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Veterinary Technician - Animal Health

Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Information:

JOB GOAL:
To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: 
Under limited supervision, provides Veterinary Technician support for the daily operation of the Animal Health Program. Responsibilities include: monitor and supervise student performed procedures, rotations, pre and post-operative patient care, surgical area preparation and maintenance, and OSHA / AVMA compliance.  This position requires independent judgment, problem-solving and decision-making skills, strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, good computer skills and the ability to handle pressures related to deadlines.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assist instructors with live animal laboratory sessions.
  • Supervise student performed anesthesia procedures.
  • Supervise student performed Endotracheal Tube Intubation, Dental Prophy, and IV Catheter Placement procedures.
  • Supervise student hospital nursing, animal care and / or kennel rotations.  Animal care may be required on weekends, holidays, college cancellation days and breaks.
  • Supervise / direct students with post-operative patient care and monitoring and instrumentation and suite clean up and sterilization.
  • Monitor student medical record keeping and hospital inventory control.
  • Manage OSHA compliance in regards to daily operation of laboratories and support facilities.
  • Acquisition, and discharge of surgery and medical cases
  • Organize and maintain all animal records
  • Coordinate entry physicals and vaccinations upon admission
  • Monitor animal health daily and report all problems to the attending veterinarian
  • Schedule animals for surgery and dental procedures
  • Maintain medical supply and animal inventories.
  • Assist faculty and students in maintaining clean and organized laboratory areas.
  • Complete and maintain USDA animal transfer records
  • Provide animal care as needed
  • Instruct students in appropriate completion of essential tasks
  • Supervise and schedule work-study and part-time student employees
  • Assign animal case managers
  • Coordinate the reception area
    • Assist students with medical and kennel record data entry
    • Assist students in booking grooming appointments
    • Maintain orderliness of the front desk
    • Telephone reception
  • Provide facility tours as needed
  • Arrange for or perform periodic service / inspection on major equipment / facilities as needed
    • X-ray service and inspection
    • Microscopes
    • Autoclave
    • Anesthetic machines and vaporizers
    • Clinical chemistry and hematology machines
    • Dental scaler/polisher
    • Other equipment as needed

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS:
  • Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with members, students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Cooperate as a team member with the Animal Health faculty and staff in performing duties essential to the achievement of efficient program operations.
  • Ability to assume responsibility, deal effective with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decision.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Ability to work in an educational environment training prospective Veterinary Technicians.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written form.
  • Work effectively and accurately in an atmosphere of frequent interruptions, deal with deadlines and be flexible.
  • Handle and work with both small and large animals.
  • Available to work either early mornings, 6:30 a.m. or late afternoons 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Weekend hours, holidays and breaks as needed for animal care.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITH/WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:
Moderate to light work.  Position involves sitting and/or standing constantly (67-100%) in a laborartory setting.  Exerting up to 50 pounds occasionally (10-33%).  Frequent (34-66%) reaching, standing, walking, lifting, dexterity, pushing, pulling, and repetitive motions.  Handling and restraint of both small and large animals.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • 3 years Clinical experience to include but not limited: surgical assistance, anesthesia administration and monitoring, dental and post-operative care.
  • Graduate of an AVMA accredited program of Veterinary Technology
  • Maintain current Iowa registration as a veterinary technician

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
  • Registered Veterinary Technician.

Posted 07/11/18

Job ID: 46648376