ZippiVet is the future of pet care. Everything about us is designed to provide you and your pet with convenient, transparent, professional care. Our full-service pet hospital looks, feels, sounds, smells, and operates differently than a typical vet clinic. When you walk through our door, a smiling professional technician will greet you. No receptionist, no long waits, no paper forms, no hassles.
We understand that you do not like surprises from your vet. We post prices on a sign in our lobby and will help you understand what your pet needs and how much it will cost—before your pet is left to our gentle, loving care.
VETERINARY TECHNICIAN | AUSTIN, TX
The Veterinary Technician assists the doctors to the fullest possible extent, to help improve the quality of care given to the patients, and to aid the doctors in achieving greater efficiency by relieving them of technical work at Zippivet. Will assist in multiple procedures providing care for animals including physical examinations, dental procedures, surgeries, immunizations, euthanasia as well as client education, marketing and inventory maintenance. The Veterinary Technician is expected to assist all team members with light custodial duties; sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, laundry.
Schedule – approximately 8-11.5 hours per day between the hours of 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with 30 minute-1 hour lunch break (lunch break allotment contingent on length of shift worked) unless arrangements have been agreed to by the employer and the employee; 4-5 days per week. Usually 35- 40 hours per week.
- Obtain and record patient histories.
- Collect specimens and perform routine laboratory procedures and tests in hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
- Dispense and administer medications, vaccines, serums and treatments as prescribed by veterinarians.
- Administer fluids and blood products as prescribed by the veterinarian.
- Administer and monitor anesthesia under the direction of a veterinarian.
- Provide specialized nursing care for injured or ill animals.
- Prepare patients, instruments and equipment for surgery.
- Assure that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, cardiac monitors, scopes and breathing apparatus are in good working condition.
- Assist in diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures using a range of high-tech diagnostic equipment including electrocardiographic, radiographic and ultra-sonographic equipment.
- Obtain digital dental and skeletal radiographs.
- Communicate with and educate owners.
- Maintain knowledge of preventative healthcare recommendations in order to answer client questions, provide education on vaccines, flea and heartworm products, and assist in marketing veterinary services from which their pet would benefit, such as a dental cleaning, senior wellness, spay and neuter and boarding.
- Educate clients on products and medications sold including dietary products and answer questions regarding product purchase/use.
- Clean, maintain and sterilize instruments, equipment, and materials.
- Knowledgeable regarding related federal and state animal health laws and regulations including OSHA and DEA. Ensure that the hospital and its employees are in compliance with regulations. Inform the veterinary hospital administrator of any regulatory issues.
- Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and the practice philosophy.
- Clean, disinfect and maintain kennels, cages, runs and stalls as often as is necessary to ensure no cages or kennels are soiled and odors are not apparent. Perform general cleaning in other areas of the hospital to control the spread of disease. Wash and sterilize water and food bowls.
- Remove garbage and recycling from facility and place in on-site outdoor receptacles.
BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE
- Associate degree in veterinary technology or commensurate on-the- job experience.
- Knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests.
- Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment.
- Knowledge of sterilization techniques to sterilize various instruments and materials.
- Knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to make preparations and provide “tableside” assistance.
- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.
- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.
- Critical thinking - Understanding logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.