The Veterinary Technician will be responsible for all of the essentials related to wellness care in the Companion Animal Clinic, a busy general practice. This position reports to the Veterinary Technician Supervisor at the Animal Health Institute.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assist in setting up surgical and treatment areas and restraining animals for procedures and treatments
Admit patients to clinic and follow protocols
Create accurate hospitalization and treatment estimates
Ensure correct charges are completed in EMR daily
Assist with anesthesia administration and monitoring
Assist with surgical procedures as needed
Responsible for radiography, venipuncture, catheter placement and bandage change
Monitor physical and medical conditions of hospitalized patients including pain assessment
Administer medications and fluid therapy
Assist with dentistry
Feed and exercise hospitalized animals as directed.
Process laundry/linen as needed to assure adequate and neat supply at all times.
Assist in the sterilization department as needed
Assist veterinarians in running of routine lab samples
Recordkeeping - Adding appropriate patient notes into electronic medical record
Assist in instructional support of students in conjunction with the faculty during discussions and labs
Follow protocols in working with patients with infectious diseases
Maintain equipment and inventory
Other duties may be assigned
Must treat all employees, students, and clients with a high level of respect and follow customer service guidelines and protocols
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This individual must have the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and must have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The position requires strict compliance with all policies and procedures.
This position requires a significant amount of interaction with the public and many internal customers and, therefore, the individual must be able to develop positive rapport effectively.
This position may require some early morning, evening and occasional Saturday hours.
Must be capable of working in an animal healthcare environment which typically involves sick and injured animals along with animal products and wastes including feces, urine, blood, vomit, and other body fluids. Must be willing and able to handle and/or transport deceased animals and animal parts as well as collect and transfer bio-hazardous waste.
Must exhibit good customer service skills.
Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
Must have regular, predictable, in-person attendance.
Other duties as assigned.
Know the range of services the practice provides and the species it serves.
Be reasonably familiar with breeds and coat colors.
Follow OSHA standards. Be able to find Safety Data Sheets quickly.
Know and use standard medical and business abbreviations.
Use proper medical terminology and spelling when speaking and writing.
Be familiar with infectious diseases, including their prevention and steps to reduce or eliminate transmission. Know the most common zoonotic diseases (infections from animals to humans).
Education and/or Experience High School diploma or GED is required. Must have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in an animal hospital or veterinary clinic setting. CVT certification from the State of Arizona is preferred. At least 2 years of experience in a specialty or emergency setting is preferred for individuals who work the overnight or swing shift. This position requires working in a team environment with a high focus on customer service with the ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a fast paced environment. Detail oriented with the ability to promote a welcoming atmosphere is essential. The ability to speak Spanish will be considered an asset.
Supervisory Responsibilities This position currently has no supervisory responsibilities.
Computer Skills The individual must have the ability to learn the StringSoft Veterinary Management system, and have basic proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Language Skills Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret written documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Reasoning Ability Basic skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
Mathematical Ability Basic skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute drug dosages and ratios.
Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand or sit for long periods. The employee must regularly use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand and walk. Have the physical strength and ability to stand for long periods, and be able to regularly lift pets and objects weighing up to 40 pounds
Animal allergies statement: No inhibiting allergies to animals, hay, or dust.
Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.
Internal Number: VETER02584
About Midwestern University
Midwestern University consists of the following colleges: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago College of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Studies, College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, Chicago College of Optometry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy–Glendale, College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, Arizona College of Optometry, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Our history, which has been guided by our mission to provide the best in health education, tells the story of amazing accomplishment and professional leadership.