Are you a veterinary technician looking for a change?
Are you looking to focus on your patients?
- have a great relationship with your clients?
- work hard and have fun?
- grow professionally and personally?
If so, read on!
Who we are:
HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service is a fusion of high-quality mobile veterinary care with access to traditional clinical care in our hospital locations. Our vets are enthusiastic about bringing a wonderful, full-service experience to their patients in the comforts of their own home.
HousePaws is a mobile veterinary practice serving clients and patients in South New Jersey and parts of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area with three hospital locations in Mt. Laurel and Atco, NJ, and Morrisville, PA. Our hospitals are state of the art outpatient care facilities where we do surgery, dentistry, and a number other procedures.
Who we’re looking for:
We are looking for fun, hardworking individuals who are passionate team players, and enjoy the dynamic challenges of a mobile veterinary practice. Our doctors value client education, community engagement, continuing education opportunities, and of course, the human/animal bond.
What we offer: stability and flexibility
HousePaws offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, paid continuing education, IRA retirement package and veterinary care allowance.
Key Skill Areas:
- Communicate with clients regarding the medical status of their pet. Provide accurate information to clients concerning fees, hospital policies, etc.
- Instruct clients as to what they should do prior to bringing their pets in for procedures, how to care for their pets after discharge from the hospital, how to administer medications, etc.
- Demonstrate warmth, courtesy and professionalism in all interactions with clients.
- Restrain animals in a safe, efficient and compassionate manner during examinations and procedures.
- Assist with moving animals throughout the hospital. Cage and remove animals as needed.
- Exercise compassion and care in all interactions with patients. Know how to properly handle difficult or contentious animals.
Assist Veterinarians / Exam Room Protocol
- Follow established procedures in order to assist veterinarians with examinations and facilitate the flow of clients and patients through the hospital. Consult with veterinarians on a daily basis to plan each day’s activities. Keep doctors appraised of potential problems, discussions with clients, etc.
- Review medical records and notes made by the patient care coordinators in order to discern the nature of the visit and any tests or procedures that may be needed.
- Greet clients and escort them and their pets into an exam room. Place the patient on the exam table and prepare for the doctor to enter the room. Obtain base information (weight, temperature, etc) on the pet.
- Discuss with the client the reason for the visit, any symptoms or problems being experienced, and any procedures that may need to be done (i.e. vaccinations, fecal or heartworm tests, etc).
- Obtain any lab samples that may be needed from the pet. Anticipate and prepare any medications or vaccines the doctor will need to treat the patient.
- Notify the veterinarian when patients in the exam room are ready to be seen. Advise the veterinarian of the information already known such as the nature of the visit, preventive procedures due, tests that are to be run, etc. Assist the veterinarian within the exam room by restraining the animal, preparing forms, obtaining instruments, etc. Remain in the exam room until excused by the doctor.
- Perform and/or prepare any lab work that may be needed.
- Ensure all procedures rendered during the visit are documented for proper note taking and billing. Ensure that all vaccinations, procedures, notes, etc have been documented in the medical record.
- Escort the client and patient to the front desk and relay any pertinent information to the patient care coordinators at the front desk. Prepare the exam room for the next visit.
Laboratory Procedures and Radiographs
- Accurately perform routine in-house laboratory procedures. Appropriately prepare and handle specimens.
- Prepare specimens for outside laboratory.
- Monitor lab supplies and order additional lab supplies as needed.
- Take, develop and maintain radiographs following proper safety procedures.
- Perform routine suture removals, nail trims, and weight checks. Apply bandages and splints.
- Sterilize instruments.
- Prep patients for procedures.
- Give injections as directed – intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous.
- Examine patients for fleas, skin problems, and other obvious problems.
Marketing and Client Education
- Educate clients regarding preventive medicine and vaccination requirements. Recommend laboratory procedures, such as pre-anesthetic profiles, fecals, urinalysis, heartworm checks, etc. as applicable.
- Give clients handouts and educational materials to take home to further their understanding of veterinary concerns.
- Accurately dispense prescription medications. Prepare prescription labels and appropriately package medications.
- Document controlled drug logs anytime a controlled drug is used according to hospital protocol.
- Ensure that medications are added to the patient’s record and appropriately charged to the client.
- Follow OSHA guidelines concerning safety and handling of hazardous materials.
- Follow established hospital safety guidelines regarding radiographs, controlled drugs, animal handling, etc.
Physical Plant Maintenance
- Clean and straighten exam rooms, treatment and lab areas. Restock exam rooms with supplies as needed. Assist other staff members to keep the public areas of the practice clean and well maintained.
- Clean and maintain all medical equipment as required.
- Surgical Assistance
- Provide support to surgical technicians as needed.
- Assist veterinarians during surgical procedures.
- Administer intravenous fluid therapy, monitor vital signs and oxygen saturation. Place and maintain a urinary catheter.
Hospitalized Patient Care
- Assist with morning rotations of animals in kennel as needed. Ensure that all animals receive needed medication. Treat routine surgical patients from the previous day. Maintain any treatments requested by the doctor and document all services rendered.
- Communicate with hospital attendants regarding the needs of patients. Review cases in the hospital with other technical staff before shift changes.
- Exercise appropriate veterinary medical knowledge. Utilize in-house educational materials and continuing education provided by the hospital.
- Exercise knowledge of the hospital’s programs, products and services.
- Adhere to all hospital policies and standards as stated in the hospital procedures manual.
- Serve as a representative of the hospital, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration, and a positive attitude in all interactions with clients, patients and other members of the hospital staff.
Punctuality and Attendance
- Adhere to the posted work schedule. Arrive for work promptly and be ready to begin working at the start time. Follow hospital policies for reporting lateness or absences.
- Utilize the time clock to clock in and out at the beginning and end of each day and during breaks.
- Demonstrate initiative and teamwork in everyday duties by seeking other work to do during slack times, assisting other employees within the practice, and filling in for other employees as needed.
- Organize work area and exercise time management skills to maximize personal efficiency within the practice. Prioritize tasks and handle multiple tasks in a calm, organized manner.