The Veterinary Technician supports the veterinarians in ensuring quality veterinary care for all pets, advocates for pets, educates clients on all aspects of pet health and ensures a safe and effective hospital environment.
Proficient collection of blood from every vein route(i.e. Jugular, cephalic, saphenous) for hematologic analysis
Proficient collection of urine from all routes (Cystocentesis, urinary catheter, and free catch)
Manipulate & preserve various tissue samples for histopath.
Proficiently perform laboratory testing on blood samples, urine, & stool.
Make blood smears
Read various specimen cytology slides for DVM staff (i.e. blood smear, impression smear, ear cytology etc.)
Working knowledge basis to make and read FNA slides
Take and develop any and all radiographs (Digital) including digital dental radiographs
Clean & Sterilize all surgical instruments and equipment
Assist regular surgeon and specialty surgeon with any and all needs
Proficiently perform canine and feline dental prophy
Proficient knowledge base and capability to conduct an aseptic pre-operative patient prep and aseptic surgery room environment
Proficient knowledge base of anatomy to function as a surgical scrub nurse
Place perioperative intra-venous catheters
Proficient knowledge basis of any and all surgical instruments and or suture used and or needed
Proficient knowledge basis for common and even uncommon surgical procedures
Proficient and decisive decision making abilities
Ability to learn and use carbon dioxide surgical laser
Ability to trouble shoot mechanical and instrumental issues
Proficient ability to monitor and transition patient from pre-operative period to operative period to the post-operative period
Monitor anesthesia and be a surgical float at the same time
Perform full pre-op P.E. on all patients (with the ability to identify any and all body systems that may or may not have a P.E. abnormality i.e. heart murmur) and notify DVM.
Proficient knowledge basis of all anesthetic drugs with a working knowledge basis of all anesthetic drug doses.
Proficiently dose patient according to DVM supervision all forms of anesthetic drugs during the pre-operative, perioperative, and post- operative period.
Proficient knowledge base and working ability to use emergency drugs and their doses.
Perform CPR and recognize any and all anesthesia related emergencies.
Proficient intubation and extubation skills
Proficient and working knowledge for pocket pet anesthesia (Rabbits, guinea pigs, and rodents)
Ability to work with isoflurane and sevoflurane gas inhalant anesthesia
Utilize Anesthesia monitoring sheets
Work with DVM staff to dose and administer analgesics pre-operative, perioperative, and post-operative.
Examination and Treatment
Perform thorough history and ability to perform thorough physical examination
Proficiently record history, weight, temperature and any and all other details.
Restrain and stabilize patients during examination and treatment
Trim nails, express anal glands, remove sutures and perform other routine procedures.
Administer medications, vaccinations, and treatments as prescribed by a DVM.
Provide basic education on animal care, nutrition, and medical conditions to owners.
Proficiently place intravenous catheters.
Perform patient treatments of hospitalized animals
Place multiple different types of bandages (i.e. Robert Jones, Modified Robert Jones etc.)
Perform after hours patient care
Triage emergency patients (intervening as directed by DVM staff with any and all life saving measures.)
Place urinary catheters on canine and feline patients
Assist DVM staff with any and all needs
Fill Prescription drugs according as DVM instructs
Euthanize seriously injured or ill animals under the supervision DVM
Manage support staff during the entire day
Manage client and support staff issues
Make and discuss finances for patient care estimates
Teach clients how to administer medicines at home
Recommend products for optimal wellness, such as vitamins, supplements, dental cleaning, flea and heartworm prevention, geriatric care, and dietary measures.
Proficient and working knowledge base of most diseases and or syndromes to help DVM staff with client education.
Follow up patient phone calls with clients after discharge
Implement and utilize all previously mention laboratory skills.
Self-initiative & problem solving skills
Train new employees under direct supervision
Order, organize, label and restock supplies
Feed, walk, and bathe animals when applicable
Conduct follow up phone calls with client
Discharge patients for any and all procedures performed
Schedule appointments when applicable
Answer phones when applicable
Essential Skills and Qualities
A veterinary technician job description typically lists the physical duties that must be performed, but technicians also need to hold certain personality traits. Some of the most important characteristics are listed below.
Good communicator: Vet techs must work with a variety of animal owners, doctors and office staff. Each person must be kept informed in a way that is clear and meaningful. Technicians must also be able to demonstrate compassion in situations that are stressful and frustrating.
Detail-oriented: Vet techs work with details every day, from symptoms and animal behaviors to diagnostic test results and medicine dosages. Workers must stay focused and organized in order to avoid mistakes.
Animal lover: The most successful vet techs are passionate about the animals they see on a daily basis. At the same time, they must be able to control their emotions, especially during times of distress or death.
Helping sick and injured animals all day can be exhausting, both physically and mentally. Veterinary technicians typically work long hours, including evenings and weekends, and at least some overtime. They risk bites, scratches or other injuries when restraining, examining or cleaning animals.
They may also encounter diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. While dogs and cats are the most common patients, vet techs should be prepared to handle birds, mice, rats, or any other pocket pets.
Education and Licensing
State license to work as a Veterinary Technician.
An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program preferred; or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Must be able to perform all required skills of AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs at a level in which to aid in the efficiency of the practice.
Bay Animal Hospital is a multi-doctor, small animal, full-service veterinary hospital. We offer our clients a wide range of services including soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, medical procedures, dental procedures, as well as preventative medicine and boarding.Our mission statement is simple: To provide our patients and clients with the very best that modern veterinary medicine has to offer. ...To fulfill our mission statement we have a newer, state of the art hospital, with a wide selection of high tech diagnostic and treatment equipment, including laser surgery, class 4 therapeutic laser, rigid endoscopy, ultrasound, digital radiography, and too much more to list. Our staff includes highly trained para-professionals including several talented LVT's with valuable and varied skills including critical care. We practice low-stress handling/restraint techniques with our patients. Having been founded in 1956, we have a loyal client base, with many families being clients for several generations. We are located in Essexville, Michigan (adjacent to Bay City) about 2 miles from Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay. Our area has a great quality of life with many festivals, marinas, camping and nature trails,extensive biking trails, professional baseball and hockey, a state of the art gym at YMCA, art museums, good schools and public libraries, and a low crime rate.