VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

Technician

Denver, CO

VCA is committed to continuously improving the standard of care for our hospitals and for veterinary medicine as a whole. We do it through our flagship Advanced Veterinary Care Centers, our National Medical Board and Chief Medical Officer, and through the compassionate, high-quality primary care we provide at our nationwide family of over 750 hospitals.

TECHNICIAN | DENVER, CO

Assist doctor and other hospital staff by care and cleaning of patients and facilities including completing patient treatments, assisting in surgery and all other animal care functions as well as other tasks involved in the operations of a veterinary hospital.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Agree to incorporate the principles of the VCA Mission Statement, Three Steps of Service and VCA Standards of Client Service in their daily job performance.
  • Demonstrate excellent relations with clients/pets in waiting and/or exam rooms
  • Make certain all patients are kept clean and as comfortable as possible.
  • Assist in treating hospitalized animals under veterinary supervision.
  • Continuously monitor all patients admitted to the hospital.
  • Ensure all patients are clearly identified including entry on hospital day sheet, cage card, and ID collar.
  • Assist veterinarians to direct traffic (patients and care) and leverage staff time.
  • Efficiently organize daily duties and medical-surgical procedures to best utilize staff’s time.
  • Participate in client communication and education, explaining administration of medications, follow-up care, diet recommendations and general animal care.
  • Flexibility in working hours is required to ensure that the job is done properly (willing to work beyond scheduled hours if necessary).
  • Ability to perform a cursory examination of an animal.
  • Ability to use a stethoscope and otoscope.
  • Ability to recognize fleas, ticks and other external parasites.
  • Ability to recognize other potential health care issues, i.e., dental, signs and behavior patterns that suggest an animal may be in pain, and necessity of veterinarian’s examination.
  • Clearly communicate your findings to doctor. Refuse to make a diagnosis.
  • Keep records up to date. This includes client records with charges, medical history, vaccination status, medications administered, laboratory reports, etc.
  • Understand how to maintain and use the hospital’s inhalation anesthetic machines.
  • Administer certain anesthetics under direct doctor supervision.
  • Monitor anesthesia under direct doctor supervision.
  • Familiarity with procedures and antidotes for an anesthesia emergency.
  • Understand how to set up and use the hospital’s dental prophylactics unit.
  • Perform routine dental prophylactics procedures as directed by a staff veterinarian.
  • Draw blood samples.
  • Collect stool and urine samples.
  • Prepare lab request forms.
  • Create prescription labels, fill prescriptions and dispense medications as directed by a doctor.

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE

  • Previous experience or training/education working in a veterinary facility.
  • Must be friendly, outgoing, “people oriented.”
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Must be capable of being cross-trained for front office receptionist duties that will be expected in the job.
  • Telephone and computer skills are necessary.
  • Must be a team player willing to learn new techniques and treatments and to accept change.
  • College or college-equivalent education as required in becoming a Registered or
  • Certified Veterinary Technician.
VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

Tiffany Whitehil

Technician Manager
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