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 with regard to small animal medicine and supports the training of small animal medicine technicians.
What You'll Do
This position qualifies for a $2,000 sign on bonus following successful completion of 6 months of employment for newly hired employees.
The Veterinary Technician in Oncology works as part of an integrated clinical care team to provide high quality nursing care to inpatient and outpatient oncology patients. The service offers chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments to cancer patients in an integrated, team-based environment. We are seeking a person with solid technical competency, excellent communication skills, multi-tasking capability, and desire to learn.
Cross-training will be provided in anesthesia, radiation therapy treatments, and chemotherapy administration.
In this role, responsibilities include:
- Assist with patients requiring anesthesia for radiation and medical oncology patients as ordered by clinicians to insure prompt delivery of high quality patient care.
- Facilitate and administer prescribed sedation protocols for both radiation oncology and medical oncology patients
- Perform patient set-ups and delivery of radiation therapy treatments. Training is available for those without prior experience in radiation oncology.
- Chemotherapy preparation and administration. Training is available for those without prior experience in chemotherapy administration.
- Clinical maintenance
- Other duties as assigned by supervisors and shift leader.
In addition, the Veterinary Technician supervises and instructs veterinary students on each rotation. This position provides the opportunity for advanced training in specialty medicine as well as relationship building with long term patients and clients.
What We're Looking For
- Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology or a high school diploma (or the equivalent)
- Minimum of 1 year of experience in a fast-paced veterinary hospital
- High emotional intelligence and team player
- Engaged learner; Highly motivated to improve your knowledge base and skill set.
- Proven phlebotomy and Fear Free Handling skills
- Competency in skills such as IV catheter placement, IV medication administration, and the ability to accurately calculate and check medication doses.
- Understanding of medical terminology and familiarity with veterinary pharmacology.
- Willingness to coach and train students
- Ability to effectively work as a member of a diverse team
- Pride in maintaining assigned areas in a hospital environment.
- Basic computer skills including the ability to learn the electronic medical record system as well as the radiation therapy software and hardware.
- Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation.
- Two or more years experience in a busy small animal practice, preferably a specialty practice.
- Prior experience working in Veterinary Medical or Radiation Oncology
- Credentialed as a Certified Veterinary Technician or ability to become credentialed
- Advanced credentialing (such as Veterinary Technician Specialist) and/or experience in oncology and/or anesthesia.