Registered Veterinary Technician

Posted 11 months ago





The primary objective of the Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) is to maintain an efficient work flow of the hospital, provide excellent care to our patients and clients, mentor the Veterinary Assistants, all while depicting the highest standard of professionalism, leadership, and compassion consistent with the goals and values of United Veterinary Specialty and Emergency.


Although additional duties and related tasks may be assigned, the essential duties and responsibilities of this position are below. Our internal Clinical Competencies will determine whether you classify as level I, II, III which all depend on experience and the success rate of successfully completing tasks in the following categories of: hospital procedures and surgery set-up and equipment, pharmacology, diseases, patient care, emergency, laboratory, and surgical procedures under the supervisor of a Veterinarian.

Learning & Leadership:

  • RVT’s must be able to perform, teach and supervise all the duties of a Veterinary Assistant as described in the Veterinary Assistant job description.
  • Assist in training and supervision while on the floor of Veterinary Assistant student interns and new Veterinary Assistant employees.
  • Provides staff leadership for tasks in a professional and personable way.
  • Promotes a positive attitude and demonstrates a commitment to the vision and mission of the clinic. 
  • Make suggestions for how to improve practice protocols.

Patient Care & Compassion

  • Assess patient status, review patient plan, perform hospitalized patient’s treatments according to the veterinarian’s orders and document such activity. 
  • Monitor patients for vomit, blood, urine and feces in the cage, and clean patients and cages as needed. Note incidents in the medical record. 
  • Monitor changes in patients’ conditions. Alert the veterinarian to significant changes. 
  • Know common disease states and alert the veterinarian when symptoms change or when concerns arise with hospitalized patients. 
  • Use technical skills to assist the veterinarian with out-patient care and anticipate what the veterinarian will need for current hospitalized patients and do everything you can to set up assist. 
  • Manage emergency patient care and alert the veterinarian as soon as possible. 
  • Be able to recognize signs and degrees of pain and discomfort. 
  • Understand the medications and methods used to control pain. 
  • Perform emergency procedures including shock assessment and initiation of treatment, control of hemorrhage, establishing an airway by intubation and providing ventilation with oxygen, performing external cardiac massage, applying temporary bandages or splints and clipping and cleaning wounds. 
  • Recognize patients with potentially contagious diseases and follow isolation procedures. Be familiar with zoonotic diseases. 
  • Safely and humanely restrain patients and demonstrate low-stress handing and restraint techniques. 
  • Perform common outpatient procedures (i.e. nail trims, ear cleanings, anal gland expression, etc…)
  • Be able to run and read urinalysis, fecal smears, fecal centrifuge samples, and perform coag testing and major and minor crossmatching.
  • Assist with humane euthanasia as requested.
  • Properly calculate medication volumes and rates of administration. 
  • Administer injectable, topical and oral medications to patient. 
  • Perform venipuncture and place IV catheters and administer IV fluids using an IV pump according to the veterinarian’s orders. 
  • Perform cystocentesis and be familiar with the management of urinary catheters. 
  • Be proficient in the placement and administration nasal intubation for oxygen administration. 
  • Be skilled in applying a variety of bandages. 

Anesthesia and Surgical Assistance

  • Understand aseptic principles and apply them at all times to surgical patients, instruments, equipment and rooms.Knowledge of various anesthetic agents and their use in different patients.
  • Interpret and maintain vital signs equipment and other general surgical equipment (vital signs monitor, surgical table, electrosurgical units, suction, etc.) 
  • Operate and maintain anesthetic machines with closed- and open-circuit anesthetic systems. 
  • Maintain oxygen supply and assure use of scavenger system. 
  • Knowledge of commonly used analgesics and resuscitative medications. 
  • Properly calculate emergency medication volumes. 
  • Knowledge of fluid therapies for intraoperative use (i.e. Normosol, hetastarch, hypertonic saline, plasma, whole blood) and properly calculate volumes and rates. 
  • Administer injectable and gas anesthesia according to standard practice protocols.
  • Properly maintain a patient airway using endotracheal intubation. 
  • Monitor and maintain anesthetized patients by observation/manual parameters and by use of vital signs equipment. 
  • Perform standard surgical field preparation and patient positioning.
  • Knowledge and maintenance of standard surgical instruments.
  • Knowledge of a variety of surgical procedures and ability to anticipate what supplies and equipment are needed for surgical set-up. 
  • Assist the veterinarian in surgery as directed and under supervision of the Veterinarian. 
  • Resuscitate and care for neonatal patients. 
  • Monitor and assure safety of patients during post-operative recovery. 
  • Perform extubation.
  • Operate and maintain autoclave.
  • Properly clean, prepare and sterilize surgical equipment. 
  • Perform post-operative client update calls upon patient recovery.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Vacation and Sick Time
  • Continuing Education allowance

Job Features

Job CategoryRVT
DepartmentClinical Team
Reports ToNursing Supervisor
FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

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