Summary of Duties: The available Veterinary Specialist 2 position is an intermediate level position for a veterinary technician at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. There is a requirement of at least two years of clinical experience preferably in a veterinary hospital setting prior to applying for this position. Basic veterinary technician skills are expected including but not limited to venipuncture, peripheral intravenous catheter 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. At the intermediate level there is also some expectation of some exposure to the more advanced skills such as urinary catheter placement, more developed triage skills, challenging patient restraint ability, multiple site capability for IVC placement, etc. Incumbents will need to have good communication skills and the ability to work as a team. The Veterinary Teaching hospital currently has 17 different departments that may have a position open. See below for the current department openings.
Veterinary Specialist 1 or 2 - 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 and central intravenous line placement, canine and feline urinary catheter placement, pain assessment, administering constant rate infusions, monitoring vitals including direct and indirect blood pressure, ECG monitoring, and patient advocacy. Duties will also include performing and/or assisting with thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, administering blood transfusions, and performing CPR. This position is involved with helping to develop the emergency and critical care knowledge of the 4th year veterinary students. Therefore good communication and teaching skills are needed.
Required Qualifications: An Associate Degree from an accredited school of animal technology, or registration, certification or licensure in an animal or veterinary technician field and one year full-time experience as a Veterinary Specialist 1; OR equivalent education/experience.
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