The veterinary technician is the veterinarian’ s primary medical support. They begin the examination procedure and continue to assist the doctor throughout the examination, diagnosis and treatment phases. They aid the veterinarians in achieving greater efficiency by relieving them of technical work and administrative detail. They have a very significant role in communicating with and education clients about their pets.
EDUCATION AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
High school diploma or equivalent
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) required.
Previous On-The-Job experience required
Minimum two years experience as veterinary technician
Minimum of 18 years old.
Genuinely enjoys working with animals and is able to deal with them even when they are stressed, ill or in pain.
Can stay calm and efficient during a medical crisis.
Is well-spoken and approaches his/her job duties in a mature nature.
Is experienced in the teamwork approach and works well with all levels of hospital team members.
Has an excellent client communication skill.
Provides compassionate care to patients and clients.
Conducts oneself in a confident and professional manner even when stressed and/or focused on individual tasks.
Maintains electronic medical records in accordance hospital policy.
Gives SQ, IM and IV injections.
Able to discuss client’ s medical questions with confidence and direct to veterinarians when appropriate.
Can perform emergency procedures such as control bleeding, resuscitation with oxygen, opening airways, and external cardiac massage.
Can perform routine laboratory analysis, including hematology, serology, blood chemistry, urinalysis, skin scrapings, and fungal cultures; draws blood for laboratory analysis; maintains file of lab test results and ensures that test results are imported in patient records.
Can effectively position for and take radiographs.
Ability to take blood pressures and perform electrocardiograms.
Monitor anesthetized patients.
Maintain all logs and records corresponding to necessary activities and equipment
Fill prescriptions and prepare medications as prescribed by the veterinarian
Receive hospitalized and transfer patients
Ability to perform toe nail trims, express anal glands, wing and beak trims.
Can place IV catheters and properly care for them. Understands the use and care of IV pumps as well.
Knows common disease states and can alert veterinarians when symptoms change or when concerns arise with hospitalized patients.
Can prepare a patient and the machine for an ultrasound procedure.
Can admit patients following hospital policy and doctors written orders.
Can discharge patients based on the veterinarian’ s orders, ensuring that patients are well groomed and in a medically appropriate state.
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