Veterinary Technician

Canada West Veterinary Specialists - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Schedule A – Job Description

Position: Veterinary Technician

Department: Wards/ICU

Reports to: Technician Supervisor

Organizational Background: Canada West Veterinary Specialists is a 24/7 veterinary hospital. We are staffed 24/7. This position is primarily responsible for patient care including following treatment plans, administration of drugs, monitoring for vital signs and over-all patient assessment. Client communication is an integral part of this role and both communication and hands-on patient care is under the direct supervision of the Specialist and or the Hospitalist on the case. This position is a part of group of Veterinary Technicians working on a rotating schedule to cover all hours of the hospital’s operation.

The Position: This position is primarily responsible for patient care including following treatment plans, administration of drugs, monitoring for vital signs and over-all patient assessment. Client communication is an integral part of this role and both communication and hands-on patient care is under the direct supervision of the Specialist and or the Hospitalist on the case. This position is a part of group of Veterinary Technicians working on a rotating schedule to cover all hours of the hospital’s operation.

An ideal candidate would be available to work rotational shifts including weekends, nights, & overnights, have a can-do attitude and passion for animal care.

BENEFITS:

  • We grow together with our monthly in-house Continuing Education presentations
  • Subsidized extended health benefits
  • 3 paid sick days per year
  • Uniform allowance
  • Wellness Spending account
  • We believe in your well-being and provide a company sponsored Employee Assistance Program (EAP) enabling access to caring professionals that can help access support related to fitness, physical health and mental well-being programs.
  • We provide employer paid Pet insurance to our employees.
  • We believe in recognizing our staff with an anniversary recognition program.
  • We have a profit-sharing program to recognize our staff’s contributions for our success.
  • We have fun together with our hospital sponsored social events like; having Food Trucks visit us onsite, Halloween pumpkin carving contests, Annual Christmas Party, Pub Nights, etc.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Must develop a thorough understanding of all common drugs/medications used, procedures and protocols within the Wards and ICU, as well as the ability to use all equipment safely and effectively
  • Directly monitor, carry out treatments and procedures, ensure patient comfort and document care for patients so that accurate medical records are maintained and accurate invoicing can be done
  • In addition to written records, ensures that pertinent information and observations relating to patient care is provided to the next shift during oral rounds.
  • Carry out communication with; primary Doctor, Hospitalist regarding patient status updates, and alert of any changes or concerns. And Participate in communication with Clients.
  • Calculates, dispenses and administers medications at the direction of the Specialist on the case.
  • Perform technical nursing skills such as: IV catheter placement, blood collection, urine collection (cystocentesis, catheterization), taking radiographs, etc.
  • Ensures supply inventory is sufficient to meet the demands of work area, and that that the work area is kept clean and organized.
  • Ensures that all equipment is properly maintained documented and any concerns are reported.
  • Responsible for coordinating breaks and delegating appropriate tasks to Patient Care Assistants on shift.
  • Facilitate a positive work environment.
  • Actively participates in all offered in house CE
  • Performs other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Has a strong knowledge and understanding of normal vital parameters, and the ability to recognize changes and or abnormalities.
  • A strong knowledge of asepsis
  • Strong mathematics skills (drug dose calculations, CRI’s, dilutions)
  • Excellent communication skills, computer and phone skills
  • A strong desire to learn and to excel within the profession
  • Ability to stay calm to recognize and establish priorities and execute patient triage at all times.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision when necessary and ability to work as part of a team
  • High level of professionalism

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Graduate of an accredited program for Veterinary Technologists
  • Registered Veterinary Technology designation preferred
  • Demonstrated skills, experience and training that would qualify the individual for a position of responsibility
  • Completed AHT Program
  • Sedation and/or General Anesthesia experience preferred

REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Completion of the Animal Health Technology Program

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Experience:

  • Veterinary Technician: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Sedation and/or General Anesthesia: 1 year (Preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No