Veterinary Technician

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As a Veterinary Technician with Humane Ohio you will know you have made a difference in the lives of animals and their caregivers each and every day. The workday begins at 7:30am and typically ends by 6:00pm. The clinic is currently open Monday-Friday, but weekend hours are available on occasion. No evening hours or holidays will be required, helping you maintain a healthy work-life balance. Part-time and full-time opportunities are currently available. Our technicians work hard and non-stop, but you won’t need to go to the gym after work!

Veterinary Technicians are responsible for daily care of all surgical patients, assisting doctors and veterinary assistants with pre-, peri- and post-operative care of patients, general cleaning, and training others to utilize our patient care protocols.

Major Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Client Services:

  • Provide in-person and telephone client service and answer questions.
  • Actively promote spay and neuter, and educate clients on responsible animal ownership.
  • Actively support associate staff and volunteers; promote the development of skills related to the advancement of our goals and mission.
  • Check in patients and communicate directly with clients.
  • Represent Humane Ohio in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provide quality service to clients, volunteers, and staff, recognizing their individual contributions to the success of our organization.
  • Maintain medical inventory and supplies.

Patient Care:

  • Triage all patients as they are checked in. Report health concerns to attending veterinarian.
  • Provide excellent patient care. 
  • Prepare animals for surgery. Efficiently pre-medicate, induce, and intubate patients as necessary.
  • Assist veterinarians in the OR as needed and monitor patients in recovery.
  • Calculate and administer anesthesia to all surgical patients per anesthetic protocol.
  • Maintain all necessary drug logs and patient records.
  • Handle and track controlled substances for large volumes of surgical patients.
  • Able to monitor anesthesia, with a clear idea of abnormal conditions.
  • Ensure prompt and accurate paperwork procedures are followed each day.
  • Follow all written and verbally communicated departmental standard operating procedures.
  • Communicate with clients and assist with rechecks as needed.
  • Knowledge and ability to intake and release patients, including delivering post-operative instructions in a competent and friendly manner.
  • Train veterinary assistants, new staff members, and trainees to utilize our patient care protocols.
  • Effectively “team lead,” displaying a positive attitude and acting as a motivating force for all staff members.
  • Stay current in knowledge of emergency drugs and protocol.
  • Administer animal vaccinations, tests, medications and treatments as directed.
  • Sonicate and sterilize instruments for surgery and do laundry.
  • Provide proper disease control measures in the clinic.

Education:

Requires an Associates degree 

Key Qualifications and Characteristics:

Candidates must have and maintain an Ohio Registered Veterinary Technician certification. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attributes:

  • Must be able to learn basic veterinary medical concepts including but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks.
  • Must also be able to communicate basic veterinary concepts to owners and be able to repeat information relayed by a veterinarian.
  • Must be able to communicate with the public on a daily basis in a professional manner.
  • Must be able to lift and carry over 50 pounds repeatedly throughout the day with help.
  • Must be able to bend and kneel repeatedly.
  • Must be able to use appropriate safety equipment for fractious or feral animals – the use of safety equipment is mandatory.
  • Must be proficient at animal restraint for various procedures.
  • Must be able to learn characteristics of animal behavior (for example: be able to identify aggressive or fearful behavior).
  • Must be able to respond quickly to a variety of medical situations (with training).
  • Must be able to cope with death either due to surgical complication or euthanasia.

Desired Personal Traits:

  • Ability to rapidly and accurately process information and make decisions.
  • Ability to recognize a need for assistance and ask for help.
  • Ability to cope with frustrating situations and remain calm.

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