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Veterinary Nurse - Large Animal ICU (Veterinary Health Center)

Apply now Department: 3670080070 Veterinary Health Center
Job no: 511206
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Veterinary Medicine, Medical
Pay Grade: 06A

About this Role:

The Veterinary Health Center (VHC) within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Veterinary Nurse. This position is responsible for providing after hours technical services to the Equine and Livestock Services Sections in the Veterinary Health Center. Quality, professional technical representation in these Sections is critical to providing services to support this mission. This position is also responsible for coordination of animal treatments; instruct, train and supervise students and employees in approved treatment techniques.

NOTE:  This is a full-time position, working 10 or 12 hour rotating days.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Duties / Responsibilities:

Clinical Facilitator: This position will be responsible for monitoring patient care, patient flow in-hospital and in the isolation area, patient record maintenance, and patient handling, treatment, and restraint during all phases of the teaching program while directly interacting with students, faculty and staff. This will allow supervision of case management by students, to include teaching of basic nursing skills to students. Initiative and oversight will be needed to supervise maintenance and stocking activities of dispensary and emergency carts in the work area.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Plan daily schedule based on needs of animals hospitalized in the KSU-VHC.
  • Supervise case treatments during scheduled 10 or 12 hour rotating shifts, when necessary. Assist students in restraint to ensure safety and proper patient care.
  • Assist faculty in monitoring medical records. Assure daily data entry and billing are kept up to date within the computerized hospital management system, following the established KSU-VHC format.
  • Monitor, on a daily basis, patient care and status. This includes feed cards, stall maintenance, feed and watering protocols and animal appearance.
  • Supervise students scheduled on Emergency ICU duties. Ensure appropriate patient care and treatments.

Technical Services: This position will provide on-going staffing relative to the service commitment of the teaching hospital. Technical responsibilities of this Hospital nursing position will be shared by Equine and Livestock Service areas of the KSU-VHC. Technical responsibilities will include equipment setup and operation, surgical preparation and setup and clinical assistance to faculty within the area (as scheduled) to facilitate services and communications between hospital activities such as central preparation and the dispensary.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Maintain the equine/livestock services barn on a daily basis. This will include stocking and cleaning sinks in the receiving area, tack rooms, bull pens, swine receiving, working dispensary, field service trucks and any other area that may be deemed by the section head or the Large Animal Nursing Supervisor. Also return residual products to central dispensary or central supply following the discharged of a patient.
  • Maintain all equipment associated with the conduct of the Equine and Livestock section in good working order.
  • Participate in patient rounds and clinical service with students during after-hours KSU-VHC operations.
  • Take an active role in the supervision and training of fourth year veterinary students in current technical aspects of large animal medicine to include such areas as intensive care patients, indwelling catheter maintenance, injection techniques, use of stomach tube, maintenance of fluid therapy patients, clipper care and proper restraint techniques and safety while loading and unloading patients.
  • Maintain the Equine and Livestock ICU area (including stocking and patient monitoring).
  • Provide backup support to endoscopy procedures and endoscopy equipment maintenance and cleaning as outlined by Hospital protocol. Set up endoscopy equipment and supplies, assist clinicians during procedures, enter appropriate charges for supplies used and for the procedure into the computerized hospital a management system, clean equipment according to established protocols, and restock supplies after each use, as assigned.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of Cubex equipment located in both livestock and equine pharmacy area.

Additional Responsibilities: Additional technical and training responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following duties:

  • Initiate measures to increase the efficiency and operation of the Equine/Livestock Services Section as it relates to technical training and patient care.
  • As necessary, assist with coordination of emergency care, vacation period coverage, and unexpected teaching demands with other technicians.
  • Assist with clerical research projects after completing of primary hospital duties, as needed. Specific research duties will be coordinated with section head.
  • Maintain proficiency in operation and maintenance of Hospital equipment (i.e. endoscope, ultrasound, etc.).

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be licensed as an RVT under the authority of the Kansas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners within six (6) months of appointment
  • For a Veterinary Nurse I:  Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • For a Veterinary Nurse II: Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and two years of relevant experience
  • For a Veterinary Nurse III: Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and five years of relevant experience as a state credentialed veterinary technician (RVT, LVT, CVT)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate experience in a veterinary hospital setting
  • Large animal experience
  • Clinical teaching and/or supervisory experience will be considered a beneficial asset for this position
  • Ability to perform word processing and data entry procedures on a personal computer

Physical Requirements:

  • Physically able to handle, restrain and provide medical treatments to large domestic animals
  • Ability to work with domestic animals and ordinary veterinary medical hospital equipment
  • Knowledge of standard emergency veterinary medical procedures is preferred.
  • Ability to perform endoscopic procedures, clean and properly maintain endoscopy equipment
  • Be willing and able to master new techniques
  • Position frequently involves light work. It is occasionally necessary to perform medium or heavy work associated with transporting, pushing or pulling of animals and/or equipment. Must be able to monitor heart sounds (hearing) through a stethoscope, monitor patient vital signs on TV screen and/or medical monitors (sight), insert catheters, syringe needles, etc. (Finger dexterity) as prescribed and express instructions quickly (talking) in emergency situations.

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 will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$ 15.73 - $ 29.64 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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