Veterinary Technician - Surgery

West Caldwell, NJ
Full Time
The Animal Emergency & Referral Associates in West Caldwell, NJ is hiring a dedicated and enthusiastic Certified Veterinary Technician - Surgery.


Compensation is based on experience and skill level. Starting at $25/ hour for Credentialed Technicians with experience.

Position Overview:

The purpose of the position is to provide primary support to the Specialist with diagnostics, treatments, and procedures, while ensuring the best quality of care possible for our patients. The Veterinary Nurse must pay attention to detail and maintain very high standards of cleanliness and care. They must be able to communicate well with doctors and coworkers to ensure overall accuracy and satisfaction.

Key Responsibilities:
To provide support to the Specialist with incoming consultations and procedures, including but not limited to:
  • Practice “Fear Free” standards and protocols
  • Understand the organization and operations of the department
  • Ability to manage the daily OR schedule timely and efficiently
  • Ensuring the safety and set-up of each induction station and OR scheduled for the day
  • Completing pre-operative testing required for anesthesia (blood draws, radiographs, etc)
  • Preparing drugs, fluids, and CRIs for the next surgery
  • Pre-medicating patients, setting IVC, and preparing patients for induction
  • Assisting Anesthetist with completion of pre-op checklist, induction, and intubation of patient
  • Monitoring patient under good anesthetic plane during surgical preparation and local/regional block administration
  • Having the knowledge and ability to identify normal vs abnormal vitals and communicating concerns to the anesthetist
  • Documenting vitals, recording problems and interventions, ensuring completion of 2nd check list
  • Carry out orders from the anesthetist (i.e. changes in anesthesia, drug administration, etc)
  • Knowledge of proper surgical scrubbing, gowning, and gloving to assist surgeon in OR
  • Instrument and equipment care: cleaning, maintenance, packing, and sterilization
  • Complete post-operative diagnostics and other orders
  • Recover each patient smoothly with the ability to intervene if delirium, dysphoria, and/or pain is displayed
  • Ability to properly assess pain, assign pain score, and treat pain if present
  • Knowing, understanding, and ensuring the surgery scheduling protocols are followed
  • Ability to communicate effectively and put both clients and patients at ease
  • Monitoring the appointment schedule and put appointments in rooms at their scheduled time
  • Ensuring the doctors stay on time, and have ability to gently and tactfully move things along
  • Assist doctors with restraint/handling, suture removals, and medication refills
  • Facilitate bandage changes and radiographs for outpatient rechecks
  • Provide basic client education on nutrition, home care, zoonotic diseases, medication administration, post-operative care, and all other hospital recommendations/protocols, as directed by the Specialist
  • Re-stock and maintain cleanliness of specialty department area, exam rooms, and all other areas of hospital
  • Train less experienced staff members on proper policies, procedures, technical skills, and medical information
  • Cross-train to assist in other areas of the hospital as needed work

Experience & Job Requirements:
  • Minimum of 2 years experience
  • Ability to perform all key responsibilities of Technician Assistant
  • Knowledge of safety procedures and acceptable sanitation/sterilization practices
  • Comprehension of commonly used medical terminology and equipment
  • Ability to calculate accurate dosages and injections
  • Familiarity with CPR and rescue breathing
  • Ability to take direction from a variety of people under various situations and accurately follow instructions
  • Capability of anticipating needs of Doctors and Nurses and show initiative
  • Ability to react quickly and appropriately during emergency situations, and remain calm under pressure
  • Excellent communication/people skills
  • Good grooming and hygiene
  • Must have team-oriented attitude and promote positive culture
  • Considerable tact and diplomacy in dealing with clients affected by a variety of problems
  • Ability to work with and without direct supervision
  • Capability to kneel, bend, and to lift various sizes of animals onto treatment tables, without assistance at times (< 50 lbs)
Education Requirements
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Bachelors and/or Technician Certification preferred


Ethos Veterinary Health offers a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, a 401k with employer match, and paid time off (including sick time) for all eligible employees.  The team can provide more information about compensation and benefits for your specific location during the process.  For positions based in Colorado, EVH provides eligible employees with paid sick and safe leave and public health emergency leave in accordance with the requirements of Colorado's Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.


Ethos Veterinary Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, and any other state or local hiring regulations, we will consider for employment any qualified applicant, including those with arrest and conviction records, in a manner consistent with the applicable regulation.


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