In addition to the responsibilities outlined below, the Veterinary Technician is an invaluable member of the hospital team who works directly with the Hospital Supervisor and supporting medical staff to ensure productive and quality veterinary care at all times. This position will require evening and weekend shifts with the potential for overnight shifts.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Assists the veterinarian during examination of animals, providing restraint as needed in order to work safely and effectively.
- Prepares and administers medications, vaccines, serums and treatments, as prescribed by the veterinarian.
- Performs routine dental cleanings on animals under the direction of the veterinarian.
- Administers anesthesia to animals under the direction of the veterinarian and monitors animals’ responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted.
- Obtains radiographs of animals with knowledge of proper positioning and techniques.
- Cares for and monitors the condition of animals recovering from surgery.
- Performs laboratory tests on blood, urine, and feces, such as urinalyses and blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
- Administers emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life-saving procedures.
- Collects, prepares and labels samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
- Cleans and sterilizes instruments, equipment and materials.
- Provides the veterinarian with the correct equipment and instruments as needed.
- Fills prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers.
- Prepares animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas and placing IV catheters.
- Maintains clean examination rooms and treatment areas.
- Works collaboratively with veterinarians to ensure that all animals are being cared for properly and moving through the system efficiently.
Qualifications and Skills
- Certification as a Veterinary Technician is preferred. High School diploma or GED and a minimum of 2 year’s experience in a Veterinary Assistant/Pet Nurse position is required .
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to effectively handle and control aggressive animals.
- Must be able to handle the physical and emotional aspects of work in a veterinary clinic environment, including the use of euthanasia.
- Models a professional and courteous manner with staff and clients.
- Commitment to ongoing educational development and growth.
- Must have active listening, critical thinking, complex problem solving, time management, judgment and decision-making skills.
- Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
- Critical Illness
- 401 K
- Pet Care & Food Discounts
Vet Nurse / Technician
Earliest Start Date:
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States