A veterinary technician directly handles inpatient and outpatient care, working hand-in-hand with veterinarians. The technician assists in exam rooms by taking patients’ history, vital signs, and weight; preparing vaccines; collecting samples and running diagnostic tests; providing client education; and assisting with animal restraint. Technicians also may see their own appointments for procedures such as suture removal, nail trim, vaccine administration when a doctor exam is not required, long-term medication monitoring testing, surgery admission and discharge and boarding check-in exams. Technicians directly impact doctors’ productivity, client service and patient care. Technicians play a key role in communicating with clients in person and by phone for follow-up care and patient monitoring.
Reports to: Medical Director and Practice Manager
Assist veterinarians in the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery
Perform in-hospital lab testing and prepare specimens for outside labs
Assist veterinarians in outpatient exams by taking histories, vital signs, and weights as well as providing client education
Collect and prepare samples
Monitor anesthesia closely with monitoring equipment such as pulse oximeter and electrocardiogram
Help maintain anesthesia machine
Assist veterinarian performing surgery
Assist veterinarians in any other assigned tasks
Maintain cleanliness of surgery suite, treatment area, and exams rooms for all surfaces, including lights, tables, cabinets, walls, and floors
Maintain equipment cleanliness and longevity by vacuuming pet hair from keyboards, wheels and equipment
Log controlled drugs
Assist with inventory physical count
Unpack deliveries, reconcile against packing slip and restock supplies
Restock shelves and drawers in exam rooms and treatment area
Educational Requirements and Skills Needed
High school diploma or equivalent
Associate’s degree in applied science, veterinary technology
State license to work as a certified/licensed/registered veterinary technician
Able to lift patients and carry equipment up to 25 pounds; ability to lift patients or carry equipment over 25 pounds with assistance
Endure sitting, standing, and walking on hard floor surfaces for extended periods
Type information for patient records and prescription labels into the computer
Able to work in noisy work conditions with sounds from animals and equipment
Take safety precautions for exposure to toxins, drugs, anesthesia, and radiation
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
About Heartland Veterinary Partners
At Heartland Veterinary Partners, nothing is "cookie cutter" and each of our practices enjoys complete clinical autonomy and a unique culture that reflects the communities they serve.
We are always looking for passionate technicians to support our teams in our efforts to provide the best patient care and client experience possible. If you are a credentialed technician and wanting to explore a new opportunity, we would love to connect with you!
We have opportunities in Iowa!
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Animal Clinic Inc. (Iowa City, IA)
Waverly Veterinary Clinic (Waverly, IA)
Avenue Of The Saints (Charles City, IA)
We are proud to offer our employees:
- Medical, vision, dental, disability, and life insurance
- 401(k) with matching program
- Career growth opportunities
- Access to an Employee Assistance Program
- and much more!