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Emergency Care Technician

Emergency Care Technician

Company Conformance Statements

In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:

• Perform quality work within the scope of the mission and purpose statement of CTVSH. Work with personal accountability and exceptional morale.

• Interact professionally and with integrity and compassion with coworkers and clients and patients in accordance with this organization's core values.

• Work effectively and independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees.

• Commit to providing excellent high-quality care of patients and clients.

Position Purpose

The Emergency Care Technician plays an integral role in the advanced veterinary care provided by Central Texas Veterinary Emergency. This role goes hand in hand with our purpose statement of enhancing the quality of life for our patients.


High School Diploma or equivalent. Veterinary technician experience required. Licensure preferred but not necessary. Proficiencies with IV catheter placement, and monitoring anesthesia required. Basic customer service skills required. Basic computer skills necessary.

Skills Required: 

All duties performed under the responsible supervision of a licensed veterinarian as specified in the Texas Administrative Code of the Texas Veterinary Medical Board.

  • Triage of critical animals
  • Obtaining patient vitals
  • Communicate effectively with clients regarding patient history, treatment estimates, admitting, and discharging of patients.
  • Restrain animals for examinations, procedures, and treatments.
  • Prepare prescriptions as ordered by the doctor: Appropriate container, labeling, directions, and warnings.
  • Prepare and administer medications and treatments as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Perform venipuncture.
  • Place IV catheters
  • Perform laboratory procedures and prepare specimens being sent to outside laboratories.
  • Set up instruments and equipment needed for surgical and anesthetic procedures.
  • Knowledge of names and locations of all instruments and equipment used in surgery.
  • Prepare patient for surgery: Place IV catheter, induce anesthesia, intubate, clip, clean, and scrub.
  • Monitor anesthesia, patients recovering post-operatively, and vital signs including temperature, pulse, and respiration, SpO2, CO2, BP and ECG.
  • Perform radiography.
  • Perform suture and staple removal
  • Clean, wrap and sterilize surgical packs, gowns, and drapes.
  • Provide basic care: feeding, bathing, nail trims, expression of anal sacs as needed.
  • Maintain cleanliness and order in work areas. Perform basic kennel duties as required.
  • Basic inventory and stocking duties as required.
  • Perform CPR and administer emergency drugs under DVM guidance
  • Ensure that all charges are entered for procedures and treatments you perform
  • Ensure all controlled drugs are entered correctly into the log books and charged for correctly
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with Doctors and clients regarding their patients’ needs
  • Knowledge of drug calculations
  • Computer entry skills (invoicing, prescriptions, MRE’s)

Physical Effort

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, stand, stoop, walk, talk, and listen; may require extended periods of time on feet. Use hands to manipulate, handle, feel or reach with hands and arms. Required to lift up to forty pounds. Employees will be expected to acquire assistance with lifting or carrying animals or materials over 40 pounds.

Work Requirements

  1. Radiation exposure (x-ray)
  2. Hazards associated with infected animals, controlled substances, and possible exposure to contagious diseases
  3. Exposures to unpleasant odors and noises
  4. Exposure to aggressive patients, bites, scratches and animal wastes
Schedule Requirements: 

Overnight, weekend, and holiday shifts are a requirement for this position.