Emergency Veterinary Technician – Plano, TX 75025

e Veterinary Technician is the veterinarian’s primary medical support and plays a vital role within the practice. Technicians must value the quality of care we provide at (hospital name) and communicate the value to clients. The technician aids the veterinarian in achieving greater efficiency in overall patient care. Technicians will apply their professional technical skills in anesthesia, surgery, dentistry, and laboratory testing, patient nursing care and client education

A technician’s focus is ever-changing according to the priority of the moment. This often requires significant multi-tasking and a creative thinking ability. The technician must be a detail oriented person who can make good decisions, respond quickly and calmly to crises and always maintain high standards of patient care. Technicians need to communicate clearly with the veterinarians, other practice personnel as well as with clients to ensure that patients receive the care that they need. Technicians should enjoy working with people and animals.

Education Qualifications

  • LVT licence is required
  • Ability to communicate clearly both in person and over the telephone
  • Registered technicians must be graduates of an accredited training school or

program.

They must be licensed with the state of (state) in good standing and must

complete all professional requirements to maintain their licensure.

  • Non-registered technicians must have accumulated enough on-the-job training and

experience to be able to perform the duties described below.

Essential Qualifications

  • Must have competency in the skills required for veterinary technician licensure.
  • Must genuinely enjoy working with animals even when they are stressed, ill or in pain.

Calmly and safely restrain pets that may struggle, scratch or try to bite.

  • General animal husbandry and/or specific veterinary experience is required.
  • Employees must be able to respond calmly and quickly to frequent auditory signals,

warnings, or communication from other staff, animals or medical equipment. Employees

should be able to work unaffected in an environment where dogs are barking loudly or

constantly.

  • Must be able to make independent, common sense decisions and solve complex problems.
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Perform physical duties include repetitive standing, walking, bending, twisting, and some

lifting up to 40lbs. Must be able to grasp, hold and manipulate objects.

  • Must be able to observe abnormal behaviors and physical problems in patients.
  • Technicians must be able to operate and maintain equipment pertinent to carrying out

their duties, including but not limited to laboratory equipment, anesthesia and dental and

radiographic equipment.

  • Learn how to use the practice management software to enter services, medications,

procedures and updates into patient record.

Technician Duties

Learning & Leadership

  • Technicians must be able to perform, teach and supervise all the duties of a Tier 1- Tier 4

Job Description.

  • Assist in training and supervision of Technician student interns and new Technicians.
  • Provide staff leadership for tasks in a professional and personable way.
  • Promote a positive attitude and demonstrate a commitment to the vision/mission of the

practice.

  • Make suggestions for how to improve practice protocols.

Patient Care

  • Review the appointment schedule and plan for procedures.
  • Assess patient status, review patient plan, perform hospitalized patient’s treatments

according to the veterinarian’s orders and document such activity.

  • Monitor patients for vomit, blood, urine and feces in the cage, and clean patients and

cages as needed. Note incidents in the medical record.

  • Monitor changes in patients’ conditions. Alert the veterinarian to significant changes.
  • Know common disease states and alert the veterinarian when symptoms change or when

concerns arise with hospitalized patients.

  • Use technical skills to assist the veterinarian with patient care- Anticipate what the

veterinarian will need and do everything you can to set up and assist the

doctor.

  • Manage emergency patient care and alert the veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Be able to recognize signs and degrees of pain and discomfort. Understand the

medications and methods used to control pain.

  • Perform emergency procedures including shock assessment and initiation of treatment,

control of hemorrhage, establishing an airway by intubation and providing ventilation with

oxygen, performing external cardiac massage, applying temporary bandages or splints and

clipping and cleaning wounds.

Assist in breathing for a patient

  • Recognize patients with potentially contagious diseases and follow isolation procedures.

Be familiar with zoonotic diseases.

