Veterinary Technician I - Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Knoxville, TN
Jan 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
DescriptionVeterinary Technician, Small Animal Clinical Sciences   Regular Full-time

The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a licensed Veterinary Technician for the Emergency & Critical Care and Intensive Care Unit.  The primary purpose of this position is to provide after-hours nursing care to hospitalized critically ill/injured, post-operative, and infectious small animal patients by making patient assessments, performing triage, and preparing patients for exams or treatments. Triages patients upon arrival and prioritizes those in most critical need. Continuously evaluates patient status and collaborates with clinicians and other team members to communicate changes in patient status to ensure appropriate treatment is provided. Communicates with clients regarding patient's condition and counsels on the need for care. Teaches clinical application of technical procedures, drug administration, and critical thinking skills to veterinary students. Maintains and cleans equipment and supplies.  Depending on qualifications, successful candidate will be hired as a Veterinary Technician I or II or Senior Veterinary Technician I.  

Typical Responsibilities:
Provides patient care in the after-hours emergency service and ICU by assessing patients, performing triage, and preparing patients for exams or treatments.  Obtains vital parameters on critically ill or injured patients.  Assists with performing medical procedures such as venipuncture, IV catheter placement, blood pressure, ECG, pulse oximetry, nasal oxygen administration, naso-gastric/naso-esophageal feeding tubes, ultrasound guided cystocentesis, and bladder expression.  Recognizes infectious patients and utilizes appropriate techniques to prevent nosocomial infections. Provides placement of advanced vascular access devices such as central jugular catheters, peripherally inserted central catheters, and arterial catheters.  Obtains basic diagnostic radiographs as necessary.  Obtains biologic samples, performs basic laboratory tests, and analyzes results.  Records patients' medical histories, symptoms, and observations.  Calculates drug dosages and administers medications to patients.  Helps to establish a plan of care and confers with owner.  Regularly communicates with supervising Clinician.  Operates medical equipment.  Collaborates with others to ensure quality patient care is received.  Enters charges on patient accounts.  Trains new employees.
Supports teaching efforts by instructing students, interns, and residents on the job in the application of proper nursing care, drug administration, and procedures.
Maintains and cleans ICU and emergency department and equipment.  Manages supplies, equipment, and inventory. Organizes products, maintains equipment, and orders supplies.  

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:
Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology.  Must be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program in Veterinary Technology.  Must obtain a Tennessee license as a veterinary technician within one year of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Two-three years of experience in teaching hospital or three-five years in private veterinary practice.  Expert knowledge of veterinary nursing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed:
Advanced knowledge of veterinary nursing.  Effective communication skills, including the ability to show compassion.  Excellent judgment and decision-making skills.  Good time management skills. Ability to express patience and deal with high levels of stress.  Ability to pay close attention to detail.  Ability to lift, assist, and transport patients.  Ability to teach others.

Job: Medical Technical
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jan 12, 2021, 12:01:00 PM

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