Veterinary Technician I

Updated: 26 days ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Veterinary Technician I

Agency

Texas A&M University

Department

Dean Of Veterinary Medicine

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .

Who we are

Welcome to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). From the over 550 students in our DVM program , to the 2,355 students in our dynamic Biomedical Science Undergraduate Program , to the 150 outstanding graduate students involved in quality research projects throughout the college, we’re engaged in preparing our students to meet the public and animal health needs of the 21st century and beyond. We’re proud of our college, our facilities and our programs, but it’s the people that make it all work—we’re enormously proud of our faculty, staff, and students.

What we want

We are looking for a Veterinary Technician I to assist in the treatment of animals admitted to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The ideal candidate will provide support to faculty, staff, and students through clinical, diagnostic, and instructional responsibilities. The veterinary field is always evolving, and this position allows you to further develop and advance your skills. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.



What you need to know

Salary: Compensation will be commensurate to selected hire’s experience.

Position Details: Must be able to work between the hours of 7 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday.

Essential Personnel - This position is considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless or until relieved by their direct supervisor.

COVID-19 information:  Texas A&M University monitors local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep students, employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. For the latest information regarding Texas A&M’s COVID-19 response, please visit the University’s COVID-19 website . For COVID-19 employment-related information, please visit the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness’ COVID-19 website .

As a Healthcare facility, The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital COVID-19 guidelines may vary from those located on the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness’ website

Required Education:

  • Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science or a related area, or any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others

  • Computer skills in word processing, spread sheets, and data entry

  • Working knowledge of veterinary equipment used within a veterinary hospital such as anesthetic machines, fluid pumps, blood gas analyzers, oscilloscopes, defibrillators, nebulizers, endoscopic equipment

Other Requirements or Factors:

  • Must be able to work between the hours of 7 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday

  • Typical schedule will be an 8-hour shift between these times

  • Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor

  • May be required to work alternate shifts, some overtime, holidays, or weekends

  • Ability to perform heavy lifting or moving

  • Must be able to work within time constraints and in crisis situations

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science or a related area

  • One year relevant experience within the Texas A&M University System

  • Two or more years’ experience in a veterinary medical setting preferably in a referral hospital

  • One or more years of experience involving student instruction

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certification as a Licensed Veterinary Technician

  • Certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, or Emergency / Critical Care

Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced technical ability and strong knowledge of anesthesia, basic surgical instruments and procedures and basic diagnostic equipment and procedures.

  • Advanced ability and strong knowledge of patient evaluation including basic physical examination and patient monitoring in both routine and emergency presentations

Responsibilities:

  • Clinical and Instructional - Provides support to the faculty and staff in the delivery and instruction of anesthesia, surgery, primary and intensive care, and zoonotic disease control, including administration of medications, maintenance of complete and accurate medical records, and collection, preparation and submission of clinical pathology samples. Collects patient medical history. Performs or assists in patient medical evaluations. Assists in instruction and induction of general procedures preparatory to surgery, fluids administration, and replacement therapy. Provides physical restraint for safe handling of multiple species of patient animals.  Assists students in basic suture and surgical techniques, including the aseptic technique. Assists students in instrument handling, simple suture patterns, and ligation techniques. Assists students in preparing patients for surgical procedures. Assists students in basic diagnostic skills associated with specific areas of interest including, but not limited to, ultrasound, radiology, dermatology, clinical pathology, and routine health screening. Assists students in preparing patients for diagnostic procedures. Assists students’ in designing anesthetic protocols. Assists veterinary students in recording patient medical information. Assists students in inducing and maintaining anesthesia in a variety of animal species. Assists students in venous and arterial catheterization, endotracheal intubation, and the administration of pre-medicants, induction agents, inhalant anesthetics, and appropriate analgesics. Assists students in preparing patients for surgical procedures to include intubations, proper clipping, and aseptic surgical site preparation. Assists students in monitoring anesthetized patients. Assists students in proper anesthesia recovery techniques.  Restrains aggressive animals.

  • Equipment - Ensures that the proper equipment is available to facilitate patient and student safety. Maintains and operates point of care laboratory equipment. Maintains and operates patient monitoring equipment. Maintains accountability for inventory control of capital equipment within the service area and assumes responsibility for performing regularly scheduled preventative maintenance checks on hospital capital equipment items. Arranges for Clinical Skills Laboratory equipment maintenance when necessary.

  • Monitor and Record Data - Assists students in maintaining accurate and complete patient anesthesia and medical records. Ensures that all controlled substances used in the Clinical Skills Laboratory are properly documented and accounted for. Assists with organizing and maintaining the Clinical Skills Laboratory scheduling system. Reviews student records and pharmacy slips for accuracy and completeness. Assists students in recording the patient’s physiological data and all medications given on medical records.

  • Maintain Service Area - Maintains a sanitary and well-organized service area. Restocks supplies, drugs, and solutions. Cleans and repackages items for sterilization specific to the service area. Provides infectious disease control and sanitation activities to ensure a consistently clean working environment.

  • Training and certification - Remains current with safety classes, rabies prophylaxis, and Licensure: Radiation/MRI safety, Infection Control, Aseptic Technique, Rabies prophylaxis. Maintains certification or license where appropriate. Performs other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


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