Veterinary Technician - Lerner Clinic-18001216

Grafton, MA
Jun 15, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

Veterinary Technician - Lerner Clinic-18001216

The Department of Clinical Sciences is responsible for providing didactic and clinical training of DVM students, conducting research pertaining to diseases of large and small animals, and providing health care services for large and small animals.

The Tufts Shelter Medicine Program works to improve the quality of life for homeless, displaced, abused or neglected animals through the education of veterinary students, veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals in the principles, core competencies and best practices of shelter medicine.

The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic (LSNC) provides students at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with opportunities for surgical training while serving pets in need. The mission is to instruct veterinary students in the best practices of small animal sterilization surgeries, to provide free or low-cost services to pets in need from the surrounding community, and to provide the surgical training component for the Tufts Shelter Medicine Program.

The Lerner Spay Neuter Clinic provides high level spay neuter services to shelter and community animals while training veterinary students in the clinical competencies needed for anesthesia and surgery of healthy feline and canine patients. Four surgical training programs are run out of the Lerner Spay Neuter clinic including the Introduction to Anesthesia and Small Animal Surgical Techniques (ISAAST), which is a required class for all students, the Friday clinic for shelter animals, the monthly Sunday Community Cat clinics and the Advanced Surgery Elective. In addition, we support a community outreach clinic and dental training labs.

The Spay Lab technicians provide technical support for all of the clinical activities of the Lerner Clinic. All Lerner Clinic staff are responsible for the efficient operation of ISAAST: a core curriculum course. These responsibilities include communications with animal welfare shelters and private individuals regarding the clinic mission and activities. Unspayed female dogs are solicited for participation in the Lab where they undergo a spay procedure by third year veterinary students under the supervision of faculty veterinarians. Lerner Clinic technicians help to instruct students on principles of sterile technique and anesthesia, as well as providing technical and anesthesia support for doctors and students for all programs.


Basic Requirements:

Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology or a high school diploma (or the equivalent) with at least one year of related experience. CVT or licensure eligible. Comprehensive understanding of medical terminology and familiarity with veterinary pharmacology. Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities for several patients within a busy clinical setting. Technical abilities such as patient restraint, venipuncture, fluid administration, medication administration, monitoring and treating patients. Ability to effectively work as a member of a diverse team of clinical and administrative professionals. Basic computer skills including the ability to learn the electronic medical record system. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology and 2+ years of related experience preferred. Individual should be highly organized with outstanding communication skills and experience in an educational environment. An understanding of the organizational mechanics of animal shelters and shelter medicine is an advantage in communication with students about the program. High level of anesthesia training and the ability to independently anesthetize dogs and cats. Ability to safely and humanely handle dogs, cats and other small domestic animals. Some of these animals may have limited socialization and unknown aggressive backgrounds.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

Some weekend duty is required, including up to one Sunday per month for the community cat clinics and occasional special events. Some evening duty is required but can be shared among the technicians. Hours are variable but may be long. Working in the clinic can involve exposure to loud noises (barking dogs) for short periods of time.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Grafton
Job: Clinical
Organization: Clinical Sciences-Cummings-Vet
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 20, 2018, 11:11:47 AM


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