Classification and Compensation

IOWA STATE BOARD OF REGENTS
REGENTS MERIT SYSTEM

Class Title: VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Class Code: 7601
Pay Grade: 410

General Class Description

Under general supervision, provides care for ill and injured animal patients at Iowa State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Instructs and demonstrates veterinary care, animal husbandry, and experimental techniques to veterinary students. Provides assistance to veterinary students, veterinary clinicians, and investigative staff in their treatment of animals, teaching, or research functions.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists with the instruction and evaluation of veterinary and veterinary technology students. In a clinical or classroom setting provides demonstrations in skill areas such as intravenous and urinary catheterization, fluid therapy, blood transfusion, proper record keeping, aseptic technique, anesthetic monitoring and postoperative care. 
  2. Performs animal patient care. Treats animal patients including by placing and maintaining catheters, administering fluids and medications, removing sutures, and changing dressings. Collects and prepares samples for research, diagnostic, and clinical purposes. May perform laboratory analysis. 
  3. Monitors animal patient in order to record and relay status of health including temperature, respiratory rate, pulse rate and hydration status. 
  4. Performs preparatory procedures on animal patients and assists staff members in anesthetization's, surgical preparation, premedication and draping for surgery. Selects instruments and supplies needed for surgeries. Monitors equipment which measures vital signs during surgery. Monitors anesthesia by recording vital signs and utilizing monitoring equipment (i.e. pulse oximeter). 
  5. Maintains orderly and sanitary work areas for clinical, teaching, and research facilities. Monitors effectiveness of autoclaves. 
  6. Stocks and organizes the animal holding areas and patient exam rooms. 
  7. Enters hospital costs and medical records into the computer in order to create accurate records for billing accounts. 
  8. Sets up, inventories, maintains, secures, and repairs equipment and instruments for surgical procedures, emergencies and/or lab sessions. Monitors the effectiveness of environmental sanitation program (i.e. RODAC plates). Monitors and reports aberrations in environmental systems as they relate to animal health. 
  9. Assists in drafting and evaluation of reports of institutional programs (i.e. postoperative care, anesthesia monitoring, facility maintenance). 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of animal health and welfare - animal isolation, sample collection, medical treatment, nursing and monitoring, pre & post surgical requirements including room and supply preparation. 
  2. Knowledge of pharmacology - dosage, calculations and usage. 
  3. Knowledge of animal husbandry - animal feeding, watering, grooming, handling, safe transporting, environmental requirements. 
  4. Knowledge of record maintenance - collecting and recording data. 
  5. Knowledge of trimming, clipping, or currying animals. 
  6. Knowledge of teaching and/or demonstration of safe handling, grooming. 
  7. Knowledge of regulatory requirements (Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service, etc.). 
  8. Ability to handle, restrain, load and unload animals. 
  9. Ability to administer medication - topical, injections, oral, and smears. 
  10. Ability to check heartbeat and pulse rate. 
  11. Ability to lift, carry, push or pull up to 50-70 pounds. 
  12. Ability to instruct and demonstrate veterinary techniques in handling, grooming and nursing animals. 

Class Specifications

  1. Certification as a Veterinary Technician.
The tasks listed under the heading of Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are examples of the variety and general nature of duties performed by employees in positions allocated in the class. The list is descriptive only and should be used for no other purpose. It is not intended that any position include every duty listed nor is it intended that related duties cannot be required.
Revision Effective: 1996-05-24
The tasks listed under the heading of Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are examples of the variety and general nature of duties performed by employees in positions allocated in the class. The list is descriptive only and should be used for no other purpose. It is not intended that any position include every duty listed nor is it intended that related duties cannot be required.
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