Veterinary Technician - Hemodialysis/Blood Bank - (21001332)
The dialysis center represents a highly advanced field in veterinary medicine. The Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is home to one of less than 30 such facilities in the United States. The mission of the dialysis center is to provide the highest quality care for companion animals with kidney disease, utilizing a combination of state-of-the art diagnostic tests and medical therapies; to provide this care in a facility and environment that emphasizes quality of life for animals and support for owners in the form of education, information services and grief counseling; to provide a facility and environment that supports teaching of advanced kidney therapies to veterinary students, interns and residents in training, as well as continuing education for veterinary practitioners, veterinary technicians and the general public; to provide a facility and environment conducive to the study of kidney disease, diagnosis, prognosis and treatments in companion animals; to support and promote general awareness about kidney disease in companion animals in the scientific community and in the general public.
The Foster Hospital for Small Animals Blood Bank provides blood therapy products for patients that require lifesaving and therapeutic transfusions due to disease process, illness or injury. The transfusion medicine service uses state-of-the-art equipment and offers a unique connection to both the hospital and public community through the blood donor program where healthy donors can contribute beneficial blood replacement products to save lives and while benefiting from regularly health screening.
This position provides high quality nursing care and treatment to dialysis patients in the dialysis center and small animal hospital (SAH) wards by performing dialysis under the direction of the internal medicine veterinarians. In addition to the responsibilities of the dialysis department, this posiitons also holds the responsibilities of the hospital's blood bank. The Veterinary Technician will maintain all equipment in these areas, monitor and order all supplies, perform quality control tests, and organize the dialysis and blood donor portions of medical records. Surgical assistance may also be required for dialysis patients in addition to providing support for various projects as assigned by the clinicians or supervisor.
This position is unique in that every other week the technician will be the primary hemodialysis technician (including on call duty) and during the opposite weeks will be primarily managing the blood bank service. During the hemodialysis week, the technician will provide on call service 24 hours over a 7 day period for emergency dialysis cases. They will work in the dialysis department during the day managing all aspects of the hemodialysis department.
* Learn and understand all dialysis modalities including all safety measures
* Maintain, clean, disinfect the hemodialysis room
* Perform preventative and reparative maintenance on all dialysis equipment, and facilitating the use of third-party repair technicians when necessary
* Manage the dialysis email and communication with clinicians, technicians, students and clients regarding dialysis cases.
* Perform multiple modalities of dialysis treatment as indicated by doctor
* Monitor patients during extracorporeal therapies
* Update patient records
* Educate and train students and residents on all aspects of the dialysis processes
* Provide nursing support for patients as needed in the ECC and wards
* Order supplies and maintain sufficient necessary items for any potential case and procedure performed in the dialysis room.
The blood bank supplies blood products for not only the dialysis patients but also for the patients of the small animal hospital. During the week of blood bank duties the technician will be responsible for maintaining all aspects of the blood bank program including such tasks as:
* Regularly communicating with prospective clients who may be able to provide blood donor pets
* Scheduling donor screening and follow up donation appointments
* Planning and implementing sedation protocols
* Processing blood products as needed to maintain sufficient inventory of all needed blood components
* Keeping patient records up to date with donation notes and financial credits
* Communicating with clients, doctors and other services on the status of blood bank products
* Provide education for staff, students and house officers
* Providing nursing support for inpatient wards or ECC as directed by supervisor.
Duties of this position could also entail assisting clinicians and students in clinics and with special procedures (using an array of video scopes), assisting with all necessary anesthesia and sedation of medicine, dialysis and donor patients, providing instruction and dialysis training as needed to veterinary students, technicians, residents and interns. This position must interact with clients, clinicians, students and staff in a professional manner, representing the internal medicine service in a positive fashion.
This position may be required to assist other areas of the hospital as needed. Overtime and emergency on-call shifts which may overlap weekends and holidays is required.
Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology or other animal biology related field or high school diploma (or the equivalent) with minimum of 2 years' experience in a fast-paced veterinary hospital with demonstrated leadership.
CVT or licensure eligible.
Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
Strong technical skills and familiarity with endotracheal intubation, sedation and general anesthesia, critical thinking, and patient advocacy are a must. Candidate should have the ability to handle a high caseload and stressful situations in a professional manner. Candidate should have a good understanding of medical terminology and familiarity with veterinary pharmacology.
This position requires excellent interpersonal skills in relating to co-workers, clinicians, students, staff, and clients. Must be able to work well independently as well as part of a team. Candidate should be highly motivated, enthusiastic self-starter with a professional attitude. Following direction and prioritizing the workload is a necessity.
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation. Flexibility with work schedule is a must.
Four or more years' experience in a small animal practice. Associates Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent and a current CVT/RVT/LVT credential are strongly preferred. VTS in ECC or Internal Medicine is preferred. Prior experience with an emphasis on dialysis or blood banking is preferred. Prior leadership role is desirable. Excellent patient restraint, venipuncture skills, and knowledge of medicating, monitoring and treating a variety of patients is preferred.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Candidate must be flexible with schedule changes and short notice overtime requests. Overtime and participation in an on call schedule for emergency hemodialysis cases which can include weekends and holidays are required.
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: May 10, 2021, 5:16:58 PM
Internal Number: 21001332
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