Surgery Technician

Jan 21, 2019

Title of Position: Surgery Technician

Department        Surgery

Reports to:          Specialty Department Manager

Rate of Pay:        $22 - $30 hourly DOE

Overall Responsibility:  The Surgery Technician supports three board certified surgeons and the related patient care of surgical cases. The surgery team is a dynamic group within an ER and Specialty Hospital that has a busy caseload of elective and emergency procedures. The surgery technicians participate in a 24/7 on-call rotation.  The Surgery Technician assists with various surgeries including soft tissue, orthopedic, laparoscopic, and other advanced surgeries.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Under the supervision of the Anesthesiologist and Surgeons, administers medication and manages/monitors patients during surgical procedures—including pre and post op care and anesthesia recovery.
  • Facilitates patient care of outpatient appointments for surgeons—consults and rechecks.
  • Performs IV, IM and SubQ injections, IV catheter placements and advanced veterinary technician skills (arterial catheter placement, epidural administration, splint placements).
  • Performs radiographs.
  • Assists with all types of surgery, anesthesia, and other procedures as needed.
  • Participate in surgery team responsibilities that facilitate efficient patient care: setting up and turning over Operating Rooms, preparing exam rooms and instruments, completing daily safety and cleaning duties.
  • Perform and assist with all aspects of animal restraint for exams and procedures.
  • Utilizes Ezyvet and Smartflow for documentation of patient care.
  • Communicates with clients, including financial estimates and collecting payment.
  • Interfaces with and assists other departments within the hospital as needed.
  • Other duties as needed.

Educational/Professional Requirements: Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology.  Veterinary Technician certification preferred. 2 years of Veterinary Technician work experience, including anesthesia experience.

Skill Requirements: Excellent patient care standards and advanced technical skills.  Ability to calculate medication dosages.  Strong ability to multitask and anticipate needs. Excellent communication. Handles stress well and keeps a positive attitude. Excels at conflict resolution and superb at problem solving.

Physical Requirements: This job is physically active and requires frequent bending. It also requires routine lifting and restraining of animals in excess of 50 pounds.

Interacts with: All areas of the hospital.