The Veterinary Technician I, under supervision, assists in the treatment of animals admitted to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital under the supervision of a professional staff member or Veterinary Technician II or higher. Provides assistance to the professional staff and helps to maintain a sanitary and functionally well organized service within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Required Education and Experience:
Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science or a related area, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Basic computer skills in word processing, spread sheets, and billing entry.
Working knowledge of veterinary equipment used within a veterinary teaching hospital such as anesthetic machines, fluid pumps, blood gas analyzers, oscilloscopes, defibrillators, nebulizers, and endoscopic equipment preferred.
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Other Requirements or Other Factors:
Technicians in this position may be required to work alternate shifts based on the surgery schedule or other assignments as needed. Other shifts include, but are not limited to the 9:00am -6:00pm, 10:00am -7:00pm, or 11:00am - 8:00pm shifts.
Technicians in this position will be required to work holidays, weekends, and âœon callâ duty on nights or weekends.
Technicians in this position must follow the emergency call policy and respond.
Preferred Education and Experience:
One year experience in veterinary medical setting and or central sterile facility on the job training.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Intermediate skills or higher in computer software programs; Excel, Word.
Intermediate or advanced training and experience with central sterile processing of instruments.
Intermediate or advanced training and experience in veterinary technology and RVT program.
Have intermediate or advanced training circulating cases in the operating room, terminally cleaning, and operating and troubleshooting arthroscopy and laparoscopy equipment.
Have previous experience taking emergency call.
Preferred Licenses and Certifications:
Educational training from an LVT program.
Certification as a central sterile technician from International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).
$13.01 - $16.72
Assists faculty, residents, interns, students, and other Veterinary Technicians in preoperative patient care within the small animal operating room, anesthesia prep, and dental and cardiac catheterization labs. Reads available texts about surgical procedures if not familiar prior to patient arrival to the O.R. Learns the basic steps of the surgical procedure. Verifies the correct patient and correct procedure to be performed in accordance to the checklist policy. Pulls necessary sterile supplies, sterile instruments, and equipment appropriate for the assigned and posted procedure. Sets up the room prior to patient arrival in the proper manner according to hospital and OR standards. Obtains case specific equipment and tests the equipment prior to the patient arriving in the room. Reads the patient medical record, prior to patient arrival to the OR, and relates any pertinent information to the TL and plans their care according to the information. Performs duties within the recommendations and guidelines of AAHA and AVMA, hospital policy, and AORN.
Will learn how to perform all the duties necessary to competently circulate surgical procedures for all services of the small animal hospital which may include exotic animals, primates, as well as the canine and feline species. Adheres to the principles and practices of aseptic and sterile techniques according to the guidelines of AORN and AAM I guidelines and recommendations. Assists with patient transport from gurney to surgical table. Assists anesthesia as needed or requested within surgery. Assists or performs proper patient positioning, head support, eye protection, and limb restraint specific to the surgery and safety guidelines. Maintains nursing records and any other paperwork requested by the supervisor. Performs sterile skin prep of surgical areas, sterile field preparation, opening of sterile disposables, instruments, and instrument packs, all while adhering to principles and practices of the aseptic technique. Connects and operates equipment for the assigned procedure and trouble shoots equipment as needed. Utilizes departmental checklist to document and account for all suture, blades, hypodermic needles, sponges, and instruments at the beginning and closing of the surgical procedure. Performs periodic patient safety checks. Uses proper PPE and follows safety guidelines when handling soiled items at all times.
Performs proper disposal of sharps and bio-hazardous waste for any case. Submits correct charges for procedures. Turns in nursing record and any other paperwork for the case for review & audit. Checks technician record files daily for any corrections of the nursing record or charges, documenting changes as requested, and resubmits for review and audit. Restocks any unused sterile supplies, instruments, and equipment. Pulls cases for the next day or add-on emergency cases. Reports to the Team Leader for next assignments. Charges for any items checked out to other services or research accounts immediately and documents the charge in the tracking log.
Will learn how to perform central sterile processing procedures for sterile instrument quarantine and quality control documentation. Notification of completion of quarantine to other technicians once cleared for usage, stock in appropriate carts, shelves, and cabinets. Performs all duties necessary for instrument decontamination - cleaning, packing, wrapping, and sterilization, insuring that instrument packs follow the standards and guidelines, AORN, AAMI, and IAHCSMM, as well as the manufacture guidelines of chemicals used to perform those duties. Learns and is responsible for MSDS guidelines of chemicals used within the central sterile operating room areas and dons appropriate PPE for instrument processing.
Maintains a clean and organized work environment in the operating room and other work areas. Arrives in a timely manner to work each day in order to be properly dressed in surgical attire at the start of the shift. Works shift assigned by supervisor. Communicates clearly and professionally with all staff, students, guest, residents, interns, and faculty. Answers the telephone or cell phone for work related duties. Greets customers warmly and ascertain their needs. Provides excellent customer service support face to face, phone, computer, and email. Directs requests and unresolved issues to the designated resource, team leader, or supervisor. Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, and listening skills. Be adaptable to changing schedules, assignments, and takes initiative to start and complete duties and independent assigned responsibilities. Manages stress well with high pressure workloads, assignment changes, and works with diverse individuals. Highly developed sense of integrity and commitment to customer satisfaction. Demonstrates passion for excellence with respect to treating and caring for patients and customers. Willingness to work a flexible schedule and occasional overtime when needed. Possess a strong work ethic and team player mentality. Follows VMTH infection control policies. Continually learns medical terminology related to surgical procedures. Follows protocols and policies to request supplies and handle broken equipment. Submits leave- traq and time sheets according to schedule. Independently maintains assigned technician responsibilities. Maintains service inventory pull sheets, pack lists, and surgeon's preferences according to departmental guidelines. Performs daily, weekly, and periodic cleaning of the entire surgery facility including the operating room suites, sub-sterile hallway, central sterile and decontamination rooms, storage areas, OR locker rooms, break room, and all instrument handling areas. Adheres to all TAMU, VMTH, and departmental policies and procedures.
Assists with veterinary student teaching labs as assigned by the supervisor. Assists in clinical research cases including necessary recordkeeping. Assists in resident arthroscopy, Optho labs, total hip, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and spinal labs. Participates and attends CE classes and local seminars related to work as scheduling permits. Maintains required and assigned online training courses and other training and certifications as required. Maintains training binder and case log.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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Internal Number: R-004022
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