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Veterinary Anesthesia Technician III - Small Animal Hospital

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Veterinary Anesthesia Technician III
Posting Title Veterinary Anesthesia Technician III - Small Animal Hospital
System Member Institution/Agency TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (TAMU)
Department VET MED-TEACHING HOSPITAL / 02-144013
Posting Number S00239FY17
Salary Commensurate
Pay Basis Hourly
Job Close Date
Geographic Location College Station
Budget Type Budgeted/Benefits - Full-Time
Is this position restricted by the Patriot Act? No
Is this position D.O.T. regulated? No
EEO AA Statement

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Position Summary Information

Job Summary

The Veterinary Anesthesia Technician III provides clinical support to veterinarians in the delivery and instruction of primary patient care and anesthesia services with an emphasis on clinical techniques, specifically anesthesia related techniques. Serves as senior technician and intermediate supervisor to veterinary technical staff within anesthesia service group. Oversees the maintenance of the physical area within the anesthesia service area.

Required Education and Experience

Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science, or a related area or any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. Six years’ technical experience in veterinary medicine, anesthesia, or related field.

Preferred Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science, or a related area. Specialty training in anesthesia or related area. Two years’ relevant experience within the Texas A&M University System.

Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

None

Preferred Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

LVT, 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

Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Advanced computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and data entry. Ability to manage time wisely and prioritize duties and cases. Working knowledge of equipment used in a veterinary teaching hospital. Thorough knowledge of equipment used in with 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. Ability to perform heavy lifting. Strong animal handling skills. Ability to communicate effectively and positively at all levels within the anesthesia service and the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. Must be able to work within time constraints and in crisis situations. Mastery of Anesthesia Technical Skills Level III. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Advanced technical ability and strong knowledge of anesthesia.

Other Requirements or Other Factors

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. Requires working different shifts and participating in On Call coverage. Provides emergency Anesthesia call in the small animal clinic with supervision. Participates in emergency duty coverage during veterinary student absences and for holidays. May be required to working alternate shifts, some overtime, holidays, weekends, or “on-call duty.”

Preferred Other Requirements or Other Factors

None.

Detailed Job Duties

Duties Performed

Provides clinical support to faculty veterinarians in the delivery and instruction of anesthesia, 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 evaluation; 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.
Instructs and assists students’ in designing anesthetic protocols. Responsible for teaching and training anesthesia 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. 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 Able to restrain aggressive animals.

Duties Performed

Instructs and assists students in maintaining accurate and complete patient anesthesia and medical records. Ensures that all charges generated from Anesthesia Services are captured and correctly entered into the hospital information system (VMIS). Ensures that all controlled substances used in the Anesthesia Service are properly documented and accounted for. Assists with organizing and maintaining the Anesthesia Service scheduling system. Reviews anesthetic records and pharmacy slips for accuracy and completeness. Records or assists students in recording the patient’s physiological data and all medications given on Anesthesia records.

Duties Performed

Ensures that the proper equipment is available to facilitate patient 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 Anesthesia Service equipment maintenance when necessary.

Duties Performed

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.

Duties Performed

Intermediate supervisory authority for and trains subordinate veterinary technical staff, student technicians and student workers assigned within the anesthesia service section; required to assign personnel emergency duty shift schedules and work assignments; performs job performance evaluations for assigned staff; acts as liaison with supervisor on personnel matters affecting morale, job efficiency, and clinical primary care of hospitalized animals.

Duties Performed

Provides primary and back-up Anesthesia emergency call in the small animal hospitals on a regular basis.

Duties Performed

Remains current with safety classes, rabies prophylaxis, and Licensure
• Radiation/MRI safety
• Infection Control
• Aseptic Technique
• Rabies prophylaxis
• Maintain certification or licensure where appropriate
• Demonstrates the basic skills of a Veterinary Anesthesia Technician III

Duties Performed

Performs other duties as assigned.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you see this position advertised?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • HigherEd Jobs
    • Workplace Diversity
    • Work in Texas
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Job Fair
    • GettingHired.com
    • RecruitMilitary.com
    • This Website
    • Other
  2. If you selected Other, please let us know where you saw the position advertised.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have working knowledge of equipment used in a veterinary teaching hospital to include 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?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please tell us about your experience with the equipment in question 3 and in what setting you have used the equipment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * This position may require heavy lifting. Are you able to meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have strong animal handling skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have advanced computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and data entry?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * This position requires the ability to work alternate shifts, holidays, weekends and on-call duty. Are you able to meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have inhibiting allergies to animals, hay or dust?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * This is a supervisory position. Please tell us about your supervisory skills that you have that will benefit the hospital.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Other Document 2
  3. Other Document 3