Veterinary Technician – Southwest Veterinary Surgical Service – Gilbert, AZ


Are you an experienced Vet Tech looking to get in to a specialty practice? SVSS may be the place for YOU!

Veterinary Technician Job Description:

Veterinary technicians may also be identified as registered veterinary technicians, certified veterinary technicians, or animal-health technicians. In many states, veterinary technicians are required to have completed an AVMA-accredited veterinary-technician program prior to passing the state’s requirements for certification or registration.

Veterinary technicians must have a broad knowledge of animal science, medicine, and husbandry, including a basic knowledge of pharmacology and sufficient mathematical skills to ensure the administration of accurate drug and fluid doses. They must be able to successfully restrain animals, complete clinical laboratory tests, use multiple radiology techniques, administer and monitor animals under anesthesia, and assist in surgery. Technicians must also deliver compassionate patient care and customer service.

At SVSS, the veterinary technicians assist with a variety of specialty surgical procedures. Daily duties include pre and post-surgical diagnostic lab tests, preparing and scrubbing surgical sites for sterile procedures, assisting the veterinarian during surgeries, handing out necessary surgical tools during procedures, bandaging wounds, changing wound dressings as needed, placing catheters, taking radiographs (x-rays) and other functions.

Other duties may include operating and maintaining surgical equipment, administering fluids, giving intravenous or intramuscular injections, drawing blood, updating patient charts, filling prescriptions, assisting with consult exams when no surgeries are scheduled, and advising pet owners on post-operative care and medication dosages.

Veterinary techs may be required to work at multiple locations, including the Tucson facility based on business needs. SVSS is a specialty services surgical center which means there is a need to address emergency situations as they arise. Veterinary technicians and doctors are responsible for coverage of on-call shifts on a rotational basis which includes carrying a pager. The week the Vet tech is on call would also include the weekend and is a 24×7 on-call expectation during the week of rotation. Techs must also be aware of the risks inherent in working with animals and take proper safety precautions to minimize the potential for injury from bites, scratches, or kicks.

About Southwest Veterinary Surgical Service (SVSS):

Southwest Veterinary Surgical Service, P.C. is a privately owned specialty referral surgical practice whose board-certified surgeons has over eighty years of combined surgical expertise and is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality surgical care with an emphasis on pain management and prevention. We are an extension of veterinary practices throughout the communities we serve, working in conjunction with primary care veterinarians to provide comprehensive patient care and exceptional client service.

SVSS is an organization that has a reputation for outstanding leadership, innovation, and expertise. Our employees use their creativity and talent to invent new solutions, meet new demands, and offer the most effective services/products in the industry. With your active involvement, creativity, and support, SVSS will continue to achieve its goals.

SVSS offers competitive pay, excellent benefits, employee retirement plan, employee discounts, a fun work environment, excellent company culture and much more!

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to lift or carry pets or objects weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance. Have the physical strength and ability to stand, walk, sit, kneel, stoop, repeated bending, pushing, pulling, full use of hands/fingers, and reach above shoulders for an entire shift when needed. Must effectively be able to read, speak, and write in English. Hearing, vision and speech at a functional level are required to meet the essential functions of the job. On occasion patients may bleed, urinate, defecate, vomit, or secrete other glandular fluids on your person, shoes, or uniform.

Working/Environmental Conditions:

There is exposure to barking dogs and cleaning chemicals. This is an emotional environment due to death or illness of pets. Flexible work hours and occasional travel within the Phoenix metro area is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 – 3+ years’ experience in clinic or hospital setting as a Veterinary Technician
  • CVT preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in adaptability, change management, decision making, customer service, interpersonal relations, oral communication, problem solving, systems thinking, teamwork, initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Proficiency with computers with Cornerstone and White Board knowledge a PLUS
  • Know and use basic medical abbreviations and medical terminology
  • Proper restraint of animals
  • Anesthesia monitoring including
  • General animal anatomy
  • Pain Management with animals
  • OR etiquette
  • Aseptic technique
  • Strong Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Exceptional Customer Service Skills
  • Availability to be on-call, work over nights, or weekends
  • Availability to travel based on business need (in-state)
  • Ability to deescalate tense situations and resolve conflict

*** This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other duties as required to meet the ongoing business needs of SVSS ***

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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