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Veterinary Specialist 2

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CS-Classified Staff

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Veterinary Specialist 2

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Veterinary Specialist 2


College of Veterinary Medicine


Veterinary Clinical Sciences

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Veterinary Clinical Sciences

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Veterinary Teaching Hospital

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Summary of Duties:

The available Veterinary Specialist 2-Multiple Positions is an intermediate level position for a veterinary technician at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. There is a requirement of at least two years of clinical experience preferably in a veterinary hospital setting prior to applying for this position. Basic veterinary technician skills are expected including but not limited to venipuncture, peripheral intravenous catheter placement, performing basic physical exams, knowledge of appropriate species normal vitals, and appropriate animal restraint. Some familiarity with the common veterinary equipment such as blood pressure monitors, EKG machines, and gas anesthesia machines is also necessary. At the intermediate level there is also some expectation of some exposure to the more advanced skills such as urinary catheter placement, more developed triage skills, challenging patient restraint ability, multiple site capability for IVC placement, etc. Incumbents will need to have good communication skills and the ability to work as a team. The Veterinary Teaching hospital currently has 17 different departments that may have a position open. See below for the current department openings.

Veterinary Specialist 2 – Critical Care
The WSU Critical Care is a 24/7 fully staffed fast growing service. Licensed technicians are always on duty helping to oversee and assist with patient stabilization and treatments. This team of outstanding professionals provide compassionate care at the highest level using the latest tools, medicines, and techniques. The staff handles the critically ill and emergent patients with round the clock observation and therapy. Technician duties include peripheral and central intravenous line placement, canine and feline urinary catheter placement, pain assessment, administering constant rate infusions, monitoring vitals including direct and indirect blood pressure, ECG monitoring, and patient advocacy. Duties will also include performing and/or assisting with thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, administering blood transfusions, and performing CPR. This position is involved with helping to develop the emergency and critical care knowledge of the 4th year veterinary students. Therefore, good communication and teaching skills are needed.

Veterinary Specialist 2 –Technician Float
This position provides the widest variety of experience in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Members of this team may be asked to work in any one of the other services throughout the hospital on any given day. Experience with dogs, cats, pocket pets, birds, and small wildlife is desired. Training in all departments will allow these team members to become well rounded in all aspects of veterinary technician training. If you like variety and are just as happy working in the operating room as you are in critical care than this is the position for you. At this level members of the Float team will also receive specialty training to allow them to help work with the Oncology Radiation Team on the Linear Accelerator, and I -131 animals. Float techs will also be assisting our Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner with underwater treadmill therapy, therapeutic exercise, and low light laser therapy. There will also be some advanced training in therapeutic ultrasound and E-Stim. This unique training will make you an invaluable member of any team.

Veterinary Specialist 2 – Oncology Technician
We are looking for a technician who is a good team player and has exceptional patient care skills. As part of the oncology team, you will work closely with our clients and their pets and assist the veterinarians in performing radiation and chemotherapy treatments as well as follow up care. As an added plus you will be trained to help run the Linear Accelerator for the radiation treatments, a unique opportunity for any veterinary technician. To be successful in this position you need to have a strong work ethic and good communication skills, and be an effective patient advocate. Organizational skills and solid all around technical skills are important, especially atraumatic intubation and intravenous catheter placement. Come help us provide compassion and individualized care to our oncology patients and their family.

Veterinary Specialist 2 – Anesthesia Technician
will work in collaboration with the hospital’s anesthesiologists to coordinate patient anesthesia schedules, check pre-op work ups, administer pre-op and induction medications, intubate and maintain an appropriate level of sedation or anesthesia. This position will also be involved with venous and arterial catheterization, and patient instrumentation as appropriate for the procedure. At this level you will be expected to have the ability to manage up to an ASA 3 level case with minimal support. Managing these cases means you will be working in conjunction with clinicians and students to handle technical problems related to the delivery of anesthesia to patients which may include but is not limited to addressing inappropriate anesthetic depths, changes to cardiovascular status, recognizing cardiac arrhythmias, and trouble-shooting monitor or equipment issues. There will also be some clinical teaching and mentoring to the fourth year veterinary students. This position will work with both large and small animal patients and therefore must have experience with both. You will oversee and be expected to complete medical records to maintain patient data essential for accurate anesthesia records as well as insure proper charge capture. This position will also be trained to perform various analgesic blocks such as epidurals, dental blocks and brachial plexus blocks. There will be occasional on-call responsibilities. The expected schedule for this position will be Monday through Friday 10:30am to 7:00pm.

Veterinary Specialist 2 – Cardiology Technician
The WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital continues to raise the bar in our Cardiology service. Our comprehensive program features an array of services including cardiac diagnostic testing and consults, interventional services such as pacemaker placement and ballooning, heart disease and blood pressure management, and arrhythmia care. This position will be an intricate part of the cardiology team involved with receiving and discharging patients, assisting with procedures and treatments, and maintaining patient records. The cardiology tech will be involved with instructing 4th year professional veterinary students on properly performing electrocardiograms, venipuncture, cystocentesis, IV catheter placement, and acquiring accurate Doppler blood pressures. The technician is also involved in setting up operating rooms for interventional procedures and assisting in the procedures. Cardiology technicians are also responsible for sending and receiving Holter monitors, helping in interpreting ECG results from the monitors with oversight, and performing public relations functions with the Holter service.

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University Overview
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.
The City
Pullman is one of the biggest little cities you’ll ever visit. Full of cosmopolitan amenities and down-home charm, this eastern Washington gem nestled in the Palouse, is also home to the flagship campus for Washington State University. The city has repeatedly been recognized as one of Washington’s safest cities, one of America’s safest college towns, and one of the best college-town neighborhoods for adults. Whether you’re looking to go to school or relocating to the area, Pullman offers a diverse community committed to inclusion, sustainability, and a high quality of life. Pullman is a dynamic hub for higher education, research, and culture. Pullman is part of the Knowledge Corridor that connects WSU to the University of Idaho in Moscow eight miles to the east and Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city, 75 miles to the north. Just a short drive away excellent outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant as well including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating.
Benefits Package
Competitive benefits available, more details at hrs.wsu.edu/benefits.

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Required Qualifications:

An Associate Degree from an accredited school of animal technology, or registration, certification or licensure in an animal or veterinary technician field and one year full-time experience as a Veterinary Specialist 1; OR equivalent education/experience.

Additional Requirements:

Must meet the required criteria (WAC 246-935-060) to be eligible to sit for the Washington State veterinary technician exam and must pass the exam the first time it is available.
Must pass WSU radiation safety training exam first time it is available.
Depending upon scheduling needs of the hospital, evening, overnight and weekend shifts may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Continuing education in veterinary specialty area(s).
Experience training and teaching students, interns and residents in specialty clinic setting. Experience/training in large and small animal veterinary specialties.

Will this position require a background check?:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. This posting will be used to fill multiple positions within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Applicants must include a resume, cover letter, veterinary specialist questionnaire (uploaded as “other”) (located at the following link: vth.vetmed.wsu.edu/veterinary-specialist-questionnaire) and contact information for at least three (3) professional references with the online application.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets the required qualifications and additional requirements. The “summary of duties” in this posting includes a list of current open positions. Please indicate which position(s) you wish to apply for in cover letter.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/15/2020
Application Due: 1/14/2021
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