Carolina Veterinary Specialists
  • 03-Oct-2017 to 23-Nov-2017 (EST)
  • Matthews
  • Matthews, NC, USA
  • Competitive
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Comprehensive benefits package

Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Matthews is looking for an experienced veterinary technician to join our daytime emergency service! This position consists of working both in the ICU and as a primary emergency and triage technician with limited on call. 

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must have a minimum of 2 years technician experience or be a recent graduate of an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program to be considered for this position.

Our daytime emergency service works closely with the daytime emergency veterinarian as well as all of our daytime specialty teams. Rotating between the ICU and triage position ensures a broad knowledge base and skill set that encompasses all areas of emergency medicine. The successful candidate will enjoy working in a learning-based atmosphere. The ICU team works one-on-one with patients admitted to the hospital through our emergency and specialty services. They take a hands-on role in providing attentive and compassionate nursing care through the administration of treatments and medications, assisting with diagnostic procedures, and communicating patient status to hospital staff and pet owners.

 The Daytime ICU technician is responsible for all aspects of patient care in ICU including hourly treatments, directly overseeing critical patients, communicating/updating doctors and staff about their patients in ICU and assisting with life-saving measures including CPR when necessary. S/he also performs patient triage, diagnostics, minor procedures, anesthesia, and all aspects of client communication including patient discharge. 

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Calculating dosages and administering medications via varied routes
  • Checking vital signs and performing abbreviated patient assessments (including temperature, pulse, heart rate, respiratory rate and effort, blood pressure via Doppler, etc)
  • Maintaining patient cleanliness and comfort
  • Phone triage and providing clients with patient updates
  • Communicating changes in patient status to the appropriate person(s)
  • Essential after-hours client care services including check-in, check-out and taking payment
  • Maintaining a neat and organized work environment
  • Assisting ER Treatment Technicians in their daily duties
  • Performing a variety of standard and advanced patient treatments including oxygen and nebulizer therapy, CRI's, wound treatment/drain maintenance, feeding tube treatment/maintenance, post-operative monitoring, catheter placement (variety) and maintenance, fluid therapy (pump, burette), orthopedic and neurologic therapies, & ECG monitoring (traditional and telemetry)

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and multi-tasking skills as well as a keen attention to detail. S/he will also be able to work well as part of a team, sharing the caseload and having a proactive approach to helping maintain a shared sense of responsibility among the Emergency service. Additional qualifications include: 

  • 2+ years of experience as a veterinary assistant/technician (or be a recent graduate of an AVMA-accredited program)
  • Strong technical skills including venipuncture, catheter placement, general laboratory, anesthesia and pharmacology skills
  • Knowledge of normal patient (cat/dog) parameters
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology
  • Working knowledge of the indications, adverse effects and dosing considerations for commonly-used veterinary medications
  • Ability to work both independently with little supervision as well as part of a team
  • Strong work ethic and good organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Schedule compatibility including weekends, some holidays and on-call
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