Overnight Veterinary Technician

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Job Summary

The Overnight Veterinary Technician will be responsible for a variety of tasks primarily related to patient care and customer within the specialty veterinary hospital.  Specific interest and experience in cardiology, surgery, internal medicine and/or emergency is preferred but not required. Tasks include animal handling, pre and post-operative patient care, monitoring and treatments of hospitalized patients, creating and presenting financial options and estimates, accurately entering service charges into client processing database and processing client payments, extensive client interaction, and preparing medications.

Hourly Pay Rate: $18.50 – $22.50, depending on experience

Education and Experience

  • Required: 2+ years previous veterinary experience
  • Required: 1+ year veterinary emergency experience
  • Required: Active CO state technician license
  • Required: High School Diploma

Knowledge and Skills

  • Possess and expresses a genuine love for animals and for working in an animal care environment.
  • Proficiency in electronic medical records system
  • Must be able to operate a computer, including basic typing skills
  • Must be able to learn and operate various veterinary software applications
  • Proficient operation of various office equipment (copier, scanner, fax machine)
  • Basic filing skills
  • Effectively manage multi-line phone system
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective in multi-tasking (prioritizing and accomplishing tasks)
  • Effectively handle stressful situations
  • Maintain a positive work environment
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • The ability to work collectively with team members

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

(Functions that an individual can perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.)

  • Maintain professional and courteous demeanor in challenging/stressful situations
  • Prepare and maintain exam, treatment, and surgical rooms
  • Greet clients and patients
  • Obtain patient history, TPR and updates from clients
  • The ability to perform and/or assist with diagnostic procedures
  • Maintain accurate and complete patient medical records
  • The ability to learn to enter service fees into the patient processing database
  • The ability to calculate medication dosages and prepare instructions for clients
  • Review patient instructions with clients and distribute educational materials
  • The ability to learn how to create and review treatment estimates and payment options with clients
  • Obtain blood samples-cephalic/saphenous/jugular
  • Process and submit lab work both in house and to outside labs
  • Clean, wrap, and sterilize surgical instruments and surgical supplies (gowns, towels, etc.)
  • The ability to properly run an autoclave
  • Clerical duties such as filing, copying, and faxing
  • Maintain order to public areas (waiting room, exam rooms, kennel area, etc.)
  • Place IV catheters and assist with surgical equipment monitoring (anesthesia, ventilator, fluid pump, etc.)
  • Provide general aspects of after-hours and on-call service, if applicable
  • Assist in medical trial studies and resident projects as requested
  • Ability to monitor hospitalized patients
  • Ability to triage emergency patients
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lift and/or carry up to 40 pounds from floor level and above at least several times per day
  • The ability to work in a stationary position at a computer for long periods of time
  • The ability to stand, walk, stoop, bend, twist, kneel, crouch, and climb for long periods of time
  • The ability to physically restrain all sizes of pets on the floor and on the exam table
  • Must be able to grasp, hold, and manipulate objects
  • Possess vision abilities to detect, observe and assess, including: close, distance, color, and peripheral vision as well as depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  • Potential for exposure to anesthetic gases with proper protective measures
  • Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases

Reporting Relationship

  • Reports to: Practice Leader and/or DVM


  • Matching 401(k)
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • PTO including some Paid Holidays (based on position’s schedule)
  • Career training environment
  • Discretionary Employee Bonus Program
  • Employee Pet Discount
  • Reimbursable Expenses including Scrub allowance and training