The Veterinary Technician I provides support to veterinarians in the instruction of clinical skills, which include physical examination, primary patient care, basic surgery, diagnostic techniques and anesthesia with an emphasis on clinical techniques, specifically anesthesia and surgery related techniques. Oversees the maintenance of the physical area within the clinical skills laboratory.
Required Education & Experience:
Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science, or a related area, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
No experience required.
Required Licenses and Certifications:
Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Advanced computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and data entry. Ability to manage time wisely and prioritize duties and cases.
Working knowledge of equipment used in a veterinary teaching hospital.
Thorough knowledge of equipment used in area of specialization, such as anesthetic machines, fluid pumps, multi- parameter monitoring equipment, ventilators, blood gas analyzers, CO2 monitors, defibrillators, and other equipment required for anesthetic management of veterinary patients.
Knowledge of basic surgical instruments, aseptic technique, basic diagnostic techniques.
Ability to perform heavy moving or lifting. Strong animal handling skills.
Ability to communicate effectively and positively at all levels within the clinical skills laboratory and the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital.
Must be able to work within time constraints and in crisis situations.
Mastery of Technical Skills Level III.
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Other Requirements or Other Factors:
Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor. May be required to work alternate shifts, some overtime, holidays, or weekends.
Preferred Education & Experience:
Associates or Bachelorâ™s degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science, or a related area.
Specialty training in anesthesia, surgery, or related area. Two years of relevant experience within the Texas A&M University System. Specialty training is required.
Preferred Licenses and Certifications:
LVT, RVT, Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA), or Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT), A.S. or B.S
Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Advanced technical ability and strong knowledge of anesthesia, basic surgical instruments and procedures and basic diagnostic equipment and procedures.
Advanced ability and strong knowledge of patient evaluation including basic physical examination and patient monitoring in both routine and emergency presentations.
Compensation: $13.01 - $16.72 per hour
Provides support to Veterinary Technician III in the delivery and instruction of anesthesia, surgery, primary and intensive care, and zoonotic disease control, including administration of medications, maintenance of complete and accurate medical records, and collection, preparation and submission of clinical pathology samples. Collects patient medical history. Performs or assists in patient medical evaluations. Assists in instruction and induction of general procedures preparatory to surgery, fluids administration, and replacement therapy. Provides physical restraint for safe handling of multiple species of patient animals. Assists students in basic suture and surgical techniques, including the aseptic technique. Assists students in instrument handling and simple suture patterns and ligation techniques. Assists students in preparing patients for surgical procedures. Assists students in basic diagnostic skills associated with specific areas of interest including, but not limited to: ultrasound, radiology, dermatology, clinical pathology, and routine health screening. Assists students in preparing patients for diagnostic procedures. Assists studentsâ™ in designing anesthetic protocols. Assists veterinary students in recording patient medical information. Assists students in inducing and maintaining anesthesia in a variety of animal species. Assists students in venous and arterial catheterization, endotracheal intubation, and the administration of pre-medicants, induction agents, inhalant anesthetics, and appropriate analgesics. Assists students in preparing patients for surgical procedures to include intubations, proper clipping and aseptic surgical site preparation. Assists students in monitoring anesthetized patients. Assists students in proper anesthesia recovery techniques. Provides physical restraint for safe handling of multiple species of patient animals. Restrains aggressive animals.
Assists students in maintaining accurate and complete patient anesthesia and medical records. Ensures that all charges generated from Clinical Skills Laboratory are captured and correctly entered into the hospital information system (VMIS) or other required management system. Ensures that all controlled substances used in the Clinical Skills Laboratory are properly documented and accounted for. Assists with organizing and maintaining the Clinical Skills Laboratory scheduling system. Reviews student records and pharmacy slips for accuracy and completeness. Instructs students in recording the patientâ™s physiological data and all medications given on medical records.
Maintains and operates patient monitoring equipment.
Maintains a sanitary and well-organized service area. Restocks supplies, drugs, and solutions. Cleans and repackages items for sterilization specific to the service area. Provides infectious disease control and sanitation activities to ensure a consistently clean working environment.
Remains current with safety classes, rabies prophylaxis, and Licensure: Radiation/MRI safety; Infection Control; Aseptic Technique; Rabies prophylaxis; Maintains certification or license where appropriate.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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Internal Number: R-003988
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