Summary of Duties: Provide veterinary technical support in the management and treatment of patients presented to the Anesthesia service, as well as act as a patient advocate. Oversee and coordinate anesthesia schedules; prepare anesthesia records and check pre-operative work up/vitals of patients. Administer medications for pre-op and induction (IV, IM, SQ as appropriate) of patient. Assist in or perform pre-surgical catheterization (intravenous, and arterial as needed) and instrumentation of patients. Facilitate or perform induction, intubation and maintenance of sedation and/or anesthesia during procedures and primary care. Have the ability to manage an ASA 4 or 5 level case with minimal support. Communicate anesthetic protocols with 4th year veterinary students and assist in explaining common techniques and protocols according to industry standards. Mentor and educate fourth year DVM students of the proper and safe practices when sedating or anesthetizing patients, both large and small animal. Oversee and complete medical records to maintain patient data essential for accurate anesthesia records. Assist clinicians and students with technical problems relating to the delivery of anesthesia to patients including but not limited to addressing inappropriate anesthetic depths, changes to cardiovascular status, addressing cardiac arrhythmias, setting up monitors and troubleshooting monitor and equipment malfunctions. Oversee patient through extubation and immediate post op analgesia and antianxiety needs. Coordinate procedures within other VTH units as needed.
Prepare, operate, and maintain anesthesia and laboratory equipment such as ventilator, multi-parameter vitals monitor, blood gas analyzer, and centrifuge. Manage proper handling and documentation of all controlled substances utilized in anesthesia service. Provide advanced veterinary technical skill as needed for the Anesthesia service such as those skills required to obtain a Veterinary Technician Specialty in anesthesia. Provide oversight of timeslips utilized by the anesthesia service. High level responsibility regarding service inventory ordering and inventory control. Knowledge and ability to enter information into hospital computer system for recording all charges, procedures, and miscellaneous information for client billing.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors degree in a medical, biological, or allied field, and two years of applicable experience; or graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program, and two years of working experience with laboratory animals, at least six months must include experience directing the work of others; OR equivalent education/experience.
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