Veterinary Tech-Companion Animal ICU
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

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The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Technician provides excellent patient care for all services in Companion Animal Hospital including Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Internal medicine, Oncology, Cardiology and Neurology. Primary responsibility of the Veterinary Technician is to provide the best patient care possible including; monitoring patient status using a variety of equipment along with hands on assessment, administering medications(including controlled substances and chemotherapy), intravenous infusion therapies, providing nutritional support (Enteral/ Parenteral) and oxygen as requested by clinician throughout shift, veno-punture for the placement of intravenous catheters, blood sampling and administration of drugs, monitoring and maintaining various indwelling tubes including tracheostomy, chest and feeding and a variety of catheters including intravenous (multi-lumen, central, peripheral) urinary and arterial. General nursing care is continual including maintaining a clean and comfortable holding area, walking and general grooming. Veterinary Technicians assist and instruct residents, interns and students during procedures and treatments. Candidates must be able to develop and maintain excellent working relationship and professionalism within the ICU and with other users of ICU, including other team members, students, other service technicians, clinicians and clients. The ICU LVT will also provide support to the Emergency Receiving Service as caseload and time permits. This may include answering after-hours phones. The ICU LVT will be expected to assist with clinical investigations conducted within the CUHA including obtaining samples for data collection and nursing care. Shift work will include evenings, overnights and possibly weekends and holidays. Participation in a rotating schedule for a unit that is open 24/7 to include days, evening, overnights, weekends, and holidays is required. Veterinary Technicians are required to receive rabies immunizations (cost covered by the employer). Qualifications 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. In addition to strong communications skills, the ICU LVT must be proficient in patient handling and monitoring, supportive therapy and treatments, emergency procedures and be able to accommodate shift work in a unit that is open 24/7. Excellent organizational skills essential. Must be able to lift/move animals that may exceed 50 pounds. Preferred Qualifications include 3-5 years experience as an LVT in an emergency/ specialty practice and/or university environment. Demonstrates the ability to provide advanced nursing care to critically ill patients. Ability to use multiple types of monitoring equipment to include ECG, pulse oximeter, end tidal CO2, ventilator set-up, as well as excellent venopuncture skills. 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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