Texas A&M University Veterinary Anesthesia Technician II in College Station, Texas

Position Information

Position Title Veterinary Anesthesia Technician II

Posting Title Veterinary Anesthesia Technician II - Small Animal Hospital

System Member Institution/Agency TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (TAMU)

Department VET MED-TEACHING HOSPITAL / 02-144013

Posting Number S00854FY17

Salary $16.04 - $20.61

Pay Basis Hourly

Job Close Date

Geographic Location College Station

Budget Type Budgeted/Benefits - Full-Time

Is this position restricted by the Patriot Act? No

Is this position D.O.T. regulated? No

EEO AA Statement

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Position Summary Information

Job Summary

The Veterinary Anesthesia Technician II, under general supervision, provides clinical support to veterinarians in the delivery and instruction of primary patient care and anesthesia services.

Required Education and Experience

Associate degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science or a related area, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years of technical experience in veterinary medicine, anesthesia, or related field.

Preferred Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology, biomedical science, animal science, or a related area. Specialty training in anesthesia or related area.

Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

None

Preferred Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations

Licensed Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA), or Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT).

Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Basic computer skills. Understanding of equipment used in a veterinary medical teaching hospital preferred. Ability to perform heavy lifting. Strong animal handling skills. Ability to communicate effectively and positively at all levels within the anesthesia service and the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. Must be able to work within time constraints and in crisis situations. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Strong computer background.

Other Requirements or Other Factors

Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor. Requires working different shifts and participating in On-Call coverage. Participates in emergency duty coverage during veterinary student absences and for holidays. May be required to work some overtime, holidays, and weekends.

Preferred Other Requirements or Other Factors

None.

Detailed Job Duties

Duties Performed

Assists faculty, residents, interns, and students with patient care. Facilitates the instruction of professional curriculum veterinary medical students with an emphasis on clinical anesthesia techniques. Instructs and assists veterinary students in designing anesthetic protocols. Assists students in inducing and maintaining anesthesia in a variety of animal species. Performs and assists students in simple catheterization techniques, and the administration of pre-medicants, induction agents, inhalant anesthetics and appropriate analgesics. Assists students and/or staff in preparing patients for surgical procedures to include proper clipping and aseptic surgical site preparation. Monitors or assists students in monitoring anesthetized patients. Monitors or assists students in proper anesthesia recovery techniques. Assists with critical and intensive nursing care or life sustaining emergency care as needed. Provides physical restraint for safe handling of multiple species of patient animals. Assists the DICTC anesthesia department if needed. Assists in training of and acts as mentor to newly hired Veterinary Anesthesia Technician I.

Duties Performed

Maintains a sanitary and well-organized service area. Restocks supplies, drugs, and solutions. Cleans and repackages items for sterilization specific to the service area. Completes assigned duties in a timely manner.

Duties Performed

Provides emergency Anesthesia call in the clinic with supervision.

Duties Performed

Ensures that all charges generated from Anesthesia Services are captured and correctly entered into the hospital information system (VMIS). Ensures that all controlled substances used in the Anesthesia Service are properly documented and accounted for. Assists with organizing and maintaining the Anesthesia Service scheduling system and serve as the main scheduler. Ensures anesthetic cases are worked up, approved in a timely manner by the anesthesiologist and supplies needed are pulled and locked in cubex until the case begins. Reviews anesthetic records and pharmacy slips for accuracy and completeness. Records or assists students in recording the patient’s physiological data and all medications given on Anesthesia Records. Reviews anesthetic records and pharmacy record for accuracy and completeness. Records or assists students in recording the patient’s physiological data and all medications given on Anesthesia Records.

Duties Performed

Ensures that the proper equipment is available to facilitate patient safety. Maintains and operates point of care laboratory equipment. Maintains and operates patient monitoring equipment. Arranges for Anesthesia Service equipment maintenance when necessary.

Duties Performed

Remains current with safety classes, rabies prophylaxis, and Licensure: Radiation/MRI safety, Infection Control, Aseptic Technique, Rabies prophylaxis, and maintain certification or licensure where appropriate

Duties Performed

Performs other duties as assigned.