Veterinary Surgery Technician



Specific duties & responsibilities:

Surgical Responsibilities

• Prepare animals for surgery by pre-anesthetic administration, IV placement, intubation, clipping and scrubbing animals, anesthetic administration and monitoring

• Act as the operating room nurse and surgical assistant

• Provide post-operative monitoring and care

• Set up and break down surgical facilities including cleaning and disinfecting the surgical suite and cleaning, packing and autoclaving instruments

• Prevent and handle anesthetic emergencies and perform CPR

• Endotracheal intubation of difficult species including sheep, macaques, rabbits and pigs

• Maintain all clinical and surgical equipment including x-ray and anesthesia machines, ECG, cautery, autoclaves, etc.

• Operate special equipment including mechanical ventilators, invasive blood pressure monitoring, x-ray machine, and syringe pumps for CRI administration


• Assist investigators in various research protocols, including maintaining large animal species under anesthesia while performing MRIs, PET scans, and other research studies.

Clinical Care and Health Maintenance:

• Administer medications for treatment via multiple routes including oral and parenteral.

• Obtain diagnostic samples from all species including but not limited to blood, urine, and feces.

• Perform health maintenance for dogs, cats, pigs and rabbits, including but not limited to hoof and nail trims and collecting routine weights.


• Teach investigators, fellows and technical staff to perform various technical procedures.

• Train personnel in routine clinical care, daily maintenance of animals under medical treatment, maintenance and monitoring animals during all phases of anesthesia, including proper dosage and proper route of anesthesia for a variety of species.

Inventory Control:

• Stock pharmacy with veterinary supplies and drugs.

• Keep controlled substance log.

• Order supplies and equipment for surgery and animal health care.


• Perform pre-release examination on all non-human primates in quarantine including final chest x-ray, body weight check, general physical, TB testing and blood work.

• Supervise movement of anesthetized animals to housing area

Administrative Responsibilities:

• Maintain animal records (paper and electronic).

• Schedule surgery and technical service procedures.

• Prepare bills for services provided.


Animal surgery, Veterinary, anesthetics, Animal handling, husbandry, Monitoring, animal health, Surgical instrumentation, Animal research, Animal science, Anesthesia, OR, IV Placement, intubation, MRI, Recovery, Animal husbandry

Additional Skills & Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications (mandatory): Associate’s degree in veterinary technology and some related experience required. Additional experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred. Certified veterinary technician strongly preferred.

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