Paid time off
Professional development assistance
Employee assistance program
Relocation assistance offered!
Grab your hiking boots and head to Pacific Northwest Pet ER & Specialty Center, a state-of-the-art, 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Pacific NW Pet ER & Specialty Center is in Vancouver, Washington, just outside of Portland, OR! Surrounded by beautiful nature and exciting recreation in every direction, Vancouver has a great small-town feel with access to big-city amenities just across the river.
This hospital has been built from the ground up and opened in August 2021. In our first year, we have built a dynamic and diverse team of innovative and passionate individuals who believe in providing the best care and service to their patients, clients, and the local veterinary community.
Why Pacific NW Pet ER & Specialty?
· You will work in a beautiful new facility with abundant, well-thought-out space, including an employee garden!
· The hospital offers the latest innovations in veterinary medicine, including MRI, CT, Fluoroscopy, Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Digital Radiology, Plasma Exchange, Mechanical Ventilation, High Flow Oxygen, and much more!
· We provide competitive compensation and benefits, including continuing education, staff pet discounts, and incentives for professional development including VTS mentorship.
· You will be part of a community that fosters a positive and progressive working environment, with an emphasis on culture and staff well-being.
Summary of Job Purpose and Function:
The Internal Medicine veterinary technicians ensure that the patients of the internal medicine service receive the appropriate care they require, as well as assist the doctors with their daily cases and procedures.
· Assisting with appointment admission, history collection, and discharges
· Providing patient updates
· Reporting doctor recommendations
· Communicating respectfully with referring veterinarians
· Calling in prescriptions
· Providing follow-up care for patients and clients
· Following established hospital policies and procedures when handling client communications and concerns
Treatment of patients:
· Monitoring, collection of vitals, and nursing care
· Utilizing gentle patient handling techniques and asking for sedation when needed.
· Filling and administering medications
· Collecting and running charted diagnostics
· Assisting, cleaning, and educating owners on the use of feeding tubes
· Assisting and educating owners on the use of aerosol chambers
· Placing and removing continuous interstitial glucose monitors and educating clients on their use
· Communicating with doctors and technicians regarding patient status or concerns
· Accurate charting and completion of records and treatments in a reasonable timeframe
· Employing knowledge of anesthetic and monitoring equipment (anesthesia machine, capnography, pulse oximeter, doppler)
· Utilizing common anesthetic, analgesic, and sedative medications, and dose ranges
· Ensuring appropriate vascular access
· Applying knowledge of monitoring parameters
· Working with the basics of the ultrasound machines (turning on and off, entering patient info, printing images, etc.)
· Assisting with fluoroscopic studies, CT, and MRI scans
· Submitting studies for evaluation and following up on results
· Ensuring appropriate use of flexible and rigid endoscopy and setting up of procedures (gastrointestinal endoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy)
· Cleaning, maintenance, and sterilization of scopes
· Uploading images into patient’s chart
· Setting up the appropriate supplies for samples needed.
· Ensuring appropriate submission of samples (including storage, shipping, and forms)
· Ensuring appropriate conditions are met for testing of endocrine, gastrointestinal, infectious, renal, and hepatobiliary disease processes (fasting, post time, last dose)
· Submitting tests and following up on results.
· Including but not limited to acute and chronic renal disease, feline and canine liver disease, Leptospirosis, diabetes mellitus and ketoacidosis, pneumonia, immune-mediated cytopenia, protein-losing enteropathy.
Stocking and keeping rooms and wards clean
Clear understanding and enforcement of OSHA regulations and hospital safety standards.
All employees are required to participate in the on-call rotation as needed. Shifts are subject to revisions and changes at the discretion of the hospital.
Performs other job duties as assigned.
· High School Diploma or equivalent required.
· Completion of an AVMA-Accredited Veterinary Technician Program preferred.
· Currently licensed in WA state, or able to transfer an out-of-state technician license.
· At least 2 years of veterinary experience required. Internal Medicine is preferred.
· Excellent communication skills. Strong work ethic and a positive attitude.
· Must be flexible and able to adapt to new situations.
· Ability to act as a team player
· Punctually and with good attendance
· Multitasking skills
· Willing to work rotating holiday shifts in the emergency and critical care department.