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Veterinary Technician I - Small Animal OR

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Veterinary Technician I
Posting Title Veterinary Technician I - Small Animal OR
System Member Institution/Agency TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (TAMU)
Department VET MED-TEACHING HOSPITAL / 02-144013
Posting Number S01002FY17
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

The Small Animal Surgery Technician I is responsible for patient care, patient safety, supply sterility, inventory, and necessary paperwork to maintain the highest standard of service in the surgical arena.

Required Education and Experience

Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science or a related area. Any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. No experience required.

Preferred Education and Experience

One year experience in veterinary medical setting and/or central sterile facility on the job training.

Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

Valid driver’s license and good driving record. Must be able to obtain State of Texas class “C” vehicle operator’s license within 30 days of employment.

Preferred Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

Educational training from an LVT program. Certification as a central sterile technician from International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).

Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Basic computer skills. General understanding of equipment used in a veterinary medical teaching hospital 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

Intermediate skills or higher in computer software programs; Excel, Word, powerpoint preferred. Intermediate or advanced training and experience with central sterile processing of instruments. Intermediate or advanced training and experience in veterinary technology and LVT program. Intermediate or advanced training circulating cases in the operating room, terminally cleaning, and operating and troubleshooting arthroscopy and laparoscopy equipment. It is preferred that technicians in this position have previous experience taking emergency calls.

Other Requirements or Other Factors

Technicians in this position may be required to work alternate shifts based on the surgery schedule or other assignments as needed. Other shifts include, but are not limited to the 9a-6p, 10a-7p, or 11a-8p shifts. Technicians in this position will be required to work holidays, weekends, and “on call” duty on nights or weekends. Technicians in this position must follow the emergency call policy and respond within 30 minutes of an emergency call to report of duty. Technicians in this position should have no inhibiting allergies to animal hair, dander, dust, or cleaning products that may prevent completion of job tasks. Technicians in this position must have the ability to lift heavy loads. Technicians in this position should be able to shift gears quickly and effectively when they are reassigned at a moment’s notice in this fast paced environment. The technician should be able to prioritize the new assignment and begin the task immediately. 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


Detailed Job Duties

Duties Performed

Will learn how to perform central sterile processing procedures for sterile instrument quarantine, quality control documentation. Notification of completion of quarantine to other technicians once cleared for usage, stock in appropriate carts, shelves, and cabinets. Performs all duties necessary for instrument decontamination – cleaning, packing, wrapping, and sterilization, insuring that instruments packs follow the standards and guidelines, AORN, AAMI, and IAHCSMM as well as the manufacture guidelines of chemicals used to perform those duties. Learns and is responsible for MSDS guidelines of chemicals used within the central sterile operating room areas and dons appropriate PPE for instrument processing.

Duties Performed

Will learn how to perform all the duties necessary to competently circulate surgical procedures for all services of the small animal hospital which may include exotic animals, primates, as well as the canine and feline species. Adheres to the principles and practices of aseptic and sterile technique according to the guidelines of AORN, and AAMI guidelines and recommendations. Assists with patient transport from gurney to surgical table. Assists anesthesia as needed or requested within surgery. Assists or performs proper patient positioning, head support, eye protection, and limb restraint specific to the surgery and safety guidelines. Maintains nursing records and any other paperwork requested by the supervisor. Performs sterile skin prep of surgical areas, sterile field preparation, opening of sterile disposables, instruments, instrument packs all while adhering to principles and practices of aseptic technique. Connects and operates equipment for the assigned procedure and trouble shoots equipment as needed. Utilizes departmental checklist to document and account for all suture, blades, hypodermic needles, sponges, and instruments at the beginning and closing of the surgical procedure. Performs periodic patient safety checks. Uses proper PPE and follows safety guidelines when handling soiled items at all times.

Duties Performed

Performs other duties as required.

Duties Performed

Assists with veterinary student teaching labs as assigned by the supervisor. Assists in clinical research cases including necessary record keeping. Assists in resident arthroscopy, total hip, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and spinal labs. Participates and attends CE classes and local seminars related to work as scheduling permits. Maintains required and assigned online training courses and other training and certifications as required. Maintains training binder and case log.

