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Emergency Veterinary Technician / Assistant

January 02, 2013 - January 31, 2013
Location:Greensboro, NC
Salary Range:Competitive
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Carolina Veterinary Specialists is looking for an registered veterinary technician or experienced veterinary assistant to work in the emergency department. The duties will include, but may not be limited to, keeping accurate medical records, clerical work, client education, promotion of hospital products and services and support of the organization. This position requires knowledge of hospital procedures, policies and services; client and patient treatment protocols; hospital computer systems; and the standard procedures, records, and terminology used in a veterinary hospital. This role involves pet restraint, lab work, medical procedures, surgery, nursing care, and triage/discharge of patients. The schedule for this position is the following: Wednesday 5p-1a, Thursday 5p-1a, Friday 4p-12a and Saturday 12p-12a.
Duties:• Assess vital signs, perform treatments, and administer medication as directed by the veterinarian or appointed team member
• Prep and assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
• Triage patients, assist with physical exams, and gather brief medical histories
• Perform laboratory tests and take radiographs
• Operate and maintain hospital equipment, i.e., EKG, fluid pump, scales, syringe pump, anesthetic monitors and machines
• Anesthetize animals and monitor anesthesia under the direction and supervision of the veterinarian
• Communicate with clients/owners about the status of patients, as directed by the veterinarian
• Fill prescriptions/administer medications, including proper documentation, logging, and security of controlled drugs
• Maintain cleanliness of exam rooms (after each patient), reception areas, hospital grounds, and treatment areas, as needed
• Clean cages, as needed
• Do laundry
• Communicate patient status with oncoming staff and veterinarians, and update records and financial information, as needed, in the computer
• Display confidence and reassurance when dealing with pets experiencing severe stress, illness, and/or pain
• Communicate and approach job duties in a mature manner
• Foster teamwork approach and work well with all levels of hospital team members
• Participate in all staff and technician/assistant mandatory staff meetings
• Participate in the review process for other technical staff and doctors when requested
• Answer phones and perform other reception duties as needed by the hospital
• Understand zoonotic disease risks in the work environment and use all appropriate safety equipment, garments, and procedures to protect self and others
• Understand and limit the potential exposure to bites, scratches, and potential injuries
• Understand that employees in this role are exposed to various cleaning solutions and other chemicals, odors, noises, and animal wastes and behave in a professional manner when dealing with these conditions
• Proactive role in developing new skills and furthering knowledge base by attending CE
• Demonstrate flexibility to float to other departments in times of need
• Support the team in welcoming new employees and assist in the training process when needed
• Perform duties of specialty area as described in Specialty Addendum
• Performs other duties as assigned
Qualifications:• Familiarity With
o Hospital policies and procedures
• Proficiency In
o Clinical laboratory procedures
o Medication calculations and administration
o IV catheter placement
o Intubation
o Vital sign monitoring
o Client communications
o Anesthesia protocols
o Compassionate animal restraint
o Patient physical assessments
o Radiographic techniques
o Venipuncture
• Education
o High School diploma or equivalent
o Some continuing education seminars or other education opportunities in the area of veterinary science
• Work Experience
o Two or more year’s experience in veterinary environment successfully performing all of the duties of this position
• Physical Requirements
o Ability to lift up to 50 pounds (work requires lifting, carrying, and restraining animals – with assistance from other staff members for animals weighing over 50 pounds)
o Ability to walk or stand for 10 to 12 hours (or longer shifts, as needed); frequently working in a bent position
o Ability to handle stressful situations
o Ability to complete assigned tasks, even if extended work hours are required in order to do so

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