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Pipestone System Registered Veterinary Technician in Independence, Iowa

##Job Description

Objective:*The Veterinary Technician*will assist in veterinary procedures, animal handling, and miscellaneous roles to the clinic and health care team.


  • Make recommendations to management and current staff concerning patient care protocols, equipment needs and upkeep,appointment efficiencies, patient care, and follow through with protocols.
  • Work with the Practice Manager to develop and implement standard operating procedures to ensure high quality care for our patients.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, and treatments, as prescribed by the veterinarian.
  • Work well with all team members and ensure that your actions support the hospital, the doctors, and Pipestone core values.
  • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of the veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics.
  • Obtain radiographs of animals with knowledge of proper positioning and techniques.
  • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery or hospitalized patients.
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, and feces, such as urinalyses and blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other lifesaving procedures.
  • Provide the veterinarian with the correct equipment and instruments, as needed.
  • Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas and placing IV catheters.
  • Communicate & educate clients on hospital's preventative medicine protocols, make recommendations based on patient's best interest, and effectively communicate messages from the veterinarian to the client.


  • Ability to communicate well.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership.
  • Encourage positive culture with clients and employees in a manner that shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism.
  • Strong client service skills. Considerable tact and diplomacy is required. Ability to greet clients in a professional, friendly, hospitable manner.
  • Ability to effectively use all available resources to provide the best patient care.
  • Regular attendance and timeliness are essential.


Education:Completion of Veterinary Technician course.

RVT license required or ability to provide proof of knowledge and experience.

Experience:Veterinary hospital/clinic previous experience preferred. New graduates considered.

Training: Various internal training courses

Occasional seminars at remote locations

Additional *Requirements:*

  • Must be able to work on a weekend rotation as needed
  • Must have valid drivers license and reliable transportation to get to work and attend meetings

Work* Environment:*

  • Veterinary hospital clinic and office environment.
  • Noise levels that require hearing protection in some areas

Physical *Requirements:*

  • Standing, walking and ability to be on feet 8 to 10 hours per day
  • Frequent bending, reaching, squatting and kneeling
  • Frequent use of one or both hands/arms to grasp or pull
  • Frequent lifting of objects weighing 3-20 pounds
  • Occasional bending while pulling and/or lifting objects weighing up to 50 pounds, or requiring up to 50 pounds of force to move
  • Occasional bending while pulling and/or lifting objects weighing up to 100 pounds or requiring up to 100 pounds of force to move with the assistance of another person as needed
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to attend and participate in meetings of various lengths

ALL ADDRESSES: Independence, IA

FULL-TIME: Full-time

Job Title: Registered Veterinary Technician

Location: PVC of Independence-10201

Req Num: 20-310