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Veterinary Technician (General)

Veterinary Technician (General)

Primary Position Function/Summary: Under the direction of supervising clinicians, the Veterinary Technician General will provide skilled paramedical support and nursing care for animals in a hospital/ clinic setting. Specialized knowledge around preventative care medicine and surgery is required. Work efficiently in all the varieties within the clinic, including but not limited to; dentistry, surgery, general practice and urgent care. Veterinary Technician General functions in a team-oriented manner with other departments that will assist in efficient clinical service.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Successful completion or current enrollment in the final semester of a veterinary technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The incumbent requires paramedical technical knowledge and skills in small-animal medicine and surgery with an understanding of specialized procedures related to surgery. Knowledge related to low-stress handling and preventative care medicine is required. Trouble-shooting, problem-solving, organization and management skills are essential.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides standard paramedical support and nursing care:

·       Assist faculty, staff, or students in identifying, weighing, and conducting physical examinations of patients.

·       Monitor body functions (temperature, respiration, heartbeat, amount and frequency of food consumption, defecation, and urination) and note any irregularities.

·       Provide necessary treatments as prescribed by DVM in a timely fashion; alerting DVM to any abnormalities.

·       Prepare animals for surgical procedures; administer and monitor anesthesia.

·       Collect blood, fecal, and urine samples; prepare samples for laboratory analysis.

·       Prepare, administer, and monitor a variety of analgesics, tranquilizers, restraint agents, and support drugs under direction of veterinarian.

2. Client Communication and Recording Keeping:

·       Communicate with clients, including taking histories and providing client education and discharge instructions.

·       Maintain and update records of patient examinations, treatments, drugs administered, and client communications.

·       Fill prescriptions as prescribed by DVM; contact clients as medications/food are filled and ready.

·       Calling clients for progress reports after sick appointments or surgeries the next day; alert DVM of any abnormalities

·       Taking phone calls and answering client questions; schedule appointments.

·       Assist in admission, transfer, and discharge of patients; records and transmits fees for services provided

·       Enter charges into health information system (Cornerstone).

3. Maintain and Organize:

·       Maintain clean exam and treatment rooms ready for appointments; restocking all equipment as needed.

·       Operate, clean, and perform routine maintenance of equipment or instruments (such as respirators, nebulizers, blood gas analyzers, suction units,

·       E.C.G., incubators, steam autoclaves, anesthesia machines, diagnostic x-ray equipment, and lab equipment). Clean, supply and maintain treatment

·       and laboratory areas

·       Prepare surgery suite and equipment needed for surgery; assist DVM by passing suture, instruments, drapes, etc. by aseptic technique.

·       Maintain and prepare surgical suite after each surgery so it is ready for the next patient.

·       Sterilize and organize surgical packs.

4. Performs other related duties as assigned.


To apply:
Please send your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references to  For further information regarding application procedures, contact Monica Castro-Gallegos,, 312-585-9021.   


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Comprehensive university benefits offered.


Position will be housed within:

Medical District Veterinary Clinic at Illinois
2242 W. Harrison St., Suite 101
Chicago, IL 60612


Additional Information:

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

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