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Kansas State University
Posted: 12/21/2021
Veterinary Assistant - Part Time (Clinical Sciences)

Veterinary Assistant - Part Time (Clinical Sciences)

Department: 3670080050 Clinical Sciences

Job no: 511631

Employment type: Staff Part Time (Unclassified - Term)

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Categories: Veterinary Medicine, Medical

Pay Grade: 05A

About this Role:

The Department of Clinical Sciences within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Veterinary Assistant. This position provides veterinary technical assistance and fourth year student instruction for the mobile spay/neuter trailer. The mobile surgical unit is a program that provides spay/neuter services and basic care for shelter animals maintained at facilities without a veterinarian or surgical facilities. The shelter medicine rotation is an elective course. Approximately 90 senior veterinary students will participate each year and approximately 4500 animals will be surgically altered annually. The shelter medicine assistant is responsible for surgical preparation, anesthetic induction/monitoring, intra-operative assistance, and immediate postoperative care for shelter animals on location at regional facilities. This position is also responsible for coordination of activities with regional shelters, medical records, and oversight for stocking and cleaning of the mobile surgery unit.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the

Duties / Responsibilities:

Mobile Unit Surgical Responsibilities: 1) Maintains the prep and surgical areas of the mobile unit including equipment, supplies and medications. 2) Prepares the surgical area of the mobile unit to provide a sterile environment. Maintains and monitors sterile technique. 3) Assists as a surgical team member by preparing animals for anesthetic induction and surgery. 4) Assist a senior veterinary students in anesthetic induction, surgical preparation, and postoperative care. 5) Assists students with routine medical records. Communicates with regional shelter for follow-up care. This position assures accuracy of all data entries. 6) Monitors and replenishes consumable inventory by determining the type and quantity of medical supplies needed daily. 7) Assists with measures to increase efficiency of the mobile surgery unit as it relates to student instruction and patient care.

Organization Responsibilities: 1) Contributes to the strong collaborative working relationship with regional shelter organizations. 2) Communicates with regional shelter to arrange visits and manage daily patient schedule. 3) Participates in orientation of senior veterinary students. 4) Organizes and maintains data collection for ongoing research. 5) Begins each day with a clean, neat surgical attire; establishes and maintains good work habits; maintains positive, professional relationships with faculty, staff, students and shelters; and demonstrates behavior that is conducive to harmonious working relationships. 6) Perform other duties as requested by the Shelter Medicine faculty member.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

• High school diploma

• One year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

• Completion of a two-year college program in veterinary or animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association

• Veterinary Assistant experience in a shelter setting or small animal primary care practice

• Working knowledge of sterile technique and general anesthesia

• Ability to perform word processing and data entry procedures on a personal computer

• Clinical teaching and/or supervisory experience will be considered a beneficial asset to this position

• Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$ 13.70 - $ 20.55 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Advertised: Oct 26, 2021

Application Closes: Open until filled

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