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Veterinary Technician Assistant

Pet Medical Center of Springfield Springfield ,VA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: 401k, dental, life_insurance, medical, vision
Job Description: Job Summary: Assist doctor and other hospital staff by care and cleaning of patients and facilities including completing patient treatments, assisting in surgery and all other animal care functions as well as other tasks involved in the operation of a veterinary hospital. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: · Previous experience or training/education working in a veterinary facility preferred. · Must be friendly, outgoing, “people oriented” · Excellent communication skills · Must be capable of being cross-trained for front office receptionist duties that will be expected in the job · Telephone and computer skills are necessary · Must be a team player willing to learn new techniques and treatments and to accept change Education and Experience: · College or college equivalent education as required in becoming a Registered or Certified Veterinary Technician Authority: · Direct and guide veterinary assistants, including kennel attendants · Technician training as needed · Perform emergency care within regulatory limits Physical Requirements: · Dependable attendance is required · Any allergies to animals must be controlled through medication · Must be able to lift 40 pounds · Must be willing to work long or irregular hours under pressure conditions · This position requires the ability to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly · Visual acuity sufficient to maintain accurate records, recognize people and understand written directions · Ability to speak and hear sufficiently to understand, give information in person and over the telephone · Fine motor skills adequate for utilizing hospital equipment such as electric clippers, syringes, radiology equipment, laboratory equipment, computers, etc. Duties: The following is a list of essential job requirements. This list may be revised at any time and additional duties not listed may be assigned as needed. Job functions and job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: · Client Relations · Nursing Care · Housekeeping/Maintenance · Examinations/Assessments · Record Keeping · Anesthesia · Surgery · Radiology · Dentistry · Laboratory · Pharmacy · Marketing Client Relations: · Agree to incorporate the principles of the Mission Statement and excellent client service in their daily job performance. · Demonstrate excellent relations with clients/pets in waiting or exam rooms: Ø Assist receptionists with client/patient checking in and checking out of hospital Ø Ensure that clients and pets feel welcome and comfortable Ø Service as “Ambassadors” of creating and maintaining foodwill for the hospital Ø Build rapport with clients and pets Ø Greet clients and pets by name Ø Help new clients completely fill out any necessary forms Ø Exceed the client’s expectations of service Ø If there is a delay, keep clients informed of expected waiting time Ø Must support reception staff by providing telephone support to ensure that clients’ calls and requests are being processed in a timely manner Ø Provide support to reception staff in appointment scheduling Ø Ability to effectively communicate and educate clients on general animal husbandry and answer non-medical questions Ø General dietary requirements and feeding schedules Ø Vaccines Ø Basic dietary recommendations Ø Dental Care instructions Ø Routine laboratory tests, i.e. fecal's, heart worm, leukemia, etc. Ø Housebreaking techniques Ø General flea and tick control Nursing Care: · Compassionate nursing care is the top priority for all patients · Make certain all patients are kept clean and as comfortable as possible · Assist in treating hospitalized animals under veterinary supervision · Continuously monitor all patients admitted to the hospital · Ensure all patients are clearly identified including cage card and ID Collar · Assist veterinarians to direct traffic (patients and care) and leverage staff time · Efficiently organize daily duties and medical-surgical procedures to best utilize staff’s time · Participate in client communication and education, explaining administration of medications, follow-up care, diet recommendations and general animal care · Flexibility in working hours is required to ensure that the job is done properly Housekeeping and Maintenance of Hospital · Make certain entire hospital both inside and outside, including treatment, surgery, kennels, runs, parking lot and entry is kept extremely clean throughout the day (so that a client could come back and see their pet without notice). This includes your own clothing and appearance · Advise the veterinarian or Hospital Manager of any conditions that are unsafe, including unrecognized hazards or infractions of safety rules Examinations: · Ability to perform a cursory examination of an animal · Ability to use a stethoscope and Otoscope · Ability to recognize fleas, ticks, and other external parasites · Ability to recognize other potential health care issues, i.e., dental or needs exam by veterinarian · Clearly communicate your findings to doctor. Refuse to make a diagnosis Records: · Keep records up to date. This includes client records with charges, medical history, vaccine status, medications administered, laboratory reports, etc. · Maintain all log books (surgery, anesthesia, laboratory, controlled substances, etc.). · Handwriting must be neat and legible Anesthesia: · Understand how to maintain and use our inhalation anesthetic machines · Administer certain anesthetics under direct doctor supervision · Monitor anesthesia under direct doctor supervision · Familiarity with procedures and antidotes for an anesthesia emergency Surgery: · Understand how to prep animals for aseptic surgery · Understand aseptic technique in the surgery room and participate in maintaining sterile conditions · Know the names and general use of surgical instruments and equipment · Maintain and sterilize surgical instruments and packs · Be willing and able to assist the doctor with certain surgical procedures Radiology: · Position animals properly for radiographs · Know how to properly use positioning devices so that the patients may be radiographed without the requirement of assistants holding animals in place whenever possible · Maintain and care for all radiology equipment · Practice all safety regulations in regard to radiology Dentistry: · Understand how to set up and use a Dental Prophylactics unit · Perform routine dental prophylactics Ø Know general uses of our instrumentation for endodontic, exodontic, etc Ø Ability to take dental radiographs if necessary Laboratory: · Draw blood samples · Collect stool and urine samples · Prepare lab request forms · Perform certain laboratory tests: Ø Stool exams Ø Urinalysis Ø Heartworm tests Ø Skin scrapings Ø SNAP tests Ø ERD tests Pharmacy: · Create prescription labels, fill prescriptions and dispense medications as directed by a veterinarian · Control inventory and assist in ordering medications and supplies · Maintain proper storage and safekeeping of drugs as directed by a doctor Marketing: · Understand, participate and support planned marketing events and programs, i.e., Dental Health Month promotion Present Company Description: The four veterinarians and staff at the Pet Medical Center are committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive health care for all the pets that we care for. We have been proudly serving Springfield, West Springfield, Annandale, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Fairfax, and Alexandria areas. We strive to exceed our clients' expectations by offering state-of-the-art veterinary medical care in a caring environment. We offer comprehensive physical exams, dental services, surgical care and digital x-ray. We also offer grooming, nutritional counseling, boarding and early morning drop off for our client's convenience!

Pet Medical Center of Springfield

Why Work Here?

Fun and rewarding working environment

The four veterinarians and staff at the Pet Medical Center are committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive health care for all the pets that we care for. We have been proudly serving Springfield, West Springfield, Annandale, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Fairfax, and Alexandria areas. We strive to exceed our clients' expectations by offering state-of-the-art veterinary medical care in a caring environment. We offer comprehensive physical exams, dental services, surgical care and digital x-ray. We also offer grooming, nutritional counseling, boarding and early morning drop off for our client's convenience!

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