University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 226660

Position Summary:
This position provides specialized technical support to the daily operational needs of the Oncology Service of UW Veterinary Care (UWVC) for four days/week, and will flex into Internal Medicine, Neurology, or Dermatology one day/week. The position requires initiative to independently follow through with technical responsibilities. Requires the ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs. independently and physical and manual dexterity to perform specialized technical tasks. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

1) Oversees daily receiving schedules, provides assistance and initiates changes as needed.
2) Develops knowledge and responsibility in area of specialization to include maintenance of special equipment, instructing others in use and care, assisting clinician and students in procedures.
3) Anticipates needs of clinicians, staff and students during oncology procedures and in primary animal care.
4) Assists in the instruction of professional veterinary students and training of entry level Veterinary Technicians as requested.
5) Contributes to and participates in team building by assisting in problem-solving activities.

Principal duties:
40% - Responsible for independently and proficiently performing the following technical responsibilities to provide quality patient care in support of the daily operational needs of the Oncology Service four days/week, and will flex into Internal Medicine, Neurology, or Dermatology one day/week:
- Restrains varied domestic exotic and wildlife species.
- Prepares and administers oral, topical, injectable medications prescribed for patients (including chemotherapeutic agents).
- Participates in and oversees the receiving and discharging of patients to include loading and unloading.
- Records and maintains all necessary patient data for concise, accurate medical records.
- Performs medical nursing skills specific to assigned area of specialization in addition to routine medical nursing skills.
- Frequently observes animals under care, records and reports to clinician any animals displaying abnormal or concerning behavior.
- Initiates and monitors prescribed food (special diets) and water supplies to patients; assures patient cleanliness and comfort.
- Responsible for providing assistance to clinical faculty during procedures and primary care.

20% - Responsible for providing technical assistance in area of specialization.
- Sets up diagnostic room or area to be utilized, ensuring proper equipment is present.
- Provides technical assistance as needed or requested.
- Assists or initiates preparation of patient for procedure, including transportation of animal to area.
- Assists in restraint and anesthesia when necessary.
- Monitors aseptic technique when used and notifies clinicians and students of breaks.
- Maintains communication and is available to retrieve needed materials and equipment.
- Maintains and cleans equipment; initiates sterilization procedures when needed.
- Notifies clinician of needed maintenance or repairs; initiates and follows through on requests and work orders.
- Works with Central Supply to assure proper care and sterilization procedures are being used, as well as adequate special supplies are available for procedures.
- Participates in cleaning and maintenance and stocking of diagnostic rooms or area utilized for procedure.

15% - Responsible for participating in instruction as needed.
- Assists in instructing professional veterinary students in operational procedures and protocol specific to area or task at hand.
- Assists in providing on-the-job training of entry level Veterinary Technicians, limited term and student employees.

10% - Responsible for maintaining equipment and adequate inventory of area supplies and cleanliness of facility.
- Instructs appropriate personnel and students on use, cleaning and maintenance of general equipment such as: microscope, centrifuge, refractometer, water blankets, whirlpool, slings.
- Instructs appropriate personnel and students on use, cleaning, and maintenance of equipment used in specialty area.
- Monitors use of supplies and restocks as necessary.
- Cleans area, equipment and instruments after use in procedures and when necessary.

5% - Participates in recordkeeping and billing procedures.
- Monitors and/or completes daily patient charge sheets.
- Updates and reviews area logs and medical records.

5% - Responsible for performing the following technical anesthesia responsibilities performed in conjunction with oncology and radiotherapy services:
- Prepares anesthesia records and checks preoperative work up/vitals of patients; administers preanesthetics and induction agents.
- Initiates setup and performs needed safety checks on anesthesia machines, equipment monitors and needed supplies (fluids, induction agents) prior to procedures.
- Continuously monitors patients vitals during anesthesia and alerts anesthesiologist or primary clinician of potential problems or signs of distress: a) performs/submits needed blood samples for blood gases/PCV/TP and ACT analysis as needed/requested, b) is familiar with CPR techniques and availability/location of crash cart.
- Operates all physiologic monitors including: EKG, direct and indirect blood pressure equipment, blood gas analyzer, entidal CO2 Analyzer, oximeter.
- Is responsible for troubleshooting anesthesia machines and monitors when possible.

5% - Participates in other technical and support duties as assigned:
- In all areas of UWVC in both animal contact and non-animal contact related duties (e.g. Medical Records, Reception Area, Central Supply, Pharmacy, Clinical Pathology).
- Teaching and research laboratories (to include assisting and organizational responsibilities).
- Working flexible, on-call hours and variable shifts, based on needs of the department.

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