Summary of Duties: The Veterinary Specialist 1(VS1) position is an entry level position for a veterinary technician. There is a requirement of at least one year of clinical experience, preferably in a veterinary hospital setting. Basic veterinary technician skills are expected including but not limited to, venipuncture, peripheral IVC placement, performing basic physical exams, knowledge of appropriate species normal vitals, and appropriate animal restraint. Some familiarity with the common veterinary equipment such as blood pressure monitors, EKG machines, and gas anesthesia machines is also necessary. The Veterinary Teaching hospital currently has 17 different departments in which positions may be available. See below for the current department openings.
Veterinary Specialist 1 - Critical Care The WSU Critical Care is a 24/7 fully staffed fast growing service. Licensed technicians are always on duty helping to oversee and assist with patient stabilization and treatments. This team of outstanding professionals provide compassionate care at the highest level using the latest tools, medicines, and techniques. The staff handles the critically ill and emergent patients with round the clock observation and therapy. Technician duties include peripheral line placement, canine and feline urinary catheter placement, pain assessment, administering constant rate infusions, monitoring vitals including direct and indirect blood pressure, and patient advocacy. Good communication and team player are a must.
Veterinary Specialist 1-Technician Float This position provides the widest variety of experience in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Members of this team may be asked to work in any one of the other services throughout the hospital on any given day. Experience with dogs, cats and pocket pets, birds and small wildlife is desired. Training in all departments will allow these team members to become well rounded in all aspects of veterinary technician training. Float techs will also be assisting our Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner with underwater treadmill therapy, therapeutic exercise, and low light laser therapy. If you like variety and are just as happy working in the operating room as you are working in critical care than this is the position for you.
Required Qualifications: Associate Degree from an accredited school of animal technology; or registration, certification or licensure in an animal or veterinary technician field and one year experience with the care and treatment of animals in a veterinary practice; or equivalent education/experience.
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