Veterinary Technician (Ophthalmology)

Apr 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

 General Description of Position: A primary mission of the Hospital is to provide quality medical services for teaching, research and clients within the surrounding area. Quality, professional technical representation in the Ophthalmology Section is critical to providing services to support this mission. This position is structured to perform all technical aspects associated with providing quality ophthalmology services to clients of the KSU-VHC. The technician in this position also has a large role in teaching various ophthalmology techniques to students and other employees of the VHC. This position is also responsible for coordination of animal treatments; instruct, train and supervise students and employees in approved treatment technique. This position is expected to demonstrate behavior that is conducive to harmonious working relationships with peers, subordinates, and supervisors.   Job Description: - Perform other duties as requested by technical supervisor, Hospital Director or Department Head by following procedures developed for the KSU-VHC. Become familiar with other technician responsibilities in various work areas (cross-train) so that assistance can be offered during periods of absence or during emergency situations.

- Provide technical support for ophthalmology in the surgical inpatient and outpatient activities of this specialty area. Log communications with clients into hospital management system. Assist with the planning and coordination of ophthalmology services throughout the KSU-VHC. Assist with and/or perform ocular diagnostic testing, to include as a minimum Schirmer Tear Tests, pupillary light reflexes, intraocular pressure measurements, extra and intraocular photography and electroretinography and organization of photos. Results of various examinations performed will be recorded in the patients’ medical record and reported to the clinician. Assure daily data entry and billing are kept up to date within the hospital management system, following the established KSU-VHC format. Assist with training of professional veterinary and graduate students in the use of these techniques and associated equipment. Work is reviewed daily, on a case by case basis, by senior clinical faculty or regular technical supervisor. Work is also periodically reviewed by supervisor for results achieved.

- Provide technical support to the teaching activities of the Ophthalmology Service as it relates to professional, graduate and continuing educational activities. Provide technical support as well as assistance in planning, implementation and coordination of research projects as time permits and when services are not needed for clinical activities. Work is reviewed daily, on a case by case basis, by technical supervisor and senior clinical faculty. Work is also periodically reviewed by supervisor for results achieved.

- Ophthalmic Animal Surgery Technical Responsibilities: 1. Prepare and maintain the surgical suites to provide sterile environment and adequate supplies. 2. Assists as a surgical team member by preparing animals for surgical procedures following induction. 3. Assist surgical team member by acting as circular during procedures, and maintaining and monitoring sterile technique in surgery areas. 4. Become familiar with surgical instrumentation and procedures.

General Information: Normal work days are Monday through Friday. On occasion the workweek may be changed to accommodate emergency medical cases or varying class schedules. In addition, the employee may periodically be scheduled on stand-by for evening and/or weekend periods. This position is designated as essential. Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completion of a two year college program in veterinary or animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Must be registered as a veterinary technician under the authority of Kansas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner within six months of appointment. 
Preferred Qualifications: Ability to work with and provide preventative maintenance for ordinary veterinary medical hospital equipment. Ability to handle, restrain, and provide medical treatments to domestic animals. Ability to perform technical tasks associated with emergency medical care and to instruct students to perform technical procedures with limited direct supervision. Be willing to master new techniques.  Special Instructions to Applicants:
  • Submit Application, letter of interest, resume and official transcripts.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
Screening of Applications Begins: Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.   Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 12.98 - $ 19.13 per hour Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community. Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the LawBackground Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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