Veterinary Technician I (CARE)

Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Jan 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 515424
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Veteran's Preference Eligible
Department:28311001 - VM-ICU AND PCW SERVICES

Classification Title:

Veterinary Technician I (CARE)

Job Description:

We are seeking candidates who:
• Are flexible and able to work overnight shifts and weekends
• Possess a pleasant, positive professional attitude and excellent communication skills

Nursing Care and Clinics
A key role for this position is to provide excellent nursing care for the hospitalized patients in the small animal hospital progressive care ward. The expectation is that the individual will communicate effectively with services to determine the needs and priorities for the patients under their care. They will bring in the area a positive “can do” attitude.

As a veterinary technician, providing high quality nursing care is essential for the care of our patients and the success of the service. The person is expected to have excellent basic nursing skills and know when to ask for help or seek guidance. We want staff to promote patient safety and quality care by ensuring each patient is treated as if it was their own cherished pet. Patients should be handled with care with the goal to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress during their visit.

Encourage a positive work environment by being cool headed/even-keeled during any situation and maintain a positive attitude. Foster a welcoming environment by addressing people in a warm and cordial manner. Seek out information in regards to patient care versus having information relayed to you. Ensure hospital cleanliness is kept up. The overall aesthetics of the area is a direct reflection on the high quality care we provide so it is important the areas are kept in pristine condition while creating a safe and accident free environment.

This position is integral to ensure that patient records are complete and proper communication has occurred with the entire Patient Care team. In order to provide the best patient Care, documentation of patient’s treatment sheets should be accurate and thoroughly depict changes in status or patient events. Part of the medical record includes that all changes are entered in a timely fashion and accurately reflect what happened to the patient.

Communication needs to be clear and concise. This is especially important when doing patient hand offs or calling clinicians to give patient updates. Our expectation is that staff will be thorough when relaying information. They are the patient’s advocate and in so must communicate any concerns that have not been addressed to their superior on the shift.

Create a safe and welcoming learning environment that promotes further education and development of staff and students by fostering positivity, respect and trust. Communicate in a warm and friendly manner to all parties of the patient care team and ask frequently; “how can I help?” Promote teamwork within the service and with lateral services to meet the needs of our patients and effectively support team members. Strive to build cohesive relationships among staff, students, and clients by creating a culture of dialogue and inviting thoughts and ideas to discuss. Assist students and other technicians in learning various anesthetic techniques, protocols, and procedures.

Hospital Cleanliness
Responsible for uncompromising levels of cleanliness throughout the area while creating a safe and accident free environment. Many cases are post-surgical so post-op infections are a concern. Also, the overall aesthetics of the area is a direct reflection on the high quality care we provide so it is important the areas are kept in pristine condition

This position is considered essential personnel.

Advertised Salary:

Starting salary is $15.00 to $16.00 per hour, commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent and two years of veterinary experience or one year of veterinary experience and currently enrolled in a veterinary technician program or a graduate of a veterinary technician program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited veterinary technology program and/or certified veterinary technician
  • Knowledge of animal care and nursing
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and terminology
  • Knowledge of the equipment and materials used and their availability and applications
  • Ability to effectively maintain a working environment while in stressful situations
  • Ability to communicate effectively with employees of various levels and responsibilities
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with clinicians, coworkers, students, and clients
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude at work
  • Ability to accept willingly constructive criticism from senior staff and clinicians
  • Ability to lift a minimum of fifty pounds
    • Ability to bend, kneel, pull, push, twist, and stand for extended periods

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter, resume and list of references.

If you are credentialed, please upload a copy of your CVT, LVT or RVT.

This is a CARE position offering limited benefits, including health insurance and paid time off.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Health Assessment Required:


Must be able to lift a minimum of fifty pounds, bend, kneel, pull, push, twist and stand for extended periods of time.

Advertised: 11 Mar 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 18 Mar 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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