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Veterinary Technician

Job Summary:

The Veterinary Technician, under the supervision of a senior staff member or clinician, provides clinical support to veterinarians in the delivery of primary patient care services.

Required Education and Experience:

1 - 3 or more years of technical experience in veterinary medicine, or related field.

Preferred Education:

Associates or Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science, or a related area.

Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

None

Preferred Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:

Certification as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetist (AVTA), or Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT), A.S. or B.S preferred.

Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

1. Working knowledge of veterinary equipment used within a veterinary hospital such as anesthetic machines, fluid pumps, blood gas analyzers, oscilloscopes, defibrillators, nebulizers, and equipment preferred.
2. Strong equine handling skills.
3. General understanding of equipment used in a veterinary medical hospital preferred.
4. Ability to perform relatively heavy lifting in managing horses and other duties in our clinic.
5. Ability to running for daily lameness examinations.
6. Ability to communicate effectively and positively at all levels with fellow technicians, veterinarians and our clients.
7. Must be able to work within time constraints and in crisis situations.
8. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others as part of a team.
9. Provide quality customer service to internal and external customers/clients.

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

Persons in this position are considered essential. The position requires working different shifts and participating in on-call coverage. Participates in emergency duty coverage. May be required to work alternate shifts, some overtime, holidays, weekends, or “on-call duty.”

Detailed Job Duties

Duties Performed:

Assists with in- and outpatient care and recording patient medical information. Assisting with and performing veterinary technical help in setting up horses for MRI, nuclear scintigraphy, radiography and ultrasonography. Assists with procedures common to a sport horse practice as well as inpatient care during day time and the night time and occasional weekend duty.

Assists staff in preparing patients for surgical procedures to include intubations, proper clipping, and aseptic surgical site preparation. Assists with critical and intensive care or life sustaining emergency care as needed. Provides physical restraint for safe handling of patient animals. Restrains aggressive animals under the guidance of a Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician. Ensures that the proper equipment is available to facilitate patient safety as instructed. Assists with maintenance and operation of point of care laboratory equipment, monitors and ventilators. Assists with maintenance and operation of patient monitoring equipment.

Assists in maintaining accurate and complete patient medical records. Ensures that all controlled substances used are properly documented and accounted for.

Reviews anesthetic and medical records and pharmacy slips for accuracy and completeness. Records or assists students in recording the patient’s physiological data and all medications given on in/outpatient and anesthesia records.

Is comfortable to perform technical support in the operating room and has an understanding of the surgical instruments and orthopedic equipment used in a sport medicine and surgery clinic.

Remains current with certification or licensure where appropriate.

Assists with maintaining a sanitary and well-organized service area. Restocks supplies, drugs, and solutions. Assists with cleaning and repackages items for sterilization specific to the service area. Orders Anesthesia supplies and keep supply log.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Contact:

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Dr. Martin Vidal, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVMR at office@cavecreekequine.com.

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