VTH Pharmacy Technician

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting NumberS02891PWorking TitleVTH Pharmacy TechnicianDepartmentVet Med VTH PharmacyAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/DepartmentCollege/Unit/Department websitehttps://vet.uga.edu/hospitalPosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday- Friday, between the hours of 8am to 6pm. Some weekends, holidays and on-call hours are needed for this service due to the hospital operating hours being 24/7/365.

Advertised Salary$26,950 Entry LevelPosting Date04/08/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date04/28/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitlePharmacy Technical/Paraprofessional/ProfessionalPay Grade051FLSANon-ExemptJob FamilyAnimal CareFTE1.00Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualificaitons.

Preferred Qualifications

-Requires knowledge in pharmacy processes, drug compounding and filling prescriptions for
a wide variety of medications.
-Minimum education of HS Diploma plus an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate.
-Ability to be licensed by the State of Georgia as a Pharmacy Technician within three (3) months of employment.

Position Summary

This is specialized and technical work in a Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) Pharmacy. Work involves the compounding of a wide variety of products for use in both client and research animals including chemotherapy drugs under the supervision of Pharmacists or Pharmacy Technician Supervisor. Utilizes extensive mathematical skills in the compounding and filling of prescriptions for wide variety of species and medications. Ensures proper disposal of expired medications, accurate billing to patient/client accounts, and filling the Cubex automated controlled medication supply machine.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

-Ability to be licensed by the State of Georgia as a Pharmacy Technician within three (3) months of employment.
-Ability to follow directions and perform duties within an expected level of oversight/supervision.
-Appropriate mathematical skills to accurately calculate compounding formulations including accuracy with fractions, add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions, percentages, volume, weights and measures. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
-Proficiency in computer applications to ensure appropriate billing, client information, and information research.
-Strong organizational skills with the proven ability to prioritize.
-Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while demonstrating excellent customer service, high degree of confidentiality, openness to teaching and providing consultation to a variety of stakeholders.

Physical Demands

-Lift, and carry up to 40 pounds
-May sit, stand, stoop bend and walk intermittently during the day on hard floor surfaces.
-Capable of manual dexterity sufficient to accurately work with small, delicate pieces of equipment or large heavy objects/containers/machinery.
-Capable of wearing all protective gear including mask, gloves, gown, hairnet, safety goggles etc.
-May need to work for long periods of time with arms extended.

Is driving required to perform essential duties outlined in this position? (This does not include infrequent trips) The successful candidate would have to provide proof that s/he has a valid driver's license when offered employment.Does this position have financial responsibilities?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



1. Functions under general oversight of Pharmacist to assist in or compound specialized and individualized dosage for medications according to species and animal size/weight including for parenteral, enteral, topical, and diagnostic products, including oncology compounds. Complies with state and federal laws as well as VTH Pharmacy’s standard operating procedures.
2. Accurately reads and understands medication compounds in order to manipulate drug formulations and calculate appropriate dilutions and concentrations. This includes reviewing drug concentration information to dilution materials and the size/weight/species of patient to fulfill Pharmacist’s orders. (Level I follows established protocols/Level II will make calculations without protocols available.) Performs extensive mathematical calculations to determine appropriate drug measurements in order to compound ordered medications.
3. Accurately weighs, measures and mixes raw material ingredients, monitors agitation, heating and cooling processes, and other parameters to ensure finished batches of creams, gels, capsules, and liquids meet specifications.

Percentage of time40 Duties/Responsibilities


1. Uses necessary equipment: torsion balance, scales, capsule packing machine, peristaltic pump, various filtration systems, and autoclave. Wears personal protective equipment to safely compound oncology/chemotherapy medications.
2. Accurately counts/measures medications, transfers materials/medications into properly labeled, safety approved containers for final review by the Pharmacist including automated medications dispensing system.(CUBEX)
3. Cleans and sanitizes equipment and completes all required documentation to maintain compliance with current USP standard (non-sterile compounding) and Pharmacy quality standards.
4. Completes detailed and accurate records or logs of procedures, compounding records, and other pharmacy records as indicated.
5. Participates with the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Supervisor in monitoring/maintaining drug inventories and preparing orders for drugs and related supplies.
6. Performs and records various quality control activities including end product sterility testing and media fill reporting results to Pharmacist and supervisor.
7. Ensures all medications and fees are properly charged in computer system and includes important information regarding usage of medications and services.
8. Properly and accurately provides information and/or refers query to the appropriate personnel either in-person or via telephone or email to a wide variety of customers including Pharmacists, Veterinarians, Faculty, clinicians, residents, interns, veterinary technicians and clients.
9. Inspects pharmacy and VTH for expired or adulterated medications and ensures proper disposal, replacing as necessary.

Percentage of time40 Duties/Responsibilities


1. Utilizes good time management, performs work in a safe and efficient manner.
2. Demonstrates a competence, professionalism, cooperative demeanor and excellence in customer service.
3. May transport drugs to/from local suppliers/shipping points.
4. Other duties as assigned within the purpose and scope of the position.

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    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter
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      Posted: 4/11/2019
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