Veterinary Technician – Emergency

Job Description

Job Description

Job Description

Job Summary:

Provide assistance to the staff veterinarians with a variety of procedures, including surgery and ultrasound. Maintain overall patient care: feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, administer medication orally or topically, and clean and disinfect kennels.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty, as

listed below, satisfactorily.

Essential Duties:

  • Regulates temperatures and humidity’s of patient kennels and nurseries.
  • Cleans, and disinfects patient kennels and surgical equipment.
  • Competently performs laboratory procedures, including manual differentials.
  • Take proper radiographs of patients using correct technique, while ensuring personal safety.
  • Collect and records pertinent patient information necessary for optimal care such as weight, physical condition, treatments administered, medications given, and food intake.
  • Observes and may examine patients to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury.
  • Grooms patients: washes, brushes, clips, trims coats, cuts nails, and cleans ears, as needed. Discusses with patient owners their pets’ grooming needs.
  • Exercises, feeds, and waters patients according to appropriate schedules.
  • Provides treatment and/or medication to sick or injured patients under the direct supervision of the doctor(s).
  • Prepares patients for check-out.
  • Answers telephone, routes calls, provides information, and takes messages in accordance with practice/hospital procedures.
  • Properly enters treatments in the medical record system.
  • Generate proposed treatment plans for clients and effectively go over them with the client.
  • Responds to inquiries and provides information to patient owners for proper care of their pets.
  • Speaks coherently to clients regarding the status of their pet, while giving appropriate updates.
  • Advises doctor(s) on patient’s health being held at the practice/hospital: food intake, urine color, stool characteristics, vomiting, sneezing, coughing, or any symptoms or behaviors that the patient is exhibiting.
  • Ensures all supplies are well stocked.
  • Escorts and assists owners to their cars, as needed.
  • Assist in the training of new Veterinary Assistants.
  • Troubleshoot equipment issues properly as trained.
  • Assist in checking the work of Veterinary Assistants, and ensuring work is done correctly.
  • Obtains and records patient case histories.
  • Prepares patients, instruments, and equipment for surgery.
  • Assists doctors with surgery when requested.
  • Cleans and sterilizes operatory, instruments, and equipment.
  • Maintains stock of supplies, medicines and other inventory.
  • Supports doctors in a variety of tests and analyses.
  • Takes patient’s temperature, pulse and respiration and records results.
  • Removes sutures from patients, as needed.
  • Cleans and sterilizes instruments.
  • Collects specimens and conducts laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood work.
  • Ensures patients are ready to return home as scheduled.
  • Discusses and provides guidance on patient’s condition with the owner.
  • Provides assistance to the reception staff when needed.
  • Assists doctor(s) with birthing, spaying/neutering, dental procedures, physical exams,

surgical procedures, and euthanasia as required.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of practice/hospital animal caretaker procedures.
  • Skilled in the use of standard office equipment including: telephones, calculators, copiers, fax, computers, and computer software (MS Excel, Word, Veterinary Practice Management software).
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Maintain confidence with the client regarding abilities of doctor(s) and staff.
  • Works cooperatively with management, staff, and clients.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks independently.
  • Ability to greet visitors professionally and courteously.
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to communicate and express thoughts and ideas competently.
  • Ability to work well with the public.
  • Ability to quickly grasp relevant concepts regarding duties and responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of surgical equipment (instrument identification) and the proper sterilization and wrapping technique.
  • Knowledge and ability to use ALL equipment within the hospital following training.

Education / Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 2 or 4 year degree from a veterinary technology school.
  • Minimum of 2 year(s) relevant experience.

OR

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience

Special Requirements/Certifications/Licenses:

Veterinary Technician registration, certification, or license issued by the State Board of

Veterinary Examiners or specific state equivalent.

Physical and Environmental Requirements:

  • May be required to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Exposure to moderate noise levels.
  • Bending, stooping, reaching, pushing, and pulling are frequently required when providing

customer service to patients and clients.

  • Active movement throughout the day: walking, standing, squatting, etc. (not a sedentary

position).

  • Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or

operate equipment.

  • Occasional exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals and radiation.

Job Details

Employment Type:
Full-time
Position Type:
Vet Nurse / Technician
Earliest Start Date:
15-Apr-2021
Modified
16-Apr-2021

Job Location

Fresno, California, United States

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