University Classification: Veterinary Technician
Job Code: GA90
Pay Level: 10
Position #: 00192098
Org/Dept/Sub-dept #: 04-0255
Position Reports to: Samantha Eckley
Position #00210484
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Work Week: Sunday – Thursday, days off are Friday and Saturday
Work Location: Multiple sites

Position Specific Summary:

The Office of Animal Resources at the University of Iowa is seeking a Veterinary Technician. Under general supervision, the Veterinary Technician provides clinical care for animals used in research. Other duties include to instruct and demonstrate veterinary care, animal husbandry, and experimental techniques to students, faculty and staff. This person will provide assistance to students, staff, research faculty, veterinarians and research staff in their treatment of animals, teaching, or research functions. Staff will work a rotating on-call schedule and holidays.

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks

Key Areas of Responsibility

Specific Job Duties and Tasks

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

· Assists with the instruction and evaluation of veterinary and veterinary technology students. In a clinical or classroom setting provides demonstrations in skill areas such as proper medical record keeping, animal restraint, phlebotomy, intravenous and urinary catheterization, fluid therapy, aseptic technique, anesthetic monitoring and postoperative care.

· Provides patient care including by placing and maintaining catheters, administering fluids, medications and treatments, removing sutures, and changing dressings. Collects, analyzes and processes samples for research, diagnostic, and clinical purposes. Monitors the patient's condition and effectiveness of medications.

· Provides nursing care, such as monitoring body functions (temperature, respiration, heartbeat, amount and frequency of food consumption, defecation, urination, etc.) and noting abnormalities.

· Performs preparatory procedures on various animal species and assists staff members in surgical and medical procedure preparation, including instrument and supply set up.

· Administers and monitors the patient during the procedure and during patient recovery for vital signs and maintains anesthesia equipment utilized. Maintains orderly and sanitary work areas for clinical, teaching, and research facilities. Monitors effectiveness of autoclaves.

· Stocks and organizes the patient exam rooms, treatment areas, holding areas and operating rooms.

· Enters hospital costs and medical records into the computer in order to create accurate records for billing accounts.

· Sets up, inventories, maintains, secures, and repairs equipment and instruments for surgical procedures, emergencies and/or lab sessions. Monitors the effectiveness of environmental sanitation program. Monitors and reports aberrations in environmental systems as they relate to animal and public health.

· Assists in drafting and evaluation of reports of institutional programs (i.e. postoperative care, anesthesia monitoring, and facility maintenance).

· Assist in the use of ultrasound machines, x-rays, MRls or related equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Knowledge of animal health and welfare - animal isolation, sample collection, medical treatment, nursing and monitoring, pre & post-surgical requirements including room and supply preparation.

· Knowledge of pharmacology - dosage, calculations and usage.

· Knowledge of animal husbandry - animal feeding, watering, grooming, handling, safe transporting and environmental requirements.

· Knowledge of record maintenance - collecting and recording data.

· Knowledge of trimming, clipping, or grooming animals.

· Knowledge of teaching and/or demonstration of safe animal handling.

· Knowledge of regulatory requirements (Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service, etc.).

· Ability to handle, restrain, load and unload animals.

· Ability to administer medication - topical, injections, oral and smears.

· Ability to check and interpret vital signs.

· Ability to lift, carry, push or pull up to 50-70 pounds.

· Ability to instruct and demonstrate veterinary techniques in handling, grooming and nursing animals.

· Ability to interact with outside clients in a professional capacity.

· Knowledge of computers, computerized medical record systems and word processing software such as Microsoft Word, Excel.

Universal Competencies

Collaboration/Positive Impact

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner and utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and respectful manner while appreciating the unique contribution of an inclusive workforce that brings together the talents of people across multiple identities, including: race, creed, color, religion, national origins, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus

Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

As part of performing the key areas of responsibility and competencies described above, staff members are expected to meet reasonable standards of work quality and quantity, as well as expectations for attendance established by their supervisor. Staff members are also expected to comply with policies governing employee responsibilities and conduct, including those contained in the University Operations Manual.

Proficiency levels are defined as:

Basic Application - Uses basic understanding of the field to perform job duties; may need some guidance on job duties; applies learning to recommend options to address unusual situations.

Working Experience - Successfully completes diverse tasks of the job; applies and enhances knowledge and skill in both usual and unusual issues; needs minimal guidance in addressing unusual situations.

Extensive Experience - Performs without assistance; recognized as a resource to others; able to translate complex nuances to others; able to improve processes; focus on broad issues. 

Expert/Leader - Seen as an expert and/or leader; guides, troubleshoots; has strategic focus; applies knowledge and skill across or in leading multiple projects/orgs; demonstrates knowledge of trends in field; leads in developing new processes.

Position Qualifications

Required Qualification

· Associates degree in a veterinary technology program from an accredited institution, and

· Successful completion of the veterinary technician certification, registration, or license within one year of the start date.

See requisition # 21002123 at

Applicable background checks will be conducted.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.