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Veterinary Nurse/Veterinary Technician, Surgery - College of Veterinary Medicine

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Veterinary Nurse/Veterinary Technician, Surgery - College of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants to apply for the position of Veterinary Nurse/Veterinary Technician, located within the Small Animal Clinical Sciences’ Surgery service. The primary purpose of this position is to provide entry-level patient care in the 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 surgery schedule.

Depending on experience and qualifications of successful candidate, individual will be hired in as a Veterinary Nurse 1, Veterinary Nurse 2, or Senior Veterinary Nurse 1.

Typical Responsibilities:

Provides entry-level nursing care in 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 procedures. Performs surgical instrument cleaning and pack preparation, and has knowledge of the maintenance and care of specialized equipment. Performs blood and urine collection and intravenous access. Instructs veterinary students and veterinary technician interns in the application of clinical skills.

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 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. Becomes familiar with procedures for repair and recovery for 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

    Must be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)- accredited program in Veterinary Technology with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degreeMust obtain a license to practice in Tennessee within first year of employmentFuture graduates will be considered if degree is obtained prior to hire date
Preferred Qualifications:

    Relevant additional experience preferred
The Veterinary Medical Center is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year. Occasional weekend, evening, and holiday work is required of this position.

Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 8, 2024, 12:12:23 PM


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Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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