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Surgery Operating Room Assistant

It is the responsibility of the Surgery OR assistant to give responsible and compassionate care to all GCVS patients. Assistants directly help the Doctors and Licensed Veterinary Technicians achieve greater efficiency by relieving them of certain technical and assisting duties that can be performed by non-licensed personnel. A surgery assistant must have good communication skills with the doctors, CPCs, CSTs, PCTs, other assistants and ORTs in order to perform the work as delegated and produce quality results. Cleaning and stocking of all common areas is a daily activity that is required to maintain the standard level of care required at GCVS. This position requires a dependable, high energy person who can handle multiple tasks at one time as well as a high stress, fast pace environment.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Major Duties
    • Assist OR Techs with placing a patient under anesthesia. This includes, but is not limited to: patient restraint, hooking up monitoring equipment, vacuuming during prep/shave of patient.
    • Assist OR Techs when transporting to the OR, radiology or recovery. Help with moving the patient and attaching monitors to the patient.
    • Assist with setting up ORs and breaking down ORs.
    • Pull packs and equipment needed for cases and set up or turn over OR suites.
    • Be able to check and change out oxygen and nitrogen tanks as needed.
    • Help P&S assistants as needed throughout the day.
    • Be able to run autoclave, ETO sterilizer and clean all surgical equipment effectively.
    • Become Key operator certified for the ETO sterilizer
    • Help with daily laundry
    • Check floor inventory and restocking
    • Proper use of the radiologic equipment including, but not limited to: Start up and shut down of equipment and computers, safe use of equipment (proper collimation, distance from the primary beam, use of devices like ropes and sandbags to minimize exposure, proper wear of dosimetry badges, PPE use)and training and assisting others with use of this equipment when needed.
    • Cleans the radiology suite (between patients and daily cleaning of the floor, and areas around the table, shelves and computer).
    • Correctly position patients for radiographic exams, pre and post-operative radiographs. Understand proper anatomy and directional terminology for radiograph requests. Proper use of radiologic directional and calibration markers.
    • Coordinates flow for exam, day patient, sedated and anesthetized patient radiographs.
    • Troubleshoots radiological equipment problems.
    • Communicate and coordinate with the CPC’s so they can appropriately time manage their patients.
    • Checks PPE for damage. Radiograph gowns, thyroid shields and gloves yearly.
    • Help CPCs and clinical Doctors with outpatients or patients being discharged. This may include patient restraint, assisting with bandage changes, checking the hygiene of a patient before it leaves and retrieving or delivering patients upstairs on a gurney or assisting clients with a patient.
    • Maintain cleanliness of the prep room throughout the day. Sweep and mop daily.
    • Saturday Duties- Assistants may work a rotation of at least 1 Saturday per month
    • Inventory- Assistants will be asked to work at least 1 inventory counting day per year which may be scheduled after hours.
  • Janitorial
    • Stocking and cleaning in all common areas
    • Laundry
    • Washing dishes
    • Walking patients at their designated times
    • Refilling oxygen tanks
  • Clerical
    • Typing on a computer keyboard
    • Documenting legibly in patient records
    • Performing general function of the phone system
  • Patient Transport
    • Retrieving drop offs
    • Transferring patients to other areas of GCVS
    • Transferring patients to other departments of GCVS
  • Monitoring
    • Assess and record vitals
    • Monitor and record food and water intake and expulsion
    • Monitor and record urination and bowel movements
    • Monitor all alerts as indicated by the veterinarian
    • Round with other PCTs, CSTs, and doctors
    • Notify the veterinarians if any alerts are out of normal range
  • Other Skills and Abilities:
    • Prepare IV fluids with proper administration equipment, labels and additives as directed
    • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures, including word processing, designing forms, maintaining files, dictation and transcription, communicating via email, and the use of computer programs to manage and maintain client and patient information.
    • Knowledge of basic drug usages, generic and brand names, possible side effects/reactions for the more common drugs, and controlled substances protocol.
    • Using social perceptiveness to be aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.  Ability to modify approach as appropriate.
    • Knowledge of clinic procedures in support of streamlining patient care protocols and clients’ experiences with us.
This hospital operates similarly to a human hospital as things happen here that are confidential.  Do not discuss client or patient information/medical conditions, proprietary information, or confidential situations that arise with anyone outside of the hospital.  Should you see or hear anything that concerns you, speak with the Hospital Administrator about your concerns.

  • Education and/or Experience:
High School diploma is required, 1 year veterinary assistant experience and CVA certification is preferred; or related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education / experience.

  • Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed herein are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Controls over Work:
The veterinary assistant must use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instructions while always keeping client service/patient care as their number one priority. Any deviations, problems and unfamiliar situations must be communicated to the administrator. Maintain time in an accurate and trustworthy manner in all areas of responsibility including a 90% attendance and punctuality rating.

  • Professional Appearance:
All doctors and staff are required to maintain a professional appearance at all times. This includes adhering to company dress codes and maintenance of standard hygiene.

  • Computer Skills:
Must be experienced with basic computer, printer, multi-line phone, fax, and calculator tasks and operations. Able to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Instant Messenger, and Internet/Intranet. Willing to learn and work with Animal Intelligence software applications.

  • Language Skills:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as medical documents, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals and logs.  Ability to write routine correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively to clients, doctors, and coworkers while delivering medically oriented information. Ability to handle misdirected negative emotion and behavior. Supportive and encouraging attitude towards clients, patients, and coworkers. Expresses thoughts and ideas effectively while recognizing the need to be “the support network to our clients and patients”.

  • Mathematical Skills:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers and decimals.  Ability to compute proper drug dosages, administration amounts, and total patient vitals when taken on 6, 10 or 15 second increments.
  • Reasoning Ability:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to differentiate between major and minor issues as they relate to service and accuracy and the care of clients and patients. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations (both seen and unseen) and diffuse or modify the situation.

  • Teamwork:
Ability to work cooperatively with coworkers to accomplish a common goal while maintaining your personal accountability for individual tasks; and maintaining constructive working relationships with others. Ability to use service orientation to look for ways to assist other staff members while prioritizing your time and duties to maintain practice efficiency and level of service provided to clients/patients.

  • Continuing Education:
Assistants are encouraged to attend on-going training and seminars and successfully complete correspondence course work to continually advance their knowledge of veterinary medicine and client service. Additional training or educational work may be required in some circumstances and it may be necessary to come in when unscheduled or after hours for some of these sessions. Financial assistance may be available.

  • Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust to focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We offer an excellent benefit package: Continuing Education, dues to professional associations, 401K plan, uniform allowance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, health insurance, dental/vision insurance, life insurance, as well as long and short term disability.  

Jul 7