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Veterinary Hospital Anesthesiology Technician VTS

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 24, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Dentistry, Other Health & Medicine, Pediatrics, Veterinary Sciences, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
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Classification Title:

Veterinary Hospital Anesthesiology Technician III

Job Description:

The University of Florida Veterinary Hospital is seeking VTS in anesthesia to join their anesthesia team. A Veterinary Technician in the Anesthesia Service at the University of Florida Veterinary Hospital provides anesthesia to patients undergoing procedures and delivers high quality patient care under the direction of an anesthesiologist. This Individual is considered an “expert” in the field of Anesthesia. The person acts as a lead mentor and trainer for new and existing employees, house officers, visitors, and students.

Anesthesia and Nursing Care
Key role for this position is to provide safe anesthesia to patients undergoing procedures and deliver high quality patient care. The expectation is that the individual will communicate effectively with the patient care team to determine the needs and priorities for the patient under their immediate care, display a positive and proactive attitude. They should know when to ask for help or seek guidance and will act as the primary anesthesia nurse on cases with direct or indirect oversight from anesthesiologists. 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:

Assist in providing clinical anesthesia support to doctors, house officers, and other technicians/nurses in both small and large animal hospital.

Provide restraint of patients without risk to patient, self, and others.

Perform Anesthetic nursing skills such as, but not limited to, venipuncture, catheter placement, intubation, advanced anesthesia monitoring, local and regional blocks, CRI management, and arterial catheters.

Adequately assess the patient’s need for analgesia in the perioperative period.

Abide by appropriate hospital SOPS for infection control when handling patients, providing interventions/treatments and processing/performing diagnostic testing.

Foster effective communication within the patient care team in regards to the patient’s perioperative status, especially during transition to and from the PCW and ICU areas.

Monitoring of anesthetic recovery and post procedure analgesia.

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.

Model appropriate stress management in a tumultuous environment.

Documentation and Communication
This position is integral to ensure that patient records are complete and proper communication has occurred with the entire Patient Care team. In order to provide the best patient care, documentation of patient’s records should be accurate and thoroughly depict changes in status or patient events. Part of the medical record includes that all changes are entered in a timely fashion, accurately reflect what happened to the patient, and be professional.

Communication needs to be clear and concise. This is especially important when doing patient hand offs or calling clinicians to give patient updates. Our expectation is that staff will be thorough when relaying information. They are the patient’s advocate and in so must communicate any concerns that have not been addressed to the appropriate person.

Delivery methods include orally, written, and in digital platforms.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

Maintain accurate anesthesia records, including the surgical checklist and controlled drug sheet.

Ensure surgery checklists are followed and completed.

Communicate effectively with clinicians, students and technicians regarding patient status, changes in treatment plans etc.

Ensure anesthesia records are thoroughly filled out and information is concise and accurate.

Enter charges at point of care.

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):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:

$32.00 - $38.00 hourly

Minimum Requirements:

Certification or licensure as a Veterinary Technician; active Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification in Anesthesia; and 6 years’ experience working as an anesthesiology technician in private practice or 4 years’ experience working as an anesthesiology technician in a veterinary academic teaching hospital. Certification or licensure as a Veterinary Technician and active Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification in Anesthesia.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in a teaching hospital

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply.

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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