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.
This is a developmental position leading to the full performance level as described in position description #20209 for an Animal Health Assistant, NF-0704-03 position. Assignments are selected to ensure the development of skills and abilities needed to perform the target level duties. Completes a prescribed agenda of formal/informal classroom and on-the-job training and self-development as set forth in the Individual Training Development Plan.
The employee works under closer than normal supervision wherein work is closely reviewed and detailed guidance provided as needed. As employee progresses, supervisory control diminishes until full performance level is accomplished.
The incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the NF-03 full performance level in no earlier than one year of satisfactory performance provided the target position guide is classifiable to its present title, pay plan, series, and pay level at the time the incumbent has completed the required training; meets all regulatory and qualification requirements; and is performing the full scope of the major duties under the proper level of supervision.
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. Obtains patient history and records vital signs, to include temperature, pulse and respiration in the veterinary treatment record.
Verifies patient reason for visit. Prepares samples, to include venous blood, fecal, and urine for diagnostic testing on order of the veterinarian. Prepares medications for administration to patients upon confirmation by veterinarian or by higher level veterinary assistant. Prepares prescription medication after review by veterinarian or higher level veterinary assistant. Applies basic knowledge to provide client education on common topics according to published procedures or guides. Describes basic concepts of preventive care, disease prevention, lifestyle risks, and veterinary care to clients.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the above duties which could have been gained at a pet store, farm work, animal shelter etc. Basic requirements include knowledge of approved restraint techniques of animals in accordance with the guidelines of the AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association or equivalent (e.g. VMSB – Veterinary Medical Standardization Board etc.); and knowledge of proper vaccines and syringe handling.
Best Qualified: Candidates that possess demonstrated experience including proficiency in basic medical terminology; application of 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.
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 background investigation.
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.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination:
Availability Pay Exemption - e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).
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.)
Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND
Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND
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.
Professional work (primary duty)
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
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
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).
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.