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Veterinary Technician

Androcles Personnel Managment SC01 Summerville, SC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, 401k, Dental

A licensed veterinary technician directly handles inpatient and outpatient care, working hand-in-hand with veterinarians. The technician assists in exam rooms by taking patients’ history, vital signs and weight; preparing vaccines; collecting samples and running diagnostic tests; providing client education; and assisting with animal restraint. Technicians also may see their own appointments for procedures such as suture removal, nail trim, vaccine administration when a doctor exam is not required, long-term medication monitoring testing, surgery admission and discharge and boarding check-in exams. Technicians directly impact doctors’ productivity, client service and patient care. Technicians play a key role in communicating with clients in person and by phone for follow-up care and patient monitoring.

Reports to: Staff Coordinator

Job Responsibilities

Technical Duties, 90%:

  • Assist veterinarians in the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery
  • Perform in-hospital lab testing and prepare specimens for outside labs
  • Assist veterinarians in outpatient exams by taking histories, vital signs and weights as well as providing client education
  • Provide nursing care for in-hospital patients
  • Conduct pre-admission exams and discharge hospitalized patients
  • Perform client callbacks
  • Maintain proper care and medication administration of boarding animals and assist kennel staff
  • Maintain legally defensible medical records in cooperation with veterinarians
  • Note in medical records the details discussed during client conversations including the date, time, key points of the discussion and any action required
  • Schedule surgeries according to hospital scheduling guidelines


  • Prepare and maintain exam rooms (cleanliness and stocking of supplies and brochures)
  • Assist veterinarians in exam rooms by taking patients’ history, vital signs and weight; preparing vaccines and medications; and assisting with medical records
  • Educate clients on prevention and wellness topics
  • Collect samples and run heartworm, tick-borne disease and intestinal parasite tests
  • Fill prescriptions per veterinarians’ instructions
  • Educate clients about medication instructions and administration
  • Perform admission exams for patients being hospitalized, including weight, vital signs and pre-surgical exam
  • Perform pre-anesthetic exams on surgery and dental patients if the veterinarian has not already assessed patients
  • Discharge patients for dentistry, spay, neuter and declaw surgeries
  • Conduct dental progress exams


  • Responsible for in-hospital lab testing such as intestinal parasite screens, pre-anesthetic testing, senior screens, complete blood count, urinalysis, heartworm, tick-borne diseases, Feline Leukemia, FIV, cytology, etc.
  • Collect and prepare samples
  • Report diagnostic testing results to veterinarians
  • Maintain quality controls and record keeping on in-house lab equipment
  • Complete proper sample preparation and paperwork for outside diagnostic lab tests
  • Perform maintenance on in-house lab equipment


  • Perform treatments noted on treatment board and in medical records (hospitalized patients, surgeries, dentistry patients, boarding medications)
  • Assist veterinarians with daily treatments
  • Monitor intensive care patients
  • Provide nursing care
  • Take and process x-rays
  • Accurately number and file x-rays; record x-rays in log and medical records
  • Use and maintain IV pumps


  • Admit patients scheduled for surgery and dentistry
  • Keep surgical materials stocked
  • Prepare gown and surgical packs

· Check oxygen lines and waste gas scavenger system; turn off scavenger system after surgical procedures are completed

  • Prepare surgery suite for surgery
  • Prepare instruments; know type of surgical instruments required for specific surgeries
  • Assist veterinarians with patient restraint
  • Assist veterinarians with induction/intubation or perform induction/intubation
  • Surgical preparation of patient
  • Monitor anesthesia closely with monitoring equipment such as pulse oximeter and electrocardiogram
  • Help maintain anesthesia machine
  • Assist veterinarian performing surgery
  • Monitor patients waking up from anesthesia; assist with treatment if patient has reaction to anesthesia
  • Clean surgery suite and surgical instruments after each procedure following hospital sterilization protocols
  • Keep accurate anesthesia/surgical medical records
  • Ensure hospital patients go home well groomed and in an appropriate medical state


  • Clean, scale and polish teeth using dental equipment and hand instruments
  • Perform fluoride treatments
  • Record dental problems in medical records and report them to veterinarians for instructions
  • Assist veterinarians performing oral extractions or other dental procedures
  • Complete dental report cards
  • Take before-and-after digital photos for client handouts
  • Take and process dental x-rays

