- Job Description -
Veterinary Technician – Tier III
Technician/Surgical Assistant


The purpose of this position is to prepare, assist and monitor all surgical patients and procedures. This is an overview of the position and is not limited to the duties listed.


• Assist with morning kennel procedures by rotating, feeding and cleaning animals.

• Review surgery schedule and set up surgeries going home that day first.

• Gather all necessary instruments and equipment needed.

• Prepare anesthetic according to pet’s weight and needs. Have anesthetic machine and trach tube ready, if needed.

• Assist doctor with surgery procedures.

• Clean up animals following surgery, give injection of antibiotics and trim nails. Check file to see if anything else is needed while pet is in the hospital.

• Monitor pet throughout recovery.

• Prepare for next surgery until all are completed.

• Clean and sterilize all instruments, gloves, drapes and equipment used, so that it will be ready the next time they are needed.

• Keep log of all surgeries performed.

• Post all charges to tracking form.

• Assist in taking and developing x-rays, when needed.

• Assist doctors or other staff, when needed.

• Review sterilization dates on bone instruments and re-sterilize as needed.

• Maintain all anesthetic machines, autoclave and any other equipment used in surgery.

• Maintain inventory on all suture or surgery supplies and place on want list, if needed.

• Thoroughly clean surgery room and area weekly.

• Perform any other duties that are requested by the doctor or practice manager.

Works under the direct supervision of the veterinary practice manager, however, may also receive direction form veterinarians on a daily basis. Recognize non-routine or unusual situations and refer them to the veterinary practice manager with recommended solution(s). Work is reviewed in terms of the adequacy of services provided.


Skills and Knowledge:

Requires knowledge of hospital procedures outlined in the current employee manual as well as those that are implied (reasonable expectations). Knowledge of spelling and the meaning of commonly used veterinary terminology in order to accurately enter specific information surgery logs.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, and listen; may be required to walk or stand for long periods of time; will use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms. The employee is often required to lift and carry animals weighing fifty pounds or more; handle dogs weighing up to 150 lbs.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patients; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.

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