The Veterinary Technician III, under general supervision, provides for and supervises care and treatment of animals admitted to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Provides assistance to the professional staff, instructs veterinary students and subordinate staff in clinical techniques, and oversees the maintenance of the physical area within the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Required Education and Experience:
Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science, or a related are, or any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Four years of technical experience in a veterinary hospital or referral clinic environment.
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.
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, and basic diagnostic techniques.
Ability to move heavy objects.
Ability to perform and instruct physical examinations, basic animal handling, and common clinical skills techniques in common domestic species. Ability to communicate effectively and positively at all levels within the clinical skills laboratory and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Must be able to work within time constraints and in crisis situations.
Mastery of Technical Skills Level I.
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Other Requirements or Other Factors:
May be required to working alternate shifts, some overtime, holidays, weekends, or 'on-call duty'.
Preferred Education and 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. Six yearsâ™ 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.
Provides clinical support to faculty veterinarians 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. Performs critical and intensive nursing care or life sustaining emergency care as needed. Provides physical restraint for safe handling of multiple species of patient animals.
Effectively cross trains between large and small animal hospitals. Instructs students in basic suture and surgical techniques, including the aseptic technique. Instructs students in instrument handling and simple suture patterns and ligation techniques. Instructs students in preparing patients for surgical procedures. Instructs 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. Instructs students in preparing patients for diagnostic procedures. Instructs and assists studentsâ™ in designing anesthetic protocols.
Responsible for teaching and training technician rounds and clinical techniques. Performs or assists veterinary students in recording patient medical information. Instructs and assists students in inducing and maintaining anesthesia in a variety of animal species. Performs and instructs students in venous and arterial catheterization, endotracheal intubation, and the administration of pre-medicants, induction agents, inhalant anesthetics, and appropriate analgesics. Assists students and/or staff in preparing patients for surgical procedures to include intubations, proper clipping and aseptic surgical site preparation. Instructs and assists students in monitoring anesthetized patients. Instructs and assists students in proper anesthesia recovery techniques. Restrains aggressive animals.
Ensures that the proper equipment is available to facilitate patient and student safety.
Maintains and operates point of care laboratory equipment. Maintains and operates patient monitoring equipment.
Maintains accountability for inventory control of capital equipment within the service area and assumes responsibility for performing regularly scheduled preventative maintenance checks on hospital capital equipment items. Arranges for Clinical Skills Laboratory equipment maintenance when necessary.
Instructs and 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 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 licensure where appropriate; Demonstrates the basic skills of a Veterinary Technician III
Performs other duties as assigned.
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Internal Number: R-006881
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