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Veterinary Technician-Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Washington State University
Pullman, WA

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Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Available Title(s):

524A-YN_CS_NPS - Veterinary Specialist 1, 524B-YN_CS_NPS - Veterinary Specialist 2, 524C-YN_CS_NPS - Veterinary Specialist 3

Business Title:

Veterinary Technician-Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Employee Type:


Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

Position Details:

Positions provide skilled veterinary technical support, assist clinicians and fourth-year students in all aspects of patient care including, but not limited to, maintaining daily patient records, recording procedures, medications and general work-up of patients. Must be able to use electronic medical records system to accurately reflect patient charges and medical records. May order, track and maintain supplies of pharmaceuticals and consumable inventory. May teach/lead students in the professional degree program.

This recruitment is approved for a referral incentive for eligible WSU employees. For instructions to complete this process and eligibility visit:

Additionally, relocation compensation can be negotiated at the time of time of hire in accordance with WSU Business Policies and Procedures Manual 55.62 Relocation Compensation ( and is subject to appropriate payroll taxes.

Required Qualifications:

Associate’s Degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited school of veterinary technology OR Equivalent education and experience as defined by the Washington State Department of Health Veterinary Technician licensing requirements; AND must be licensed as Veterinary Technician in the State of Washington within six months of hire.

WA State department of Health Vet Tech licensing requirements:

Applicants must meet one of the following:

  • Graduation from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited school in veterinary technology.

  • Graduation from a two-year curriculum in animal health or veterinary technology which is not accredited, plus a minimum of 36 months of full-time experience under the supervision of one or more licensed veterinarians.

  • Licensure as a veterinary technician in another state and 36 months of full-time experience.

  • DVM or VMD degree from an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine.

Additional Requirements for all levels:

  • Applicant must meet the required criteria (WAC 246-935-060) to be eligible to sit for the Washington State veterinary technician exam and must pass the exam the first time it is available.

  • Must pass WSU radiation safety training exam first time it is available.

  • May require evening and/or weekend or overnight schedule.

Veterinary Technician/Specialist 1:

Monthly salary range 42 | $3,537 to $4,723 (steps A-M)

Veterinary Technician/Specialist 2:

Requires 1-year full-time experience as a Veterinary Technician/Specialist 1 or equivalent education/experience. Monthly Salary range 50 | $4,282 to $5,756 (steps A-M)

Veterinary Technician/Specialist 3:

Requires A Bachelor’s degree in a medical, biological, or allied field, and two years of applicable experience; or graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program, and two years of working experience with laboratory animals, at least six months must include experience directing the work of others; OR equivalent education/experience. Monthly salary range 53 | $4,602 to $6,198 (steps A-M).

Preferred Qualifications for all levels:

  • Experience training and teaching students, interns and residents in specialty practice or hospital, or in academic practice

Additional Information:


College of Veterinary Medicine

Department Name:

Veterinary Teaching Hospital

City, State, Zip:

Pullman, WA

Department Link:

Salary & Benefits:

Successful candidates typically begin at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases in accordance with WAC 357-28.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for classified staff visit:

Find total compensation here:

Overtime Eligibility:

Overtime eligible.

FTE: 100%

These are Permanent positions.

Posting Close Date:

The posting close date has been extended; Applicants must submit their completed application by Sunday June,30, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check:

The positions have been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must upload a cover letter and resume/cv to their online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications.

  • External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.

  • All documents must be attached before submitting the application. The application cannot be edited once submitted.

  • Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files.

  • Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible.

  • Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application.

Required Documents:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume/CV

Current Vacancies:

Agricultural Veterinary Technician – This position works with agricultural animals such as cows, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and pigs, both as in-patients and as part of the ambulatory service. Our agricultural service works closely with two dairies, as well as cares for sick or injured animals in the WSU teaching herds. The Ag Animal Technician will help coordinate the daily work schedule of the Ag Animal service as well as provide veterinary technical support in the surgical care and treatment of all associated species of the service. Responsibilities include administering anesthetic injections and medications, drawing blood, performing routine radiology, collecting specimens, and monitoring vital signs for veterinarians and clinicians involved in agricultural animal health care and instruction. This position will also assist in explaining the more basic techniques to the fourth-year veterinary students and personnel. The position also includes ordering and maintaining inventory for the service, recording procedures performed on patient records, and helping enter charges for client billing.

