Licensed Veterinary Technician- Small Animal Surgery
May 3, 2018
Ithaca, New York
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Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation and scientific innovation and is one of the finest veterinary teaching hospitals in North America. The Surgery LVT's excel in pressure situations, can communicate quickly and directly, has a team-based approach and mindset, and are interested in working in an innovative and challenging environment that will provide specialized experience and training in cutting edge surgical techniques.
Responsibilities will include:
Assist the veterinarians in pre operative examinations, treatments and procedures while regularly updating veterinarians with any changes in condition.
Perform the duties of a scrub nurse on various, complex surgical procedures.
Manage the flow of surgeries which includes preparing the surgery room with equipment and supplies, en sure pre-operative procedures and tests are conducted, positioning the patient, assist in draping of the patient, calling additional clinicians or staff as needed, coordinating additional patient care services as needed, and assist in sterilizing instruments after use.
Maintain surgical log records and ensure charges are accurate and complete.
Order and stock needed supplies in patient receiving areas, treatment areas, operating rooms and general supply area.
Instruct veterinary students, and occasionally residents, in techniques of small animal restraint and handling, injections, specimen collection, blood tests, and bandaging techniques.
Communicate regularly with the Team Leader and faculty to potential problems/concerns and answer routine medical questions for clients and students.
The CUHA provides 24-hour care for pets 365 days of the year. The schedule for this position requires flexibility to insure that adequate patient care and service needs are provided without interruption or exception to accommodate work in a hospital that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The schedule for this position may include providing holiday coverage on a rotating basis. This position is considered essential and is therefore required to report to work as scheduled during emergency closings. Cross-training with other services to support business continuity will be expected as time/business need allows. If business needs change, a position/individual may be realigned within the CUHA to a different shift or service.
Associates degree in Veterinary Technology, licensure or eligible to be licensed required; at least 1 year of experience as an LVT. Excellent communication, team building and organizational skills essential. Candidate must have the ability to meet the physical demands of the position, which includes, but are not limited to, stressful situations, prolonged standing and kneeling, lifting and restraining animals that may exceed 50 pounds. Must be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, demanding environment handling multiple tasks with competing deadlines, while paying close attention to details. Will need to work independently as well as in a team environment, while demonstrating a high level of initiative. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships including communicating with staff, students, technicians, veterinarians and clients in a professional manner at all times. Rabies immunizations are required and cost is covered by the department. Two or more years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician with surgical experience preferred.
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