Veterinary Technician I

College Station, Texas

Texas A&M University

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

The Veterinary Technician I, under supervision, assists in the treatment of animals admitted to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital under the supervision of a professional staff member or Veterinary Technician II or higher. Provides assistance to the professional staff and helps to maintain a sanitary and functionally well organized service within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If this job description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

Cover Letter/Resume': A cover letter and resume' are strongly recommended. You may upload these documents on the application under CV/Resume.

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.

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 Other 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Performs other duties as assigned.
  • 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
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.

In accordance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate, specific facilities at The Texas A&M System may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate and will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

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.

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Posted: 01/28/2022