Veterinary Tech- Temporary Emergency Receiving Technician (6 months)
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

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The Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital Emergency and Critical Care Service (ECCS), provides high quality veterinary care to both emergent and critically ill patients while creating a positive learning experience for veterinary students and house officers. The section is looking for an additional Emergency Receiving Technician (ERT) to:

Provide high quality technical support to incoming emergency patients, their owners and referring veterinarians, as well as ECC clinicians and students.

Be a detail oriented person who can make good decisions, respond quickly and calmly to crises, multi-task and think creatively while maintaining exceptional standards for patient care.

Promote excellent customer service by coordinating procedures and communicating a sense of assurance to clients.

Develop and maintain excellent working relationships and professionalism within the Companion Animal Hospital, including other team members, students, other service technicians and staff, clinicians and clients.

Specific duties will include:
Triage emergent patients (telephone and in-hospital),

Perform technical procedures as directed by ECC clinicians, including but not limited to placing intravenous catheters, performing phlebotomy, cystocentesis, continuous rate infusion calculations, and various diagnostic / monitoring modalities (pulse oximetry, end tidal carbon dioxide, electrocardiogram, direct and indirect blood pressure).

Operate equipment in the point-of-service laboratory and record and report findings to ECC clinicians; perform basic microscopy to include evaluation of blood smears, fecal samples, effusions, and urine; provide appropriate and timely processing of biological samples for submission to clinical pathology and the diagnostic laboratory; assist veterinary students and house officers taking diagnostic radiographs; provide both injectable and gas anesthesia and monitoring as needed for emergency procedures.

Provide general nursing care of emergency patients to include maintaining a clean and comfortable holding area, walking and basic patient cleanliness.

Assist the Critical Care Service Resident with phlebotomy, point of service laboratory tests, and treatments on Critical Care Service patients as needed.

Facilitate transfer of admitted patients from the Emergency Room holding cages to the Intensive and Intermediate Care Units.

Anchor the ECCS by facilitating clear communication and acting as a resource for students, staff, interns and residents, including, taking and/or directing phone calls from referring veterinarians and owners to appropriate personnel; updating and maintaining the triage board with patient name and location, time of arrival, clinician and student assigned to the case, and patient disposition; updating clients as to the status of their pet and projected wait times.

Ensure appropriate documentation in the medical record, generation of requests, and billing for services rendered using the Universal Veterinary Information System (UVIS) and various paper forms.

Teach students and house officers in the clinical as well as the laboratory setting.

When emergency duties are complete and when case load allows, assist with patient care in the ICU.

This is a 6 month, benefits eligible position. Schedule will include 3- 13 hour shifts, Sunday through Tuesday, 11am to Midnight


Associates degree in Veterinary Technology, NYS licensure or eligible to be licensed required. Must be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, demanding environment and have the ability to multi-task with competing deadlines, while paying close attention to details. Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment, while demonstrating a high level of initiative, good judgment and critical thinking skills. Enthusiasm for teaching both students and clinicians is an essential requirement of this position. Technical ability to include compassionate handling and restraint of a variety of species, strong patient assessment and monitoring skills, as well as the ability to perform supportive and invasive therapy and emergency procedures. Excellent organizational skills essential. The ability to prevent and resolve conflicts in a professional and effective manner. A high level of professionalism and commitment to on-going career development and skill building. Must be able to lift animals that may exceed 50 pounds. Technician will be required to receive rabies immunizations and monitoring of rabies titer (cost covered by employer).

VTS certification in ECC or willingness to obtain VTS certification; 3-5 yrs. experience as an LVT in an emergency/specialty practice and/or university environment; ability to provide advanced nursing care such as direct blood pressure and end tidal carbon dioxide monitoring, as well as support patients undergoing intermittent positive pressure ventilation. Background check may be required. No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Background check may be required


No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

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