Large Animal Veterinary Technician

Full Time Alpine Equine Hospital
  • Carbondale, colorado View on Map
  • Post Date: January 27, 2021
  • Salary: $15.00 - $22.00 / Hourly
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  • Position Technician
  • Experience 2 Years
  • Practice Large Animal
  • Qualifications Graduate (CVT, RVT, LVT)

Job Description

Job Positions: Equine veterinary technician full time and part time positions

Description of Job duties: The veterinary technician plays an integral role in client education, assisting with diagnostic procedures and imaging, performing treatments on ambulatory and hospitalized patients. Daily activities include assisting veterinarians during appointments, preparing medications for patients, invoice preparation, client communications, and reviewing doctor recommendations and medications with clients. The candidate will work under supervision of the professional staff and may assist with mentorship with both veterinary and technician students as well as less experienced technicians in many service areas within our hospital. We are looking for the right person to join our team. Candidate should be professional, play well with others, and excel in communication with team members and clients.

This position requires significant prior experience working with horses. Candidate should feel very comfortable haltering, catching, holding, moving around safely, and reacting appropriately with horses.

A well-qualified candidate would have experience in all or most of these following responsibilities, and training is available for the right team fit:

• Provides clinical support to staff and intern veterinarians in the delivery of primary care.

• Follow Hospital Bio-Security procedures and protocols, as well as COVID safety protocols.

• Complete regular office duties that include answering phones, completing invoices, loading charges from appointments, answering emails, and general communication with staff and clients.

• Perform clinical procedures and tasks relevant to care of large animal patients including and not limited placement of catheters, and administering IV or IM or SQ medications. Also provides additional necessary care of equine and ruminant in-patients under direction of DVM staff including physical exams, feeding, and stall care.

• Complete laboratory duties including collection, preparation, and submission of clinical pathology samples.

• Surgical nursing duties, when necessary, include: work and act as a surgical nurse during emergency procedures, utilize aseptic technique for instrument handling and patient preparation, clean and maintain surgical instruments including sterilization procedure. In more rare instances of anesthetic procedures: assist with anesthetic inductions and proper preparation of patients for surgery, ensures that the surgical suite is properly set-up for surgery procedures, and ensure post-operative clean-up of areas and materials.

• Operate steam sterilizers, ultrasonic cleaner, instrument washer, and other mechanical, electronic, and surgical equipment.

• Independently sets up, maintains and ensures proper storage of specialized diagnostic equipment such as our autoclave, endoscope, ultrasound, DR radiology, shock wave, IRAP and PRP processing equipment.

• Provide administrative support by maintaining a supply inventory and supervising and replenishing stock within assigned areas, performs maintenance service checks and minor repairs to assigned equipment, maintains a clean/sanitary and functionally organized clinical service areas. Notification of any equipment not operating appropriately or facility in need of repair to Dr. Maker is the responsibility of all staff.

• Periodic assistant with the management of after-hours admissions and discharges, visitor policies and emergency call-ins.

Expected Compensation: $15- $22 per hour, commensurate with education, certification status and the number weekly scheduled hours and clinical experience.

Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent and two years of experience loading, unloading, restraining, handling and treating horses.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Must be capable of easily lifting at least 35-50 pounds on a regular basis.

• Must possess the ability to maintain effective working relationships with clinicians, coworkers, students, and clients.

• Graduation from an accredited American Veterinary Medical Association program for veterinary technology and/or meet requirements for certification in the state of Colorado; or a minimum of two years of practical experience in an ambulatory and/or hospital environment with practical experience in private practice.

• Basic computing skills in word processing and spreadsheets are required. Basic computing skills including the ability to successfully master the hospital information system using Microsoft word, outlook and Avimark

• Knowledge and ability to perform math calculations for fluids rates, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory drugs as instructed. A working knowledge on the use of automated lab equipment is a plus.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications must include both a professional cover letter detailing interest in the position and highlighting key skills, as well as a complete resume to be considered. Send materials to

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