Registered Veterinary Technician, RVT Anesthesia - Western Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Centre

VCA Canada - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Job Description:
VCA Canada Western Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Centre is seeking a full time RVT to cover a maternity leave from March 2020- March 2021 on our Anesthesia team . This position provides an opportunity to work with top board certified specialists and the ability to learn about cutting-edge veterinary medicine. We are looking for an enthusiastic, team-oriented, motivated individual that will be inspired to work with a highly varied, exciting and unique caseload. Our experienced technicians are prepared to support you as you train and adapt to specialty practice. You will have the opportunity to be involved in specialist level procedures using state of the art equipment and to develop your skills in veterinary anesthesia. Anesthesia technicians work four week days per week and are on call one day/evening per week. Our success lies in our willingness to help each other to achieve great patient outcomes; however, with specialty medicine comes the unpredictability of working in a setting where the day’s schedule can change at a moment’s notice.

Registered Veterinary Technologist in Alberta
Preference given for a minimum two years of experience as an RVT, ideally in an emergency or referral setting
Experience in providing general anesthesia in dogs and cats (varying ages and breeds) for surgical, dental or endoscopic procedures
Experience using common monitoring equipment and the strengths and limitations of each type of monitoring (e.g. pulse oximetry, electrocardiography, capnography, blood pressure monitoring).
Experience working with commonly used sedation, induction, inhalant and injectable anesthetic and analgesic medications, including indications and contra-indications of each.
Proficient in calculations (drugs, constant rate infusions, unit conversions, etc.)
Thorough working knowledge of aseptic technique as it relates to patient preparation and preparation of the operating theatre
Exceptional time-management skills, critical thinking and efficiency in a fast-paced environment
Consistently safe and effective patient handling skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Commitment to continuing education in anesthesia and analgesia, preferably with prior examples.
Appreciation of own strengths and limitations, willingness to accept direction and feedback from more experienced RVTs and veterinarians.


Work in a busy, fast-paced, specialty hospital environment, planning, organizing and managing the daily flow of services.
Collaborate and communicate effectively with veterinary specialists, interns, RVTs and technician assistants to provide the very best in anesthetic care for patients.
Assist surgery technicians with patient handling, patient preparation and recovery.
Participate in a rotating after-hours on call schedule to provide general anesthesia to patients requiring urgent or emergency procedures during nights and weekends.
Prepare the anesthetic equipment and operating theatres for surgery.
Perform pre-anesthetic patient evaluations and determine ASA score for each patient. Assist in obtaining pre-operative diagnostics, e.g. radiographs, bloodwork, CT scan.
Provide analgesia, sedation, general anesthesia and local/regional nerve blocks to patients undergoing surgical, endoscopic, imaging or biopsy procedures.
Monitor patients under sedation or general anesthesia and make adjustments to protocols as necessary to ensure patient comfort and safety.
Under the direction of specialist veterinarians, develop and implement post-operative care and analgesia plans and implement these within the intensive care unit. Supervise anesthetic recovery and transfer case notes to ICU RVTs.
Scrub in to surgical procedures or assist in endoscopic procedures with specialist veterinarians.
Assist in preparing laboratory samples to be shipped for testing to external laboratories.
Maintain meticulous records of anesthetic monitoring, anesthetic and controlled drugs.
Supervise and teach technician assistants and technician practicum students.

What you have to gain

Hospital Managers, Medical Directors and Regional Operations Directors make up our hospital leadership teams and they’re all committed to helping our teams flourish!

We offer exclusive access to:
Tradeshows, in-house speakers and seminars at our Annual VCA conferences
Interactive learning through our soon to come in-house online university (Woof U!)
Industry leading customer service training through VCA’s Client Experience Program

To top it all, we reward high performing team members! Our technologists have the opportunity to progress into roles as Team Leads, Hospital Managers and Regional Operations Directors. Additionally, we offer competitive wages, employee experience benefits, paid wellness days, paid dues, pet and veterinary discounts and group benefits for full-time staff.

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