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Veterinary Assistant

Company: Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

Veterinary Assistant

Department: 3670080070 Veterinary Health Center

Job no: 514345

Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Worksite: On-site requirement

Categories: Veterinary Medicine

Pay Grade: 05A

About This Role:

The College of Veterinary Medicine has a variety of sections such as Small Animal ICU, Small Animal Surgery, Small Animal Patient Intake, and the Emergency Room. These sections are seeking applicants for a Veterinary Assistant. The search committee will provide more details about the specific areas looking to hire during the interview process.


  • Small Animal Surgery: Small Animal Surgery Ward 3 Assistant Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for organization and maintenance of the small animal surgery Ward 3 areas and bandage room. The position will provide assistant support to small animal surgery faculty, staff, and senior veterinary students assigned to the small animal surgery rotation. Typical responsibilities will include: a) Organize and stock the surgery ward & bandage room with necessary materials and equipment to facilitate efficiency in patient receiving, testing & treatments. b) Assist clinicians and Veterinary Nurses in basic aspects of patient care, including oral drug administration, sample and request submissions, physical therapy, and patient hygiene. c) Assure daily data entry in the electronic medical records and accurate billing entry into the hospital information system. d) Monitor on a daily basis: patient care including patient status, feeding schedules, cage, and run areas, and animal appearance. Small Animal Surgery OR Technical Responsibilities: 1. Prepare and maintain the surgical suites to consistently provide a sterile environment and adequate supplies 2. Assist as a surgical team member by preparing animals for surgical procedures 3. Assist surgical team members by acting as circulators during procedures, and maintaining and monitoring sterile techniques in surgery areas. 4. Become familiar with new medical equipment as it becomes available 5. Assure instruments are prepared and returned to Central Preparation in a timely manner. Additional Responsibilities: 1. As necessary, assist with afterhours emergency procedures and participate with rotational weekend and holiday on call. 2. Be an effective and dependable employee by beginning each day with a clean, neat uniform, establish and maintain good work habits, maintain a positive professional relationship with faculty, staff, and students. 3. Will cross- train to other areas within Surgical Support Services to provide support in time of illness or vacations. 4. Perform other duties as requested by supervisor or Hospital Administrator following procedures developed for the Veterinary Health Center (VHC).

  • Small Animal ICU: Assist VHC Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians: A) Serve as secretary of the specialty service a. Screen calls b. Serve as resource in management of service daily activities c. Serve as a client liaison with the service B) Provide patient care a. Restraint of animals b. Feed, exercise and bathe patients C) Collection of urine and fecal samples D) Monitor, record and report physical signs of hospitalized patients E) Assist with compliance of all biohazard and infection control protocols a. Examples i. Clean cages and runs, provide clean bedding, water and litter boxes ii. Maintain cleanliness and general upkeep of ICU iii. Enter charges for the service and ensure accuracy F) Restock and reorder supplies. Electronic Medical Record Specialist A) Medical Scribe a. Gather information for patient visit b. Enter documentation into the Electronic Medical Record as directed and appropriate B) Provide input in the creation and development of electronic medical record forms C) Serve as electronic medical record and Hospital Information System resource for students, staff and faculty. Other duties as assigned.

