Veterinary Technician 3-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-472


524C-YN - Veterinary Specialist 3

Business Title:

Veterinary Technician 3-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:

These positions are all in WSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital and are considered clinical in nature as opposed to a laboratory environment. These position work with client owned animals. Individuals in these positions hold a Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in specialty area and/or may supervise and coordinate daily work schedule and functions of technical staff for all services in assigned area. Provide veterinary technical support and assist during examination, diagnostic procedures, induction, anesthesia, surgery, and recovery of animals within assigned services. Assist with client communications related to general advice and recommendations, scheduling of appointments, receiving and discharge of patients, updates on patient status, provision of cost estimates for patient care, and triage of phone calls. Schedule appointments as needed or directed. Provide instruction to veterinary students, interns, and residents. Assist with other instructional tasks related to animal medicine and surgery.

Veterinary Specialist 3/Technician Vacancies:


This position will work in collaboration with 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 an ASA 4 or 5 level case with minimal support and for this reason you will need to have acquired a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) designation. 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, addressing cardiac arrhythmias, and trouble-shooting monitor or equipment issues. There will also be a significant amount of teaching and mentoring to the fourth year veterinary students. 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 expected to perform various analgesic blocks such as epidurals, dental blocks and brachial plexus blocks. There will be occasional on-call responsibilities. The expected schedule for this position will depend on the needs of the unit. There are currently four (4) positions available; 2 day shift, 1 swing shift and 1 overnight shift.

Small Animal ICU-

This critical position works in collaboration with the ICU technician supervisor and doctors to help carry out compassionate care to the most critical of the Small Animal teaching hospital patients. As a VTS certified technician you will be expected to have mastery of the more advanced technical skills such as setting central lines and PICC lines, placing male and female urinary catheters, performing arterial blood draws, and managing chest tubes and feeding tubes and properly setting up a variety of constant rate infusions. This position will be involved with teaching and mentoring fourth year veterinary students, and occasionally guiding interns and residents. Successful candidates demonstrate an established knowledge base of common emergency and critical care case types, as well as organizational and multi-tasking abilities. Successful candidates will have safe handling skills, flexible attitude and a calm demeanor when working with patients.

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in a medical, biological, or allied field, and two years of applicable experience; or graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program, and two years of working experience with laboratory animals, at least six months must include experience directing the work of others; OR equivalent education/experience.

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.

  • Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in specialty area.

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

  • Must be able to work on an occasional on-call schedule.

  • For supervisory positions, must have 3 years of experience in a leadership role in a clinical veterinary setting

  • Depending upon scheduling needs of the unit, evening, over-night and weekends shifts may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience training and teaching students, interns and residents in specialty practice or academia.

  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience with the care and treatment of animals in a veterinary practice

Additional Information:

Monthly Salary: $4,286.00

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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