Description of Position Under the direction of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine contributes to the health and well being of patients by delivering outstanding, high quality veterinary technical services that meet the standards of the MVMA and MAVT as well as VMC standards and protocols. Competently assists Clinicians and other medical staff members with veterinary medical procedures which may include (but are not limited to) surgical assisting, emergency care, intensive care, small animal medicine, rehabilitation, laboratory procedures, radiography, anesthesiology, specialty care, administering treatments, animal nursing, animal restraint and handling, preventative care, clinical research, etc. within assigned service area as well as across functions as needed. Performs at a higher level in terms of complexity of cases with little or no supervision.
• Assists clinicians, clients and patients with receiving, assessment, work-up, discharge, etc., prepares patients for a variety of veterinary medical procedures including preparation for radiographic procedures, surgeries, catherizations, venipunctures, vaccinations, anesthesia, intensive or emergency care; administration of medications and treatments, etc. • Provide excellent service to DVM’s and medical team that support quality patient care. • Facilitate open communication and teamwork among clinical care team members (DVM’s students, veterinary technicians, etc.) in support of positive patient outcomes and excellent patient care. • Must be able to restrain and handle animals and/or assist with animal restraint and handling.
• Under the direction of DVM performs a variety of medical and diagnostic procedures depending upon clinical indications and area of service; may perform intravenous and related therapies (i.e. fluids, chemotherapies, and anesthesia), obtain fluid or tissue samples, perform biopsy techniques, etc.
• Administers medications, vaccinations, allergy testing and others as defined by the duty clinicians. • With oversight by a DVM, applies clinical job knowledge and competence to diagnosis, treatment, and care. • Delivers outstanding customer service including (for example) greeting and receiving patients and clients in a professional, caring and courteous manner, answering phone calls promptly, responding to clients, co-workers, and medical staff needs and requests, redirecting calls, etc. • Answers questions and explains or demonstrates procedures and equipment for clients, residents, interns, senior veterinary students, and technician students. • Performs record-keeping tasks related to medical procedures, including recording of: procedures completed, supplies used, patient status, client communications, census information, etc. • Responsible to ensure that all services and supplies are charged for according to hospital fee schedule. • Must be able to back up ER and Wards • Must adhere to VMC safety and infection control policies and procedures. • Must have the ability to work in a clinical setting.
Other Functions: • Under the direction of a DVM, care for ICU patients as ordered.
Triage of incoming patients
Gives updates on patients to phone staff
Maintain census and charge book as directed
Maintain controlled drug log
Assists in other service areas; develops skills that are cross functional and uses time efficiently including helping other areas of the hospital. • Participates in on-call • Maintains a clean environment in hospital area and ensures that these areas are adequately ordered, stocked and that equipment is in working order.
Participates in daily rounds • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor, Clinician, or Director.
Hourly Salary Range: $15.74 to $27.52 USD/hour
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Minimum/Required Qualifications Graduate of a Veterinary Technician or equivalent program, certified as an MVMA/MAVT technician, and a minimum of 1 year of experience assisting licensed DVM's with veterinary medicine procedures Must be able to work independently with little or no supervision..
Preferred Qualifications/Selection Criteria: Problem solving skills, strong interpersonal skills, willingness to be flexible to meet patient care needs, knowledge of veterinary medicine terminology, knowledge of proper restraint and handling of large and small animals. Certified technician with certification recognized in Minnesota. Proficiency with PC and software programs. 2 years of veterinary technician experience preferred.
Internal Number: 324869
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