VETERINARY TECHNICIAN 3 provides advanced general and specialized medical,
surgical, intensive care and emergency care service and assistance to
veterinarians. This class also provides
guidance and mentorship for lower-level veterinary technicians, as well as advanced
instruction for veterinary students in a veterinary teaching hospital.
is the third level of a three-level series.
This class is distinguished from the lower levels by demonstrated advanced
technical skill, educational background (board certified or equivalent), experience
and training in specialized medical and surgical procedures and patient
intensive care, independent decision making for treatment and recovery of
animals based on clinician-approved protocols, and more extensive instruction
of veterinary students in critical care or specialty treatment and diagnostics. Employees in this class will be called upon
to assume lead-work type responsibilities in the teaching hospital setting.
The duties listed below are not inclusive but
characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this class.
Individual positions may perform all or some combination of the duties listed
below as well as other related duties.
- Hospital Assistance. Typical tasks:coordinates daily receiving
schedule, receives and discharges
patients, processes intake paperwork, records patient information, inputs
hospital charges in billing system, verifies condition of treatment areas
and patient cages/stalls. Provides
patient care and feeding in accordance with verbal or written
instructions, monitors patient condition and effectiveness of medications.
- Medical Procedure Assistance. Typical tasks: draws
blood, prepares for and assists with diagnostic procedures, assists with
tabling and restraining animals,
provides medical care for hospitalized patients, including checking
vital signs, cleaning wounds, changing bandages, monitoring incisions,
placing catheters, administering medications and treatments as directed,
monitoring intake and output levels, and exercising patients.
- Surgical Assistance. Typical tasks: pre-surgical set-up of
operating rooms, equipment and supplies.
Coordinates operating room turnaround as directed or in accordance
with surgical schedules, cleans and disinfects rooms and equipment. Prepares patients with aseptic technique
using knowledge of anatomy and surgical procedures. Assists clinicians/students with procedures
in the surgical suites.
- Radiology. Typical Tasks: submits patient radiology requests and
complete digital acquisition of requests.
Perform radiological procedures per established protocol and
techniques including presenting and/or positioning patient for
radiological study and perform scintigraphy as needed. Assist with the maintenance of
fluoroscopy and other radiological equipment. Maintain film archives.
- Anesthesia. Submits patient anesthesia request and
prepare and present patient for anesthetic procedures. Induce, intubate, and monitor patient
during procedure and during patient recovery for vital signs. Maintain anesthetic equipment.
- Student Instruction. Typical tasks: Provides additional assistance with and
instruction of veterinary students, including assistance with student
labs, generation of teaching materials and guidance for advance
diagnostics and treatments. Assists
and demonstrates proper animal restraint and handling. Performs student orientations and
provides input on student evaluation and grading. Assists clinicians in student teaching
labs. Oversees student safety.
Responsible for more independent instruction of veterinary students in a
particular specialty or service area.
- Advanced Patient Care. Typical tasks:
performs more advanced patient care, including using specialized
monitoring equipment and diagnostic techniques. Ability to work independently in a
specialty or service area of the veterinary referral hospital. High level of skill and?? proficiency in any of, but not limited
to, the following:?? administration
of chemotherapy, use and maintenance of endoscopy or fluoroscopy for
specialized diagnostics, critical care/emergency techniques, use and
maintenance of specialized surgical equipment and instruments, administration
and monitoring of anesthesia, preparation and coordination of
immunotherapy protocols, and skill/proficiency in diagnostic radiography.
Demonstrated mastery of a specialty or service area, including related
physiology, specialized diagnostic testing, treatment options and
protocols, and use of specialized equipment.
- Maintenance and Inventory. Typical tasks: cleans
and evaluates condition of medical equipment, including performing minor
routine maintenance. Ensures that
all areas of the hospital are stocked with proper supplies and
equipment. Cleans and organizes
operating rooms, labs and treatment areas after use. Maintains supply inventories, recording
and restocking as necessary.
Assists with hospital inventory and maintenance, including cleaning
and disinfecting cabinets, carts, counters, sinks and patient cages/stalls
- Lead Work. Provides leadership and organization in
a particular hospital specialty or service area, including assigning,
planning, and reviewing work, and providing feedback for evaluation of
lower level staff.
- Miscellaneous. Typical tasks:
assists in other areas of the hospital as workload demands, including
hospital drug rooms, central sterile and other general or shared hospital
areas. Interacts with clients in
person or by phone in a professional manner. Assists with various research or
in this class have regular daily contact with veterinary faculty/clinicians,
staff members and other technicians. Instruction
is given to veterinary students and other staff members on a daily basis. Daily communications and interactions also
occur with clients of the veterinary hospital and other visitors to the College.
in this class receive general supervision from clinical faculty/clinicians or a
technical supervisor who reviews the work for timely completion and conformance
to established veterinary hospital procedures and policies. Work is also reviewed through observation and
informal discussion with faculty/clinicians that work with the employees in
this class. Work assignments are
received, verbally or in writing, from faculty/clinicians, technical supervisor
or the position description.
in this class are primarily found in a veterinary teaching hospital and/or
veterinary clinic setting. They require
willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location
and purpose, which includes working with large or small animals (dependant on
position applied for). Exposure to noxious odors, infectious diseases,
chemicals, gas anesthetics, radiation, loud noises, and machinery is likely.
Positions in this class may work varied daily shifts, and are subject to
nights, weekends, and holidays. These positions require willingness to maintain
a proper conduct and respect consistent with the veterinary teaching hospital
policies and standards, towards the purpose of animals used in teaching or
research. Employees in this class provide routine and advanced veterinary
medical procedures and must follow State and Federal regulations regarding the
use of pharmaceuticals, and use procedural manuals on sterile techniques,
instrument care and maintenance as guidelines for performing duties. This
position will handle sharp objects and have access to controlled
have current certification as a Veterinary Technician and ability to obtain and
maintain Oregon certification within six months of hire date AND board-certification in a specialty
or sub-specialty, or extensive
experience (at least four years) with primary responsibilities in a specialty
or service area currently recognized and utilized within the hospital (may
include, but not limited to, radiology, dermatology, oncology, specialty
surgery, internal medicine, critical care/emergency, ophthalmology, neurology,
cardiology, physical therapy, anesthesiology,
dentistry, exotics); demonstrated experience in animal handling and restraint
in a clinical setting, and demonstrated experience and
- Drugs and
medications typically used in veterinary care
techniques, patient preparation and medical procedure assistance
- Operating room
equipment and procedures
- Record keeping
procedures for patient charts
- Animal anatomy
techniques for animals
- Veterinary care
mathematics (including drug dosage and fluid rate calculation)
- General computer
for this position will be required to complete a criminal background history
and motor vehicle background criteria form. Offers of employment are contingent
upon a satisfactory background check. This position may require a valid driver