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Veterinary Technician I- Small Animal Radiology
Tufts University

Date Posted May 20, 2024
Title Veterinary Technician I- Small Animal Radiology
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care


The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University provides 24-hour care for pets 365 days of the year. Since 1985, we have offered high quality medical care, consultation, referral, and emergency veterinary services for the care of dogs, cats and exotic pets. In addition, the hospital creates a positive learning experience for Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University students and student technicians.

What You'll Do

The Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging technician provides exceptional level imaging quality for primarily small animal and exotic Radiology, fluoroscopy and small animal ultrasound with assistance as needed and additional training provided in all modalities. This position requires the ability to multitask and excellent prioritization of cases to manage a varying caseload. The Radiology technician has exceptional communication skills to be able to teach students, interns, residents and other fellow technicians in Fear-free restraint, positioning, imaging technique and safe sedation practices. Under the direct guidance of a senior veterinary technician or veterinarian, the Diagnostic Imaging Technician I is responsible for providing high quality nursing care and performing basic technical skills and procedures on a variety of patients. As part of our highly competitive benefits package, we offer a liberal continuing education allowance and tuition reimbursement program to all technicians employed in Foster Hospital for Small Animals in order to promote personal and professional growth. The minimum rate of pay for this position is $22.50 per hour based off a 35-hour budgeted work week. Compensation above this rate will vary based on education, experience, and credentials. Generous shift differentials are offered for any scheduled hours worked outside of normal business hours, which are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, and range between an additional $2-$4 per hour.  A substantial holiday premium pay is applied to any University designated holiday. The University observes a minimum of thirteen holidays throughout the calendar year.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • High school diploma (or equivalent), and 2 years of experience as a veterinary assistant or veterinary technician, or similar technical experience
  • High emotional intelligence and team player
  • Engaged learner; Highly motivated to improve your knowledge base and skill set
  • Understanding of medical terminology, veterinary pharmacology, and common specialty surgical procedures
  • Willingness to coach and train students
  • Ability to effectively work as a member of a diverse team
  • Required technical skills include:
    • Safely restrain all species treated in the hospital using fear free techniques
    • Assess the attitude and responsiveness of patients being treated
    • Obtain vital signs, including temperature, pulse, respiration, and capillary refill time
    • Phlebotomy and catheter placement
    • Ability to administer oral, subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intravenous medications
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities for several patients within a busy clinical setting
  • Ability to effectively work as a member of a diverse team of clinical and administrative professionals
  • Basic computer skills including the ability to learn the electronic medical record system
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Veterinary Technology or other animal biology related field plus two years related work experience
  • Certified Veterinary Technician eligible
  • Experience in a specialty or academic hospital setting

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

  • This position is considered essential and is required to report to work during campus closings.
  • The schedule for this position requires flexibility to ensure that adequate patient care is provided  without interruption.

Pay Range

Minimum $21.80, Midpoint $25.95, Maximum $30.10

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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