Neurology Technician Job Description
Summary: Neurology Technicians are fully required to assist the practitioners, to help improve the quality of care given to the patients of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists and to aid the surgeons in achieving greater efficiency by relieving them of technical work and administrative detail. Neurology Technicians are LVTs or assistants that will become LVTs within 1 year of employment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Provide restraint of patients for examination and treatment by veterinarians. Prepare medications (both injections and dispensed medications) for both outpatients and inpatients.
• Complete all necessary paperwork associated with surgical procedures.
• Calculate drug dosages.
• Log out and administer controlled substances.
• Pulling all packs and equipment needed for surgical procedures and setting up the O.R.
• Induce, maintain and monitor anesthesia; prepare patients for surgery; circulate in the operating rooms; scrubbing in to drape off patient, set up instrumentation and assist surgeon during surgical procedures if needed; administer I.V. fluids; provide supportive therapy to patients in surgery, recovery and post-operatively.
• Take dictation from the surgeon at the end of the surgical procedure in order to record the surgery report and post-operative treatments.
• Cleaning up the O.R after a procedure has been completed so it is ready for the next case to come in. Includes: taking dirty instruments and soiled laundry to Pack and Scrub, cleaning suction bottle, putting away any unopened instruments and supplies, emptying trash cans and replacing trash bags.
• Help the doctors perform neurological examinations and know what items are needed to do so.
• Perform clinical laboratory procedures such as PCV, TP, Blood glucose, and Azostix. Collecting blood and urine samples for laboratory analysis and submitting samples to Reference Labs. Prepare samples for shipment to offsite laboratories and prepare all laboratory request forms.
• Accurately recording all surgical procedures, diagnostics and treatments in patient’s chart and circling all associated service codes for invoicing.
• Maintain anesthesia machines and monitors.
• Be able to perform the Advance Modality Diagnostics (MRI/CT) on patients once fully trained in their daily duties.
• Access digital radiographs utilizing e-film software.
• Operate digital radiography units.
• Assist kennel personnel in keeping patients always clean and dry.
• Assist ICU technicians and Client/Patient Service Coordinators when necessary.
• Prepare patients for discharge, being especially careful to ensure that patients being discharged are well-groomed and in a medically appropriate state.
• Perform daily and weekly cleaning duties. This hospital operates similarly to a human hospital as things happen here that are confidential. Do not discuss client or patient information/medical conditions, proprietary information, or confidential situations that arise with anyone outside of the hospital. Should you see or hear anything that concerns you, speak with your Supervisor or the Human Resources Manager about your concerns.
Education and/or Experience: High School diploma is required, Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology is required along with current technical certification (LVT in Texas). Graduates of an AVMA Veterinary Technology program that have not earned licensing in Texas must become a Texas LVT within one year of employment. Credentials from another state must be transferred to Texas licensing within 6 months of employment.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed herein are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Controls over Work: The Neurology Technician must use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instructions while always keeping client service/patient care as their number one priority. Any deviations, problems and unfamiliar situations must be communicated to the administrator. Maintain time in an accurate and trustworthy manner in all areas of responsibility including a 90% attendance and punctuality rating.
Computer Skills: Must be experienced with basic computer, printer, and calculator tasks and operations. Able to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet/Intranet. Willing to learn and work with Cornerstone software applications and Smartflow sheets.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as medical documents, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals and logs. Ability to write routine correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to clients, doctors, and coworkers while delivering medically oriented information. Ability to handle misdirected negative emotion and behavior. Supportive and encouraging attitude towards clients, patients, and coworkers. Expresses thoughts and ideas effectively while recognizing the need to be “the support network to our clients and patients”.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers and decimals. Ability to compute proper drug dosages, administration amounts, and total patient vitals when taken on 6, 10 or 15 second increments.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to differentiate between major and minor issues as they relate to service and accuracy and the care of clients and patients. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations (both seen and unseen) and diffuse or modify the situation.
Teamwork: Ability to work cooperatively with coworkers to accomplish a common goal while maintaining your personal accountability for individual tasks; and maintaining constructive working relationships with others. Ability to use service orientation to look for ways to assist other staff members while prioritizing your time and duties to maintain practice efficiency and level of service provided to clients/patients.
Continuing Education: Neurology Technicians are encouraged to attend on-going training and seminars and successfully complete correspondence course work to continually advance their knowledge of veterinary medicine and client service. Additional training or educational work may be required in some circumstances and it may be necessary to come in when unscheduled or after hours for some of these sessions. Financial assistance may be available.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust to focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work often requires lifting and carrying animals which may weigh upwards of 100 lbs. Will be assisted by other staff members when working with larger animals. Walks or stands for extended periods of time; frequently works in bent position.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work often exposes the Licensed Veterinary Technician to unpleasant odors and noises. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Lighting is provided by fluorescent overhead lights and surgical spot lights. You may be exposed to bites and scratches. You may come into contact with or be exposed to hazardous material such as blood, vomit, feces, urine, cleaning materials, zoonotic diseases, infectious diseases, contagious diseases and more. All areas of our hospital are open to client tours at any time, so all work is performed in full view of the clients. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Job Type: Full-time
Holidays: It is a requirement that the Neurology technicians be on call for Holidays that the Hospital recognizes. Holidays will be chosen by the individual in the order by seniority of employment with GCVS.
Job Type: Full-time