Veterinary Technician I or II

Knoxville, TN
Jun 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Veterinary Technician I or II 

The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a Veterinary Technician to perform patient care in the Soft Tissue Surgery service within the Small Animal hospital.  Position facilitates nursing care, patient receiving, treatments, and diagnostics, including ensuring requests have been submitted prior to the end of the work day. Provides clinical instruction to 4th year veterinary students and veterinary technician interns. Prepares patients for surgery and remains available to circulate in the operating room.  Prepares and assists with surgical procedures and provides follow-up care for patients.  Provides a consistent service team member for clients to communicate with, and handles all public inquiry calls. Coordinates with other services for patient care/diagnostics and coordinates the daily soft tissue surgery schedule. Incumbent serves as a resource of information and guidance. Depending on experience and qualifications, position may begin as a Veterinary Technician I or II.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides nursing care in Soft Tissue Surgery by preparing patients for surgery, continuously monitoring and evaluating hospitalized surgical patients, and circulating in the operating room. Provides alternatives for malfunctioning or missing equipment. Instructs and guides choice of suture. Performs and instructs bandage placement and care for the specific wound. Administers prescribed medications and has knowledge of drug interactions and proper dosing. Facilitates and performs proper wound drain care and management, including evacuation and removal the drain and aseptic management. Operates the c-arm equipment with knowledge of radiation safety. Obtains and submits laboratory samples. Schedules appointments and surgeries. Guides and prepares for soft tissue procedures. Performs surgical instrument cleaning and pack preparation, and has advanced knowledge of the maintenance and care of specialized equipment. Performs blood and urine collection and intravenous access. Instructs veterinary students and veterinary technician interns.

Facilitates appointments. Performs client follow-up calls. Answers public inquiries regarding cost and procedure. Coordinates with other services for patient care/ diagnostics. Coordinates the daily soft tissue surgery schedule. Instructs personnel on proper infectious control policies.  Attends patient rounds with clinicians and service technicians to communicate the needs and status of the patient to other services. Monitors the service emails and facsimiles received, and relays these communications to the veterinarian.

Enters charges and approves patient bills. Creates cost estimates for clients. Remains familiar with procedures for repair and recovery for the soft tissue and orthopedic equipment. Oversees ward stocking and including items supplied for wound management. Attends staff, service and departmental meetings. Participates in online training required by the department and university. Interviews candidates for job positions and surgical residencies. Serves on university departmental and college committees. Serves as laser safety officer.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed:

Advanced knowledge of veterinary nursing, especially related to surgery. 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 train employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

This is an entry-level position. 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. Must be able to work the after-hour surgery on call schedule (2nd, 3rd shift, and weekends).

Preferred Qualifications:

Six (6) months of experience in teaching hospital or one year in a private veterinary practice. One-two (1-2) years in a busy veterinary practice. Experience in a veterinary surgical referral practice. Fear-Free certification (techniques to minimize patient stress and anxiety).

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 3, 2021, 2:16:25 PM

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