ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN (AHT) LEVEL IV
The main purpose of this position is to provide top quality of care to all patients at the hospital.
The AHT IV 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. This position requires the possession of a current license as a Registered Veterinary Technician (R.V.T.) and can act as Shift Leader when the PCS is unavailable.
- 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 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,
cleansingwounds, 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
fileof lab test results and ensure patient records have test results recorded in them.
- Prepare samples for shipment to
laboratoryand prepare laboratory requisition forms.
- Assist in taking of radiographs. Be able to independently send radiographs electronically and submit
requestfor 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 to be discharged are well-groomed and in a medically appropriate state. Inform client when they should return for the patient’s medical progress examination. Prepare and go over written discharge instructions.
- Assist the receptionist when necessary 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.
Alsounderstand usage and recommendations for such prescription drugs as heartworm preventative and prescription flea control products.
- Ability to obtain blood and urine samples
- Ability to place IV catheters
- Ability to direct the process of obtaining radiographs
- Perform dental
prophysand obtain dental radiographs
- Troubleshoot IV pumps
- Administer IV medication
- Induce and Monitor anesthesia
- Administration of chemotherapy agents
- Perform simple dental extractions
- Basic suturing and wound closures
- Maintenance of lab equipment and autoclave
- Assist in the development and implementation of protocols
- Assist in staff development
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS
Skill and Knowledge:
- 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.
- Effective communication and leadership skills. Has the ability to effectively solve problems dealing with staff conflict to personnel issues and performance.
- Completion of AHT Level IV Training Module.
- Possess current R.V.T. License
- Knowledge of: Cleaning and disinfecting methods and the use and care of cleaning materials and equipment
- Proper methods of animal restraint
- Anesthesia Protocols
- 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
- Understand and carry out oral and written directions
- Obtain blood and urine samples
- Place IV catheters
- Provide critical care to those patients
- Safely induce and monitor anesthesia
- Maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work
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.
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 radiation; exposure to unpleasant odors and noises; exposure to bites, scratches and animal wastes; possible exposure to contagious diseases.