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Licensed Veterinary Technicians may also be identified as Registered Veterinary Technicians, Certified Veterinary Technicians, Animal-Health Technicians, or Veterinary Nurses. Technicians must have a broad knowledge of animal science, medicine, and husbandry, including a basic knowledge of pharmacology and sufficient mathematical skills to ensure administration of accurate drug and fluid doses. They must be able to successfully restrain animals, complete clinical laboratory test, use multiple radiology techniques, administer and monitor animals under anesthesia, assist in surgery and perform dental procedures. Technicians must deliver compassionate nursing care

Job Duties & Responsibilities
• Know the range of services the practice provides and the species it treats.
• Maintain personal technician certificate, license or registration including responsibility of Continuing Education.
• Know and use medical abbreviations. Understand and use special record notations and make appropriate notes in patient records.
• Be familiar with infectious diseases; including prevention, and the steps to reduce or eliminate transmission. Be aware of common zoonotic diseases.
• Restrain pets in a manner that allows necessary procedures to be done with minimal stress to patients, and ensure safety of patients and people. Utilize animal restraint tools as necessary (muzzles, towels, gloves, etc.)
• Properly calculate and administer induction agents to the species the hospital sees.
• Be able to perform the following dental procedures: nerve blocks, sectioning of teeth, extractions, suturing, surgical flaps, scaling, polishing, and charting.
• Be able to bandage stable and unstable bones
• Know how to use ultrasound for the collection of urine if needed by cystocentisis
• Provide clients with accurate and thorough information about products, procedures and expectations of visit(s) and follow up.
• Dispense medications; discuss administration or application and potential side effects with owners as directed by Doctors.
• Build a surgery, procedure and/or treatment schedule for approval of attending Doctors.
• Perform suture removals, nail trims and wing trims.
• Draw up vaccines and/or administer injections.
• Monitor patients for vomit, blood, urine, and feces in kennels – note unexpected incidents and report to Doctor based on urgency.
• Follow isolation procedures. Use designated products and dilutions for disinfectants, properly disinfect your shoes, hands, and clothing before leaving Isolated Areas.
• Administer IV, IM, SQ and oral medications.
• Be familiar with anesthetic machines to operate and maintain.
• Generally understand the various anesthetic agents used for different patients – maintain log book records for compliance.
• Monitor surgical patient during and post procedure.
• Know how to perform radiographic contrast studies such as barium swallows, upper and lower contrasts of the GI system, excretory urograms and cystourethrograms.
• Properly measure patients for effective translation to radiograph machine settings.
• Maintain a radiograph log book that is compliant with standards and state laws.
• Strong relationship building skills for client and staff interaction; employee must be able to clearly and effectively communicate to hospital team and clients during high stress environments.
• Ability to obtain and record accurate medical history on patients; employee should have an understanding of medical record maintenance.
• Ability to discuss treatment plans as outlined by DVM/practice protocol.
• Other duties as assigned.

Job Skills & Abilities
• Excellent interpersonal, listening, written and verbal communication skills.
• Possess a good attitude and contribute to a positive work environment.
• Build trust and harmonious relationships between clients and entire staff.
• Be adaptable to change.

Job Requirements
• Education/Training: 2 year Degree in technician program required, including valid and active state license or certification.
• Experience: Animal care, client/customer interaction.
• Technical Ability: Will develop with time and performance on job.
Physical Conditions
The employee must be able to perform the job under the following conditions:
• Sitting, walking, standing, bending, and reaching.
• Stand for long periods of time in appointments or work on computer.
• Able to list 40 pounds safely.

Location Pay rate
Olympia, WA, United States $15-20, DOE
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