Duties Performed

Performs proper disposal of sharps and bio-hazardous waste for any case. Submits correct charges for procedures. Turns in nursing record and any other paperwork for the case for review & audit. Checks technician record file daily for any corrections of the nursing record or charges, documenting changes as requested and resubmits for review & audit. Restocks any unused sterile supplies, instruments and equipment. Pulls cases for the next day or add-on emergency cases. Reports to Team Leader for next assignment. Charges for any items checked out to other services or research accounts immediately and documents the charge in the tracking log.

Duties Performed

Assists faculty, residents, interns, students, and other Veterinary Technicians in
preoperative patient care within the small animal operating room, anesthesia prep, and dental and cardiac catheterization lab. Reads available textbooks about surgical procedures if not familiar prior to patient arrival to the O.R. Learns the basic steps of the surgical procedure. Verifies the correct patient and correct procedure to be performed in accordance to the checklist policy. Pulls necessary sterile supplies, sterile instruments, and equipment appropriate for the assigned and posted procedure. Sets up the room prior to patient arrival in the proper manner according to hospital and OR standards. Obtains case specific equipment, and tests the equipment prior to the patient arriving in the room. Reads the patient medical record, prior to patient arrival to the OR, and relates any pertinent information to the team leader and plans their care according to the information. Performs duties within the recommendations and guidelines of AAHA and AVMA, hospital policy, and AORN.

Duties Performed

Assists the General surgery group with all the necessary functions to perform spays and neuters at the Austin Humane society on a rotation cycle. The group is to consist of a general surgery faculty DVM, veterinary technician from the general surgery group, several students, intern, and other attendees assigned by the DVM for training. The technician will maintain an annual Driver’s Safety Van training on-line course certificate with TAMU. The technician will be responsible for driving the van to or from Austin Texas Humane Society carrying all of the above personnel and supplies. The technician will be trained to work independently as a circulator at the Austin Humane society when their rotation comes up on the calendar assigned by the supervisor. This also includes supply preparation, ordering pharmacy supplies, packing for the day trip either Friday or Monday for the Tuesday trip, arrive to work at 6:45am to pack the van and leave by 7:10am or when the assigned faculty is ready to leave. The technician will be under the supervision and guidance of the general surgery faculty and perform all the necessary functions for patient care in the humane society operating room.

Duties Performed

Maintains a clean and organized work environment in the operating room and other work areas. Arrives in a timely manner to work each day in order to be properly dressed in surgical attire at the start of the shift. Works shift assigned by supervisor. Communicates clearly and professionally with all staff, students, guest, residents, interns, and faculty. Answers the telephone or cell phone for work related duties. Greets customers warmly and ascertain their needs. Provides excellent customer service support face to face, phone, computer, and email. Direct requests and unresolved issues to the designated resource, team leader or supervisor. Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, and listening skills. Be adaptable to changing schedules, assignments, and take initiative to start and complete duties and independent assigned responsibilities. Manage stress well with high pressure workloads, assignment changes, and work with diverse individuals. Highly developed sense of integrity and commitment to customer satisfaction. Demonstrate passion for excellence with respect to treating and caring for patients and customers. Willingness to work a flexible schedule and occasional overtime when needed. Possess a strong work ethic and team player mentality. Follows VMTH infection control policies. Continually learns medical terminology related to surgical procedures. Follows protocols and policies to request supplies and handle broken equipment. Submits leave-traq and time sheets according to schedule. Independently maintains assigned technician responsibilities. Maintains service inventory pull sheets, pack lists, and surgeon’s preferences according to departmental guidelines. Performs daily, weekly, and periodic cleaning of the entire surgery facility including the operating room suites, sub-sterile hallway, central sterile and decontamination rooms, storage areas, OR locker rooms, break room, and all instrument handling areas. Adheres to all TAMU, VMTH, and departmental policies and procedures.

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
    • 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 basic computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and billing entry?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * This position requires heavy lifting. Are you able to meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * 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, and nebulizers?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a general understanding of equipment used in a veterinary medical teaching hospital such as arthroscopy video towers, electrosurgery, LigaSure and stapling devices as well as basic understanding and or training and experience in central sterile instrument processing and basic knowledge in sterile and aseptic technique, and how to decontaminate instruments?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Please describe your operating room experience; include the types of equipment you are familiar with using.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * This position may require working alternate shifts, holidays, weekends, or "on call duty". Are you able and available to work alternate shifts, holidays, weekends, or "on call duty"?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * 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
  10. * This position requires working around animals, hay, and dust. Are you willing and able to meet this requirement?
    • 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