  • Sterile Processing Technician: Assist with ancillary support services within the VHC, to include, but not be limited to the following: A) Preparing surgical instruments and linen packs for decontamination as they return from surgery into pack Load contaminated instruments into sonic cleaner or instrument washer. Visually inspect all instruments for traces of contamination when cycles are complete (i.e. remaining blood or tissue fragments). Place instruments in appropriate racks/trays as defined in the assembly manual, (i.e. spay pack, orthopedic pack, arthroscopic pack, etc.). Transport instruments to clean room B) Prepare surgical instruments and packs for sterilization. Inspect instruments for sharpness or damage. Remove and report instruments in need of repair. Ensure packs/trays are properly assembled, and packaged/wrapped as defined in the assembly manual. Wrap specifically so items are to surgeon's specifications, and all instruments and supplies are oriented so the pack may be opened maintaining a sterile field around its outer perimeter. C) Sterilization of surgical packs and supplies. Properly load, wrap, tape, and identifiy (contents and date sterilized.) instrument packs in the correct sterilizer appropriate for the type of pack being sterilized, and set the machine to the appropriate cycle settings. Complete sterilization load logs. Upon completion of cycles, remove packs, interperate control monitors (i.e. cycle printouts, autoclave tape color changes, biologicals, etc.) to determine if sterilizers functioned properly and each pack has been appropriately processed. D) Prepare gauze/sponges, towels, needle packs, and other medical supplies so each contains a specified number of items, with each is oriented and labeled according to the assembly manual. E) Launder and fold surgical linens, towels and uniforms. Packing, wrapping, and sterilization of surgical gowns, following approved sterile techniques. F) Maintain a clean and orderly work area by participating in daily cleaning tasks. - Routine maintence and cleaning of all machines and equipment within the Central Preparation (CP) department. - Routine cleaning of counters and shelving containing sterile packs and other commodities. A) Assist in training of new employees in specific techniques associated with performing sterile pack preparation procedures and other duties within the department. B) Organization and set up of surgery carts and other specialty carts. C) Assist in maintaining and monitoring equipment, materials, supplies and other commodities utilized daily in support of client, teaching and research procedures at the Veterinary Health Center in accordance with established protocols and procedures. Assuring that all items have been serviced according to the preventive maintenance protocol, are functional, clean and available for future procedures. This includes returning partially used commodities into service or initiating proper disposal of them in order to maintain an adequate inventory of supplies and materials. - Provide requests to supervisor (or other purchasing personnel in supervisor's absence) for reordering of commodities. D) Perform daily tasks to ensure the Self-Help Laboratory is operational. These tasks include: cleaning, stocking, troubleshooting and maintaining equipment, reporting equipment in need of repair to surpervisor (or SSD or other procurement officer in supervisor's absence). Quarterly duties in self-help include: maintaining MSDS book, appropriate signage, and evaluating the need for par levels adjustments. E) Participate in after-hours emergency on call rotation to include weekends and holidays. A) Provide assistance to Veterinary Nurses in both small animal and large animal surgical nurses stations and operating rooms to include but not limited to the following: - Assist in breakdown of tables and instrument preparation for transport to CP department. B) Perform other duties as requested by Central Prep Nursing Supervisor, Director of Surgical Support Services, Health Care Technician II, or Veterinary Health Center Administrator or Director by following procedures developed for the KSU-VHC. C) Be an effective and dependable employee by beginning each day with a clean, neat uniform, establish and maintain good work habits, maintain a positive, professional relationship with faculty, staff, students and clients demonstrating behavior that is conducive to harmonious working relationships.

    Why Join Us:

    Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

    We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

    Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

    What You'll Need to Succeed:

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • High School Diploma.

    • One year of relevant experience.

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Two or more years of experience as a veterinary assistant providing patient care.

      • College study with coursework in animal science or a closely related field.

      • Veterinary Assistant Certification.

      • Ability to work with and provide preventative maintenance for ordinary veterinary medical equipment.

      • Willingness to master new techniques.

      • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and comfort with word and excel software. Ability to provide software instruction to a variety of audiences.

      • Ability to handle, restrain, and provide assistance for medical services to senior veterinary students, clinicians, and Veterinary Nurses for domestic animals.

      • Ability to maintain and use ordinary veterinary medical hospital equipment.

      • Minimum of one year experience in sterile processing and/or operating room.

      • Hospital experience in sterilizer operation, biomedical equipment operation and maintenance, supply and/or pharmaceutical stocking and distribution, or similar responsibilities.

        Other Requirements:

        • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

          How to Apply:

          Please submit the following documents:

        • Resume

        • Cover letter

        • Contact information for three professional references

          Screening of Applications Begins:

          Screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

          Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

          $13.97 - $20.96 hourly

          Equal Employment Opportunity:

          Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

          Background Screening Statement:

          In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

          Advertised: Dec 14, 2022 Central Standard Time

          Applications close: Open until filled

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