Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) - Cardiology

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Pediatrics, Veterinary Sciences, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Classification Title:

Veterinary Technician Specialist

Job Description:

Are you a highly skilled veterinary technician who loves both learning and sharing your knowledge and is ready to join a busy team seeing cats, dogs, exotics, and large animals with heart issues? Have you also earned your specialty certification (VTS) in Internal Medicine or Cardiology? We are looking for our next team member in Cardiology! Our service sees a wide variety of cases, performs interventional procedures in our catheterization lab, and provides a full array of cardiac diagnostics and care. We offer competitive wages, benefits including health insurance and paid leave and holidays, and a team-oriented approach to each day.

A Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in the Cardiology Service at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital provides nursing care to small and large animal patients being seen for cardiac issues, assisting with receiving appointments, diagnostic workups including echocardiograms and ECG, measuring blood pressure, assisting with minimally invasive procedures in the Cath Lab as well as a variety of general technical duties for patients seen by the service. Technician Specialists are highly involved in teaching in the clinical setting, both with veterinary students and fellow technicians and have the opportunity to build their advanced nursing skills as well as become involved in formal teaching such as rounds and lectures. Nursing staff in this service work closely with several faculty veterinary cardiologists, residents, and veterinary students on a daily basis. Applicants should thrive in a fast paced, patient-focused environment and also enjoy providing excellent customer service to a wide variety of clients, coworkers, and referring practices.

An individual in this position must possess excellent communication skills and be proactive in determining the needs of the hospital. A successful applicant should enjoy learning new things and can quickly adapt to a changing environment. They need to possess a good base knowledge of veterinary medicine and express a positive attitude in their daily work. The individual must be able to communicate effectively, demonstrate critical thinking and professionalism.

Essential functions include:

Nursing Care
The focus of nursing care is to deliver high quality patient care by assisting the veterinarians and students in an efficient, timely, and professional manner. The expectation is that the individual will communicate effectively with the service to determine the needs and priorities for the day, displaying a positive and proactive attitude while also knowing when to ask for help or guidance when needed. Patients should be handled compassionately with the goal to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress during their visit.

Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting with patient evaluations or rechecks by assisting in patient restraint, obtaining and submitting samples, scheduling with other services for diagnostic or consultation purposes, and providing treatment or medications
  • Performing triage assessments and prioritizing cases as they present
  • Performing general nursing care such as venipuncture, catheter placement, patient restraint, treatments, medication administration, and sample collection
  • Performing basic anesthesia and sedation procedures including patient monitoring and recovery
  • Documenting in electronic medical records
  • Reviewing and entering patient charges appropriately
  • Performing specialty specific duties such as:
  • Assisting with echocardiograms
  • Obtaining ECG readings and recognizing abnormal waveforms
  • Measuring blood pressure using Doppler
  • Assisting with minimally invasive procedures in the Cath Lab
  • Placing Holter monitors
Client Services
The focus of client services is to provide accurate and proficient assistance to clients which should be conducted in a courteous and timely manner. Our goal is to ensure that each client experience matches the excellent care offered to their pets. Patient records should be complete and proper information provided to all parties. Individuals must foster positivity, respect, and trust throughout their interactions, demonstrating proactivity in communication and scheduling to help facilitate the needs of the patients and schedule. Clients can include owners, referring veterinarians, other department/service team members, and veterinary students. Delivery methods include orally, written, and in digital platforms.

Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting with phone calls and emails:
  • Handling all internal and external calls in a professional and welcoming manner
  • Triaging calls and determining urgency
  • Documenting communication in a clear and concise manner within electronic medical record
  • Following up on lab reports and ensuring owners are informed of results as directed by a doctor
  • Scheduling appointments:
  • Entering appointments into the electronic medical record schedule
  • Confirming and ensuring owners are prepared for their appointment
  • Scheduling patients for future appointments prior to being discharged from hospital
  • Planning, organizing, and coordinating appointments, consultations, and diagnostic procedures appropriately with other services
  • Assisting with client service representative duties as needed
  • Assisting with estimates, paperwork (e.g. anesthesia requests etc), and charges for cases
  • Ensuring clients understand and receive their finalized discharges along with any other expectations for the care of the pet.
  • Client education:
  • Ensuring clients understand and receive their finalized discharges along with any other expectations for the care of the pet
Teaching and Mentoring
The focus of teaching and mentoring is to provide an opportunity for others to learn by creating a safe and welcoming environment and building cohesive relationships amongst all individuals. Promoting further education and development is achieved by fostering teamwork, positivity, respect, and trust along with creating a culture of constructive dialogue by inviting thoughts and new ideas for discussion. Veterinary students, technician interns, shadowing technician students, assistants, and volunteers are all examples of individuals that can benefit from teaching and mentoring efforts. Delivery methods include orally, written, and in digital platforms.

Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Instructing students and new team members including fellow technicians, assistants, and volunteers in technical skills and professionalism using a variety of teaching techniques
  • Evaluating and monitoring progress and intervening when necessary to ensure their success
  • Recognizing students that may be struggling with either technical skills or concepts and trying to assist and encourage them while also informing the faculty so they can assist
  • Communicating in a warm and friendly manner to all parties of the patient care team and asking frequently: “how can I help?”
  • Conducting teaching moments in structured orientations, rounds, or throughout the day on a one-on-one or group basis
  • Participating in hospital wide CE events for staff by giving at least one (1) lecture annually
  • Assisting in developing training manuals and competency lists
Hospital Cleanliness
The focus of hospital cleanliness is to provide an uncompromising level of cleanliness throughout the facilities while creating a safe and accident-free environment. This will ensure the ability to maintain a productive, organized service in preparation to attend to clients and patients as well as preventing infection and cross contamination. The overall aesthetics of the hospital is a direct reflection on the high-quality care we provide so it is important the areas are kept in pristine condition. Areas to maintain include designated department/service treatment rooms and exams rooms along with communal areas when needed.

Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Sweeping and mopping floors daily and as needed
  • Taking out trash and recyclables as needed
  • Ensuring cages and runs including drains, grates, and doors are cleaned daily and as needed
  • Assisting with processing laundry as needed
  • Disinfecting and cleaning equipment regularly
  • Maintaining equipment within the hospital as applicable to this position and reporting broken or malfunctioning equipment to the appropriate manager
  • Reporting broken or malfunctioning infrastructure to the appropriate manager and requesting work orders as directed
  • Maintaining inventory and replenishing stock on a regular basis
  • Checking drug and supply expiration dates as needed
  • Practicing appropriate infection control measures by managing biohazardous patient care items and lab specimens appropriately
Professional Development & Continuing Education
The focus of professional development & continuing education is to ensure an individual continues to increase and develop their knowledge and skills. To be successful an individual should take an active role such as utilizing downtime in continuing their education, especially in the field of veterinary technology.
Requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Attending technician staff meetings
  • Attending service meetings
  • Attending hospital wide meetings or at least reviewing associated meeting minutes
  • Attending or completing in-service training sessions when directed
  • Obtaining CE credit requirements as associated with the various facility accreditations (AAHA, VECCS, AAFP):
    o AAHA: Obtain 10 hours of veterinary continuing education annually for credentialed technicians
  • Obtaining CE credit requirements as associated with the state licensure association/organization and VTS academy
  • Upholding yearly compliance requirements by completing various policy reviews, in-person training sessions, and computer-based training modules on a yearly or biennial basis
Expected Salary:

$22.00 - $26.00 hourly

Minimum Requirements:

Credentialed veterinary technician and VTS specialty certified in specific area.

VTS ACVIM (Cardiology)
VTS ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Preferred Qualifications:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: Yes; Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs, bend, kneel, pull, push, twist and stand for an extended period of time.

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