The Veterinary Technician works in the Animal Health Institute and will be responsible for working swing shifts within our ICU and will need to be available to work midshift or overnights as scheduled. The ICU can be a high paced and high demanding area of our small animal practice; this requires schedule flexibility due to caseload. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years' experience working in a specialty referral small animal practice or emergency facility. This Veterinary Technician will also be required to assist with training students on a daily basis. Good communication is paramount. This position reports to the Technician Supervisors for the Companion Animal Clinic.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assist in restraining animals for procedures and treatments
Admit patients to clinic and follow protocols
Create accurate hospitalization and treatment estimates
Ensure correct charges are completed in EMR daily
Assist with anesthesia administration and monitoring
Venipuncture and catheter placement
Assist in setting up the surgical and treatment areas
Monitor physical and medical conditions of hospitalized patients
Administer medications and fluid therapy
Feed and exercise hospitalized animals as directed.
Process laundry/linen as needed to assure adequate and neat supply at all times
Assist in the sterilization department as needed
Assist veterinarians in running of routine lab samples
Recordkeeping - Adding appropriate patient notes into electronic medical record
Work in conjunction with the faculty in teaching students
Follow protocols in working with patients with infectious diseases
Must treat all employees, students, and clients with a high level of respect and follow customer service guidelines and protocols
Other duties may be assigned
Know the range of services the practice provides and the species it serves.
Be reasonably familiar with breeds and coat colors.
Follow OSHA standards. Be able to find Safety Data Sheets quickly.
Know and use standard medical and business abbreviations.
Use proper medical terminology and spelling when speaking and writing.
Be familiar with infectious diseases, including their prevention and steps to reduce or eliminate transmission. Know the most common zoonotic diseases (infections from animals to humans).
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This individual must have the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and must have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Other qualifications include:
The position requires strict compliance with all policies and procedures.
This position requires a significant amount of interaction with the public and many internal customers and, therefore, the individual must be able to develop positive rapport effectively.
This position will require working early morning, evening, overnight, and possible Saturday hours.
Must be capable of working in an animal healthcare environment which typically involves sick and injured animals along with animal products and wastes including feces, urine, blood, vomit, and other body fluids. Must be willing and able to handle and/or transport deceased animals and animal parts as well as collect and transfer bio-hazardous waste.
Must exhibit good customer service skills.
Other duties as assigned.
Education and/or Experience
High School diploma or GED is required. Must have a minimum of 2 years' experience in a specialty or emergency setting. 3-5 years of experience working in an animal hospital or veterinary clinic setting is required. CVT certification from the State of Arizona is preferred. This position requires working in a team environment with a high focus on customer service with the ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a fast paced environment. Detail oriented with the ability to promote a welcoming atmosphere is essential. The ability to speak Spanish will be considered an asset.
This position currently has no supervisory responsibilities.
The individual must have the ability to learn the StringSoft Veterinary Management system, and have basic proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret written documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Basic skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
Basic skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute drug dosages and ratios.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand or sit for long periods. The employee must regularly use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand and walk. Have the physical strength and ability to stand for long periods, and be able to regularly lift pets and objects weighing up to 40 pounds
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Animal allergies statement: No inhibiting allergies to animals, hay, or dust.
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke