Surgery Technician

Job description

Position Number: 00107318

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The NC State Veterinary Hospital (VH), established in 1983, is one of the highest rated veterinary academic medical centers in the country, serving communities throughout North Carolina as well as many other states. The hospital staffs over twenty clinical services with board certified specialists that are nationally and even internationally renowned, ensuring the VH is on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine. Patients benefit from the combined expertise of multiple specialists utilizing a team approach to patient health care. Each year, nearly 25,000 patients are treated in the VH. The VH provides compassionate care, state of the art specialty health care, expert clinical instruction for 4th year veterinary students from College of Veterinary Medicine, and ongoing investigation of innovative techniques and procedures to further advance the field of veterinary medicine.

Essential Job Duties: This position provides technical assistance to the Surgical Department in the Randall B. Terry Companion Animal Medical Center (TC), the Health and Wellness Center (H&WC), and the Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center (EFAVC). The individual will act as the surgical technician for any scheduled surgical procedures within the complex, providing unique internal customer service, technical assistance, data collection, and patient care. This position is responsible for preparing for surgery and circulating during surgical procedures for a variety of patients, including small companion animals, equine and farm animals, birds and exotics. Position communicates with students, staff and clinicians to receive the most up to date information regarding presenting problem, diagnostics being performed as well as projected plan of care for the animal. Position provides all surgical and OR (Operation Room) support from preparation of patient during induction to the end of surgery. Performs various technical procedures including: clipping and scrubbing for surgical site, room preparation, equipment support, scrubbing in during surgical procedure. Other responsibilities include: * Managing all internal billing for individual patients that require surgical support and the associated charges with those procedures and treatments performed. * Providing excellent patient care by applying full knowledge of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, specialized equipment usage, and specialized drug administration. Completes specialized treatments in an accurately and timely fashion. Works proactively to keep patients clean and comfortable. * Supervising, coaching, teaching, orienting and evaluating all senior veterinary students as well as post-doctoral interns and residents regarding excellent patient care and technical procedures. * Recording a variety of data relating to patient care, procedure treatments, and service related communications. Accurate and timely recording is of the utmost importance. * Providing quick and accurate information regarding each patient, acting as the liaison between service and other departmental technicians. Proficiency in entering data into electronic medical record. * Maintaining a clean working environment to ensure Infectious Disease standards are followed and infection is not spread. Handles all medical/biological and infectious waste appropriately. Follows all radiation safety, OSHA, and Environmental Health and Safety standards. * Keeping all necessary equipment in clean and working order and has all necessary and appropriate stocked supplies available for procedures and daily patient husbandry.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Department Required Skills: * Previous experience as an anesthetist in a veterinary setting. * Equine handling experience. * Ability to work with or around sick animals, potentially hazardous materials, cleaning chemicals, gas anesthetics, zoonotic diseases, and unpleasant odors. * Ability to communicate professionally and effectively at all times and maintain professionalism in emotionally charged / challenging situations. * Ability to provide high quality customer service. * Must be able to lift to 50 pounds. * Ability to work beyond scheduled work hours when needed. * Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and be an active participant in problem solving and team advancement. * Ability to work effectively with computers and electronics. * Ability to work independently and practice good judgment to ensure high quality care for all patients and request assistance when needed.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Licensed/Registered/Certified by any state * Graduation from an AVMA fully accredited two- or four-year Veterinary Technician program. * At least 3 years of experience as a veterinary technician in a clinical setting; preferably referral / tertiary care / teaching hospital. * Knowledge of administering anesthesia. * Experience working with small animals and comfortable working with large animals. * Registered in NC as required by law to administer anesthesia.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: Registered/Licensed/Certified by any state. NC Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) or eligibility for the NC RVT exam required. NC RVT exam eligibility requirements include graduation from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program and a passing score on the National Veterinary Technician Exam.

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "":http// Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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Posted: 12/1/2018
Application Due: 2/8/2019
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