This position qualifies for a $2,000 sign on bonus following successful completion of 6 months of employment for newly hired employees.
The Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals provides 24-hour care for pets 365 days of the year. Since 1979, we have offered high quality medical care, consultation, referral and emergency veterinary services for the care of dogs, cats and exotic pets. In addition, the hospital creates a positive learning experience for TCSVM students and student technicians with regard to small animal medicine and supports the training of SAM technicians.
The Ophthalmology/Float Veterinary Technician will provide support to clinical care teams with regard to patient treatments and procedures, technician appointments/discharges and special procedures. Hours may include some evenings and weekends. In addition, the Veterinary Technician instructs veterinary students on each rotation.
The Veterinary Technician should have strong technical ability with regards to patient assessment skills and animal handling/restraint of various species. Ability to work in a busy, sometimes stressful, environment both independently and as a team member. Ability to interface well with clients via technician appointments and telephone call-backs and ability to interact well with students, faculty and staff are essential. Must consistently demonstrate professional interactions with others. Must be able to function as part of a team as well as independently.
The Ophthalmology portion of this position will support this service up to three to five days a week depending on clinical need.
The ophthalmology technician will assist the ophthalmologists, residents, interns and students with clinical cases (outpatient & inpatient), surgical cases (prepping, setting up, assisting & post-op medical management), and research projects, and will perform certain special procedures. Candidates for this position will be trained to perform ocular ultrasounds, electroretinography, tonometry, blood pressure measurements and outpatient technician appointments. The ophthalmology technician will be able to begin the physical examination process and record a complete and accurate patient history, write draft ophthalmology exam reports, and instruct veterinary students on ophthalmology topics. The ophthalmology technician will help to arrange student ophthalmology labs and will assist with laboratory instruction of preclinical students. The ophthalmology technician will organize and perform at least some of the service's patient discharges and will interface with clients regarding medication refills, appointment requests, and basic questions about patient progress. The technician will also generate estimates for procedures and enter charges for inpatients and outpatients. In addition, this technician will obtain blood and other lab samples, organize their submission, and report results to clinicians when appropriate.
The float portion of this position will support the other specialty services up to two or more days a week depending on clinical need.
The float technician will provide support to other parts of the hospital or in the specialty services. Specialty services include Behavior, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Surgery and Zoological Companion Animal Medicine (ZCAM).
The float technician will be trained by the embedded service technician(s) to perform specific diagnostics pertaining to the service they are covering. The float technician should be able to complete a physical examination, record a complete and accurate patient history and instruct veterinary students on various topics related to that service. The float technician will organize and perform some of the service's patient discharges and will interface with clients regarding medication refills, appointment requests, and basic questions about patient progress. The technician will also generate estimates for procedures and enter charges for inpatients and outpatients. In addition, this technician will obtain blood and other lab samples, organize their submission, and report results to clinicians when appropriate.
Associate degree in Veterinary Technology or a high school diploma (or the equivalent) with at least one year of related experience.
Comprehensive understanding of medical terminology and familiarity with veterinary pharmacology.
Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities for several patients within a busy clinical setting.
Technical abilities such as patient restraint, venipuncture, fluid administration, medication administration, monitoring and treating patients.
Ability to effectively work as a member of a diverse team of clinical and administrative professionals.
Pride in maintaining assigned areas in a hospital environment .
Basic computer skills including the ability to learn the electronic medical record system.
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation.
Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology preferred. Two or more years of clinical experience preferred.
Credentialed as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Exotic animal handling skills desirable. Exotic animals include birds, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents, special small mammals (such as chinchillas or hedgehogs), reptiles, and amphibians.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
The schedule for this position may include providing University and calendar holiday coverage on a rotating basis.
The schedule for this position requires flexibility to ensure that adequate patient care is provided without interruption or exception.
This position is considered essential and is therefore required to report to work as scheduled during emergency closings .
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Grafton
Organization: Foster Hosp - Cummings-Vet
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jan 12, 2021, 8:18:16 PM
Internal Number: 21001016
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