Veterinary Technician I, Rotating - Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Knoxville, TN
Apr 24, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Veterinary Technician I (Rotating), Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Regular Full-time, Market Range 05

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants for a vacant Veterinary Technician I position located in Large Animal Clinical Sciences.  The primary purpose of this position is to provide entry-level nursing care in a variety of service areas by making patient assessments, preparing patients for exams or treatments, and assisting faculty and staff to achieve clinic goals. The rotating veterinary technician position serves to ensure coverage of hospital services during the weekends and part of the weekday.  Position helps with performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results and records patients' medical histories and symptoms, including observations.  Position administers medicine and treatments, establishes plan of care, and operates medical equipment.  Incumbent serves as a resource of information and guidance. Position supports teaching efforts by instructing students, interns, and residents.  This position may be asked to provide compensated emergency technical support when needed.
Typical Responsibilities:
Provides entry-level patient care in a variety of services (medicine, surgery, anesthesia, rehabilitation, field services, farrier, and reproduction) by assessing large animal patients, performing triage, and preparing patients for exams or treatments.  Performs diagnostic tests and submits blood work and lab specimens.  Records patients' medical histories, symptoms, and observations.  Administers medications and treatment.  Prepares for surgical procedures, using aseptic and sterile techniques.  Helps to establish a plan of care and confers with owner.  Regularly communicates with supervising Clinician.  Operates and cleans medical and/or surgical equipment such as laparascopic and artroschopic machines, endoscopes, ultrasound machines, etc. Operates and maintains heavy equipment such as stocks, chutes, etc. Collaborates with others to ensure quality patient care is received.  Enters charges on patient accounts.  Manages supplies, equipment, and inventory.  Organizes products, maintains equipment, and orders supplies.  
Supports teaching efforts by instructing students, interns, and residents.  
Supports research efforts by teaching in laboratories and non-clinical settings when time allows.

Minimum Qualifications:
Entry-level position.  Must be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program in Veterinary Technology with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.  Must be a licensed Veterinary Technician and must obtain a Tennessee license within one year of employment. 

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working with large animals especially horses, cattle, and small ruminants. Candidate should preferably have experience or strong desire to learn to work with diverse people and species including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, alpacas, and others.

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 multi-task.  The veterinary technician is expected to demonstrate professionalism, teamwork, work ethic, collegiality, and willingness to help at all times.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 22, 2021, 12:30:00 PM

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