**You must submit a Cover Letter to be considered for this position.**
DO YOU LOVE CATS?
If you do and have spent your life looking for kindred spirits that understand your obsession with them, then submit your Resume AND Cover Letter!
No Cover Letter = Hiss Hiss. Your resume may get knocked off of our virtual table by our virtual paw... (In other words: If you don't send a cover letter, you will not be considered for this position).
South Austin Cat Hospital is wholeheartedly committed to making the world a better place for cats. We strive toward this goal by offering superior medical care to our feline patients as well as advocating for feline welfare. As a feline-exclusive veterinary practice, South Austin Cat Hospital offers a comfortable, quiet, low-stress environment for both clients and patients.
South Austin Cat Hospital strives to be the go-to source for cat lovers and veterinary practitioners alike when a cat is in need of routine or advanced medical care. With the specialty in feline practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and growing referral services, the level of care cats receive at SACH is truly unrivaled.
Quality of Care: We partner with our clientele to ensure that each cat receives the best possible medical care, and we strive to uphold the highest possible standard of excellence.
Low-Stress: We create an environment that is respectful to the unique needs of feline patients. By reducing both client and patient stress levels, we will increase our opportunities to care for cats.
Feline Advocacy & Welfare: We strive to make the world a better place for cats by taking a stance on important welfare issues, including the importance of adoption, TNR, and alternatives to declawing.
Growth & Learning: Every veterinarian, veterinary technician, receptionist, assistant, manager, and other veterinary professional is on their own path to help animals. We like to help each other along the way by creating a fair and developmental work environment that challenges each individual to achieve their next goal.
South Austin Cat Hospital strives toward making the world a better place for cats by offering superior medical care to our feline patients and advocating for feline welfare. As a feline-exclusive veterinary practice, South Austin Cat Hospital offers a comfortable, quiet, low-stress environment for all clients, patients, and staff.
We are currently seeking cat lovers to join our team! Our ideal candidate is a compassionate, dynamic, and flexible individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and is obsessed with cats.
As a Veterinary Technician Level I or II at SACH, you will participate in client education, patient care, laboratory procedures, venipuncture, IV catheter placement, radiology, and other job duties, as required.
Low-stress feline handling skills are an absolute must for this position. At least 1 year of experience as a veterinary technician or a veterinary technician license is required to be eligible for this position.
The veterinary technician level I or II will be responsible for assisting veterinarians in exams, retrieving lab samples, taking radiographs, providing client education, and other duties as directed by the veterinarians, practice manager, and technician manager.
LEVEL I - II EXPECTATIONS:
- These levels include housekeeping duties and room technician duties. Please refer to our other job ad for more information.
LEVEL III EXPECTATIONS - All Level I & II Plus:
- Motivating influence on co-workers
- Consistently leads by example, respectfully able to delegate tasks
- Willing to stay late as needed to help the hospital and the team
- Exhibits interest in the team/hospital by verbally contributing to discussions/ideas/solutions
- Can handle multiple patients in an appropriate, organized, and professional way
- Able to provide constructive feedback to team members respectfully and privately
- Can confidently and accurately make estimates for routine anesthetic procedures and surgeries
- Can confidently intake routine anesthetic procedures and surgeries
- Presents surgical and anesthetic estimates in a confident matter
- Is routinely involved in anesthetic procedures and surgeries
- Has complete knowledge of all technician protocols
- Has broad knowledge of medications and can discuss with clients
- Can discuss post-operative care of routine procedures with clients
- Can provide technical support to clients, patients, fellow techs, and DVMs
- Able to help stressed, High FAS clients and remain positive and professional
- Has completed 9 hours of continuing education annually
- Has Completed the Fear Free Level 2 Certification
- Able to work a shift confidently without supervision
- Can perform medial saphenous, cephalic, and jugular venipuncture with a 90% success rate
- Is able to administer IV medications without access to an IV catheter
- Can confidently obtain results of any manual in-house urinalysis including urine sediment examination
- Is able to place IV catheters consistently, correctly, and sterilely
- Is able to prioritize and work on Level I & II hospitalized patients without supervision
- Is able to perform urinary catheter care in level II hospitalized patients
- Is able to correctly calculate drug dosages with doctor instructions
- Can induce anesthesia on ASA I-II patients
- Can consistently use the laryngoscope and efficiently intubate patients
- Is able to monitor and safely maintain anesthesia on non-critical patients
- Is able to correctly follow through with duties of surgical and anesthetic procedures thoroughly
- Can function as a room tech, treatment tech, or surgery tech
- Can fully function as a CSRCan perform skin scrapes and read skin cytology without supervision
- Able to respond to all emergency situations.
