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Veterinary Specialist 3-Anesthesia

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CS-Classified Staff

University Title:

Veterinary Specialist 3

Working Title:

Veterinary Specialist 3-Anesthesia


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 Veterinary Specialist 3 is to provide veterinary technical support in the management and treatment of patients presented to the Anesthesia service, as well as act as a patient advocate. Oversee and coordinate anesthesia schedules; prepare anesthesia records and check pre-operative work up/vitals of patients. Administer medications for pre-op and induction (IV, IM, SQ as appropriate) of patient. Assist in or perform pre-surgical catheterization (intravenous, and arterial as needed) and instrumentation of patients. Facilitate or perform induction, intubation and maintenance of sedation and/or anesthesia during procedures and primary care. Oversee patient through extubation and immediate post op analgesia and antianxiety needs. This position is expected to manage an ASA 4 or 5 level case with minimal support. Oversee and complete medical records to maintain patient data essential for accurate anesthesia records.

Mentor and educate fourth year DVM students in common anesthesia techniques, industry stand protocols, and the proper and safe practices when sedating or anesthetizing patients, both large and small animal. Assist clinicians and students with technical problems relating to the delivery of anesthesia to patients including but not limited to addressing inappropriate anesthetic depths, changes to cardiovascular status, addressing cardiac arrhythmias, setting up monitors and troubleshooting monitor and equipment malfunctions.

Prepare, operate, and maintain anesthesia and laboratory equipment, such as ventilator, multi-parameter vitals monitor, blood gas analyzer, and centrifuge. Manage proper handling and documentation of all controlled substances utilized in anesthesia service. Provide advanced veterinary technical skill as needed for the Anesthesia service such as those skills required to obtain a Veterinary Technician Specialty in anesthesia.

The position schedule is dependent upon operational needs of unit.

Additional Information:

The Anesthesia Technician 3 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 an ASA 4 or 5 level case with minimal support and for this reason you will need to have acquired a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) designation. 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, addressing cardiac arrhythmias, and trouble-shooting monitor or equipment issues. There will also be a significant amount of 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 expected 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 depend on the needs of the unit. Multiple positions are available.

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:

A Bachelor’s degree in a medical, biological, or allied field, and two years of applicable experience; or graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program, and two years of working experience with laboratory animals, at least six months must include experience directing the work of others; 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.
Experience with anesthesia in both large and small animals.
Must be able to work on an occasional on-call schedule.

Preferred Qualifications:

Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in anesthesia.
Experience training and teaching students, interns and residents in specialty practice or academia.

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: 11/19/2020
Application Due: 12/13/2020
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