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Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation and scientific innovation and is one of the finest veterinary teaching hospitals in North America.
The Cardiology Technician is a service oriented individual and team player who is dedicated to help cardiologists, cardiology section house staff and students with the preparation and management of clinic flow. The cardiology technicians will demonstrate an innovative approach to the job and motivation to learn about basic cardiovascular physiology, diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases; will have the opportunity to learn about ECG and Holter interpretation, echocardiographic study interpretation and specialized equipment used during interventional procedures. Responsibilities include:
Client interaction and communications (help with appointment scheduling, follow-up information on cases, including client education and communication with rDVM)
Performing patient admission (accurate history taking, TPR), discharge routine cases (lab-only appointments, Holter placement-only appointments)
Preparing patients (dogs, cats, horses and other large animal and exotic animal species) for, and assisting with a variety of cardiology exams, assisting during those exams (including restraining animals during extended periods of time to complete these exams) as well as preparing exam and treatment rooms, and clean exam table and equipment between patients
Assisting with the care of hospitalized patients; assisting with interventional procedures, including C-arm and power injector manipulation, and gathering surgical supplies for procedures. Have a knowledge of sterile techniques, and radiation safety rules and protection.
Performing and educating veterinary students and house staff about blood sample collection, IV catheter placement, injections, blood pressure measurements, 12-lead ECG recording, Holter placement
Orienting students on clinical cardiology rotation
Preparing records and maintaining files on all cardiology reports/patients
Centralizing messages from rDVM and clients, including medication refill requests, collect lab work results and pass messages onto the appropriate staff member
Ensuring all patient charges are recorded appropriately
Acting as a liaison with other services for efficient patient care, and oversee efficient diagnostic work up of each patient, to include handling and monitoring of equipment
Providing nursing care to patients and instruct veterinary students in technical skills, as well as assist with cardiology cases in anesthesia, surgery, intensive care, emergency and imaging procedures as needed.
Maintaining the cardiology workspace clean and free of clutter, replenish supply (echo gel, alcohol, syringes, bandage material, oxygen tank, defibrillator patches, etc.); maintaining an inventory of specialized catheter supply for interventional procedures and assist central supply personnel with order placement; maintaining cardiology equipment (echocardiography system, ECG, Holter system, Electrophysiology system, C-arm fluoroscopy unit), including cleaning, troubleshooting problems, scheduling preventive maintenance
Placement of Holter monitors on all species, mailing Holters out to veterinary practices, accurate beat editing of 24-hour recordings.
The Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides 24-hour care for pets 365 days of the year. The schedule for this position requires flexibility to ensure that adequate patient care and service needs are provided without interruption or exception. Schedule may include University and calendar holiday coverage to meet business needs. Cross-training with other services to support business continuity will be expected as time/business need allows. If business needs change, a position/individual may be realigned within the CUHA to a different shift or service.
Required Qualifications: Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology and NYS licensure required. One to two-year experience as an LVT. Candidate must have the ability to meet the physical demands of the position, which includes, but are not limited to, stressful situations, prolonged standing and kneeling, lifting heavy patients. Must be able to lift and restrain animals that may exceed 50 pounds. Must be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, demanding environment handling multiple tasks with competing deadlines, while paying close attention to details. Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment, while demonstrating a high level of initiative. Excellent communication, organizational, deductive reasoning and pattern recognition skills essential. Working knowledge of computer programs such as WORD, EXCEL and other data entry programs. All LVT's are required to obtain rabies immunizations and cost will be covered by the department.
Preferred Qualifications: Three to four years of experience as an LVT, preferably with cardiology /specialty experience. VTS in Cardiology will be considered a plus.
**Relocation assistance will not be available for this position
** Visa sponsorship is also not available
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