Veterinary Technician 1-Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington

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Job Description:

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-10-20
Req: R-475


524A-YN - Veterinary Specialist 1

Business Title:

Veterinary Technician 1-Veterinary Teaching Hospital


Employee Type:


Job Family:

Civil Service - OT Eligible

Position Details:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021 or later vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.

Summary of Duties:

The Veterinary Technician 1-Veterinary Teaching Hospital position will provide veterinary technical support and assistance in all aspects of animal care to the assigned section(s) of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital or within Veterinary Clinical Sciences. This position provides basic veterinary technical duties as assigned. Assist students and clinicians in all aspects of patient care, including, but not limited to, maintaining daily patient records, recording procedures performed, medications given, and general work-up of patients. Enter patient information and charges into hospital computer system for recording all charges, procedures, and miscellaneous information for client billing and patient records. Assist with ordering, tracking and maintaining supplies of drugs and consumable items.

Veterinary Specialist/Technician Vacancies:

Small Animal Critical Care

Fully staffed 24/7, the WSU Critical Care unit is a fast growing service. Licensed technicians help to oversee and assist with patient stabilization and treatments. This team of outstanding professionals provide compassionate care at the highest level using the latest tools, medicines, and techniques. This position will handle critically ill and emergent patients with round the clock observation and therapy. Technician duties include peripheral line placement, canine and feline urinary catheter placement, pain assessment, administering constant rate infusions, monitoring vitals including direct and indirect blood pressure, and patient advocacy.


This position will work closely with clients and their pets to assist the veterinarians in performing radiation and chemotherapy treatments, including follow up care. Successful candidates will demonstrate attentiveness to the position responsibilities, an active communication style, be an effective patient advocate. Organizational skills and established all-around technical skills are vital to the duties of this position, particularly atraumatic intubation and intravenous catheter placement.

Float Pool

This position provides the widest variety of support in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Members of this team may be asked to work in any one of the services areas throughout the hospital on any given day. Previous experience with dogs, cats, pocket pets, birds and small wildlife is helpful for the float position. This position will train in and assist all departments across the hospital, which necessitates flexibility. Float techs will also be assisting our Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner with underwater treadmill therapy, therapeutic exercise, and low light laser therapy.


This position will work under the guidance of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's clinical anesthesiologists to coordinate patient anesthesia schedules, check pre-op work ups, administer pre-op and induction medications, intubate and maintain an appropriate level of sedation or anesthesia. This position will also be involved with venous and arterial catheterization, and patient instrumentation as appropriate for the procedure. At this level you will be expected to have the ability to manage up to an ASA 2 level case with minimal support. Managing these cases means you will be working in conjunction with clinicians and students to handle technical problems related to the delivery of anesthesia to patients which may include but is not limited to addressing inappropriate anesthetic depths, changes to cardiovascular status, recognizing cardiac arrhythmias, and trouble-shooting monitor or equipment issues. There will also be some clinical teaching and mentoring to the fourth year veterinary students as it relates to specific case management. This position will work with both large and small animal patients and therefore must have experience with both. This position will oversee and be expected to complete medical records to maintain patient data essential for accurate anesthesia records as well as insure proper charge capture. This position will also be trained to offer various analgesic options for patient care. There may be occasional on-call responsibilities. There are currently four (4) positions available; 2 day shift, 1 swing shift and 1 overnight shift.

Community Practice/Exotics

The position will work equally between Community Practice and Exotics. . Community Practice serves as a model of the private practice industry for our veterinary students. This service provides both wellness care and treatment for minor injuries of dogs and cats. Community Practice duties include providing clinical expertise in canine and feline venipuncture, peripheral IV catheter placement, and animal restraint, inducing and monitoring animals under anesthesia, performing dental radiographs, routine dentistry, and assisting in some oral surgeries among other tasks. The Exotics service sees animals ranging from small field mice up to an occasional wallaby and everything in between. This service sees both client owned animals as well as wildlife animals. Responsibilities will entail patient treatments and husbandry, assisting in anesthesia and surgery, obtaining diagnostic samples and educating clients under the direction of the veterinarians. Successful candidates will have safe handling skills, flexible attitude and a calm demeanor when working with patients.

