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Pipestone System Veterinary Technician in Independence, Iowa

##Job Description Objective: The Veterinary Technician will assist in veterinary procedures, animal handling, and miscellaneous roles to the clinic and health care team. PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES * Make recommendations to management and current staff concerning patient care protocols, equipment needs and upkeep, appointment efficiencies, patient care, and follow through with protocols. * Work with the Practice Manager to develop and implement standard operating procedures to ensure high quality care for our patients. * Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments, as prescribed by the veterinarian. * Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and Family Animal Care core values. * Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of the veterinarian, and monitor animals’ responses to anesthetics. * Obtain radiographs of animals with knowledge of proper positioning and techniques. * Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery or hospitalized patients. * Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, and feces, such as urinalysis and blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems. * Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other lifesaving procedures. * Provide the veterinarian with the correct equipment and instruments, as needed. * Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas and placing IV catheters. * Communicate & educate clients on hospital’s preventative medicine protocols, make recommendations based on patient’s best interest, and effectively communicate messages from the veterinarian to the client. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS * Ability to communicate well. * Ability to provide strong leadership. * Encourage positive culture with clients and employees in a manner that shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism. * Strong client service skills. Considerable tact and diplomacy are required. Ability to greet clients in a professional, friendly, hospitable manner. * Ability to effectively use all available resources to provide the best patient care. * Regular attendance and timeliness are essential. POSITION SPECIFICATIONS Education: * Completion of Veterinary Technician course. * RVT license required or ability to provide proof of knowledge and experience. Experience: Veterinary hospital/clinic previous experience preferred. New graduates considered. Training: * Various internal training courses * Occasional seminars at remote locations Additional Requirements: * Must be able to work on a weekend rotation as needed * Must have valid drivers license and reliable transportation to get to work and attend meetings Work Environment: * Veterinary hospital clinic and office environment. * Noise levels that require hearing protection in some areas Physical Requirements: * Standing, walking and ability to be on feet 8 to 10 hours per day * Frequent bending, reaching, squatting and kneeling * Frequent use of one or both hands/arms to grasp or pull * Frequent lifting of objects weighing 3-20 pounds * Occasional bending while pulling and/or lifting objects weighing up to 50 pounds, or requiring up to 50 pounds of force to move * Occasional bending while pulling and/or lifting objects weighing up to 100 pounds or requiring up to 100 pounds of force to move with the assistance of another person as needed * Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing * Ability to attend and participate in meetings of various lengths ALL ADDRESSES: Independence, IA FULL-TIME: Part-time Job Title: Veterinary Technician Location: PVC of Independence-10201 Req Num: 21-312