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.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty, as
listed below, satisfactorily.
- 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 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.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience
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
- Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or
- Occasional exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals and radiation.
Vet Nurse / Technician
Earliest Start Date:
Fresno, California, United States