Clinical Instructional Services-DVM Teaching Program

This position provides skilled veterinary technician support and organizes live and cadaver animal instructional laboratories within the Veterinary Clinical Sciences professional degree program. Duties include teaching veterinary students in laboratory and surgical environments. Skilled veterinary technician duties include providing pre- and post-op care such as physical examinations, diagnostic procedures, anesthesia induction, surgery, recovery and discharge. This position will be called on to administer injections and medication, draw blood, collect specimens and monitor vital signs of animals under the care of teaching animal protocols, while demonstrating and teaching students proper methods. This position may lead hourly employees and will assist with the organization, set-up and tear-down of teaching program labs.


This technician will be part of the Equine Team at Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching hospital, which encompasses equine orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and theriogenology. The individual in this position must demonstrate strong horsemanship skills, abilities, and mindfulness. This technician must demonstrate both horsemanship and the technical skills required by all licensed veterinary technicians at WSU, as well as demonstrated knowledge of horse handling, behavior, and restraint for adult and juvenile horses. The position emphasis is on horse handling skills and awareness in order to provide a safe working environment for the clinicians, colleagues, and students in the Equine section at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Comparative Theriogenology

This technician will be part of the Comparative Theriogenology Team at Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching hospital, which encompasses small and large animal theriogenology. Teamwork and the ability to instruct professional students on the technical skills required by all licensed veterinary technicians at WSU is the basis for this position. The individual in this position must have a strong work ethic, have leadership skills and the willingness to assist with reproductive technology including semen freezing, embryo manipulation and transfer. They also must demonstrate proper and confident animal handling skills including horsemanship and working with agricultural animals.


The Neurology technician provides veterinary technical support in the management and treatment of patients presented to the service, as well as acts as a patient advocate. This includes facilitating receiving of patients, assisting during examination, and assisting in or performing diagnostic procedures as per the clinicians on this busy service. Job responsibilities include performing the administration of anesthetic injections and medications, phlebotomy, specimen collections, and monitoring of vital signs. You will also be involved with preparing animals for surgery or radiology, or assisting in the application of splints and bandages. This position will also be involved with performing some of the nursing care for the in-patient neurology cases.

Small Animal Internal Medicine

The Small Animal Internal Medicine service specializes in treating complex and challenging medical conditions affecting the major body systems including the kidneys and urinary tract, liver, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, endocrine glands, lungs and upper respiratory system, as well as those suffering from infectious and immune-mediated diseases in dogs and cats. A veterinary technician on this service would be involved in helping to obtain needed diagnostic samples such as blood, urine, and tissue. A technician would also help oversee sedation for feeding tube placement, or monitoring a patient receiving a blood transfusion among other procedures and therapies.

Required Qualifications:

Associate's Degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited school of veterinary technology OR equivalent education and experience as defined by the Washington State Department of Health Veterinary Technician licensing requirements
; AND must be licensed as Veterinary Technician in the state of Washington within six months of hire.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must meet the required criteria (WAC 246-935-060) to be eligible to sit for the Washington State veterinary technician exam and must pass the exam the first time it is available.

  • Must pass WSU radiation safety training exam first time it is available.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference given to applicants with experience in clinical laboratory and surgery; anesthesia; catheter placement; and radiology/imaging protocols and modalities.

Additional Information:

Monthly Salary: $3,294.00

FTE: 100%

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent

Position Term in months: 12

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164

Department: Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Department Link:

Background Check: This position has been designated to require a background check.

Screening Begin Date: February 15, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application. Applicants must indicate which position(s) they are interested in within the supplemental questionnaire.

Required Documents:

1) Resume

2) Cover letter

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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