Oahu SPCA Veterinary Technician Thank you for embarking on this new journey of shelter medicine with us! The life of a Veterinary Tech is a very challenging and rewarding one indeed! Hopefully with the Oahu SPCA you will find skills that will aid you to grow in the field and help you toward reaching your goals. As a Technician you provide direct care to both shelter and public pets. Under the guidance of our current veterinarian you will gain valuable experience in learning new skill sets or perfecting what you already know. Listed below are general job duties that are expected of your respective position. Occasionally your duties may add or subtract new duties which we hope that you can show your flexibility by adapting to the ever changing position. Intake of a Rescued Animal: Our organization often takes in different types of pets. Owner Surrender pets, Abandoned, Neglected/Abused, Returns, Transfers or Strays. The origination of the required steps taken are started with the adoptions team. You will see that during this process the “clinic team” works closely and hand in hand with the “adoptions team”. If the new pet is an owner surrender, return or transfer an intake is immediate and the animal is placed up for adoption after the vetting process is complete. If the new pet is abandoned, neglected, abused, or a stray the adoption team will place a legal hold on the pet before we can vet them and intake them into the organization. The adoption team will file the lost report with our local animal control and let the clinic team know the date the hold is lifted. The intake process is very simple:Perform patient assessment upon entry or return to the shelter.If not already done create a new patient chartRecord and notify Vet or any conditions that might require special care or attentionAssess flea and tick condition and administer proper medicationEvaluate risk for internal parasites.Administer Vaccines as directed/required/deemed by Vet or protocolPreform venipuncture for Heartworm testing, FELV and FIV and other needed blood testsPreform Parvo test and record resultsPerform additional tests as directed or deemed necessary by the current Vet.Utilize low stress handling and restraint techniques for proceduresDispense daily medication according to the medication sheetMicrochip pet if not already chippedAssist with the spay/neuter of the petPlace the pet in their new location once medically cleared to be released for adoptionHand physical file over to adoption team after recording all procedures and treatmentsUpdate electronic system with all procedures and treatments Wellness and Surgical Options: Our organization is proud to report that we are able to perform limited services to public pets for a low cost. While we aren’t a full service clinic we are able to administer, preform and treat pets for things within our scope to manage in our current setting. As a technician you will have direct care of the public pet from first introduction to when the pet is safely handed over to their owner. It is important to remember that safety, knowledge, and professionalism is important during these appointments.Preform treatments and procedures as directed by the vet and requested by the owner for a wellness exam which includes but isn’t limited too:Perform Skin scrapesObtain fecal samplesPerform fecal flotationEvaluate tests microscopicallyNotify Vet and record resultsPrepare and/or administer vaccinationsPerform venipuncture for heartworm, FELV and FIV and other blood testsPerform Parvo test and record resultsPerform additional tests as directed by VetTrim NailsClean EarsAnal gland expressionAssess flea and tick condition and administer proper medication as directedPlace a microchip Preparing for Surgery: Always insure that there are enough clean and sterile supplies for the Vet to complete their surgery!Prepare Instruments for surgery (Training provided)Rinsing and cleaningUltrasonic CleaningAutoclaveSurgical Packs (training providedWrap Instrument PacksFold and Wrap DrapesAutoclaveKeep Surgical tables, trays and ancillary items clean and ready for useKeep Clinic, surgical and recovery areas clean at all timesMaintain Proper levels of disinfectants in spray bottles and place in easily accessible areas for immediate use as needed.Utilize proper PPE (personal protective equipment)Maintain proper safety practices and techniques at all times. Pre-SurgeryOwner arrives with pet and receives registration form which they fill out and turn into the front desk.The pet is then taken by the clinic staff into the back where they are weighed and placed in their temporary holding kennel which is labeled with their name and weight. Their form is placed in a zip lock bag and fixed to their kennel with a clip or tape.Draw anesthesia drugs as directed by the VetAdminister pre-surgical medication as directed by the VetPosition Animal on the surgery table and adjust the V-Trough if necessaryPrepare anesthetic machine for surgeryPre-oxygenate patient and administer inhalation anesthetic (Isoflurane)Perform endotracheal intubations with laryngoscope as requiredManually express patients bladder as neededSurgical Prep: Shave animal as appropriate for procedure and perform sterile skin preparation with alcohol and provodine-iodine mixDrape patient for surgeryMaintain sterility during surgery Assisting the Vet during SurgeryProvide Sterile instruments, gloves, sutures and scalpels as appropriate for surgical procedure and as directed by the Vet.Provide additional assistance as directed by Vet.Set up and monitor pulse oximetry (Sp02)Auscultate heart, assess respiratory rate, note CRT, body temp and report to Vet surgeon during surgery Recovery after SurgeryAuscultate heart, assess respiratory rate, note CRT, body temp and report to VetAdministering reversal drug if directed by VetAdminister routine post-surgical antibioticAdminister routine post-surgical analgesicAdminister other medication as directed by VetClip NailsClean EarsApply post surgical bandages as neededApply tattoo as required or notch ears as needed (feral cats)Return animal to kennel/crate and monitor until discharge Discharge of PetOnce medically cleared for releaseContact owner and update on pet’s clearance and conditionUpon their return receive payment for servicesDiscuss post op instructions and aftercare with ownersCheck to insure pet isn’t covered in poop or urine and that their surgery isn’t bleeding, open, oozing or otherwise is normal and in good condition for release BEFORE taking pet outside to owner.Release pet to owner.All information to be inputted into electronic system End of Day/Shift Duties (Throughout the shift) After a long day there are still several things needing to be completed before exiting property. It is sometimes easier to complete these tasks as needed throughout your day if you have time to do so.Remove all soiled laundry. Wash and DryWash any instruments or dishesSanitize all surgery tables, countertopsSweep and MopRemove trash, reline trashcanCheck up on animals as needed to insure food and water and kennel cleanliness Other Duties (Misc.)Inputting data into electronic systemUpkeep of monthly treatments for all shelter pets as deemed by the Vet.Canine monthly heartworm treatmentFeline and Canine monthly Flea and Tick ControlAdministering of any medications (daily) as instructed by the Vet whether orally, topically or SQFollow up of any health concern report by other staff membersAssess situation after receiving report update VetFollow up as directed by VetInventory Control and ManagementAlert the Vet to any supplies that are running low BEFORE we run out so that orders can be processed accordingly. Petco Vaccination Clinics We hold vaccination clinics every weekend at different Petco stores around the island. We are there Saturday’s from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. The vaccine clinic is a fast paced environment where we provide limited low cost services to the public.Set-up front client/patient reception areaPlease insure that the area you set up at doesn’t obstruct customer flow too much. If it does consult the Petco manager to ensure they are okay with the placement of the table.Set-up examination/patient vaccination areaEvaluate patient and discuss vaccination information and requirements with clientCheck appropriate vaccination sheet vaccines and services boxesDiscuss vaccination reaction/after-care information with clientProvide local clinic and hospital information if needed.Promote low cost spay, neuter and wellness servicesMaintain a log of incoming clientsIf assigned pack, refill, prepare, transport vaccination bins and/or vaccines in cooler insuring proper temperature to the best of your ability. Overall the job of a “vet tech” is fluid and ever changing. This job description is a mere guide and not a guarantee on the expectation’s currently. Please don’t hesitate to ask for additional training as needed.