Veterinary Technician (Equine and Agricultural Practices)
General Description of Position: This position is responsible for providing after hours technical services to the Equine and Agricultural Practices Sections in the Veterinary Health Center. Quality, professional technical representation in these Sections is critical to providing services to support this mission. This position is also responsible for coordination of animal treatments; instruct, train and supervise students and employees in approved treatment techniques.
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Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years. Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.Job Description: Clinical Facilitator - This position will be responsible for monitoring patient care, patient flow in-hospital and in the isolation area, patient record maintenance, and patient handling, treatment, and restraint during all phases of the teaching program while directly interacting with students, faculty and staff. This will allow supervision of case management by students, to include teaching of basic nursing skills to students. Initiative and oversight will be needed to supervise maintenance and stocking activities of dispensary and emergency carts in the work area. Typical responsibilities may include: a. Plan daily schedule based on needs of animals hospitalized in the KSU-VHC. b. Supervise case treatments beginning at 10:00 pm and ending at 6:00 am, when necessary. Assist students in restraint to ensure safety and proper patient care. c. Assist faculty in monitoring medical records. Assure daily data entry and billing are kept up to date within the VetStar computerized hospital management system, following the established KSU-VHC format. d. Monitor, on a daily basis, patient care and status. This includes feed cards, stall maintenance, feed and watering protocols and animal appearance. e. Supervise students scheduled on Emergency ICU duties. Ensure appropriate patient care and treatment. Work is reviewed by senior clinician on duty and by supervisor as necessary for results achieved.
Technical Services - This position will provide on-going staffing relative to the service commitment of the teaching hospital. Technical responsibilities of this Hospital nursing position will be shared by Equine and Agricultural Practices Service areas of the KSU-VHC. Technical responsibilities will include equipment setup and operation, surgical preparation and setup and clinical assistance to faculty within the area (as scheduled) to facilitate services and communications between hospital activities such as central preparation and the dispensary. Typical responsibilities may include: a. Maintain the equine/food animal barn on a daily basis. This will include stocking and cleaning sinks in the receiving area, tack rooms, bull pens, swine receiving, working dispensary, field service trucks and any other area that may be deemed by the section head or the Large Animal Nursing Supervisor. Also return residual products to central dispensary or central supply following the discharged of a patient. b. Maintain all equipment associated with the conduct of the Equine Livestock section in good working order. c. Participate in orientation and clinical service with students during after-hours KSU-VHC operations. d. Take an active role in the supervision and training of fourth year veterinary students in current technical aspects of large animal medicine to include such areas as intensive care patients, indwelling catheter maintenance, injection techniques, use of stomach tube, maintenance of fluid therapy patients, clipper care and proper restraint techniques and safety while loading and unloading patients. e. Maintain the Equine ICU area (including stocking and patient monitoring). f. Provide backup support to endoscopy procedures and endoscopy equipment maintenance and cleaning as outlined by Hospital protocol. Set up endoscopy equipment and supplies, assist clinicians during procedures, enter appropriate charges for supplies used and for the procedure into the VetStar system, clean equipment according to established protocols, and restock supplies after each use, as assigned. g. Maintain the cleanliness of Cubex equipment located in equine pharmacy area. Work is reviewed by senior clinician on duty and by supervisor as necessary for results achieved.
Additional Responsibilities - Additional technical and training responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following duties: a. Initiate measures to increase the efficiency and operation of the Equine/Agricultural Practices Section as it related to technical training and patient care. b. As necessary, assist with coordination of emergency care, vacation period coverage, and unexpected teaching demands with other technicians. c. Assist with clerical research projects after completing of primary hospital duties, as needed. Specific research duties will be coordinated with section head. d. Maintain proficiency in operation and maintenance of Hospital equipment (i.e. endoscope, ultrasound, etc.). Work is reviewed by senior clinician on duty and by supervisor as necessary for results achieved.Required Minimum Qualifications: Must be registered as a paraprofessional under the authority of the Kansas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners within six (6) months of appointment. Preferred Qualifications:
- Minimum of two years post-graduate experience in a veterinary hospital setting.
- Large animal experience preferred.
- Clinical teaching and/or supervisory experience will be considered a beneficial asset for this position.
- Physically able to handle, restrain and provide medical treatments to large domestic animals.
- Ability to work with domestic animals and ordinary veterinary medical hospital equipment.
- A knowledge of standard emergency veterinary medical procedures is preferred.
- Ability to perform word processing and data entry procedures on a personal computer.
- Ability to perform endoscopic procedures, clean and properly maintain endoscopy equipment.
- Be willing and able to master new techniques.