VTIT or VT

08/20/13
Job Description: 
ANIMAL HEALTH VETERINARY TECHNICIAN INTRODUCTION Animal Health technicians include veterinary technicians and technicians in training and are under the direct guidance and supervision of the doctors. Incumbents of this position are required to assist the practitioners to the fullest possible extent, to help improve the quality of care given to the patients of Town Center Animal Hospital and to aid the practitioners in achieving greater efficiency by relieving them of technical work and administrative detail. MAJOR DUTIES • Prepare for office hours by stocking drawers in exam rooms and treatment area, by drawing up vaccines, setting up syringes, and assuring that drugs and equipment are ready. Provide restraint of pets for examination and treatment by veterinarian. Prepare medications (both injections and dispensed medications) for both outpatients and inpatients. • Help doctor administer anesthetics; prepare patients for surgery; monitor patients during surgery and recovery; assist in surgery; administer fluids; perform support therapy to patients in surgery and post-op; remove and ready next patient. • Properly clean, pack and autoclave all surgical materials after they are used. Keep the operating room properly stocked and prepared for surgery. • Help the doctor treat patients; assist in medical or surgical procedures such as irrigating wounds, medication, cleansing wounds, and bandaging. Perform the full range of “tableside” assistance to the practitioners. • Perform clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams, heartworm checks, skin scrapings, urinanalysis, fungal cultures, draw blood for laboratory analysis. Prepare samples for shipment to laboratory and prepare laboratory forms. Perform other in-house tests such as parvo virus tests and immunoglobin transfer tests and feline leukemia virus tests. Manage the VIA database of laboratory results. • Take and process all radiographs. • Perform in-clinic dewormings, record patient weights and temperatures, record observations on patient status such as nature and amount of vomitus, bowel movements, and urinations. Perform ear flushings and pluckings, dentistries for dogs and cats. Monitor vital signs on all patients. • Assist kennel personnel in keeping patients clean and dry at all times. • Admit and discharge patients on the doctor’s orders, being especially careful to ensure that patients being discharged are well-groomed and in a medically appropriate state. Answer client questions one-on-one on various aspects of animal care up to, but not including, controversial items and/or those best left to the veterinarians. Pass on information/advice from the practitioners; explain dosage/purpose of medications; reinforce through discussion the proper care and procedures that should be followed at home. Call back/follow-up with clients concerning certain patients; recommend additional visit if patient’s progress does not appear satisfactory. • Assist the receptionist when necessary and assume her duties during her absence. CONTROLS OVER WORK The practitioners provide continuing or individual assignments indicating generally what is to be done, limitations, quality and quantity expected, deadlines and priority of assignments. The practitioners provide additional, specific instructions for new, difficult or unusual assignments in animal health care, including suggested work methods or advice on source materials available. The Animal Health Technician uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instructions, but refers deviations, problems, and unfamiliar situations not covered by instructions to the practitioner for decision or help. The practitioners assure that finished work and methods used are technically accurate and in compliance with instructions or established procedures. Review of the work increases with more difficult assignments, if the technician has not previously performed similar assignments. Administrative supervision may be provided by the Office Manager or Practice Manager. ADVANCEMENT Veterinary Technicians in this practice will be taught and trained to the limits of their potential. If, during training, an individual shows interest in a specific field, such as radiology or anesthesiology, continuing education in that field will be encouraged. Such encouragement may be in the form of a subsidy for taking outside courses or formal training given in the practice. OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS Skill and Knowledge: • Knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests. • Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment. • Knowledge of sterilization techniques to sterilize various instruments and materials. • Knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to make preparations and provide “tableside” assistance. Physical Effort: Work often requires lifting and carrying animals which may weighs upwards of 100 lbs. Will be assisted by animal handlers in working with larger animals. Walks or stands for extended periods of time; frequently works in bent position. Working Conditions: Work often exposes the Animal Health Technician to unpleasant odors and noises. May be exposed to bites, scratches, and animal waste; may also be exposed to contagious diseases. Veterinary Technician means a person who is: • Licensed by the Board pursuant to NRS 638.122; and • Formally trained for the specific purpose of assisting a licensed veterinarian in the performance of professional or technical services in the field of veterinary medicine. The specified duties of a Veterinary Technician include: A) Immediate Supervision: • Application of casts or splints for the immobilization of fractures; • Removal of: -teeth that have extreme mobility and stage 4 periodontal disease; and retained deciduous teeth other than retained deciduous canine teeth. • Assisting a licensed veterinarian in surgery. • Euthanasia. • Fluid aspiration from a body cavity. • Suturing an existing surgical skin incision or gingival incision B) Immediate or Direct Supervision: • Blood administration. • Induction of anesthesia • Endotracheal intubation • Monitoring of vital signs. • Application of casts and splints. • Tasks listed in subsection 4 of state regulations (immediate, direct or indirect supervision), if the animal is anesthetized. • External noninvasive ultrasonography. • Cystocentesis to obtain a urine specimen (with or without the aid of ultrasound) • Internal anal gland expression • Dental prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning) • Physical therapy. C) Immediate, Direct, or Indirect Supervision: • Administration of enemas. • Administration of an electrocardiogram. • Application of bandages. • Catheterization of an unobstructed bladder. • Introduction of a stomach tube. • Ear Flushing with pressure or suction. • Positioning of animals for x-rays. • Operation of x-ray machines or other diagnostic imaging • Administration of oral and rectal radio-opaque materials. • Administration of oral and topical medications, including controlled substances. • Starting and restarting of intravenous fluids. • Collection of a laboratory specimen for analysis, including, but not limited to, blood, urine, skin, parasites and microorganisms. • Collection of tissue during or after a postmortem examination by a licensed veterinarian. • Administration of intramuscular, subcutaneous, or intravenous injections. • Placement of an intravenous catheter. • Implantation of a subcutaneous identification microchip into the animal. • Monitoring vital signs • External anal gland expression • Collection of skin scrapings *No exam within the previous 12 hours is required for collection of lab specimens. Licensed techs may not perform the following: • Surgery • Diagnosis or prognosis of animal diseases • Except as authorized by a vet: prescribe, administer or dispense drugs, medicines or appliances. • Any other activity which represents the practice of veterinary medicine or which requires the knowledge, skill and training of a licensed vet. Veterinary Techs-in-Training: • A person may perform tasks of a veterinary technician under the immediate supervision of a supervising veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician while the person is receiving the training and experience necessary. (See tasks of veterinary technician under the vet tech description of duties in this handout. Also, this is with the understanding that all requirements for receiving the vet tech-in-training designation as required by the state board have been fulfilled.)
Company Name: 
Town Center Animal Hospital
Type of Practice: 
Small Animal
Street Address: 
3565 S. Town Center Drive
City: 
Las Vegas
State: 
Nevada
Hours per week: 
30-40
Type of Position: 
Full-time
Salary/Wage: 
Varies with experience
Level of Experience Desired: 
Graduate (CVT, RVT, LVT)
Benefits: 
Licensed - Yes
How to Apply: 
Please email your resume to jobsattcah@gmail.com
Contact Name: 
Jocelyn
Contact E-mail: 
jobsattcah@gmail.com
Contact Phone: 
702-262-1300

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