AHT Level II

ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN (AHT) LEVEL II

The main purpose of this position is to provide top quality of care to all patients at the hospital.

INTRODUCTION

The AHT II is under the direct guidance and supervision of the Patient Care Supervisor (PCS). Incumbents of this position are required to assist the practitioners to the fullest possible extent, to help improve the quality of care given to the patients of the Animal Hospital and to aid the practitioners in achieving greater efficiency by relieving them of technical work and administrative detail.

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Assist with general receiving by drawing up vaccines, setting up syringes and assuring that drugs and equipment are ready for use. Keeping the treatment area clean and organized. Provide restraint of pets for examination and treatment by the veterinarian and Technicians. Prepare medications (both injections and dispensed medications) for outpatient, hospitalization and surgical cases.
  • Help doctors and technicians by providing routine treatments such as vaccines, subcutaneous fluid administrations, and oral medications.
  • Properly clean, pack and autoclave all surgical materials after they are used. Keep the operating room properly stocked and prepared for surgery.
  • Help the doctor or technician treat patients; assist in medical or surgical procedures such as irrigating wounds, medication, cleansing wounds, and bandaging. Perform the full range of “tableside” assistance to the practitioners.
  • Perform clinical laboratory procedures such as FELV/FIV tests, heartworm tests, slide staining, PCV/TP, and in-house chemistry and electrolyte profiles. Maintain the file of lab test results and ensure patient records have test results recorded in them.
  • Prepare samples for shipment to the laboratory and prepare laboratory requisition forms.
  • Assist in taking of radiographs. Be able to independently send radiographs electronically and submit the request for radiographic consultations.
  • Perform in-clinic procedures such as dewormings, record patient weights and temperatures, record observations on patient status such as nature and amount of vomitus, bowel movements, and urination. These procedures may include, but will not be limited to performing ear cleaning and plucks, nail trims and enemas for dogs and cats. Aid in the restraint and treatment of these patients as needed.
  • Assist kennel personnel in keeping patients clean and dry at all times. Ensuring that all patients are clean, comfortable and well kept is the responsibility of the entire healthcare team, especially the technical departments.
  • Admit and discharge patients on the doctor’s orders, being especially careful to ensure that patients being discharged are well-groomed and in a medically appropriate state. Inform client when they should return for the patient’s medical progress examination.
  • Assist the receptionist when necessary and assume their duties during one’s absence if and when needed.
  • Assist the Room Tech as needed and assume their duties during one’s absence if and when needed.
  • Maintain an appropriate inventory of all supplies. Inform the appropriate member of management as needed about items that need to be ordered. Keep abreast of over-the-counter products and their usages such as flea control and skin products, vitamins, and pet foods. Also, understand usage and recommendations for such prescription drugs as heartworm preventative and prescription flea control products.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Prepare surgery packs and cutting surgery drapes.
  • Keep the wards and kennels clean and disinfected; very high priority.
  • Assist with the dog walking, cage cleaning, and general hospital cleaning.
  • Clean exams rooms after each visit and preparing for the next client and patient.
  • Ensure supplies are always available in exam rooms and treatment room.
  • Check on in-patients throughout the day and report any abnormalities to doctor or nurse
  • Keep the treatment area clean and free of dirty items used during treatment.
  • Assists doctors, nurses, treatment assistants and other personnel with the administration of medications or with restraint
  • Maintenance of lab equipment and autoclave (Daily, Weekly, Monthly)
  • Other duties assigned as required


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of the procedures used for receiving, treating, and scheduling patients, for ordering medical supplies, and requesting laboratory tests.
  • Knowledge of the use, care, and storage of veterinary instruments, materials, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of sterilization techniques to sterilize various instruments and materials.
  • Knowledge of the instruments, materials, and standardized procedures used in the full variety of treatments to make preparations and provide “tableside” assistance.
  • Knowledge of Cleaning and disinfecting methods and the use and care of cleaning materials and equipment
  • Completion of AHT Level II Training Module.

Ability to:

  • Use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency
  • Perform moderately heavy physical labor
  • Sympathetically and patiently treat sick and injured animals
  • Recognize abnormal conditions
  • Assist in anesthetic monitoring with supervision
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Obtain blood and urine samples with help
  • Place IV catheters with help
  • Properly restrain animals for a variety of procedures.

PHYSICAL EFFORT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, sit, talk, and listen; may be required to walk or stand for long periods of time; will use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel; will reach with hands and arms. The employee is often required to lift and carry animals or materials weighing fifty pounds or more; handle dogs weighing up to 150 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to hazards associated with aggressive patients; hazards associated with infected animals and controlled substances; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; exposure to radiation; possible exposure to contagious diseases.

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