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Veterinary Nurse - Small Animal Surgery (Veterinary Health Center)

Apply now Department: 3670080070 Veterinary Health Center
Job no: 510583
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Veterinary Medicine, Medical
Pay Grade: 06A

About this Role:

The Veterinary Health Center (VHC) within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Small Animal Surgery Veterinary Nurse. This position exists to assist with providing quality veterinary procedures for client/teaching/research animals in the VHC. This is a position primarily assigned to provide assistance with Small Animal Surgery on a daily basis, whether it is to enhance help for a busy receiving or surgery schedule, to assist with teaching, or to help with a research project. 

Normal work days are Monday through Friday. The selected candidate will be given the option to work either five days per week (8 hours/day) or four days per week (10 hours/day). Employee may be required to work a variable work schedule. On occasion the workweek may be changed to accommodate emergency medical cases or varying class schedules. In addition, the employee may periodically be scheduled on stand-by for evening and/or weekend periods.

2022 spring graduates will be considered as the position will not begin until after graduation.

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 Principles of Community.

Duties / Responsibilities:

Small Animal Surgery Ward 3 and Bandage Room Nurse Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for organization and maintenance of the small animal surgery Ward 3 areas and bandage room. The position will provide nurse support to small animal surgery faculty, house officers, staff, and training of senior veterinary students assigned to the small animal surgery rotation. Typical responsibilities will include: a) Clean, organize, and stock the surgery ward and bandage room with necessary materials and equipment to facilitate efficiency in patient receiving, testing & treatments. b) Assist faculty and house officers in training veterinary students in basic aspects of patient care including venipuncture, drug administration, sample submission, physical therapy and patient hygiene. c) Assure daily data entry in medical records and accurate billing entry into the hospital information system (HIS). d) Monitor on a daily basis; pre- & post-treatment patient care, including vital signs & patient status, feeding schedules, cage and run areas, and animal appearance.

Small Animal Surgery OR / and Recovery Nurse Responsibilities: 1. Prepare and maintain the surgical suites to consistently provide a sterile environment and adequate supplies 2. Assist as a surgical team member by preparing animals for surgical procedures in a timely manner 3. Assist surgical team members by acting as circulator during procedures, and maintaining and monitoring sterile technique in surgery areas 4. Participate in the recovery rotation by monitoring animals post procedure until able they are to return to the ward, clean the space and restock supplies, ensure accurate billing entry into the HIS. 5. Become familiar with new medical equipment as it becomes available 6. Become familiar with surgical instrumentation and procedures 7. Assist to maintain the SAS log on a daily basis

Additional Responsibilities: 1. As necessary, assist with afterhours emergency procedures and participate with rotational weekend and holiday stand-by 2. Be an effective and dependable employee by beginning each day with a clean, neat uniform, establish and maintain good work habits, maintain a positive professional relationship with faculty, house officers, staff, students, and clients 3. Will cross-train to other areas within Surgical Support Services to provide support in time of illness, vacations, or staff deficiency 4. Perform other duties as requested by supervisor or Hospital Director by following procedures developed for the KSU-VHC.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Must be registered as a paraprofessional under the authority of Kansas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner within six months of appointment

For a Veterinary Nurse I:  Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association

For a Veterinary Nurse II: Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and two years of relevant experience

For a Veterinary Nurse III:  Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and five years of relevant experience as a state credentialed veterinary technician (RVT, LVT, CVT)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to maintain and use ordinary veterinary medical hospital equipment
  • Be physically able to handle, restrain and provide medical services to domestic animals
  • Knowledge of standard emergency veterinary medical procedures
  • Ability to perform word processing and data entry procedures on a personal computer

Physical Requirements:

Position frequently involves light work. It is occasionally necessary to perform medium or heavy work associated with lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling distressed animals in close quarters, and/or equipment weighing from 2 – 100 pounds. Must be able to monitor heart sounds (hearing) through stethoscope; monitor patient vital signs on a TV screen and/or medical monitor (sight); transport animals from cages and gurneys with heights to 48 1/2” high examination tables (lifting, carrying, pulling); insert catheters, syringe needles, etc. (fingering); and express instructions quickly (talking) in emergency situations.

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:

$ 15.73 - $ 29.64 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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. 

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