Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists' (CRES) Hospital provides state-of-the-art surgical, imaging, diagnostic, and rehabilitation services to enhance equine health. The hospital is located within walking distance to Belmont Park, the world's premier Thoroughbred horse-racing facility. CRES, veterinarians aspire to assimilate knowledge gained on all fronts – at the track, in the show ring, at the research bench, and in the hospital – to deliver paradigm-shifting veterinary medical care. CRES will partner with referring veterinarians to meet the needs of New York State racing and the surrounding sport horse communities.
The MRI/Radiology Technician excels in a busy hospital environment, can communicate quickly and directly, has a team-based approach and mindset, while providing compassionate patient care, and is interested in working in an innovative and challenging environment that provides specialized experience and training in cutting-edge techniques. The technician works specifically with MRI and will cross-train with multiple diagnostic modalities, which may include radiography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound or computed tomography. The technician will be expected to:
Perform radiography on horses, including being able to prepare and position patients with little or no supervision and produce radiographs using stationary, mobile and portable radiographic generators and varying detectors (CR and DR).
Performing standing low-field strength MRI; sedate and position horses in magnet for studies; acquire and troubleshoot images; interact with vendor for scheduled maintenance
Assisting with mobile and standing CT studies; schedule routine preventative maintenance; interact with vendor to troubleshoot imaging quality
Order, prepare and administer radioisotopes for nuclear scintigraphy; perform scintigraphy studies, interact with radiation safety officer to maintain radiation safety for animals, technicians, and handlers, as well as maintaining patient confidentiality in compliance with hospital guidelines.
Oversee all of the radiology equipment, including service contracts, and troubleshoot problems with vendor; report issues to the Practice Manager, as needed.
The schedule for this position is flexible and may include evening, weekend, on-call and holiday shifts. In addition to technical responsibilities, there are requisite clerical, housekeeping, maintenance and organizational responsibilities necessary to insure smooth operations of the hospital. If business needs change, a position/individual may be realigned within CRES to a different shift or area of responsibility. Cross-training with other technical areas to support business continuity will be expected as time/business need allows.
Required Qualifications: Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology from an AVMA accredited program and NYS licensure or an Associate's degree and ARRT certification. Demonstrated experience handling horses. Must be able to work independently with a high level initiative as well as part of a team. Must develop and maintain excellent working relationships with staff, students, technicians, veterinarians in a professional manner at all times. Must be able to help lift/move animals that may exceed 50lbs.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience of 1-2 years as an imaging technologist in a veterinary or human medical facility, using radiation-producing equipment, digital capture and archive technology (PACS), though new graduates (LVT or RT) will be considered. Experience working with horses is highly desirable. Strong computer skills are highly desirable.
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