The Licensed Veterinary Technician’s primary role is to support and assist the doctors of the hospital. This candidate should be one that promotes a cooperative working environment among staff members, understands the value of teamwork and shows enthusiasm and willingness to perform to help the hospital function as one unit. The Veterinary Technician will begin the physical examination and continue to assist the doctor throughout the examination, diagnosis and treatment phases of the pet’s visit. Vet Techs will also interact closely with client’s communicating; general information, home care and other information in regards to the pet’s care.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Performs all duties in accordance with government regulations and hospital policies and procedures.
Prepares and maintains the exam rooms and treatment areas.
Assists the doctor in medical, surgical and dental procedures; prepares patients for surgery; assists the doctor in administering anesthetics; monitors patients during surgery and recovery; administers fluids.
Gives injections and administers oral medications.
Performs emergency procedures such as control of bleeding, resuscitation with oxygen, and external cardiac massage.
Assists in restraining pets when necessary.
Performs clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams, heartworm checks, skin scrapings, urinalysis, and fungal cultures; draws blood for laboratory analysis; maintains file of lab test results and ensures that test results are recorded in patient records.
Performs radiography and performs ECGs.
Admits and discharges patients on the doctor's orders. Counsels clients on various aspects of animal care; explains dosage/purpose of medications; reinforces the proper care and procedures that should be followed at home; makes follow-up calls to clients.
Understands usage and dosage for commonly used prescription drugs including heartworm preventative and prescription flea control products and can readily explain them to clients.
Properly cleans all surgical materials after they are used; keeps the operating room stocked and prepared for surgery.
Maintains an appropriate inventory of all drugs and medical supplies.
Assists other staff members as required.
Prepares estimates for clients
Performs other duties as determined by the doctors.
Veterinary Technician licensure for Virginia
Minimum of two (2) years experience as a licensed veterinary technician, preferred but not required
Should have knowledge of; MS Excel Spreadsheet software and MS Word; MS PowerPoint Word Processing software.
Previous experience with veterinary practice software is a plus.