- Knows how to administer CPR
- Can produce diagnostic digital radiographs and is able to identify the correct landmarks
- Is always thoroughly aware of all hospitalized cases/patients’ records even when they are not in charge of the hospitalized patients
- Can properly administer oxygen therapy
- Can correctly perform tonometry, tear test, eye staining
- Able to prepare and read a blood smear with a complete differential
- Provides outstanding nursing care for short-term and long-term hospitalized patients
- Is able to correctly set up all anesthesia machines.
- Is able to correctly set up and recognize normal/abnormal pulse oximeter.
- Is able to correctly set up and recognize normal/abnormal Capnograph.
- Is able to correctly set up and recognize normal/abnormal blood pressure.
- Is able to set up and recognize normal/abnormal ECG.
- Observes appropriate surgical room conduct and asepsis
- Knows open and closed glove techniques and can scrub in for surgery under supervision
- Is able to correctly prep and assist with all general surgeries
- Able to correctly set up a CRI.
- Able to correctly invoice, dispense and log controlled substances.
- Knows DEA rules governing the veterinary medicine industry
- Accurately checks in inventory and reports damaged or missed received items to the TM or PM
LEVEL IV EXPECTATIONS - All Level I - III Plus:
- Knowledgeable of team members’ capabilities
- Takes initiative to train/coach team members in a positive manner
- Ability to recognize and adapt training to accommodate trainee needs and learning style
- Able to send people home when TM or PM is unable to
- Able to explain the how and why behind company protocols and procedures
- Consistently attends hospital and department meetings
- Consistently delegates tasks
- Has a full understanding of all equipment in the building
- Accountable for how the technician team runs when the TM and PM are not present
- Sets an example for the rest of the team to follow
- When presenting issues to a leadership member, they take initiative and have potential solutions already in mind
- Has a full understanding of all our office equipment (printers, computers, scanners, etc.).
- Has a basic understanding of the Five Basic Management Skills
- Knows medical terminology and is able to discuss with clients
- Has knowledge about procedures and is able to discuss with clients
- Can discuss specialty procedures' post-operative care with clients
- Demonstrates knowledge of the controlled drug logs and consistently logs and invoices said drugs with accuracy.
- Is able to train new staff on the utilization of the logs.
- Knows the sample drop-off protocol for receiving, invoicing, and packaging.
- Is on at least one committee or has at least one project or ambassadorship.
- Fluently knows veterinary terminology and utilizes it in medical records and while conversing with the team
- Knows entire department and hospital routine from open to close
- Has completed a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education annually
- Can accurately and efficiently complete any technical task asked of them
- Can place an IV catheter in a patient experiencing a medical emergency
- Can quickly and effectively intubate a patient experiencing a medical emergency in any position (dorsal, sternal, lateral)
- Has mastered venipuncture and catheterization with a 98% success rate on the first try
- Knows open and closed glove techniques and can scrub in for surgery without supervision
- Can scrub in and assist during GI Biopsies
- Can scrub in and assist during an RNA
- Can monitor and care for patients before, during, and after blood transfusions
- Can accurately perform blood typing and cross-matching
- Can collect blood effectively from donor cats and administer it to recipient cats
- Can quickly calculate emergency drug dosages and fluid rates can direct the flow of the team during a medical emergency
- Able to prioritize and take charge of Level I - III hospitalized patients without supervision
- Is able to accurately and consistently prep, assist and take charge of all duties during a specialty surgery
- Is able to monitor/ maintain anesthesia on critical patients and during specialty procedures
- Can obtain initial diagnostic quality full mouth dental radiographs in 8 shots or less
- Can troubleshoot abnormal vital signs during anesthesia and knows when to alert the attending DVM
- Can correct facility equipment- repairs problems for the department
- Has proficient knowledge of all drugs in stock.
- Can troubleshoot all dental equipment
- Knows names of common surgical and dental instruments
- Can apply minor bandages and bandages after declaw repairs
- Has mastered radiology, anesthesia, and dentistry
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- 2 years of veterinary experience and a Veterinary Technician License
- Feel and express a genuine love for cats and working in an animal care environment. This is not the job for you if you are not a cat person.
- Perform basic computer skills, including Vetter and Google functions.
- Physical Effort: Work requires lifting and carrying patients and equipment weighing up to 30 lbs; requires sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
- Working conditions: May be exposed to unpleasant odors, noises, and animal feces. May be exposed to bites, scratches, and contagious diseases.
We offer competitive pay based on experience and several benefits. To apply and be considered for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter.