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University of California, Davis

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Job Description:

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Recruitment Open To:

UCD/UCDHS Employees and General Public

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Open Until Filled



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$20.49 - $26.82/hour

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Overtime Eligible:



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This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit



Department Description:

The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) is a unit that provides clinical case material in support of the teaching programs throughout the School of Veterinary Medicine on a 24-hour basis. Its primary objectives are to train professional (veterinary) students, graduate clinical students (interns and residents), and graduate academic students; to provide veterinary services to the public; to serve as a referral center for practicing veterinarians, and to advance veterinary medical knowledge.



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Under supervision of the Large Animal Clinic Receiving Services Supervisor and direction of the faculty service veterinarian, provide technical support for the Equine Integrative Sports Medicine Service. Receive, handle, & restrain patients. Patients are primarily equines, but also may include llamas, alpacas and other large domestic farm animals. Lead, lunge, and restrain patients. Lead horses while jogging/walking for gait evaluation. Perform aseptic preparation of joints and areas for local nerve blocks or joint injections. Assist in minor surgical procedures. Place IV catheters, collect samples & perform diagnostic testing, administer medical treatments, monitor patients, maintain accurate paper/electronic medical records and capture and document charges. Assist with diagnostic ultrasound, radiography and MRI. Assist with acupuncture, chiropractic, shockwave therapy and cold laser therapy. Maintain supplies & equipment, restock, clean & disinfect work areas & equipment. Instruct students.

Physical Demands:

-Maneuver/lift up to 50 pounds of supplies and equipment.

-Work quickly, confidently and calmly with high-strung, fractious or violent horses.

-Lunge horses & lead horses while jogging for lameness evaluations repeatedly throughout the shift (up to 12 horses/day),

-Muck and clean stalls.

-Work and stand for 8-10 hours/day. Work Environment:

-Work under Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.

-Working hours are subject to change and include days, swing, grave, weekdays, weekends, holidays and academic vacations.

-May be required to wear protective clothing for extended periods of time including: boots, gowns, lab coats, coveralls, gloves, masks, face shields, goggles, sleeves and head covers.

-Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions.

-Work in other VMTH areas as needed.

-Current California driver's license.

-Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space. Background Check Required:

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks. Yes


Minimum Qualifications:

-Experience handling, restraining, and working with horses of all types and temperaments to ensure safety and effectiveness.

-Skill to restrain horses as indicated by the situation and animal, and anticipate potential problem horses and dangerous situations.

-Knowledge of proper aseptic technique.

-Experience properly applying bandages and wraps.

-Experience observing and recording patient behavior and bodily functions and to use the appropriate medical record/forms/flow sheets/terminology.

-Knowledge of medical terminology, systemic diseases, and disease processes, also understanding of the biological and clinical basis of infectious diseases.

-Experience performing basic mathematical calculations for medication dose determination/fluid rates.

-Experience administering PO, IV, SQ, and IM treatments.

-Knowledge of equine sports medicine and lameness, equine anatomy, basic physiology & behavior to identify abnormal physical signs and appearances.

-Skill to work with small catheters and needles.

-Skill to accurately observe and communicate patient's condition to clinician in a clear and understandable manner.

-Skills to instruct students in basic technical diagnostic and patient care procedures.

-Skill to restrain horses as indicated by the situation and animal, and ability to anticipate potential problem horses and dangerous situations.

-Knowledge and skill to instruct students in basic technical diagnostic and nursing procedures.

-Skill to provide consistent patient care and to perform cleaning and disinfecting responsibilities.

-Skill to assess emergency situations and take appropriate actions.

-Oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse group of people to include clients, clinicians, students, and staff to ensure understanding in receiving and giving instructions.

-Skill to recognize and handle difficult /unpleasant situations and/or individuals.

-Skill to accurately observe and communicate patient's condition to clinician.

-Skill to communicate instructions/explanations in a clear and understandable manner.

-Skill to organize work effectively to achieve timely progress on multiple simultaneous projects and maintain a high level of productivity. Preferred Qualifications:

-Current CA Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) license.

-Experience using Veterinary Medical & Administrative Computer System (VMACS).

-Knowledge of large animal species other than equine, such as camelid, bovine and caprine.

-Knowledge of endoscopy.

-Knowledge of sedation drugs for equines.

-Experience providing treatments on patients with life threatening illness or injury based upon clinician's orders, and ability to provide technical assistance to clinician during life threatening situations.

-Skill to perform CPR on neonatal large animal patients.

-Skill to operate lab and imaging equipment.

-Knowledge of basic microbiology and understanding of all relevant infection control protocols.

-Skill to perform emergency care procedures according to established protocols.

-Knowledge of pre-surgical procedures, including areas to be prepared, and the established protocol for animals to be anesthetized. Quick Link To This Position:*quickFind=78697

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