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Ethos Veterinary Health Certified Veterinary Technician - Surgery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado

About Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital: At WRAH our mission is to advance the veterinary profession through our leadership in medicine, education, business and promotion of the human-animal bond. We strive to bring together caring, warm and intelligent people who love to serve and help and are among the best in their field.

Position Summary:

The Surgery Veterinary Technician is responsible for the general nursing care and treatment of animal patients. Primary responsibilities include sedation, anesthesia and radiology, admitting and discharging patients, client communication and education, scheduling appointments and answering technician calls.

Surgery Technician also carries out doctor?s orders, including lab work, radiology, treatments, administration of medications and fluids. This is an overview of the position and is not limited to the major duties.

Responsibilities:

  • Administer and monitor anesthesia.

  • Assist the veterinarian in surgical procedures

  • Have knowledge of instrumentation and equipment needed for surgical procedures. Care and maintenance of surgical instruments and equipment

  • Wrapping and sterilizing packs

  • Perform treatments on surgery patients in addition to all necessary pre op and post op procedures

  • Create PDRs

  • Clean and stock the OR?s. Understand and apply proper sterile technique when in the OR

  • Provide primary nursing support to veterinarians

  • Admit patients and complete necessary paperwork with client

  • Perform life checks on hospital patients and perform necessary treatments as needed. Monitor the wellbeing of patients, providing comfortable and clean bedding.

  • Perform venipuncture

  • Perform all laboratory procedures including hematology, serology, blood chemistry, urinalysis, fecal analysis, and skin scrapings

  • Prepare cultures and all blood work to be sent to outside laboratories

  • IVC placement, administer IV fluids, supply O2, apply temporary bandages and changes bandages, provide external heating or cooling of patient, carry out orders of ER DVM

  • Radiographs (digital), record appropriately

  • Maintain equipment as needed this includes: Generating and/or retrieving all necessary documents to ensure complete and accurate medical records (labels, PDR?s, etc)

  • Making appointments, client communication, invoicing functions

  • Maintain complete and accurate patient medical records

  • Perform other appropriate duties as assigned

Education, License and Job Requirements:

  • CVT License

  • 5+ experience as a CVT, 1 year of Surgery experience preferred

  • Excellent PC skills with a solid working knowledge of Excel, Powerpoint, and other department software

Skills and Experience:

  • Must be reliable, organized, and adaptable to changes within the departments of the hospital

  • Will serve as a representative of the hospital, displaying consideration, courtesy, compassion, and professionalism in all interactions with patients, clients, and hospital staff

  • Will maintain a high standard of patient care

  • Must be able to communicate well with clients by showing care and concern for them as well as their pet(s).

  • Must understand and support the Hospital?s mission and overall direction.

Summary:

Under general supervision of the Hospital Service Manager, this individual leads the clinical team with a focus on high-quality, comprehensive, accessible, supportive and personalized care for all clients and patients. Ensures adequate staffing levels support staff across designated departments in order to provide effective medical services and an optimal client experience. Serves as the liaisons between leadership and the staff. Supports and exemplifies the mission, vision and core values of the company.

This role is 75% technical and 25% administrative and is non-exempt.

Responsibilities (in addition to technical responsibilities)

  • Participates in identifying and planning for staffing consistent with needs of client population and budgetary parameters.

  • Understands workflow of the department(s).

  • Provides input with problem-solving efforts for daily operations.

  • Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships across the hospital.

  • Encourages and builds mutual trust, respect, communication and cooperation among team members.

  • Advocates satisfaction of internal and external customers.

  • Serves as the hospital ?go to? in accordance with assigned duty schedule.

  • Collaborates with staff at all levels and departments to streamline delivery of services without compromising care or hospitality.

  • Participates in hiring and onboarding of staff and performance reviews.

  • Coordinates the required training and skills of staff.

  • Notifies Hospital Director of equipment service needs.

Education, License and Job Requirements:

  • Certification or licensing is required for the position.

  • 5 or more years of experience as a Veterinary Technician.

  • 3 or more years in a supervisor/managerial role.

Skills and Experience:

  • Must possess and demonstrate effective leadership qualities.

  • Ability to promote effective communication amongst team members

  • Demonstrated professionalism in all interactions

  • Proven ability to lead by example

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital recognizes the complex nature of support needed for both clients and staff members in the animal care industry. As a hospital focused on continuous learning, development, and quality of life betterment, we have added a full time Social Worker to our staff. The primary focus of this role is to help our clients with their grieving process and assist our employees with their emotional well-being.

Ethos is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Ethos does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, merit, and business need.

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