Medical Records

  • Enter accurate charges
  • Update medical records with progress notes
  • Communicate with doctors and technicians through notations in medical records
  • Record information for hospitalized patients including:
    • Daily status each time a technician touches a patient, with initials, time, procedures and observations
    • Boarding information
    • Hospitalized procedures such as surgeries, radiographs and dentistry
    • Pre-surgical exam findings, anesthesia risk
    • Time anesthesia begins, ends and how many minutes
    • Suture material, suture pattern; incision location and size; veterinarian’s surgical notes
    • Lab test results
    • Dental charts
    • Injections, medications, fluid therapy, pain management
  • Note homecare instructions given to and reviewed with client
  • Create estimates/treatment plans
  • Collect signatures on consent forms and estimates/treatment plans

Housekeeping Duties, 5%:

  • Maintain cleanliness of surgery suite, treatment area and exams rooms for all surfaces, including lights, tables, cabinets, walls and floors
  • Maintain equipment cleanliness and longevity by vacuuming pet hair from keyboards, wheels and equipment
  • Vacuum computer keyboards in treatment area, lab/pharmacy and exam rooms
  • Clean glass windows and doors in surgery suite, treatment area and exam rooms
  • Sweep and mop floors in surgery suite, exam rooms and treatment area
  • Keep food and drinks out of treatment area and surgery suite
  • Discard syringes in proper containers
  • Empty trash
  • Clean water and food bowls for hospitalized pets
  • Clean cages and bedding for hospitalized pets
  • Clean up after pets’ accidents in the reception area, exam rooms and exterior sidewalks and parking lot
  • Organize radiology gowns, gloves and badges, making sure they are neatly hung or stored
  • Scrub and polish sinks
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards in the surgery suite, treatment area and exam rooms
  • Clean cages
  • Do laundry

Administrative Duties, 3%:


  • Log controlled drugs
  • Assist with inventory physical count
  • Know how to use the inventory module in our veterinary practice-management software
  • Unpack deliveries, reconcile against packing slip and restock supplies
  • Restock shelves and drawers in exam rooms and treatment area


· Follow OSHA requirements

· Follow practice’s health and safety protocols

  • Maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)


  • Be proficient in using our veterinary practice-management software
  • File lab results
  • Send out x-ray badges monthly; supervise monitoring badges; file reports
  • Email x-rays to clients or referral veterinarians
  • Facilitate referrals to specialists
  • Assist customer service representatives when they need extra help
  • Attend staff and department meetings

Professional Growth Duties, 2%:

  • Belong to professional societies
  • Attend continuing education for technicians (conferences, online courses, videos, in-clinic seminars, etc.)
  • Network with technicians from other practices
  • Read veterinary and technician journals

Educational Requirements & Skills Needed

Educational Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Associate’s degree in applied science, veterinary technology
  • National license to work as a licensed veterinary technician
  • State license to work as a licensed veterinary technician

Skills Needed:

  • Ability to assist veterinarians in the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery

Physical Obligations:

  • Able to lift patients and carry equipment up to 25 pounds; ability to lift patients or carry equipment over 25 pounds with assistance
  • Endure sitting, standing and walking on hard floor surfaces for extended periods
  • Type information for patient records and prescription labels into the computer
  • Able to work in noisy work conditions with sounds from animals and equipment
  • Take safety precautions for exposure to toxins, drugs, anesthesia and radiation

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Why Work Here?

Awesome co-workers, fast -paced, great learning environment! High-Quality Medicine, Caring and Compassionate environment, Work-Life balance

Westbury Veterinary Clinic is a thriving four doctor facility located just outside Charleston in Summerville South Carolina. We are an AAHA accredited veterinary clinic and we practice the highest quality medicine possible in a modern, fast-paced environment. We are proud to be the only Gold Certified Feline Friendly Practice in our area and we believe in compassionate, low stress handling for all of our feline and canine patients. Westbury is a progressive clinic that continually adds new services and challenges our staff to learn and grow every day. Westbury Veterinary Clinic is an anti-discrimination workplace. We confront and reject prejudice and discrimination in all forms.

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