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**This is a part-time LVT position
As a valuable member of a team devoted to providing optimal medical care for exotic patients, will be responsible for all aspects of patient care and service support, ensuring cases receive efficient, quality care. Assist veterinarians with the preparation and management of patient and service flow to include patient scheduling, receiving, and counseling clients. Will also assist veterinarians with organizing and assisting with all technical aspects of patient care and procedures including assisting with examinations, treatments, sample collection, and medical and surgical preparation and procedures (i.e., medical anesthesia, surgery, intensive care, emergency, radiology). Will also be responsible for organizing and sterilization of instruments for outpatients and hospitalized animals, as well as performing laboratory techniques such as fecal analysis, basic hematology and chemistries and all other nursing care procedures needed on the Exotics Service. Maintain the Exotics unit to include ordering, stocking/restocking supplies and equipment, provide daily care to include feeding, treatments and monitoring of hospitalized and outpatients, as well as maintain the cleanliness of clinical areas, supplies, equipment and instruments. Instruct veterinary students, interns and occasionally residents in techniques of animal handling, injections, anesthesia, IV catheters and advanced nursing care of patients within the Exotics Clinic.
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. Primary schedule will be Mon.-Wed. 10a-6p. 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: Associates degree in veterinary technology, NYS licensure as a veterinary technician with at least 1 year of LVT experience, preferably with wildlife/exotics. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Must develop and maintain excellent working relationships including communicating with staff, students, technicians, veterinarians and clients in a professional manner at all times. Will be required to work collaboratively as a team member as well as independently in a fast-paced, demanding environment handling multiple tasks with competing deadlines, while paying close attention to details and exercising sound judgment. 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 become proficient with record-keeping software currently in use by CUHA. Rabies immunizations are required and cost is covered by department.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience working with exotics species.
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