Veterinary Technician I - Small Animal Clinical Sciences

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

Regular Full-time, Market Range 05

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants for a Veterinary technician I position with the mobile shelter medicine service and the shelter medicine outreach program. The Veterinary Technician works with the team to facilitate management of surgical patients, including all aspects of anesthesia and pain management. Maintains the mobile unit/truck. The technician works with the shelters and caretakers to facilitate surgery days. Incumbent also performs duties to ensure efficient utilization of time and teaching opportunities while providing quality patient care. 

Typical Responsibilities:

Patient Care
    •    Oversees patient care and husbandry
    •    Facilitates loading animals safely on to the mobile and keep paperwork/Identification with the correct patient
    •    Ensure patients and their cages are kept clean
    •    Instructs students how to keep patients calm and provide an environment with as minimal stress as possible
    •    Ensures cleanliness of surgery and prep areas
    •    Maintains patient homeostasis 
    •    Monitors anesthesia
    •    Ensures patients are healthy enough for elective surgery
    •    Monitosr for abnormal blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, glucose level, mucous membrane color, blood loss, etc.
    •    Monitors recovery and follow up with shelters and caretakers post-operatively

Student Education
    •    Instructs students how to perform physical exams with very minimal patient history
    •    Informs students of the different types of shelters and TNVR program while educating on the importance of it all
    •    Teaches students of the importance of disinfecting and contact time to prevent the spread of common infectious disease found in shelters
    •    Demonstrates and evaluates students with regard to gowning, gloving and opening surgery packs and draping animals for high volume/high quality spay and neuter programs 
    •    Instructs students how to monitor anesthesia with different types of monitoring equipment and with different types of anesthetics
    •    Instructs students how to recover patients from anesthesia and inform shelters/care takers of any concerns post op

Mobile Maintenance
    •    Maintains organizations of mobile
    •    Ensures mobile is properly stocked with everything needed to professionally and successfully run a high quality, high volume spay and neuter program
    •    Schedules mobile and truck maintenance and inspections with motor pool and fill fuel/diesel when needed
    •    Disinfects mobile as needed
    •    Ensures safety of students and employees when mobile/truck is in use

    •    Communicates regularly with Shelters and Caretakers, Veterinarians, Pharmacy representatives, and students
    •    Performs data entry and logs
    •    Prepares monthly procurement card/bill statements
    •    Files and copies receipts
    •    Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
This is an entry level position. Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program in Veterinary Technology.  Veterinary Technician License. Must obtain a Tennessee license as a veterinary technician within one year of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program in Veterinary Technology. Experience working in a shelter or academic shelter medicine service.

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.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 22, 2021, 12:31:42 PM

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