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Veterinary Technician

Job in Boston - Suffolk County - MA Massachusetts - USA , 02298
Company: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Full Time position
Listed on 2021-07-02
Job specializations:
  • Healthcare
    Veterinary, Surgical Tech
  • Outdoor/Nature/Animal
    Animal Care, Veterinary
Job Description & How to Apply Below
The Veterinary Technician, under the direction and supervision of the Research Veterinarian, will serve as an integral member of a surgical services team, working within an operating room setting and with a focus on large animal procedures. Responsibilities will include preparing surgical instrument packs, set up of the surgical suite, ordering of supplies and creating and maintaining records. Operates equipment and conducts duties in a safe and proper manner. Under direct supervision of the veterinarian, surgeon and/or senior personnel, assists with clinical care when needed; may include obtaining and processing specimens and monitoring vital signs. C ommunicates with staff in an effective and timely manner regarding any clinical or operational needs.

Applies knowledge of animal species, care and husbandry in the handling, preparation and care of assigned animals. Follows all protocols and ensures that care provided meets safety and welfare standards.

Locates and transports animals within the facility to and from the appropriate surgical suite.

Operates equipment to clean and sterilize surgical instruments, including autoclave. Monitors and troubleshoots devices, reporting any malfunctions to the veterinarian or designee. Maintains logs related to equipment performance and maintenance.

Prepares instrument packs and adds them into inventory.

Prepares the surgical suite for use, including cleaning of the room and setting up of instruments and monitors; tears down and cleans suite and equipment after use.

Conducts inventory of and cost-effectively orders surgical, clinical and administrative supplies; replenishes stock and ensures all items are stored in required conditions, such as refrigeration.

Under close direction from the veterinarian, surgeon and/or other senior staff, assists in the pre-operative, operative and post-operative care of the animals by providing basic nursing assistance, such as monitoring animal vital signs and reporting changes in condition to appropriate staff.

Obtains and processes animal specimens, including blood and tissue samples; utilizes sterile technique and operates various pieces of test equipment. Handles, stores and disposes of medical waste in a proper manner.

Learns to and assists in procedures and clinical care, such as use of ventilators and performance of basic imaging techniques; creates clinical documentation. With further training, develops additional skills to support surgical and animal care and procedures.

Wears and utilizes PPE in an appropriate manner.

Participates in staff meetings, process improvement initiatives and other projects. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of animal anatomy, care and husbandry. Some knowledge of large animal handling and surgery support to include pre- and post-operative monitoring and care as well as knowledge of sterile practices. Understanding of the proper handling of medical waste, including storage and disposal.

Ability to transport, carry, lift and move animals of varying sizes and to stand for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift/push/pull/carry up to 50 pounds on a daily basis.

Knowledge of regulations (federal, state and organizational) related to animal care and use. Ability to follow protocols and regulations. Understanding and application of AALAC regulations.

Able to properly operate equipment used in the cleaning of surgical instruments and the monitoring of animals.

Good organizational skills with strong attention to detail in record keeping. Works efficiently and able to comply with timelines.

Proficient in computer use to track and document clinical and operational data, including accurate data entry.

Effective interpersonal and communication skills and able to effectively work in a team environment as well as with independence.

Ability to identify problems and propose solutions.

Executes all duties with care, properly using personal protective and other equipment; carefully handles all animals safely, respectfully and in accordance with protocol. Understands and applies radiation safety techniques.

Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the LAT level helpful.

High School diploma or equivalent required. Associates Degree in veterinary science preferred.

1 - 3 years of animal care and surgical support experience required.

Responsible for the economical use of resources and time. Cost effectively orders supplies.

Surgical and office settings. Exposures will include sharp instruments, bodily fluids, animal waste, chemicals, gases and cleaners - BSL 2. Walking and standing are routine as are pushing, pulling and carrying of equipment, supplies and stretchers with/without animals.

Some flexibility in work schedule needed, e.g. weekend hours may be required.
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