Position: Veterinary Technician
Department: Wards/ICU
Reports to: Technician Supervisor

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Must develop a thorough understanding of all common drugs/medications used, procedures and protocols within the Wards and ICU, as well as the ability to use all equipment safely and effectively
  • Directly monitor, carry out treatments and procedures, ensure patient comfort and document care for patients so that accurate medical records are maintained and accurate invoicing can be done
  • In addition to written records, ensures that pertinent information and observations relating to patient care is provided to the next shift during oral rounds.
  • Carry out communication with; primary Doctor, Hospitalist regarding patient status updates, and alert of any changes or concerns. And Participate in communication with Clients.
  • Calculates, dispenses and administers medications at the direction of the Specialist on the case.
  • Perform technical nursing skills such as: IV catheter placement, blood collection, urine collection (cystocentesis, catheterization), taking radiographs, etc.
  • Ensures supply inventory is sufficient to meet the demands of work area, and that that the work area is kept clean and organized.
  • Ensures that all equipment is properly maintained documented and any concerns are reported.
  • Responsible for coordinating breaks and delegating appropriate tasks to Patient Care Assistants on shift.
  • Facilitate a positive work environment.
  • Actively participates in all offered in house CE
  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Has a strong knowledge and understanding of normal vital parameters, and the ability to recognize changes and or abnormalities.
  • A strong knowledge of asepsis
  • Strong mathematics skills (drug dose calculations, CRI’s, dilutions)
  • A strong desire to learn and to excel within the profession
  • Ability to stay calm to recognize and establish priorities and execute patient triage at all times.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision when necessary and ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills, computer and phone skills
  • High level of professionalism

Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduate of an accredited program for Veterinary Technologists
  • Registered Veterinary Technology designation preferred
  • Demonstrated skills, experience and training that would qualify the individual for a position of responsibility
  • Completed AHT Program
  • Sedation and/or General Anesthesia experience preferred

Required Certifications

  • Completed AHT Program

Hours of Work

Our Technicians work typically 4 days a week, 10.5 hour days, but may be scheduled to work 5 days a week, 8.5 hour shifts in accordance to hospital need.

The typical start times for shifts are:

  • Days: 5:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Evenings: 3:00 pm – 1:30 am
  • Overnights: 9:00 pm – 7:30 am

(these are general guidelines only – shift start and end times vary)

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