In House Clinic
Purpose of Position:
The RVT is the Veterinarian’s primary medical support.
Duties & Responsibilities:
In accordance with organizational policies, duties include but are not limited to:
• Collecting and maintaining accurate animal records.
• Administering medications, vaccinations and treatments.
• Observing animals for changes in behavior and condition.
• Reviewing appointment schedule and planning accordingly.
• Recognizing potentially contagious disease and follow procedure accordingly.
• Properly calculate medication volumes and dose administration.
• Performing laboratory, treatment and surgical inventory and maintenance.
• Ensuring working areas are properly cleaned and stocked.
• Communicating with Animal Adopters and Foster Parents.
• Assist in developing and maintaining hospital protocols.
• Other duties as assigned.
Required Skill Set:
• Accurate gross and microscopic identification of ecto- and endoparasites.
• Collect urine by cystocentesis or sterile catheterization and perform urinalysis.
• Perform venipuncture and collect samples for and perform hematologic analysis.
• Sample collection using aseptic technique and prepare samples for laboratory submission.
• Restraint of small animals.
• Perform a full physical exam on a small animal patient, identify problems, and accurately report findings to Veterinarian in Charge and in medical record.
• Administer medications by PO, SQ, IM, and IV routes.
• Perform dental prophylaxis.
• Basic wound care.
• Properly position a small animal for radiographs and obtain and develop diagnostic films.
• Properly place intravenous catheters and calculate fluid drip rates. Maintain catheter and fluid administration through use of an IV pump, syringe pump, or free drip.
• Provide nursing care to ICU patients.
• Calculate and administer anesthetic agents.
• Administer and maintain gas anesthesia and anesthetic equipment.
• Endotracheal intubation.
• Recognize and respond to anesthetic complications and/or emergencies.
• Prepare surgical sites using aseptic technique.
• Run and maintain autoclave.
• Provide post-operative care and pain management.
• Set up and maintain isolation areas using proper protocol.
• Must enjoy working with animals even when they are stressed, ill or in pain.
• Must be able to calmly and safely restrain animals who may struggle, scratch or try to bite.
• Must be able to make independent, common-sense decisions.
• Must possess exceptional problem solving skills.
• Must be proficient at multi-tasking and comfortable in a fast-paced work environment.
Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and State Veterinary Technician Exam (SVTE).
Work may be performed in a kennel/shelter setting and/or outdoors.
• Must be able to work standing or sitting for 8 or more hours.