radiological techniques); proficiency in recording medical history and treatment in ccSOAP (Chief Complaint Subjective Objective Assessment Plan); explains product information and/or treatment plan to clients as directed by the Veterinarian; determine preventive wellness plan to include required medical treatments and vaccinations requirements based on patient medical history; utilize in-house laboratory equipment to perform diagnostics tests; conduct routine maintenance on in-house laboratory equipment; completes lab request form for reference laboratories; prepares samples for shipment to outside laboratories.

Best Qualified: Possess or have the ability to reactivate/obtain a registration, license, or certification as a veterinary assistant or higher through an accredited program (e.g. as identified on the www.NAVTA.net website Possess basic supply management experience which includes: ordering supplies, maintaining sufficient stock levels, completing monthly inventory counts and documenting expiration dates of in stock medications and vaccines. Physical Requirement: Ability to lift animals and supplies up to 40 pounds, and on occasion greater than 40 pounds with the help of others.

Long periods of standing, restraining, kneeling, and reaching, etc.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Subject to satisfactory completion of all pre-employment checks in accordance with AR 215-3, para.2 to include a Tier 1 or higher investigation if required depending by location.

Ability to work occasional Saturdays for special events – as needed by management.

Must not have an aversion to animals, blood, bodily fluids, animal tissues, strong odors, needles, or sharp instruments.

Must be able to receive all mandated immunizations to work in a direct-patient capacity and/or veterinary environment IAW AR 40-562 chap 4-1.

EVALUATION:

FLSA DETERMINATION:

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination:

 
1. Availability Pay Exemption - e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).
2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)
3. Executive Exemption:
a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND
b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND
c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.
  Note: Shared supervision or “matrix management” responsibility for a project team does not meet the above criteria. Limited "assistant manager" functions or "acting in the absence" of the manager does not meet the above criteria.
4. Professional Exemption:
a. Professional work (primary duty)
b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or
c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or
d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).
5. Administrative Exemption:
a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

FLSA Conclusion:
EXEMPT
NON EXEMPT

FLSA Comments/Explanations: