Veterinary Technician - Surgery
Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Inc.
 Matthews, NC

Carolina Veterinary Specialists is looking for a qualified Veterinary Technician to work in our Surgery department at the Matthews location. The schedule is a 4-day work week with rotating on-call nights, weekends and holidays.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must have at least 1 year anesthesia and/or surgical experience to be considered for this position.


Responsible for all aspects of surgical department flow including seeing surgical appointments, performing diagnostics prior to surgery, administering and monitoring anesthesia in the pre-, peri-, and post-operative periods, maintaining treatment while in hospital post-operatively, discharging patients, and client communications.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintain sterile environment in surgical suites, including bleaching, mopping, and cleaning of surgical tables and equipment

Properly maintain and use ventilator for patients

Properly prep and scrub patients for sterile surgical procedures

Monitor blood loss

Monitor patient parameters and notify doctor of potential concerns

Monitor sponge count in the interest of patient safety, ensuring that all sponges and instruments are accounted for properly

Scrub in, as necessary, with surgeons

Administer blood transfusions, as necessary, during surgery

Take proactive role in life-saving techniques during surgery, as necessary

Properly record patient vitals and trends on anesthesia flow sheet

Proper bandage and wound care for patients

Proper handling of diagnostic specimens during procedure and facilitating the proper care and transfer to laboratory including accurate request forms

Maintain the efficiency of the service by utilizing time management skills to recognize and complete tasks in a timely manner

Assist in anesthesia machine maintenance

Performs other duties as assigned


Qualified Candidates will possess the following:

At least 1 year of experience as an assistant/technician

Strong technical skills including venipuncture, catheter placement, general laboratory, anesthesia and pharmacology skills

Knowledge of normal patient parameters

Knowledge of medical terminology

Ability to administer and knowledge of medication and fluid therapies

Ability to work both independently with little supervision as well as part of a team

Strong work ethic and good organizational and multi-tasking skills

Able to lift 50 pounds

Credentialed technician preferred but not required of the right candidate

Desired Competencies:

Working knowledge of ventilator

Working knowledge of surgical medications and drugs

Awareness of safety concerns for patients under anesthesia for lengthy procedures

Knowledge of normal patient parameters for all advanced anesthetic patients

Knowledge of surgical instruments

Knowledge medical/surgical terminology

Ability to administer fluid therapy, CRI's, blood products, and emergency drugs