Radiology Veterinary Technician - The primary responsibility for this position will be to provide veterinary technical support by performing CAT scan examinations of all species (large, small and exotic), including post-mortem specimens and inanimate objects. Includes acquiring diagnostic imaging studies in a timely manner and be able to adapt them to individual patient need based on the requested procedure and patient cooperation. May include instructing and orienting residents in basic equipment operations. It will administer contrast media and pharmaceuticals under clinician direction and ensure appropriate CAT scan safety protocols are followed by faculty, residents, interns, and students. It will perform routine quality control procedures and scheduled maintenance when needed on the equipment, practice and teach good patient handling skills, and act as a patient advocate. Duties also include performing necessary immobilization (includes calculating doses and administering sedation) in collaboration with the clinicians, evaluating CAT scan images for technical quality, assist in maintaining inventory of supplies and evaluating new products and equipment. May provide training for students and faculty in specialty area. Will assist with maintaining a clean and orderly work environment and will teach and model quality veterinary nursing care.

Equine Technician - WSU is a 24-hour service facility that is available 365 days a year for diagnosis and interventions as needed in the horse population. This technician will be part of the team which encompasses equine orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and theriogenology. The position requires the skills, abilities, mindfulness, and dedication of a horse-oriented individual. This technician must demonstrate knowledge of equine handling, behavior and restraint for adult and juvenile equine patients and the technical skills required as a licensed veterinary technician. Emphasis will be on equine handling skills and awareness to provide a safe working environment for the clinicians, colleagues, and students in the unit. This technician will assist with teaching 4th year veterinary professional degree students and will assist with all aspects of routine and specialty patient care.

SA ICU and Emergency Service Technician - The WSU Critical Care is a 24/7 fully staffed fast growing service. Licensed technicians are always on duty helping to oversee and assist with patient stabilization and treatments. This team of outstanding professionals provide compassionate care at the highest level using the latest tools, medicines, and techniques. The staff handles the critically ill and emergent patients with round the clock observation and therapy. Depending upon skill/position level, technician duties include peripheral and central intravenous line placement, canine and feline urinary catheter placement, pain assessment, administering constant rate infusions, monitoring vitals including direct and indirect blood pressure, ECG monitoring, and patient advocacy. Duties will also include performing and/or assisting with thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, administering blood transfusions, and performing CPR. This position is involved with helping to develop the emergency and critical care knowledge of the fourth- year veterinary students. Strong communication and teaching skills and aptitude are required.

Oncology Technician – The Oncology services is seeking a good team player with exceptional patient care skills. As part of the oncology team, you will work closely with our clients and their pets and assist the veterinarians in performing radiation and chemotherapy treatments as well as follow up care. As an added plus, you will be trained to help run the Linear Accelerator for the radiation treatments, a unique opportunity for any veterinary technician. To be successful in this position you need to have a strong work ethic and good communication skills and be an effective patient advocate. Organizational skills and solid all-around technical skills are important, especially atraumatic intubation and intravenous catheter placement. Come help us provide compassion and individualized care to our oncology patients and their family.

Anesthesia Technician - position will work under the guidance of the hospital’s anesthesiologists to coordinate patient anesthesia schedules, check pre-op work ups, administer pre-op and induction medications, intubate and maintain an appropriate level of sedation or anesthesia. This position will also be involved with venous and arterial catheterization, and patient instrumentation as appropriate for the procedure. Depending on skill/position level, you will be expected to have the ability to manage up to an ASA 2/3/4/5 level cases with minimal support. Managing these cases means you will be working in conjunction with clinicians and students to handle technical problems related to the delivery of anesthesia to patients which may include but is not limited to addressing inappropriate anesthetic depths, changes to cardiovascular status, recognizing cardiac arrhythmias, and trouble-shooting monitor or equipment issues. There will also be clinical teaching and mentoring to fourth-year veterinary students as it relates to specific case management. This position will work with both large and small animal patients and therefore must have experience with both. You will oversee and be expected to complete medical records to maintain patient data essential for accurate anesthesia records as well as insure proper charge capture. This position will also be trained to offer various analgesic options for patient care. There may be occasional on-call responsibilities.

The Small Animal Surgery Technician-This position provides clinical support to the VTH Surgical department by prepping, circulating and assisting in all aspects of surgical care and treatment of patients presented to the service. This position may help with pre-op meds, anesthetic injections in collaboration with the anesthesia team, obtaining pre-op lab samples and collecting diagnostic samples. Duties will include setting up, maintaining and tearing down operating rooms. Other responsibilities include preparing animals for surgery, radiology, and the application of splints and casts, and other various treatments related to the surgical patient. You will also assist with the surgical wards patients and may have client interaction while dealing with appointments. Depending on the skill/position level, you may provide clinical instruction in general and specialty surgical set up and patient care such as proper gowning and gloving, operating room protocols and sterile technique. Understanding of patient anatomy so as to identify necessary landmarks when prepping patients is also necessary. Excellent communication skills, including proper medical terminology, and good team interaction is a must.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or


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WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

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WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

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Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

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WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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