Credentialed Veterinary Technician - Specialty Surgery/Anesthesia>

Portland, Oregon

Posted in Medical and Nursing

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Job Info

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists located in Clackamas, Oregon is looking for a Certified Veterinary Technician to join the Surgery/Anesthesia Department.

We are seeking technicians who enjoy challenging and engaging anesthesia cases, have a desire to further their knowledge in the field, and are committed to acting as a team player. At VCA NWVS, the sense of teamwork and the culture of working together is no less important than the level of medical and surgical care that patients receive. VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) or (Surgery) welcomed, but not required, equivalent experience considered. Those interested in pursuing a VTS in Anesthesia & Analgesia, or Surgery, will be supported.

Required qualifications include Certified (or eligible) Veterinary Technician in Oregon. Previous experience with companion animal anesthesia (dog/cat), diagnostic imaging, operating room procedures, and post-operative care. Excellent communication skills necessary to interact effectively with coworkers, specialists, clients, and patients; ability to readily learn new procedures, must be adaptable.

Schedule: Full-time opportunity. Thursday-Saturday, 8am-8pm.

Compensation: $31 - 35 / hour. Up to $5K signing bonus and relocation assistance offered for exceptional candidates.


Location: 16756 SE 82nd Dr. Clackamas, OR 97015

Why We Want You!

As a member of the VCA Surgical team, you will support the Surgical and Specialist teams by creating a positive, low-stress atmosphere for our clients and patients. Your mission will be to win the confidence of every pet parent-by delivering an outstanding client experience-so we can provide exceptional care to every patient. You've worked hard for your credentials (CVT, RVT, LVT), and we want you to use the knowledge that you've invested your time and talent in. The skills that will be utilized include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete pre-operative anesthesia planning
  • Calculate drug dosages and administer pre-/induction medications
  • Appropriately intubate and secure the airway
  • Maintenance of an appropriate level of sedation or anesthesia with injectable or inhalant anesthetics
  • Display competency in venous catheterization and patient instrumentation
  • Display ability to learn arterial catheterization
  • Knowledge of mechanical ventilator function and demonstrates ability to use ventilators of various types when appropriate
  • Perform or be trained in safe practice of locoregional anesthesia techniques
  • Calculate and deliver constant rate infusions
  • Interpret physiological parameters (heart rate, respiratory rate, end-tidal/inspired CO2, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, body temperature, basic ECG tracings) and decide if intervention is needed for correction. Must be able to communicate with supervising anesthesiologist or veterinarian if parameters are severely abnormal and require intensive intervention
  • Perform basic recovery procedures (extubation, vital parameter monitoring) and to recognize when other interventions are required, such as administration of sedation/analgesia, supplemental oxygen, and reintubation
  • Assess pain and perform post-operative pain scoring
  • Perform basic and advanced life support under the supervision of a veterinarian during a CPR event
  • Perform procedural checks and routine cleaning of equipment, report malfunctions
  • Willing to work after-hours/on-call shifts

What makes VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists Unique?

The hospital was built in 1999 as a 10,000 square foot facility but it quickly grew out of that building. Within 10 years the hospital added another 5,000 square feet. A year later an additional 5,000 square foot building was added to create the Imaging Center. In 2016, due to unprecedented growth, a third building with 7,000 square feet was added creating an entire medical complex encompassing many veterinary specialties. With the addition of Radiation Oncology, what started off as a small specialty center has grown into a large campus. The people and resources of VCA NWVS provides pets and clients with the most comprehensive veterinary care in the Portland-Vancouver metro region.

The unofficial motto of the city is "Keep Portland Weird". It means that Portland is a unique, forward-thinking city with a laid-back sensibility and a wonderful view of the world. It is often referred to as the Greenest City in America and in 2012 was listed among the top ten places to live in the United States. Along with the "green culture" it has environmental sensibilities with tons of farmers markets, opportunities for having your own garden and a large backyard chicken raising community. This is an outdoors person's dream with mountains, beach, and forest activities within minutes reach. The weather is mild thus ensuring year-round activities and the relatively low population practically guarantees you having the trails to yourself. The city has multiple neighborhoods with their own traits, but all are a pet lover's paradise. Portland ranks first in the country with the most dog parks per capita and often voted "Pet Friendliest City in America."

Why Join the VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists Team?

We are passionate about supporting Veterinary Technicians and are committed to your continuing education and personal career development. VCA is a community of dedicated professionals that will encourage you to explore everything a Veterinary Technician career has to offer. At VCA, we are committed to equity, inclusion, and diversity and strive to be a place where a talented mix of people want to come, stay, and do their best work. In addition, we support a work environment where you can focus on your career, happiness, and the patients you serve. Below are some of the many benefits of joining the VCA team!

  • Access to the people and financial resources of a large veterinary community
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Career development programs
  • Opportunities to give back through strong Shelter partnerships and VCA Charities
  • Continuing education allowance up to $1000
  • Tuition support and sponsorships for VTS available
  • Veterinary Technician license reimbursement
  • Free mental health sessions and wellness subscriptions (Head Space)
  • Referral bonuses
  • Competitive wage
  • Medical, dental & vision insurance
  • Generous pet care discounts
  • Life, long and short-term disability insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid vacation (2 weeks in 1st year), holiday pay, and sick time
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Full-time and Part-time positions available

Apply Today! We value your time, and that is why we have a very quick and easy mobile-friendly application process. We look forward to speaking with you!

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans / Disabled. For a complete EEO statement please see our career page at

If you are a current associate, you need to apply through our internal career site. Please log into Workday and click on the Career worklet on the landing page or search for Find Jobs.

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!

The information in this position description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of associates assigned to this job. Management reserves the right to revise the job description or require that other tasks be performed when the circumstances of the job change (for example, emergencies, change in personnel, workload, or technical development)

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans / Disabled. For a complete EEO statement please see our career page at

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