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Veterinary Assistant (Veterinary Health Center)

Apply now Department: 3670080070 Veterinary Health Center
Job no: 504845
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Medical, Veterinary Medicine

About this Role:

The Veterinary Health Center (VHC) with the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a Veterinary Assistant to assist with providing quality assistance for client/teaching/research animals. This is a position primarily assigned to provide assistance with Small Animal Surgery on a daily basis, whether it is to enhance help for a busy surgery schedule, to assist with teaching, or to help with a research project.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community. 

Duties / Responsibilities:

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:

  • Organize and stock the surgery ward & bandage room with necessary materials and equipment to facilitate efficiency in patient receiving, testing & treatments.
  • Assist clinicians and RVTs in basic aspects of patient care, including oral drug administration, sample and request submissions, physical therapy, and patient hygiene.
  • Assure daily data entry in medical records and accurate billing entry into the hospital information system.
  • 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 circulator during procedures, and maintaining and monitoring sterile technique 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 after hours 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 Director by following procedures developed for the KSU-VHC.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year experience relevant experience
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license once employed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Veterinary Assistant Certification
  • College study with course work in animal science or closely related field 
  • Ability to handle, restrain, and provide assistance for medical services to senior veterinary students, clinicians, and Registered Veterinary Technicians for domestic animals
  • Ability to maintain and use ordinary veterinary medical hospital equipment
  • Ability to perform word processing and data entry procedures on a personal computer
  • Be willing and able to master new techniques
  • Ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with other employees, professional personnel, and the public
  • Ability to write and interpret written direction
  • Ability to communicate orally with professional and subordinate personnel

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references 

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications begins immediately and continues until filled

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$ 11.71 - $ 17.57 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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. 

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