Licensed Veterinary Technician ***Sign On Bonus Available***

Veterinary Technician Knoxville, Tennessee


Description

Position at Village Veterinary Medical Center

JOB SUMMARY 

Veterinary technicians must have a broad knowledge of animal science, medicine, and husbandry, including a basic knowledge of pharmacology and sufficient mathematical skills to ensure the administration of accurate drug and fluid doses. Technicians should have completed or be in the process of completing their veterinary technology degree and must pursue significant on-the-job training as well as licensure. They must be able to successfully restrain animals, complete clinical laboratory tests, use multiple radiology techniques, administer and monitor animals under anesthesia, assist in surgery, and perform dental procedures. Technicians must also deliver compassionate nursing care. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

  • Previous veterinary medicine experience is required  
  • Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology preferred 
  • Valid Tennessee State Veterinary Technology license preferred 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES 

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment with the ability to perform under pressure while maintaining a positive attitude 
  • Must be able to learn and utilize various veterinary software applications / equipment 
  • The ability to operate a computer, including basic typing skills 
  • Effective in multi-tasking (prioritizing and accomplishing tasks) 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills and emotional intelligence 
  • Able to triage and prioritize accordingly and possesses excellent time management skills 
  • Serves as a proactive team player and collaborates well with others 
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Assist veterinarians in providing care for patients including appointments, surgeries, supportive care, and diagnostics 
  • Maintains equipment such as anesthetic machines/monitors, x-ray machines, ultrasound, dental, and autoclaving  
  • Engage in client education and admit and discharge patients efficiently  
  • Obtain comprehensive patient histories and verifies services 
  • Maintain accurate medical records throughout the patients’ stay 
  • Perform safe patient restraint/handling 
  • Communicate pertinent information about patients to veterinarians and owners  
  • Prepare, calculate, and administer vaccines and medications  
  • Monitor and assess hospitalized patients  
  • Perform blood draws 
  • Perform IV catheter placement 
  • Perform anesthesia monitoring 
  • Perform dental prophylaxis 
  • Perform radiography  
  • Perform patient feedings through peg-tube and naso-gastric tubes  
  • Perform postoperative nursing care, including pain management 
  • Laboratory duties including; collecting and preparing samples, processing fecals and urinalysis, and running bloodwork 
  • Maintain cleanliness and infection control among hospital and grounds including floors, trash, and laundry 
  • Maintain a list of tasks and engage in productive work during slow periods 
  • Be willing and able to teach other staff members approved technician skills 
  • Participation in team meetings and training meetings 

PHYSICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

  • Able to stand for long periods of time and tolerate a physically demanding job 
  • Able to lift and/or carry objects up to 40 pounds from floor level and above  
  • Able to stand, walk, stoop, bend, twist, kneel, and crouch for long periods of time  
  • Able to grasp, hold, and manipulate objects  
  • The ability to physically restrain all sizes of pets on the floor and on the exam table 
  • Potential for exposure to anesthetic gases, fumes, and radiation with proper protective measures 
  • Able to detect, observe, and assess sensory information consistent with sight, hearing, smell, and touch 
  • Potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases  

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP 

  • Reports to: Practice Leader or Practice Manager