The Veterinary Technician II, under general supervision, administers treatments to animals admitted to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital under supervision of the professional staff. Provides clinical assistance to the professional staff and maintains a sanitary and functionally well organized service within the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Required Education & Experience:
Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science or a related area, or any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Two years technical experience in veterinary medicine.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
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.
Ability to work with animals.
Interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to plan and organized effectively.
No inhibiting allergies to animals, hay or dust.
Ability to lift heavy loads.
Typical hours will be Monday - Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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 require working alternate shifts, holidays, weekends, or âœon-call dutyâ.
Preferred Education & Experience:
Bachelorâ™s degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science or a related area, or any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Two years relevant experience within the Texas A&M University System. Two or more yearsâ™ experience in a veterinary medical setting.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of equipment used within the area of specialization.
Preferred Licenses and Certifications:
Certification as a Licensed Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Technician Specialist in Internal Medicine, Anesthesia or Emergency Critical Care.
Salary: $14.53 - $18.67 per hour
Assists in the instruction of interns and students. Instructs, guides and supervises students in proper clinical techniques to support patient care. Monitors patients to detect any change in their clinical status and keep patients clean. Administers and monitors patient medication and diet as prescribed. Ensures treatments are administered following a clinicianâ™s orders.
Places and maintains IV catheters and assist with the administration of IV fluids. Exercises patients. Performs or assists with collection of patientâ™s blood, urine and tissues and ensure the proper submission procedure.
Assist with orientation as needed. Assists with sample collection and submission of specimens for laboratory testing as instructed by the clinician (venipuncture, cystocentesis, mass biopsies, bone marrow aspirates, fine-needle aspirates). Assists in the performance of diagnostic procedures and examinations such as physical examinations, aspiration cytology, bone marrow aspiration, bone core biopsy, mass biopsy, blood pressure monitoring, radiation therapy.
Provides physical restraint for safe handling of patient animals. Provides life-sustaining emergency care. Fully understands and can instruct students and interns on correct procedure for diagnostic test such as thermoplasty, bone marrow biopsies, upper and lower GI endoscopy, placement of urethral stents, nasal biopsies, bronchial alveoli lavage, joint taps, and traumatic catheter placement. Attends doctor rounds to facilitate procedure schedule for the day.
Assist Faculty, residents and interns in the endoscopy suite by initiating set up, performing biopsies during the procedures, cleaning the suite after the procedure, restocking the surgical suite. Performs cleaning of endoscopic equipment, cleaning of surgical instruments and packaging and sterilization of surgical instruments. Performs blood pressure monitoring. Sedate patients as instructed by the attending doctor.
Accompany all sedated patients throughout the hospital for diagnostic tests. Assists in euthanasia of terminal patients and help prepare the body for necropsy/disposal. Extends every aspect of condolencesâ™ for clients whose pets have passed away by mailing sympathy cards in a timely manner.
Facilitates instruction of veterinary medical students. Participates in continuing education seminars. May be asked to assist with maintaining and updating Student Orientation proceedings. Provides instruction and guidance to veterinary students on skills such as cystocentesis, blood draws, blood pressure, humane restraint of all patients, different blood draw procedures (needle and syringe vs. butterfly catheter).
Teaches CPR rounds to 4th year students. Instructs students through the process of e-tube placement. Updates and maintain SOPâ™s and MSDS. Assists in developing and execution of new protocols. Remains current with safety classes and rabies prophylaxis, Radiation Safety, Infection Control, Aseptic Technique, and MRI Safety.
Maintains certification or licensure where appropriate. Participates in clinical and basic research programs as needed (<5%). Assists in clinical research efforts to include record keeping and data management. Assists in the collection of fecal samples and blood samples.
Provides technical support for minor surgical and other procedures. Maintains proficiency with injectable and inhalant anesthetic methods, including administration of preanesthetic and anesthetic agents, intubation of patient animals for administration of inhalation anesthesia, monitoring physiologic status during anesthesia and overseeing postanesthetic recovery. Sedate patients as instructed by attending doctor. Clean package and sterilize equipment in a timely manner. Perform e-tube placement when instructed by clinician. Performs aseptic patient preparation. Provides nursing care to critical patients. Performs medical procedures per clinicianâ™s direction.
Monitors and records data. Enters hospital fees into the computer information system. Contacts referring veterinary hospitals for records on patients and enter into correct medical record. Ensures that all charges generated from treatments, procedures and supplies are correctly entered. Enters patient data, reports and documents into the hospital computer information system. Instructs students, interns and residents in the use of the hospital computer system. Monitors and records physiological data into the patient record. Monitors medical records of patients to determine that orders, progress notes, observations and treatments are recorded properly. Maintains complete and accurate medical records. Assists with laboratory monitoring.
Maintains sterile procedure packs for bone aspirates, biopsy, endoscopy, and surgical. Maintains proper protocol labels in accordance with AAHA standards. Assists with writing and maintaining current standard operating procedures. Maintains a sanitary and well organized service area. Restocks expendable supplies, drugs and solutions. Sterilizes equipment as necessary. Maintains records of expendable supplies, drugs and solutions. Orders supplies to maintain stock. Performs maintenance of equipment with-in the service area to include anesthesia machine, pulse oximeter, and various computers and printers. Performs other duties as assigned.
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Internal Number: R-004737
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