Veterinary Technician

HR Advantage is looking for a talented Veterinary Technician for a veterinary clinic in Nixa, MO. The purpose of this position is to improve the quality patient care by assisting veterinarians with patient care and treatment. Technicians monitor hospitalized pets, maintain inventory, prepare prescriptions, perform routine, in-house lab work, educate clients regarding veterinary care and procedures, and assist with surgical procedure. The technician assists veterinarians to the fullest possible extent, allowing them to achieve greater efficiency by relieving them of technical 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 clinic personnel, and clients to ensure that patients receive the care they need.

The Technician is friendly and flexible in the face of varying expectations for 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 clearly convey the value of the services to the client, promoting a positive work environment and providing direction to and motivating coworkers.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Patient Care:

  • Provides compassionate patient care, including keeping patients clean, dry, and
  • Alerts veterinarian to changes in patient’s
  • Recognizes patients with contagious disease and follows applicable
  • Medicates patients as
  • Performs basic emergency care, CPR, and intensive care as

Animal Handling:

  • Restrains animals in a safe, efficient, and compassionate manner during examinations and
  • Assists with transport of animals to different areas of the clinic as
  • Exercises compassion and care in all interactions with Properly handles fractious and fearful animals.

Exam Room Assistance:

  • Follows established procedures in order to assist veterinarian 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
  • Reviews medical records and notes made by the admitting CSR to discern the nature of the visit and any tests or procedures that may be
  • Stock drawers in exam rooms and treatment
  • Places the patient on the exam table and prepares for the veterinarian to enter the room.
  • 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, fecal, or heartworm tests).
  • Obtains lab samples that may be needed from the pet. Uses a fecal loop when necessary. Anticipates and prepares and medications or vaccines the veterinarian will need to treat the
  • Notifies the veterinarian when patients in the exam rom are ready to be seen. Advises the veterinarian about the nature of the visit, preventive procedures due, and necessary
  • Assists the veterinarian with the exam by providing necessary restraints, preparing forms, and gathering instruments.
  • Ensures that all procedures rendered during the visit are documented for proper billing.
  • Escorts the client and patient to the front desk and gives the medical record and patient visit form to the CSR.
  • Prepares and cleans the exam room for the next

Medical Records:

  • Ensures accurate and efficient documentation of all vaccination, procedures, and notes in the medical
  • Admits and releases patients for all clinic procedures and appropriately complete
  • Accurately invoices client for
  • Ensures that reminders are set correctly for every
  • Enters records for services provided (i.e. nail trim, anal glands, sub-Q fluids, etc.

Diagnostics and Laboratory Procedures:

  • Accurately performs routine, in-house laboratory procedures. Collects, prepares, and handles specimens according to clinic
  • Prepares specimens for outside Obtains results from the lab via phone or fax.
  • Monitors lab supplies, and orders additional lab supplies as
  • Takes and maintains radiographs, using proper techniques and positioning with appropriate PDE’s.

Treatment and other Procedures:

  • Performs routine suture removals, nail trims, and weight checks. Applies bandages and
  • Sterilizes
  • Prepares patients for procedures.
  • Gives intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections as
  • Examines patients for skin irritations, parasites, and other obvious problems.

Medication Dispensation:

  • Understands usage of and recommendations for prescription drugs, such as heartworm preventative products and flea control
  • Prepares vaccines, sets up syringes, and ensures that drugs and equipment are
  • Maintains knowledge of drugs and their
  • Fills prescriptions accurately.
  • Prepares prescription labels and appropriately packages
  • Documents controlled drug dispensation when required.
  • Ensures that medications are added to the patient’s record and appropriately charged to the

Safety:

  • Follows OSHA guidelines concerning safety and handling of hazardous materials
  • Follows established clinic safety guidelines regarding radiographs, controlled drugs, and animal handling.

Surgical Assistance:

  • Properly cleans, packs, and autoclaves all used surgical material
  • Keeps the operating room properly stocked and prepared for
  • Monitors anesthesia, and assists veterinarian as assigned in surgery and
  • Provides support to surgical technicians as
  • Administers intravenous fluid therapy and monitors vital signs and oxygen
  • Monitors the urinary catheter.
  • Records patient vitals during anesthetic and monitors per clinic policy.

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                                                                  

Hospitalized Patient Care Cont’d:

  • Assists with morning rounds of animals in kennels as
  • Ensures that all animals receive needed
  • Treats routine surgical patients form the previous day. Documents all services
  • Monitor urinary catheter functioning
  • Organizes daily patient status list for front office staff and updates as
  • Communicates with clinic attendants regarding patient needs. Reviews cases with other technical staff before shift

Client Relations:

  • Demonstrates warmth, courtesy, and professionalism in all client interactions.
  • Communicates with clients regarding the medical status of their
  • Calls back or otherwise follows up with clients concerning certain patients; recommends additional visit if patient ‘s progress does not appear
  • Educates clients regarding preventive medicine and vaccination Recommends laboratory procedures, such as pre­ anesthetic profile, fecal analysis, urinalysis and heartworm check.
  • Instructs clients on pre-procedure instructions for pets, how to care for their pets after discharge form the clinic, and how to administer
  • Generates accurate treatment plans, and communicates the value to
  • Provides accurate information to clients concerning fees, payment policies, and other clinic information.

Additional Duties:

  • Attends departmental and staff meetings.
  • Answers phone when the CSR cannot answer by the third ring.
  • Maintains appropriate inventory of all supplies as dictated by the inventory control
  • Unpacks boxes of medical supplies, marks prices, checks expiration dates, and rotates
  • Ensures all products and literature are identified with lab
  • Adheres to all clinic policies, standards and procedures, safety practices, including but not limited to uniforms, grooming, smoking and personal calls as stated in the clinic employee handbook

Education, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Require High School Diploma or GED.
    • Willingness to pursue further education leading to Licensed Veterinary Technician
    • At least one year of recent experience in veterinary practice or medical
    • Ability to perform routine veterinary medical procedures (e.g., collect samples, draw blood, and administer vaccines).
    • Ability to maintain clear and accurate records and to charge clients for all products and services rendered.

Education, Knowledge and Skills Cont’d:

  • Ability to properly restrain
  • Knowledge of spelling and meaning of commonly used veterinary medical terminology and
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in the time allotted without direct
  • Demonstrated ability to show empathy towards clients and treats animals with respect and
  • Excellent interpersonal communication
  • Exhibits a commitment to outstanding client service.
  • Maintains and uses an appropriate level of veterinary medical Takes advantage of in-house educational materials and continuing education provided by the clinic.
  • Maintains knowledge if the clinic’s programs, products, and services.
  • Maintains state-required continuing education requirements.
  • Keeps abreast of over-the-counter products and their usage, including flea control products, skin products, vitamins, and pet

Physical Demands of (Veterinary Technician)

  • Frequent standing for long periods of time up to five (5) hours in length.
  • Frequent walking within the clinic/work area including outdoors
  • Occasional stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 50 pounds without assistance and objects weighing more than 50 pounds with assistance
  • Frequent interaction with management, veterinarians, staff and pet owners (by phone and face-to-face)
  • Frequent typing on the computer requiring manual dexterity using hands and fingers.
  • Frequent reading and writing

Must be able to withstand unpleasant odors and noises. May be exposed to bites, scratches, animal waste, and contagious diseases including, but not limited to, bodily fluids, and radiation exposure

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