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Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician

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Department: Specialty & Emergency

Education: College (AS/BS/BA) 

Work Schedule: To be determined as needed

Job Status: Full-Time

Experience: 2+ years previous ER and/or specialty; 3+ years previous veterinary technician experience

Job Location: Lakewood, CO

Salary: $20/hour – $27.50/hour

Job Summary

The Internal Medicine specialty veterinary technician has many important responsibilities and plays many roles within the hospital in the specialty services. They also apply their professional skills in anesthesia, emergency, laboratory testing, patient nursing, and client education.

The technician is routinely entrusted with patient assessments/triage, anesthesia, procedures, drug doses, and treatments. The technician will be responsible for patient care, patient follow-up, and maintenance of Internal Medicine patient records. They will be expected to maintain regular client follow up, maintain timely patient reminders (automated emails and postcards), and answer owner and referring veterinarian-related questions. The technician must be a detail-oriented person who can make good decisions, respond quickly and calmly to crises, and maintain high standards of patient care. The technician will need to maintain clear and accurate written communications with the doctors, other hospital personnel, and clients to ensure that patients receive the care that they need.

The technician should enjoy working with diverse people and animals and be friendly and flexible in the face of varying expectations from clients and co-workers. The technician must share a firm belief in the quality of care we provide and communicate this sense of assurance to clients. It is important to know and understand our services and recommendations and be able to clearly convey the value of the services to the clients. Excellent client communication skills and a commitment to outstanding client service are essential.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

General Knowledge:

  • Know the range of services the practice provides and species it treats
  • Be familiar with breeds and breed predisposition(s) to disease
  • Follow OSHA standards and be able to find Material Safety Data Sheets quickly
  • Know and use standard medical and business abbreviations
  • Use proper medical terminology when speaking and writing
  • Competently speak and write the English language legibly
  • Computer knowledge for maintenance of our company database, generation of patient medical records, and reports
  • Nursing skills for daily management of in-hospital patients
  • Knowledge of commonly used CV drugs, side effects, and main indications

General Tasks:

  • Always be in position and prepared to work by start of each scheduled shift
  • Learned proficiency of all software and database systems
  • Maintain a professional, friendly demeanor while on the job
  • Promote a positive attitude amongst staff
  • Handle stress and pressure with poise and tact
  • Be willing and available to stay late or through breaks, when needed, to assist with emergency or critical-care patients
  • Show respect for clients, team members, and animals (alive or deceased) at all times
  • Have physical strength and ability to stand for an entire shift when needed and be able to lift pets and objects weighing up to 40 pounds without assistance and assist in lifting patients weighing more than 40 pounds
  • Demonstrate and/or have willingness to train to obtain a full working knowledge of EzyVet and Instinct practice software
  • Be a leader to other technicians and tech assistants by demonstrating strong training and technical skills

Exam-Room Tasks:

  • Possess enough strength and assertiveness to effectively restrain patients and ensure the safety of clients and personnel
  • Measure and record each patient’s weight, temperature, pulse rate, and respiratory rate
  • Triage patients appropriately
  • Answer questions and educate clients
  • Use aseptic procedures and draw up injections that doctors will administer
  • Dispose of used needles and syringes and other sharp objects as set forth by the practice’s policy and OSHA standards
  • Assist with routine exam-room procedures such as venipunctures, fine-needle aspirates, corneal stains, and ear treatments
  • Record doctors’ findings during medical examinations as needed

Basic Patient-Care Tasks:

  • Prioritize tasks to maximize clients’ satisfaction and patients’ health
  • Maximize patients’ comfort with a gentle and reassuring manner while understand that all taken constituting animal cruelty under state and/or local laws or the practice’s policies will be grounds for immediate reprimand and/or termination
  • Monitor patients’ behaviors and note potentially aggressive behaviors while using caution when handling aggressive or potentially aggressive pets and request assistance when needed
  • Assess hospitalized patients’ temperatures, pulse rates, respiratory rates, and respiratory qualities, and record data in appropriate records, as requested by doctors
  • Prior to discharge, remove patients’ catheters, clean patients so that no body fluids are detectable, and bathe and/or groom patients prior to transferring them to clients

