Schedule: FULL TIME. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Alternating Friday/Saturday
This is a combined position working in the surgical suite as a surgical technician and as an exam room as a medical technician.
The veterinary technician assists the clinic vet in all aspects of exams, patient care, and client education. This position will include surgical, dental, and radiographic assistance and duties. Technicians will also be assisting reception staff as needed with phone calls, creation of estimates, and client communications. This position provides professional, timely, and informative services to clients of the Maryland SPCA Wellness Clinic. The Wellness Clinic is a very busy work environment requiring an ability to handle a fast pace and manage competing priorities
Essential Duties as Surgical Technician:
- Prepare surgery treatment plans and review with clients
- Contact clients to schedule surgery.
- Set up the surgery room for the veterinarian.
- Prepare animals for surgery, including pre-op blood work, pre-medicating, shaving, and scrubbing the animals.
- Assist veterinarian as needed (e.g., restraining animals).
- Blood draws Placing IV catheters.
- Administering treatments.
- Monitor animals under anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions.
- Monitor animals after surgery and provide other post-operative care, including monitoring and feeding.
- Perform dental prophies and dental x-rays.
- Invoicing Clients.
- Discharging patients and going over post-operative care with clients.
- Disinfect surgery area in between surgeries and setting up for new surgeries.
- Assist with examinations on animals.
- Sterilize surgery area and instruments when surgeries for the day are completed, maintain care of all equipment used in the Surgery Room, and clean cages.
- Maintain medical inventory and supplies.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of Exam Room Veterinary Technician
- Assisting veterinarian with all aspects of exams.
- Obtaining patient histories, vitals, and discussing prevention medications and at-home pet care with clients.
- Preparing vaccinations, obtaining laboratory samples, and reviewing microscopic diagnostics
- Preparing prescriptions and reviewing use with owners.
- Assisting in radiographic diagnostics for both shelter pets and clinic patients.
- Organizing, restocking, & cleaning exam rooms, pharmacy area, and surgical areas.
- Entering medical notes and charges as needed into clinic software.
- Maintaining an efficient appointment flow and a positive, professional atmosphere.
- Experience with safe animal restraint, drawing blood, and administering medication, (I.V and sub-cutaneous)
- Knowledge of spay/neuter surgical procedures as a technician desirable
- Able to work independently and multi-task
- Thorough and detail-oriented, remain aware of surroundings
- Positive and outgoing, willing to communicate with coworkers, veterinarians, managers, volunteers, and clients
- Able to bend and kneel repeatedly.
- Able to see fine detail in a variety of situations.
- Must possess good hearing, including the ability to distinguish changes in vocal pitch.
- Must have a reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations.
- Possess excellent eye-hand coordination.
- Physically capable of performing all duties in the shelter including moderately heavy work. Able to lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
- Standing or walking 8 or more hours per day with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping, and reaching
- Work is performed in a shelter clinic setting
- The technician is regularly exposed to animals, animal waste, and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites
- Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, sharp objects, hazardous chemicals, dangerous and fractious animals
- Exposure to disinfecting solutions when cleaning the workspace
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
- Prolonged exposure to various aqueous solutions, including but not limited to dish soap, chlorhexidine, and Accel
- Potential prolonged exposure to isoflurane gas