Are you a compassionate, detailed oriented, reliable and adaptive team player, technological savvy, talented Veterinary Technician who has a passion for anesthesia and surgery? Then we want you as part of our team!
The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is an Organized Research Unit, which conducts interdisciplinary research programs on significant human health related problems where nonhuman primates are the animal models of choice. In addition to its major efforts in the area of research, the Primate Center is also committed to its mission of teaching and service.
We are seeking an experienced and talented veterinary anesthesia technician that is a confident problem-solver, able to respond quickly and is time efficient with a good work ethic to provide support for our surgery service supporting research and our animal colony. The candidate will have the chance to expand their knowledge and technical training in laboratory animal science and clinical veterinary medicine by working with a team of ACLAM Boarded Certified Staff Veterinarians by providing anesthesia, analgesia and surgical support for a wide array of experimental research projects designed to improve human health and colony care of our non-human primates. Candidates should have years of experience working in a fast-paced, high-quality veterinary environment. Experience in specialty medicine is preferred.
The successful candidate will be someone with a focus on excellence communications, have a stellar work ethic, and who is excited and enthusiastic about learning and expanding their anesthesia technical training in research working with nonhuman primates. The Anesthesia Technician's primary responsibility is to maintain anesthesia service in readiness and for use by Staff Veterinarian Surgeons and Clinicians. Provide anesthesia support and support for surgical procedures; ranging from but not limited imaging scans (include MRI, CT, PET- both onsite and offsite), pulmonary function testing, EMGs, endoscopic procedures (including bronchoscopy, gastroscopy, jejunoscopy, vasectomies, colonoscopy with and without biopsy), laproscopic procedures, surgeries (soft tissue to neurosurgeries). Provide long-term anesthesia and surgical support for routine and complex procedures. Induce and maintain general and prolonged anesthesia as required for surgical procedures, and monitor, maintain and recover anesthetized animals. The Anesthesia Technician is responsible for the care, maintenance and functioning of equipment and monitoring supplies.
Areas of Knowledge and Experience:
Anesthetic and analgesic medications and their side effects
Anesthetic and surgical equipment operation and maintenance
Surgical instrument care and use
Experience with a ventilator
Experience with a wide variety of anesthetic procedures on multiple species and ages
Ability to assist in surgery
Wound management skills including suturing.
Current California Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) license or the ability to obtain within 6 months from the date of hire. RVT exam eligibility requirements include graduation from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program and a passing score on the National Veterinary Technician Exam.
Completion of an accredited training program from an AVMA fully accredited Veterinary Technician program or equivalent combination of training and experience with induction and maintenance of long-term anesthesia and surgical support in a veterinary hospital or research environment with attention to project needs and clinical demands.
Experience using anesthetic delivery, support and monitoring equipment. Experience inducing, maintaining and recovering critically ill animals from anesthesia independent of supervision.
Applied experience and professional knowledge of fluid therapies for intraoperative use (i.e. LRS, hetastarch, hypertonic saline, plasma, whole blood) and properly calculate volumes and rates.
Experience preparing and maintaining anesthesia equipment and supplies in a hospital operating room, and performing complex procedures under the indirect guidance of professional veterinary staff, includes performing standard veterinary medical procedures including but not limited to venipuncture, IV catheterization, intubation, endotracheal intubation, placing vascular catheters, bandaging, and performing physical examinations.
Thorough knowledge of the use and functions of the various types of anesthesia equipment, including blood-gas analyzers; good knowledge of basic aseptic and sterile techniques.
Certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia and Analgesia. Animal Technologist
(LATG) certification. OR American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) technician certification with primate medical care training and experience.
Experience responding to and initiating emergencies and providing CPR.
Skills to troubleshoot a diverse array of medical equipment including radiology units, anesthetic machine, autoclave (sterilizer), dental equipment, digital camera, EKG machine, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, nebulizer (thermo-care unit), fiber optic endoscope and bronchoscope.
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