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Veterinary Technician I -Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Veterinary Technician I
Posting Title Veterinary Technician I -Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery
System Member Institution/Agency TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (TAMU)
Department VET MED-TEACHING HOSPITAL / 02-144013
Posting Number S01021FY17
Salary $13.01 - $16.72
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

Under the supervision of a professional staff member or Veterinary Technician II or higher, assist in the treatment of animals admitted to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, provides assistance to the professional staff, may assist in instructing veterinary students in proper clinical technique for supporting primary care, and helps to maintain a sanitary and functionally well organized service within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Required Education and Experience

Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science or a related area. Two years of relevant experience may substitute for each year of education. Any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. No experience required.

Preferred Education and Experience

One year experience in a veterinary medical setting.

Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

None

Preferred Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

Certification as a Licensed Veterinary Technician

Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Basic 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. May require working alternate shifts, holidays, weekends, or “on-call duty”. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

None

Other Requirements or Other Factors

No inhibiting allergies to animals, hay or dust. Must be able to lift heavy loads. Ability to work alternate shifts and provide holiday coverage. 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. Provide quality customer service to internal and external customers/clients.

Preferred Other Requirements or Other Factors

None

Detailed Job Duties

Duties Performed

Participates in clinical and basic research programs as needed within the terms of employment (<2%). May require working alternate shifts, holidays, weekends and on-call duty and during student absences. Performs other duties as assigned.

Duties Performed

Maintains the following certifications: Radiation safety; Infection Control; Aseptic Technique; Certification or licensure where appropriate; Current Rabies vaccination, monitor rabies titer.

Duties Performed

Maintains a sanitary and well organized service area. Restocks expendable supplies, drugs, and solutions. Maintains records of expendable supplies, drugs, and solutions. Schedules equipment maintenance as needed. Assists with maintaining minor procedures room. Prepares sterile supplies and instruments.

Duties Performed

Participates in continuing education seminars by teaching and attending. Participates in instruction of the clinical skills lab. Participates in instruction of 3rd year Orthopedics Bandaging Lab. Provides student orientation to new rotations on all surgery services when required.

Duties Performed

Performs proper aseptic surgical site preparation. Assists in the recovery of anesthetized patients. Assists the surgeon during a surgical or diagnostic procedure. Properly bandages and provides wound care for patients. Posts the surgery/appointment schedule in a timely manner. Organizes a daily surgery and diagnostic schedule by communicating with all involved services. Assists the anesthesia service as needed with surgical and diagnostic cases pertaining to the assigned service. Assists in bronchoscopic procedures. Assists in all surgery services providing technical support due to absence of assigned technician or caseload requires. Acts as scrub nurse in advanced surgical procedures. Prepares, sets up, and maintains orthopedic and arthroscopy equipment for surgical procedures.

Duties Performed

Provides proper physical restraint to allow for safe handling of patients. Instructs and supervises students in proper clinical techniques to support patient care. Keeps patients cleaned and groomed. Places and maintains IV catheters. Administers and monitors patient diets as prescribed by the clinician. Exercises patients. Collects or assists with the collection of the patient’s blood, urine, and tissue samples. Properly submits patient’s blood, urine, and tissue samples for analysis. Assists with and instructs students in performing proper physical examinations and diagnostic procedures. Properly medicates patients as directed by the clinician. Teaches students proper patient restraint for safe handling of patients. Assists residents and clinicians with the harvest of limbs for weekly arthoscopy lab.

Duties Performed

Assists and facilitates new employees within all of the surgery services with data entry, scheduling of diagnostic and surgical procedures, and other related tasks. Delegates tasks to student workers. Assist with cross training of current employees.

Duties Performed

Correctly transfers patients to the appropriate service areas and clinicians in VMIS. Correctly enters appropriate fees into the hospital computer information system (VMIS). Ensures that all charges generated from treatments, procedures, and supplies are correctly entered (VMIS). Enters patient data into the hospital computer information system. Properly records all medications given to patients. Assists with return of radiographs to referral veterinarians.

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 veterinary equipment used within a veterinary teaching hospital such as anesthetic machines, fluid pumps, blood gas analyzers, oscilloscopes, defibrillators, nebulizers, and endoscopic equipment?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have any training and experience identifying surgical instruments?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Per the duties of this position, please discuss any training or instruction of clinical techniques that you have delivered/performed.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Do you have basic computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and billing entry?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Please describe your level of proficiency for the following computer programs: excel, word, access, email protocol, and any other relevant computer programs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * This position requires heavy lifting. Are you able to meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * This position requires working around animals, hay, and dust. Are you willing and able to meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * This position May require working alternate shifts, holidays, weekends, or “on-call duty”. Are you able to meet these work hour requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * 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 their direct supervisor. Are you able to meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No

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