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Veterinary Specialist 2

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. This posting will be used to fill multiple positions within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Posting Details

Position Details

Employee Type CS-Classified Staff
University Title Veterinary Specialist 2
Working Title Veterinary Specialist 2
College/Area College of Veterinary Medicine
Department Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Department Link

Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Position Number 116227
Hiring Unit
Work Location Pullman
Zip Code 99164
This position is in a Bargaining Unit No
Summary of Duties

The available Veterinary Specialist 2 position is an intermediate level position for a veterinary technician at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. There is a requirement of at least two years of clinical experience preferably in a veterinary hospital setting prior to applying for this position. Basic veterinary technician skills are expected including but not limited to venipuncture, peripheral intravenous catheter placement, performing basic physical exams, knowledge of appropriate species normal vitals, and appropriate animal restraint. Some familiarity with the common veterinary equipment such as blood pressure monitors, EKG machines, and gas anesthesia machines is also necessary. At the intermediate level there is also some expectation of some exposure to the more advanced skills such as urinary catheter placement, more developed triage skills, challenging patient restraint ability, multiple site capability for IVC placement, etc. Incumbents will need to have good communication skills and the ability to work as a team. The Veterinary Teaching hospital currently has 17 different departments that may have a position open. See below for the current department openings.

Veterinary Specialist 2 – Critical Care
The WSU Critical Care is a 24/7 fully staffed fast growing service. Licensed technicians are always on duty helping to oversee and assist with patient stabilization and treatments. This team of outstanding professionals provide compassionate care at the highest level using the latest tools, medicines, and techniques. The staff handles the critically ill and emergent patients with round the clock observation and therapy. Technician duties include peripheral and central intravenous line placement, canine and feline urinary catheter placement, pain assessment, administering constant rate infusions, monitoring vitals including direct and indirect blood pressure, ECG monitoring, and patient advocacy. Duties will also include performing and/or assisting with thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, administering blood transfusions, and performing CPR. This position is involved with helping to develop the emergency and critical care knowledge of the 4th year veterinary students. Therefore good communication and teaching skills are needed.

Veterinary Specialist 2 – Community Practice Technician
This position supports the fast paced Community Practice service that provides both wellness care and treatment for minor injuries of dogs and cats. There is a significant component of this job that involves performing and teaching routine dentistry techniques and assisting in some oral surgery. Other duties include providing clinical expertise in canine and feline venipuncture, peripheral IV catheter placement, animal restraint, inducing and monitoring animals under anesthesia, prepare animals for splints/casts to be placed, and performing dental radiographs. There will be some client contact as well to provide information regarding cost estimates, pre- and post-procedure care information, and answer questions that arise about specific procedures. Teaching clinical techniques of the fourth year veterinary students is expected at this level.

Additional Information

Applicants must include a resume, cover letter, veterinary specialist questionnaire (located at the following link: and contact information for at least three (3) professional references with the online application.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets the required qualifications and additional requirements. The “summary of duties” in this posting includes a list of current open positions. Please indicate which position(s) you wish to apply for in cover letter.

Competitive benefits available

Appointment Status Permanent
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary $3,123.00

Position Qualifications

Required Qualifications

An Associate Degree from an accredited school of animal technology, or registration, certification or licensure in an animal or veterinary technician field and one year full-time experience as a Veterinary Specialist 1; OR equivalent education/experience.

Additional Requirements

Must meet the required criteria (WAC 246-935-060) to be eligible to sit for the Washington State veterinary technician exam and must pass the exam the first time it is available.

Must pass WSU radiation safety training exam first time it is available.

Depending upon scheduling needs of the hospital, evening, overnight and weekend shifts may be required.

Preferred Qualifications

Continuing education in veterinary specialty area(s).

Experience training and teaching students, interns and residents in specialty clinic setting.

Experience/training in large and small animal veterinary specialties.

Will this position require a background check? This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 08/08/2017
Close Date 01/10/2018
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. This posting will be used to fill multiple positions within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

EEO Statement

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Posting Number 20132577P

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The classification requirements of this position are an Associate Degree from an accredited school of animal technology, OR registration, certification OR licensure in an animal OR veterinary technician field AND one year full-time experience as a Veterinary Specialist 1; OR equivalent education/experience. Do you meet these classification requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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    • Professional Journal/Association
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