Specialty Surgery Technician
Washington, DC /
Friendship Hospital for Animals – Technicians /
Friendship Hospital for Animals is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic veterinary technician to join our specialty surgery team. They will primarily be responsible for providing nursing care support to the surgery service, including performing diagnostics, bandaging and wound care, and discharging patients from the hospital. All support staff within the service will require exceptional client communication skills, organizational skills, problem solving skills, a proactive nature, an advanced knowledge of surgical procedures, and an ability to work in and around multiple disciplines within Friendship Hospital for Animals. The ideal candidate would be someone who’s positive and enjoys working both with a team and independently. There is currently a signing bonus available for eligible candidates.
The technicians for Friendship Surgical Specialists (FSS) works closely with the entire FSS team to ensure the service runs smoothly and efficiently. They are primarily responsible for providing nursing care support to the surgery service, including performing diagnostics, performing bandage and wound care, and discharging patients from the hospital. All support staff within the service will require exceptional client communication skills, organizational skills, problem solving skills, a proactive nature, an advanced knowledge of surgical procedures, and an ability to work in and around multiple disciplines within Friendship Hospital for Animals. It is important for the FSS technician to understand the desire to grow the service through the provision of quality surgical care, unparalleled communication with the referring veterinarian and client, and the conveyance of empathy and care for our clients and patients.
Signing bonus for LVT/RVT/CVT or at least 2 years of applicable surgical experience to be dispersed half on first paycheck and remainder after 90 days.
- Working collaboratively with the entire Friendship team
- Knowledge of sterile field and basic OR protocols
- Check-in surgical patients; obtain pre-operative vital signs
- Check-in drop-off patients
- Coordinate and administer sedation for patients
- Assist surgeon on appointment days by triaging patients and assisting with necessary diagnostics
- Maintain tech appointment schedule of patient recheck radiographs, bandage care, and suture removals
- Ensure appropriate charging of services
- Assist with getting paperwork and referral letters completed
- Care for patients in second floor treatment area; make sure treatments are completed and when appropriate patients have food/water/walks/meds/etc.
- Other duties as assigned
Requirements, Skills, and Abilities:
- Excellent communication skills-- both verbal and written
- Strong organizational skills
- Problem solving ability
- Proactive nature
- Ability to multi-task in a stressful environment
- Ability to speak and hear by phone or in person
- Ability to read, write and type English
- Ability to work as a team player
- Ability to use and learn computers
- Ability to master large volumes of detailed information
Meet our hospital:
Established in 1936, Friendship Hospital for Animals provides high quality, compassionate veterinary care to the dogs and cats of the Washington D.C. metro area. Our vision is to be the most medically progressive small animal hospital in the country while adhering to our core values of teamwork, collaboration and respect. We are AAHA accredited and provide wellness, emergency and specialty care with over 60 veterinarians on staff, including 13 rotating interns and over 20 specialists.
Friendship has specialty departments including emergency/critical care, clinical pathology, radiology, anesthesiology, oncology, ophthalmology, neurology/neurosurgery, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine/hemodialysis, rehab therapy, and surgery. We have MRI, CT, a separate dedicated ICU, long-term ventilator capability, and hemodialysis onsite. In addition to providing clients and their pets the highest quality of medicine and service, Friendship Hospital is also a fun and rewarding place to work and grow.
Excellent compensation and generous benefits are offered.
Living in Washington, DC:
Friendship is proud to be a part of the Washington DC community. Our diverse and historic neighborhoods provide enrichment, entertainment, and excitement to new and long-term residents alike. While known for its monuments and museums, the District is also known for its parks and pet-friendly accommodations. Most residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park - including Rock Creek Park, the oldest urban park in the country, popular for hiking and outdoor activities. DC's Kennedy Center and Lincoln Theater offer world-class entertainment and theater. Top universities such as Georgetown, Howard, George Washington, and American (situated around Friendship's campus) attract students and scholars from around the world. Public transportation includes metrorail, metrobus, electric scooters, Capital Bikeshare, and Car2Go. Enjoy DC's varied and eclectic food scene, celebrate a win with the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals, visit the century-old cherry blossoms or take a weekend trip to nearby Shenandoah Valley, Harper's Ferry, or Annapolis.