Patient-Treatment Tasks:

  • Understand mechanics and application of basic standards of asepsis
  • Maintain IV catheters so fluids flow freely and flush and clean as needed
  • Administer IV, IM, SQ, and oral medications and note in charts
  • Assist in application of wound dressings and treatments
  • Monitor telemetry and perform 6 lead ECG

General Technical Tasks:

  • Perform venipunctures and artery puncture using patients’ cephalic, saphenous, and jugular in a manner that minimizes trauma to patients and injury to veins and allows success in obtaining a non-hemolyzed sample.
  • Place sampling catheter and introducer catheter
  • Understand paperwork and procedures of outside laboratories used by the practice
  • Perform routine ELISA tests, such as heartworm and feline viral tests and set up and read urine specific gravities, hemocrits, and total protein tests
  • Operate and maintain and train staff on use of Snyder oxygen cage

Emergency-Care Tasks:

  • Provide basic life support, including CPR, airway maintenance, and oxygen therapy
  • Control bleeding using pressure bandages and tourniquets
  • Recognize common arrhythmias including SVT, VPCs, V-tach, sinus arrhythmia, sinus arrest and various forms of AV block
  • Accurately measure Doppler blood pressure

Surgical-Assistance Tasks:

  • Know names of instruments and where they are stored
  • Prepare surgery suite(s) for incoming patients
  • Bring surgical patients to surgical prep area and make sure working with correct patient(s) by checking cage cards, affixed identifications, and patients’ markings and records
  • Set up and operate fluoroscopy
  • Check surgery schedules and patients’ records to determine procedures to be performed
  • Assist Veterinarians in administering preoperative medications
  • Under the direction of doctors, prepare patients for surgery, clip surgical fields with straight margins, minimize tissue trauma and properly scrub and prepare surgical fields while maintaining clean fields when moving patients
  • Properly position and align patients for surgery
  • Calibrate transducers to measure intracardiac and intravascular pressures
  • Monitor patients during surgery for depth of anesthesia, color, temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate and alert doctors to changes in condition
  • Monitor patients’ recovery, protect patients from aspiration and hypothermia, deflate cuffs, and remove endotracheal tubes as soon as gag reflexes return
  • During surgical procedures, serve as the ‘lead’ to the surgeon’s support staff

Surgical Cleaning Tasks:

  • Clean operating rooms and equipment after use
  • Clean floors and counters in surgical prep and recovery areas, treatment rooms, and wards after use and as needed
  • Wash, sterilize, and store endotracheal tubes using techniques that prevent the spread of disease
  • Clean surgical instruments by hand and/or ultrasonic cleaner
  • Operate and maintain the autoclave
  • Pack and autoclave instruments using lists of instruments or photos as guides and ensure that packs contain proper numbers and types of instruments and that they are labeled with dates and types of packs, and apply pressure and temperature sterilization tape and/or monitors, and verify effectiveness after autoclaving.
  • Instruct other technicians and tech assistants on the proper organization and maintenance of surgical space and equipment

Radiology Tasks:

  • Restrain and position patients for radiographic procedures.
  • Maintain up to date telemedicine records using Asteris software
  • Send echocardiography and radiology images to referring veterinarians when requested using Asteris software
  • Strive to position animals for optimum viewing of the body parts being radiographed
  • Obtain feedback on radiograph quality when sending for review

Benefits of working at Evolution Veterinary Specialists

  • We work in a caring and supportive environment in a geographic location that offers an outstanding quality of life.
  • Full-time benefits include health with an optional 50% employer-paid plan, 100% dental,100% vision, 100% disability and life insurances, 401(k), Employee Assistance Program, paid time off, uniforms, CE allowances, Signing and discretionary bonuses, and Trupanion Insurance for employee pets.