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Veterinary Technician I - Hemodialysis/Float
Tufts University


Date Posted Mar. 23, 2022
Title Veterinary Technician I - Hemodialysis/Float
University Tufts University
N. Grafton, MA, United States
Department Hemodialysis/Float
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
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Overview

Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts 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.  Cummings is home to one of less than 30 dialysis facilities in the United States. The mission of the dialysis center is to provide the highest quality care for companion animals with kidney disease, utilizing a combination of state-of-the art diagnostic tests and medical therapies; to provide this care in a facility and environment that emphasizes quality of life for animals and support for owners in the form of education, information services and grief counseling; to provide a facility and environment that supports teaching of advanced kidney therapies to veterinary students, interns and residents in training, as well as continuing education for veterinary practitioners, veterinary technicians and the general public.


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.

 

This position provides high quality nursing care and treatment to dialysis patients in the dialysis center by performing dialysis under the direction of the internal medicine veterinarians.  The position is designed for the Veterinary Technician to partner with the principal dialysis technician in the dialysis department as well as work in other areas of Internal Medicine. This technician will work in the Dialysis Department and in other areas of the Internal Medicine department as assigned.

 

Our Dialysis Veterinary Technician provides care and treatment to patients under the direction of the Internal Medicine Residents, Nephrology/Urology Fellow, or Nephrology/Urology Faculty.  The Veterinary Technician will maintain all equipment in the center, monitor and order all supplies, perform quality control tests, and organize dialysis medical records. Surgical assistance may also be required for dialysis patients. This position will provide support for various projects as assigned by the clinicians or supervisor.  The Veterinary Technician will alternate an on-call schedule with the primary dialysis technician.  On call schedules require being on-call 24 hours a day for the Dialysis Department for emergency cases which may overlap weekends and holidays.

 

When scheduled in the Internal Medicine department, the Veterinary Technician works as part of an integrated clinical care team to provide high quality nursing care to inpatient and outpatient internal medicine cases.  The technician provides assistance to clinical care team with regard to outpatient appointments, patient treatments and procedures, technician appointments, patient discharges, special procedures and imaging. 

 

This position may participate in case rounds. This position may require occasional overtime and during exceptional times, may be required to assist other specialty areas in order to ensure optimal patient care.


What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

 

  • Associate degree in Veterinary Technology or other animal biology related field or high school diploma (or equivalent) with 2 years of experience in a fast-paced veterinary hospital or clinic with demonstrated leadership
  • CVT or licensure eligible
  • Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office. Strong technical skills and familiarity with endotracheal intubation, sedation and general anesthesia are a must.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three or more years’ experience in a small animal practice.  Associates Degree or bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent and a current CVT/RVT license is preferred.  Candidate should possess the ability to handle a high caseload and stressful situations in a professional manner.  Following direction and prioritizing the workload is a necessity.  Candidate should have a good understanding of medical terminology and familiarity with veterinary pharmacology.  Prior experience with an emphasis on dialysis preferred. Technical abilities should include patient restraint, excellent venipuncture skills, good working knowledge and skill in anesthesia, knowledge of medicating, monitoring and treating a variety of patients.  This position requires excellent interpersonal skills in relating to co-workers, clinicians, students, staff, and clients.  Prior leadership role is desirable.  Must be able to work well independently as well as part of a team. Candidate should be highly motivated, enthusiastic self-starter with a professional attitude.  Flexibility with work schedule is a must.

 

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

Candidate must be flexible with schedule changes and short notice overtime requests.  Overtime and participation in an on call schedule for emergency hemodialysis cases which can include weekends and holidays are required.

 

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity


 
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