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Veterinary Technician

Company: Gilbert Veterinary Hospital
Location: Gilbert
Posted on: April 3, 2021

Job Description:

We are looking to make additions to our team of exceptional patient advocates. At Gilbert Veterinary Hospital we value our team, their time, opinions and respect and honor the need for a work life balance. We understand that if you are running on empty how can we expect you to perform at your best. Do you want to be part of a team that gets to be part of the decisions, goes home on time and doesn't have to worry about work on your off time? If so then we are the place for you! We are currently seeking full-time and part-time Veterinary Technicians. In this position, your primary responsibility is to assist our 5 Doctors with every day patient care. This may include, but is not limited to - restraint for procedures, blood draws, catheter placement, x-rays, and most importantly client education. We work together as a team all day, every day to ensure that our clients and patients are given service that exceeds their expectations. As an applicant, we would prefer you to have 3 or more years of technical experience; however, we are willing to provide training for a person who brings value to our team. Some evenings and some Saturdays are a schedule requirement. If you are looking for an amazing place to work and a great team to do it with look no further! We can't wait to meet you!

Veterinary Technician

Position Overview

Job Description at Gilbert Veterinary Hospital

The purpose of this position is to improve the quality of patient care by assisting veterinarians with patient care and treatment. Technicians monitor hospitalized patients, help to maintain inventory, prepare prescriptions, perform routine in house and specialized lab testing, educate clients regarding veterinary care and procedures, and assist with surgical procedures. The technician assists veterinarians to the fullest possible extent, allowing them to achieve greater efficiency by relieving them of technical, manual, and administrative work.

The technician performs a variety of patient and client care duties, conducts patient assessments, anesthetizes patients, and performs procedures and treatments. Technicians maintain a high standard of patient care, communicating clearly with the veterinarians, other hospital personnel, and clients to ensure that patients receive the care they need.

The technician is friendly and flexible in the face of varying expectations from clients and co-workers. The Technician quickly prioritizes, changes focus, multi-tasks, and thinks creatively and must respond quickly and calmly to emergencies, leading others through necessary tasks.

Technicians strongly believe in the quality of care provided and communicate this sense of assurance to clients. Technicians understand veterinary services and recommendations and can clearly convey the value of the services to the clients, promoting a positive work environment and providing direction to and motivating coworkers.

Technicians must be able to withstand unpleasant odors and noises. Although preventative measures will be taken for personal safety, technicians may be exposed to bites, scratches, animal waste, and contagious diseases.

Reporting Structure

Directly reports to the Lead Technicians and/or other Supervisory staff members. You will also receive direction from veterinarians on a daily basis.

Primary Responsibilities

Veterinary Knowledge

  • Maintains and uses an appropriate level of veterinary medical knowledge. Takes advantage of in-house educational materials and continuing education provided by the hospital.
  • Maintains knowledge of the hospital's programs, products, and services.
  • Maintains state-required and AAHA annual continuing education requirements.
  • Keeps abreast of over-the-counter products and their usage, including flea-control products, skin products, vitamins, and pet foods.Patient Care
    • Provides compassionate patient care, including keeping patients warm, clean, dry, and comfortable.
    • Alerts veterinarian immediately to changes in patients' condition.
    • Recognizes patients with potential contagious disease and follows applicable procedures to prevent spread of disease.
    • Medicates patients as required.
    • Performs basic emergency care, CPR, and intensive care as needed.Animal Handling
      • Restrains animals in a safe, efficient, and compassionate manner during examinations and procedures.
      • Assists with transport of animals to different areas of the hospital as needed. Cages and removes animals as needed.
      • Exercises compassion and care in all interactions with patients. Properly handles fractious and fearful animals.Exam Room Assistance
        • Follow established procedures in order to assist veterinarians with examinations and facilitate the flow of clients and patients.
        • Consults with veterinarians on a daily basis to plan each day's activities. Keeps veterinarians apprised of potential problems, discussions with clients, and other situations as necessary.
        • Reviews medical records, physical exam sheets, and notes made by the admitting Customer Service Representative (CSR or receptionist) to discern the nature of the visit and any tests or procedures that may be needed.
        • Restocks drawers in exam rooms and treatment areas as needed.
        • Greets clients and patients in lobby and escorts them into an exam room. Obtains base information (weight, temperature, etc.) for the pet. Discusses with the client the reason for the visit, any symptoms or problems, and any procedures that may need to be completed (e.g., vaccinations or fecal or heartworm tests). Prepares for the veterinarian to enter the room.
        • Uses a physical exam checklist to ensure that all medical needs are covered.
        • Obtains lab samples that may be needed from the pet. Uses a fecal loop when necessary. Anticipates and prepares any medications or vaccines the veterinarian will need to treat the patient.
        • Notifies the veterinarian when patients in the exam room are ready to be seen. Advises the veterinarian about the nature of the visit, preventative procedures due, and necessary tests.
        • Assists the veterinarian with the exam by restraining the animal, preparing forms, and gathering instruments. Remains in the exam room or waits around the room until needed by the veterinarian.
        • Ensures that all procedures rendered during the visit are documented for proper billing.
        • After the appointment is complete, the technician escorts the client and patient to the front desk. They give the medical record and invoice to the Customer Service Representative. Waits until the CSR goes through the charges with the client and ensures the client has no further questions.
        • Cleans, disinfects, and prepares the exam room for the next visit.Medical Records
          • Ensures accurate and efficient documentation of all vaccinations, procedures, and notes in the medical record.
          • Admits and releases patients for all hospital procedures, appropriately completing paperwork.
          • Accurately invoices clients for services.
          • Ensures that reminders are double checked to ensure vaccines are given at appropriate time schedule.Diagnostics and Laboratory Procedures
            • Accurately performs routine in-house and specialty laboratory procedures. Collects, prepares, and handles specimens according to hospital protocols/
            • Prepares specimens for outside laboratory. Obtains results from the lab via fax. Ensures that the results are placed into the appropriate chart and given to the attending doctor for client call back.
            • Monitors lab supplies, informs the Technician responsible for ordering additional lab supplies as needed.
            • Takes digital radiographs using proper techniques and positioning.Treatments And Other Procedures
              • Performs all technician appointments such as routine suture removals, nail trims, and weight checks.
              • Provides appropriate wound care as directed by a veterinarian. Applies bandages and splints if necessary.
              • Cleans and sterilizes instruments.
              • Gives intravenous, intramuscular, and subcutaneous injections as directed.
              • Examines patients for fleas, skin irritations, and other obvious problems.Medication Dispensation
                • Understands usage of and recommendations for a wide range of prescription medication.
                • Draws up vaccinations, sets up syringes, and ensures that medications and equipment is ready.
                • Calculates medication dosages and fills prescriptions accurately.
                • Prepares prescription labels and appropriately packages medications. Ensures expiration date is valid prior to dispensing.
                • Documents controlled drug dispensation when required.
                • Ensures that medications are added to the patient's record and appropriately charged to the client.Hospitalized Patient Care
                  • Admits and discharges patients on the veterinarian's orders, being especially careful to ensure that patients being discharged are well-groomed and in a medically appropriate state.
                  • Performs any medical treatments of hospitalized patients as directed by the veterinarian.
                  • Ensures that all animals hospitalized or boarding receive appropriate dosages of their medications.
                  • Assists in treating the post-surgical patients for the day. Documents all treatments in the medical record.
                  • Communicates with assistants for the shift regarding patient needs. Reviews cases with the Treatment Tech taking over at the end of the shift to allow for an optimal continuation of care.Client Relations
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