Licensed Veterinary Technician
The Licensed Veterinary Technician assists the doctors to the fullest possible extent, to help improve the quality of care given to the patients, and to aid the doctors in achieving a greater efficiency by relieving them of technical work at Stack Veterinary Hospital.
The Licensed Veterinary Technician assists in multiple procedures providing care for animals including physical examinations, immunizations, patient treatments, lab work, radiographs, dental procedures, surgeries, euthanasia, as well as client education, marketing and inventory maintenance. This position requires a working knowledge of pharmaceutical drugs, common diseases and their symptoms, means of transmission, treatment and prevention, and other basic preventative health care recommendations. This is an overview of the position and the job responsibilities listed do not encompass the entire position. The Veterinary Technician is under the direct guidance and supervision of the Veterinary Technician Supervisor and veterinarians.
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Obtain and record patient histories.
- Collect specimens and perform routine laboratory procedures and tests in hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
- Dispense and administer medications, vaccines, serums and treatments are prescribed by veterinarians.
- Administer fluids and blood products as prescribed by the veterinarian.
- Administer and monitor anesthesia under the direction of a veterinarian.
- Prepare patients, instruments, and equipment for surgery.
- Assist doctor with surgery procedures.
- Clean up animals following surgery, given injection of antibiotics and nail trim. Check file to see if anything else is needed while pet is in the hospital.
- Monitor pet throughout recovery and surgical procedures.
- Prepare for next surgery until all are completed.
- Keep log of all surgery performed.
- Review sterilization dates on instruments and re-sterilize as needed.
- Assure that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, cardiac monitors, scopes and breathing apparatus are in good working condition.
- Assist in diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures using a range of high-tech diagnostic equipment including electrocardiographic, radiographic and ultrasonographic equipment.
- Take radiographs.
- Communicate with and educate owners.
- Maintain knowledge of preventative healthcare recommendations in order to answer client questions, provide education on vaccines, flea, tick, and heartworm products, and assist in marketing veterinary services from which their pet would benefit, such as a dental cleaning, senior wellness, spay and neuter and boarding.
- Educate clients on products and medications sold including dietary products and answer questions regarding product purchase/use.
- Maintain inventory of pharmaceuticals, equipment and supplies.
- Clean, maintain and sterilize instruments, equipment, and materials.
- Knowledgeable regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA, AAHA, and DEA. Ensure that the hospital and its employees are in compliance with regulations. Inform the practice manager of any regulatory issues.
- Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the practice philosophy.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- Knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests.
- Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment.
- Knowledge of sterilization techniques to sterilize various instruments and materials.
- Knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to make preparations and provide “tableside” assistance.
- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.
- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.
- Critical thinking – Understanding the logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job.
- Frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, skit, communicate, and listen, frequently working in a bent position.
- Frequently use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms.
- Use strength or agility in capturing and restraining strong, more active animals.
- Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Occasionally handle dogs weighing up to and over 150 lbs. with the assistance of a team member.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patient; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animals wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.
Follow federal and state animal health laws and regulations including AAHA, OSHA, and DEA.