Position: Veterinary Technologist
Department: Internal Medicine
Reports to: Technician Supervisor

Job Summary

This position is responsible primarily for Internal Medicine patient care including taking radiographs, preparing patients for procedures, following treatment plans, dispensing and administering drugs, monitoring vital signs and overall patient assessment. Communication with clients and referring family veterinarians is an integral part of this role.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Must develop a thorough understanding of all procedures and protocols within the Internal Medicine service as well as the ability to use all equipment safely and effectively
  • Must have or be able to develop competency in performing general anaesthesia independently
  • Perform technical nursing skills such as: IV catheter placement, blood collection, urine collection (cystocentesis, catheterization), taking radiographs, etc.
  • Calculates, dispenses and administers medications at the direction of the Specialist on the case.
  • Ensures that supply inventory is sufficient to meet the needs of the Internal Medicine service
  • Participates in daily communication with clients
  • Ensures that procedures, medications etc. are accurately documented on ICU sheets in advance of daily invoicing
  • Responsible for documenting all patient information while on shift and for ensuring that this information is transmitted in a timely and efficient manner to staff in Wards, ICU, and to other Internal Medicine staff who may be involved in individual cases
  • Ensures that all equipment is properly maintained, and that maintenance is documented
  • Keeps Internal Medicine procedure areas clean and organized
  • Ensures that Internal Medicine service assistants are accomplishing their duties and that Human Resources is aware of any performance issues
  • Actively participates in all offered in house CE
  • As a member of the overall CWVS team, you may be required to assist in other areas of the hospital when your service is not in need of you, or if the doctor on the service is away. This could involve working any shift within the twenty-four-hour operating day of the hospital including weekends and holidays
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Strong technical skills (venipuncture, I.V. catheter placement) essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to recognize and establish priorities within the Internal Medicine service and ability to take direction as provided
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and remain calm in stressful situations
  • Demonstrated computer skills
  • Ability to work well within a team environment

Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduate of an accredited program for Animal Health Technologists
  • Demonstrated skills, experience and training that would qualify the individual for a position of responsibility within the Internal Medicine service
  • Anaesthetic background preferred

Schedule

Rotational 3-week Schedule:

  • Wednesday to Saturday
  • Monday, Wednesday to Friday
  • Tuesday to Friday

This position is based on working 10-hour shifts, 4 days per week, from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm.

Please visit Indeed to see all available roles. To apply for an opportunity, please email your Cover Letter and Resume to Human Resources: ([email protected]) ebaergen (at) canadawestvets (dot) com, Attn. Ellie Baergen