Veterinary Technician Job Description

Veterinary Technician Job Description

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Veterinary technician provides education to client regarding medical procedures, medication regimens, follow-up care, diets and other general animal care.

Veterinary Technician Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective veterinary technician job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included veterinary technician job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Act as the extra eyes, ears and hands for the veterinarian to ensure the best quality pet care and to maximize the veterinarian's productivity
Provide professional, efficient and exceptional service at all times
Initiative - shows willingness and aptitude to take appropriate steps in finding solutions to problems
Independence - Able and willing to perform tasks and duties without supervision as appropriate
Support veterinarians to ensure quality veterinary care, advocate for pets, and educate clients
With each hospital function, assist veterinarians and the medical team to maximize productivity and maintain positive patient flow
Assist with surgeries and procedures in accordance with your state's Veterinary Practice Act outlined for credentialed veterinary technicians
Communicate with clients about individualized pet health concerns and offer guidance on Optimum Wellness Plan® options, medications, and additional treatments
Obtain relevant health history and information from clients and maintain medical charts
Review and comply with all policies pertaining to the animal care program

Veterinary Technician Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Veterinary Technician

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: AALAS, LAT, ALAT, LVT, LC, LATG, SRA, CVT

Education for Veterinary Technician

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the veterinary technician job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology, Associates, Science, Veterinary Technician, Education, Biology, Administration, Veterinary Science, Communication, Technology

Skills for Veterinary Technician

Desired skills for veterinary technician include:

Computers
Anatomy
Medical terminology
Terminology
Animal care and nursing
Equipment and materials used and their availability and applications
Pharmacology
Disease processes
Physiology
Fluid pumps

Desired experience for veterinary technician includes:

Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance procedures on mechanical equipment, animal caging, and other equipment commonly utilized throughout the animal facility
Work closely with the veterinarian(s) to perform daily health assessments of laboratory animals in the colony and maintain all records as needed and associated with this monitoring
Coordinate and process orders for animal medications (drugs, anesthetics, analgesics)
Attend and participate in management staff meetings, Rodent User Group meetings
Operate equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines
Computer Literacy- Using standard and job specific systems

Veterinary Technician Examples

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Veterinary Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a veterinary technician. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for veterinary technician
  • Cleans, sterilizes and wraps surgical instruments
  • Maintains equipment by following operating instructions
  • Creates inventory reorder list and informs person placing order
  • Collects samples and performs various tests in parasitology hematology, microbiology, according to departmental and regulatory standards
  • Observe animal patients for changes in behavior
  • Prepare animals for exams or surgeries
  • Give animals nursing care or first aid
  • Collect and test lab samples
  • Give medication, shots, or treatments
  • Collect and maintain patient records
Qualifications for veterinary technician
  • Maintain inventory and preparing surgical packs, sterilization procedures, adequate supply of stock or other items as needed
  • Lead, guide, and review the work of students engaged in simulator activities as appropriate
  • Provide customer service to industry professionals and NorthShore vendors
  • Familiarity with surgery equipment & instrumentation
  • Graduate of a veterinary technician program or verification of impending graduation from current school for students required
  • Knowledge of standard animal husbandry equipment operation
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Veterinary Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a veterinary technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for veterinary technician
  • Monitor DVM students performing treatments on clinical patients housed in the AEZ ward
  • Teach FRCC veterinary technician students training to become certified technicians
  • Maintain and follow the established system in place for care of equipment and instruments, maintain cleanliness and order in the AEZ exam rooms, treatment room, ward, and rounds room
  • Stock treatment room, exam rooms, and ward with necessary supplies
  • Maintain inventory of AEZ ward, and place orders as needed for necessary supplies
  • Receive calls from clients requesting information about their pets
  • Refill prescriptions requests for clients
  • Maintain service consult line
  • Address client issues as needed
  • Weekend and Holiday work
Qualifications for veterinary technician
  • Basic computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Google email
  • Observe animals for signs of illness or disease
  • Possess knowledge of current animal welfare policy and regulations
  • Must be able to work in a dynamic and challenging environment and take appropriate action
  • Should be computer literate
  • Animal health technician licensure preferred
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Veterinary Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a veterinary technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for veterinary technician
  • Perform daily work involving the handling of mice with immune-compromised health status, animals recovering from surgery, or HIV-infected mice
  • Injection of human cells into immunodeficient mice
  • Routine monitoring, blood draws, injections and vaccination of immunodeficient mice
  • Daily evaluation of animal health and reporting of abnormal clinical signs to the team lead and veterinary staff
  • Work closely with CCM staff handling the day to day feeding, cage maintenance, and health assessments for all animals
  • Processing of blood and tissue samples for experimental work
  • Work in both BSL1 and BSL2 environments
  • Flexibility in schedule required, candidate may need to work holidays and weekends as required
  • Capable of working independently and as a team member with fellow veterinary staff and/or animal care staff
  • REGULATORY COMPLIANCE Maintains an awareness of regulatory requirements applicable to responsibilities
Qualifications for veterinary technician
  • Knowledge of procedures used to restrain and handle the animals
  • Knowledge of and the ability to perform the day-to-day duties of the facility
  • Ability to determine if there is a problem, evaluate, and discuss possible options with the Veterinarian
  • Ability to train other employees on animal husbandry, handling techniques, and laboratory orientation
  • Services shall be performed in any area of the Institute
  • Individual will be working independently in handling and performing all basic procedures for Old World NHPs, rodents, and rabbits, and perform all basic tasks competently and without supervision
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Veterinary Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of veterinary technician. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for veterinary technician
  • SUPPORT SERVICES Performs routine grooming care as required (nail trimming, teeth clipping)
  • DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES Performs routine diagnostic tests as needed (x-rays, parasitology, serology)
  • CLINICAL ROUNDS Conducts daily rounds to observe condition of animals
  • Generation of humanized immune system mice for our laboratory and for the various experimental projects supported by the program
  • Obtaining samples and flow cytometry analysis of peripheral blood leukocytes of these humanized immune system mice to characterize their human immune reconstitution
  • Contributing ideas and suggestions for improvements in existing experimental protocols and techniques, and participating in the development and investigation of new procedures, assays, and/or instrumentation
  • Participating in the preparation of data from our studies for presentation and publication
  • Generating HIV viruses that will be used for experiments
  • Assisting in laboratory bench experiments – PCR, cell culture
  • Computerized record keeping for the humanized mice generated and used for various experimental projects supported by the program
Qualifications for veterinary technician
  • Lead, guide, and review the work of students engaged in simulator activities as appropriae
  • Able and willing to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays, and occasionally evenings
  • Laboratory experience with PCV, TP, chemistries
  • Experience with equipment monitors, such as IV pumps, syringe pumps, Pulse Ox, Doppler’s, ECG units
  • Nationally recognized (Licensed or Certified) Veterinary Technician or AALAS LAT required
  • Experience working with and performing procedures on mice required
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Veterinary Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of veterinary technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for veterinary technician
  • Collect blood and tissue samples as dictated by study protocol or veterinary need
  • Support animal health and welfare assessment studies
  • Support IACUC needs and conduct post approval monitoring
  • Record data using laboratory information management systems
  • Work weekends and holidays on rotating basis
  • Writes, reviews, comprehends and complies with all Standard Operating Procedures
  • Works closesly with the Attending Veterinarian to perform daily health assessments of laboratory animals
  • Performs routine animal sampling as part of the health surveillance monitoring program
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of clinical cases as required by University and federal guidelines
  • Provides technical support, animal handling and restraint, oral administration, identification, injections, blood collection, surgical preparation, pre-, peri- and post-operative support, euthanasia and assisting with research procedures as directed
Qualifications for veterinary technician
  • Knowledge - Handling and care of lab animal species - Thorough knowledge of the handling and care of lab animal species
  • Graduate of an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program or licensed veterinary technician
  • Experience administering and monitoring anesthesia in animals and performing other veterinary technical procedures
  • Excellent organizational skills and flexibility to work in an environment with constantly shifting and occasionally conflicting priorities
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision collegially within diverse groups, following established guidelines
  • Ability to take direction and communicate effectively with others

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