Animal Health Care Technician I (Veterinary Health Center)

Manhattan KS
May 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: The Veterinary Health Center with the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for an Animal Health Care Technician I.  This position is responsible for ensuring that surgical instruments are properly cleaned and repacked. These items are then to be sterilized and presented back to surgery sections in a sterile condition. Additional responsibilities include ensuring that surgical supplies and commodities are maintained in adequate quantities for use, that surgical linens are properly washed, and to assist with other work areas, as requested by the supervisor. This position will work a varying shift between 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

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: Assist with ancillary support services within the KSU-VHC, to include, but not be limited to the following:

A). Preparing surgical instruments and linen packs as they return from surgery into pack groupings, remove and properly dispose of all blades and needles. Sort and place blood soiled instruments in sonic cleaner, remove when the machine cycle is complete, and dry instruments. Visually inspect all instruments for traces of contamination (i.e. remaining blood or tissue fragments). Place instruments in appropriate racks as defined procedures manuals descriptions (i.e. spay pack, orthopedic pack, arthroscopic pack, etc.). Wrap specifically so items are oriented to surgeon’s requests, and all instruments and supplies are oriented so that the pack outer wrapper maintains a sterile field around the instruments when opened. Remove and report instruments needing repair.

B). Sterilization of surgical packs, fluids, and supplies, by placing properly wrapped taped and identified (as to contents and date sterilized.) instrument packs in the correct sterilizer (whichever is appropriate for the type pack being sterilized), and set the machine to appropriate cycle settings. When finished, remove packs, double-check autoclave cycle print out and marking tape on each pack to assure that the autoclave functioned properly and each pack has been appropriately sterilized.

C). Preparation of gauze, sponge, towel, needle, and suture packs so each contains a specified number of items, with each oriented in relation to procedures manual protocol within the pack, and wrapped in an outer wrapper so that, after autoclaving, the pack may be opened maintaining a sterile field around its outer perimeter.

D). Cleaning to include proper disposal of sharps and packaging of syringes and reusable needles into sterilizing packets for re-sterilizing and distribution back to work areas.

E). Laundering and folding of linens and uniforms. Packing, wrapping, and sterilization of surgical gowns, following approved sterile techniques, is included in this task. Maintain an orderly work area by participating in daily cleaning tasks. 

F). Assist in training of new employees in specific techniques associated with performing sterile pack preparation procedures. 

G). Stocking of supplies in the work area (s) as directed by supervisor, including organization and set up of surgery carts and other specialty carts. 

H). Perform daily tasks to ensure the self-help laboratory is operational. These tasks include: cleaning, stocking, troubleshooting and maintaining equipment, reporting equipment in need of repair. Quarterly duties in self-help include: maintaining MSDS book, appropriate signage, inventory map, evaluating the need for par levels adjustments. 

Maintain surgical supplies, equipment and other commodities inventoried by VHC Central Preparation area. Monitor check-in andcheck-out of supplies, equipment and commodities so that all dispensing is performed in accordance with established VHC procedures. Monitor equipment, treatment materials, supplies and other commodities utilized daily in support of client, teaching and research medical procedures in the VHC so that all items have been serviced according to the preventative maintenance protocol, are functional, clean and available for the next procedure. This includes returning partially used commodities into service or initiating proper disposal of them in order to maintain an adequate inventory of supplies and materials. Must provide requests to supervisor (or other purchasing personnel in supervisor’s absence) for reordering of commodities.

Perform other duties as requested by Director of Surgical Support Services, Health Care Technician II, or Health Center Administrator or Director by following procedures developed for the KSU-VHC. Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

A). As necessary, assist with after-hours emergency procedures and participate with rotational weekend and holiday duty.


B). Be an effective and dependable employee by beginning each day with a clean, neat uniform, establish and maintain good work habits, maintain a positive, professional relationship with faculty, staff, students and clients

Required Minimum Qualifications:
    Six months of experience in direct care. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency. Valid driver’s license once employed. 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prefer a minimum of one year experience in sterile processing.
  • Prefer hospital experience in sterilizer operation, biomedical equipment operation and maintenance, supply and/or pharmaceutical stocking and distribution, or similar responsibilities.
  • Ability to read supply requisition forms, maintain records and a daily running inventory of materials stocked, dispensed, and requested.
  • Ability to interpret quality control monitors (i.e. autoclave tape color changes, internal pack sensitivity discs, etc.) which relate to degree of sterilization gained during processing of surgical instrument and supply packs.
  • Knowledge of basic computer operations, to include familiarity with concepts of database management programs.
  • Initiative to diagnose and troubleshoot equipment difficulties without being directly supervised (i.e. automatically check equipment performance and cleanliness each time it is requested to the employee).
Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit an application along with a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Screening of Applications Begins: Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.    Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 9.68 - $ 14.04 per hour 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 Law.  Background 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.