Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician/ Veterinary Assistant Job Description

Reports To: Technician Supervisor, Practice Manager, and Practice Owners


Assist and carry out those tasks required to maintain client communications, patient care, and hospital inventory as determined by veterinarians.

DIAGNOSTIC SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES, which include collections and processing of blood, urine, tissue, or fluid samples, in-house lab work, taking x-ray images, and understanding the patient positioning and alignment for radiological studies.

ANESTHESIA SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES, which include patient monitoring, including monitoring of blood pressure, capnography, ECG, and other vital signs, patient recovery, cleaning and sterilization of used surgical instruments, and sanitation of anesthetic equipment.

SURGICAL SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES, which include reviewing detailed pre- and post-operative requirements, preparation and administration of pre-anesthetic drugs and gases, intubation, scrubbing in to surgical procedures, practicing all aspects of sterile technique, administration of local anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, placing IV catheters, and administering constant rate infusions of various narcotic drugs.

DENTISTRY SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES, which include performing prophylactic dental cleanings on canine and feline patients, tooth counting and charting, anesthetic monitoring and recovery, non-surgical extraction of teeth, administration of nerve blocks, assisting veterinarian with surgical extractions and other oral surgery, and taking full-mouth dental radiographs.

EXAMINATION RESPONSIBILITIES, which include greeting clients and guiding them into exam rooms, obtaining a thorough medical history, obtaining TPR, assisting the veterinarian during the exam by properly restraining patients, medication administration, vaccine administration, filling prescriptions, and client education, including treatment plans, side effects, drugs, conditions, etc.

HOSPITALIZED PATIENT CARE RESPONSIBILITIES, which include assisting with daily examination of patients,  bandage care, maintaining IV catheters, administering oral and injectable medications, administering any other treatment as indicated by the veterinarian, including ROM excercwalking dogs, ensuring comfortable bedding for dogs and cats, cleaning kennels, bowls, bedding, etc, feeding, watering, providing litter boxes, notation of changes in medical or mental status, and bathing patients when needed.

PATIENT HANDLING DUTIES, which include assisting veterinarians and other technicians in handling patients for procedures, exams, x-ray, sample collection, etc, using safety equipment such as muzzles when needed, and keeping patients warm and dry.

PATIENT LIASON DUTIES, which include recording all client conversations, patient procedures, patient observations, etc. in medical records, calling clients to update on patient condition, communicating drop off and pick up times, creating and executing reminder phone calls, assisting the veterinarian with client phone calls and questions, discussing lab work with clients, communicating post-operative care instructions to clients, answering phones, and scheduling appointments.

INVENTORY AND SUPPLY DUTIES, which include maintaining a clean and orderly practice, checking inventory supplies, maintaining supply lists, stocking of rooms, treatment rooms, wards, etc., and maintaining the controlled drug log per DEA requirements.

PATIENT BILLING DUTIES, which include the creation of treatment plans and invoices for all services rendered and charge verification with outside labs and services.

OTHER POSSIBLE DUTIES, which include completing available continuing education, participating in our weekly employee training meeting, including preparing and presenting employee training presentations, and other duties assigned to you.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/ or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Communicate effectively with clients.
  • Work within a team framework and interact as the situation dictates.
  • Communicate and understand verbal and written directions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Completion of an accredited veterinary technology program and appropriate registration status is preferred.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts, such as discount percentages, inventory markup, area, circumference, volume, drug dosages in mL or mg, conversion of pounds to kilograms, kilograms to pounds, and kilograms to meters squared.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

  • Registration status is preferred and is the responsibility of the employee to maintain appropriate renewal requirements.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of radiation.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to the possibility of an animal bite or scratch from an animal.
  • The noise level in the environment is moderate.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to restrain, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to sit.  The employee is regularly required to lift up to 50 pounds.  The vision requirements include: close vision, distant vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive listing of duties expected of this position. This job description, the duties and expectations may change at any time.

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