  • Safely and humanely restrain patients.
  • Properly calculate medication volumes and rates of administration.
  • Administer injectable, topical and oral medications to patient.
  • Perform venipuncture and place IV catheters and administer IV fluids using an IV pump

according to the veterinarian’s orders.

  • Perform cystocentesis and be familiar with the management of urinary catheters.
  • Be proficient in the placement and administration nasal intubation for oxygen

administration.

  • Be skilled in applying a variety of bandages.

Laboratory Procedures

  • Be able to type match blood samples. Obtain and administer whole blood or plasma

transfusions. Monitor for transfusion reactions.

  • Perform radiographs, including dental, and evaluate for proper positioning and exposure.

Be proficient in conducting contrast imaging studies. Adhere to radiographic safety

standards.

  • Clean and maintain ultrasound and laboratory equipment.
  • Know how to use common diagnostic equipment (i.e. ECG, BP, sPO2, IOP, i-Stat,

AlphaTrak, refractometer, centrifuge, etc.)

  • Perform and document in-house lab tests, including blood smears, PCV/TP, urinalysis with

sediments, fecal tests, skin/ear cytology, including ELISA snap tests.

Anesthesia and Surgical Assistance*

  • Understand aseptic principles and apply them at all times to surgical patients,

instruments, equipment and rooms.

  • Knowledge of various anesthetic agents and their use in different patients.
  • Operate, interpret and maintain vital signs equipment and other general surgical

equipment (vital signs monitor, surgical table, electrosurgical units, suction, etc.)

Administer and monitor Propofol. Administer and monitor Ketamine/Valium

  • Operate and maintain anesthetic machines with closed- and open-circuit anesthetic

systems. Maintain oxygen supply and assure use of scavenger system.

  • Knowledge of commonly used analgesics and resuscitative medications. Properly

calculate emergency medication volumes.

  • Knowledge of fluid therapies for intraoperative use (i.e. Normosol, hetastarch, hypertonic

saline, plasma, whole blood) and properly calculate volumes and rates.

  • Administer injectable and gas anesthesia according to standard practice protocols.
  • Properly maintain a patient airway using endotracheal intubation.
  • Monitor and maintain anesthetized patients by observation/manual parameters and by

use of vital signs equipment.

Extubate a patient

  • Perform standard surgical field preparation and patient positioning.
  • Knowledge and maintenance of standard surgical instruments.
  • Knowledge of a variety of surgical procedures and ability to anticipate what supplies and

equipment are needed for surgical set-up.

  • Assist the veterinarian in surgery as directed.
  • Resuscitate and care for neonatal patients.
  • Monitor and assure safety of patients during post-operative recovery. Perform extubation.
  • Operate and maintain autoclave.
  • Properly clean, prepare and sterilize surgical equipment.
  • Maintain accurate surgery log.
  • Perform post-operative client update calls upon patient recovery.
  • Management and Regulatory Tasks
  • Perform laboratory, treatment and surgical inventory maintenance as requested.
  • Receive deliveries. Check contents of the deliveries against invoices and immediately note

package shortages or damaged shipments as necessary. When applicable, ensure that the

appropriate MSDS information is present in the MSDS Binder for every product received

onto the premises.

  • Ensure that working areas are stocked with medical supplies at all times.
  • Maintain controlled substance log. Keep controlled drugs secured to meet Drug

Enforcement Agency and state law specifications.

  • Maintain radiology log to comply with state laws.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization in the treatment area, surgery suite, imaging, cages

and runs.

  • Complete closing checklist for laboratory, treatment, imaging and surgery daily.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $18.00 to $22.00 /hour

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $18.00 to $22.00 /hour

Experience:

  • relevant: 5 years (Required)
  • veterinary technician: 5 years (Required)

Education:

Additional Compensation:

Work Location:

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible — enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Detail-oriented — would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
  • Achievement-oriented — enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
  • Innovative — prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity
  • High stress tolerance — thrives in a high-pressure environment

Schedule:

  • Weekends required
  • Holidays required
  • Night shift

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