The surgical prep tech assists the veterinarian during medical and surgical procedures, monitors anesthesia, administers doses of medications and prepares samples to be sent to outside laboratories.
Duties and Responsibilities
Prepare animals for surgical suite. Monitor animal, draw medications, administer medications, shave, intubate and generally prepare animal for surgery as required by veterinarian including blood draws, IV and performs blood, fecal and urinalysis. Move animal into and out of surgical suite. Maintain visual check on animals throughout the anesthesia process and post-recovery holding area.
Clean, sterilize and prepare surgical instruments/materials as required in advance of need. Maintain inventory on surgical items including supplies for sale. Maintain required records and manage controlled and non-controlled medications.
Responsible for maintaining clean work area, sterilize surgical equipment and animal holding areas as needed. May include preparing surgical packs, cleaning recovery area and laundry.
Perform Post-op release activities with customers. Assist in front office duties to include answering the telephones, scheduling appointments and other duties as assigned. Assist in morning animal check-in as required. Assist with vaccination clinic work as needed including processing PAWS internal animals as needed.
Preference will be given to applicants who are CVT, although a candidate with a minimum of 3 years technician experience will be considered.
Must be compassionate, organized, possess the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
Respect: for each and every life.
Community: of people and organizations committed to helping homeless pets.
Innovation: to constantly improve best practices and seek out new ideas and strategies to save more lives. To be a Learning Center that evolves and grows.
Pro-activity: to solve difficult problems and to be prepared to offer emergency and crisis support.
Transparency: that informs the public about the fate of homeless animals.
Education: that raises awareness about the realities that homeless animals face in the community and across the nations, providing a forum for people to get involved in effecting change. Promotes and support reasonable pet ownership.
Sustainability: through financial management practices that maximize the impact and reach of our resources and endure that PAWS Chicago will always be a resource for homeless animals.
Compassion: towards all people and animals.
About PAWS Chicago
PAWS Chicago is the city's largest No Kill humane organization, focused on solutions to end the killing of homeless pets. Since our founding in 1997, homeless dogs and cats killed annually in the City of Chicago has dropped more than 50 percent. PAWS Chicago is working to build a No Kill Chicago -- a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless.