Employment Opportunity: Surgery Technician (FT/P)

Employment Opportunity: Surgery Technician
Employer: Brendan W. Furlong, Equine Veterinarian, PA
Employment start date: Immediately

B.W. Furlong & Associates is an equine veterinary practice headquartered in Oldwick, NJ. The practice employs 16 veterinarians that practice in the Northeast, as well as 2 that practice in Florida and Virginia under the name Peak Performance Equine Services. It is an extremely fast-paced and busy practice, serving and caring for some of the most prestigious clientele in the country. The main practice consists of a full service ambulatory division, as well as a 4 acre facility that houses a full service 12 stall hospital, lab, and advanced imaging capabilities. It also has separate properties that include a standing MRI and a rehabilitation center. Employees of the company are all expected to demonstrate the core beliefs.

Summary: The Surgery Technician is expected to perform with the highest level of accuracy in a fast-paced environment. The position works side-by-side with Hospital Technicians and Assistants, and functions as the Surgeon’s direct medical assistant and reference for all surgical cases as well as some hospital cases. In time, the Surgical Technician will be expected to anticipate the needs of surgical patients and provide invaluable assistance to the hospital team to include other practice veterinarians.

Responsibilities

  • Provide peri-operative care for surgical patients:
    • Assist in pre-surgical workups
      • Diagnostic imaging, lameness exams, handling, lunging, and jogging horses, prepping joints, obtaining and downloading radiographs, etc.
      • Oversee and manage surgical supplies
      • Ensure the preparation and maintenance of the sterile field in the OR
      • Prepare the patient skin for surgical intervention
      • Help position and reposition patient during surgery
    • Induce and maintain horses under anesthesia
      • Perform various technical procedures including postoperative support and monitoring, Intravenous catheter placement, drug administration (IV, IM, SQ, Oral), ECG monitoring, blood pressure monitoring (arterial line placement).
    • Assist in post-surgical care and treatments
      • Including, but not limited to, preparing and administering medications, performing physical exams, placing catheters, running fluids, changing bandages, assisting with diagnostics and preparing post-surgical discharge instructions.
  • General patient care
    • Admit & discharge hospital patients
    • Setup and prepare all overnight medications and treatments for hospital patients
    • Ensure accurate medical records and invoices
    • Run in-house labs or prepare reference lab samples to be sent out
    • Grooming, feeding, mucking out, cleaning feed and water buckets, handwalking, etc.
  • Maintain surgical facilities to meet or exceed regulatory standards for sterilization, radiation safety, OSHA, and environmental impact requirements.
  • Ensure the surgical suite is stocked with appropriate inventory and consumables.
  • Care for all surgical equipment, including prepping, cleaning/sterilizing, and performing routine maintenance.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed 

Qualifications

  • Minimum two years working as a technician in an equine hospital or four years working as an (ambulatory) equine veterinary assistant. A strong preference is given to those with surgical experience and/or a licensed vet tech (LVT/CVT).
  • Familiarity with basic surgical instruments and equipment
  • Working knowledge of sterile and aseptic technique, patient skin preparation 
  • Excellent horse handling skills are mandatory, including handling of fractious horses, ability to jog horses in hand, and proficiency in lunging horses.
  • Consistent ability to accurately calculate and understand the implications of medication dosages.
  • Anesthesia experience is preferred, but can be taught to the right person.
  • Ability to work with or around sick animals, potentially hazardous materials, cleaning chemicals, gas anesthetics, zoonotic diseases, and unpleasant odors.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively at all times and maintain professionalism in intensive surgery environments.
  • An outstanding team attitude, work ethic and an active participant in problem-solving and team advancement.
  • Capable of handling patient emergency situations.
  • Excellent time management and multitasking skills.
  • Capable of lifting 50 lbs to include equipment, hay bales, feed bags, and muck buckets.

Hours are Monday-Friday, 8a-5p, with regular overtime. Approximately two to three nights on call each week (5p-8a) may be required including some weekends and holidays. This is a non-exempt, full-time position. Overtime at 1.5 times the hourly rate to be paid for any hours over 40 worked in a work week. Additionally, hours worked on a company holiday are paid at 2 times the hourly rate, regardless of the number of hours worked in the work week. Benefits include hourly pay commensurate with experience, 401K, profit sharing, health insurance, and discounted veterinary services and products.

Brendan W. Furlong, M.V.B, Equine Veterinarian, P.A., d/b/a B.W. Furlong & Associates,  provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to Kim Reitmeyer, Human Resources & Administrative Manager, at hiring@bwfurlong.com

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