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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 – Technician Float
This position provides the widest variety of experience in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Members of this team may be asked to work in any one of the other services throughout the hospital on any given day. Experience with dogs, cats, pocket pets, birds, and small wildlife is desired. Training in all departments will allow these team members to become well rounded in all aspects of veterinary technician training. If you like variety and are just as happy working in the operating room as you are in critical care then this is the position for you. At this level members of the Float team will also receive specialty training to allow them to help work with the Oncology Radiation Team on the Linear Accelerator, and I -131 animals. Float techs will also be assisting our Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner with underwater treadmill therapy, therapeutic exercise, and low light laser therapy. There will also be some advanced training in therapeutic ultrasound and E-Stim. This unique training will make you an invaluable member of any team.

Veterinary Specialist 2 – Large Animal Labs
This position provides veterinary technical support and organizes all large animal instructional laboratories within the Veterinary Clinical Sciences teaching program. Technician duties includes assisting students during lab and surgeries and provide pre- and post-op care as needed. This position will perform additional technician duties for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at times of reduced course laboratory instruction needs.

Veterinary Specialist 2 – Oncology Technician
We are looking for a technician who is a good team player and has exceptional patient care skills. As part of the oncology team, you will work closely with our clients and their pets and assist the veterinarians in performing radiation and chemotherapy treatments as well as follow up care. You will be trained to help run the Linear Accelerator for the radiation treatments, a unique opportunity for any veterinary technician. To be successful in this position you need to have a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and be an effective patient advocate. Organizational skills and solid all around technical skills are important, especially with atraumatic intubation and intravenous catheter placement. Come help us provide compassion and individualized care to our oncology patients and their family.

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 07/10/2018
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.

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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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