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Veterinarian

El Paso Animal Hospital is a well-established seven doctor small animal practice in Derby, KS. 

Our facility is a 2019 Peoples Choice & Merit Award Winner in DVM360 Hospital Design Contest, an international design competition amongst veterinary clinics.   We opened a new construction 9,000 sq. ft. facility in May, 2018 after 40 years of serving the Derby community.   This state of the art, award winning facility has 8 exam rooms including one designated as a comfort room and one used for special procedures such as cold laser, ultrasound, and chemotherapy; 2 surgery suites; a spacious check in/check out/retail/waiting area with a relaxed, laid back feel;  spacious treatment area; in house laboratory; isolation treatment and housing room with separate entrance; luxury boarding suites; and so much more. 

We are seeking a full-time associate veterinarian to join our team.  The new associate has the primary responsibility for patient care, striving to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care for our patients.  In addition, the veterinarian must be able to promote teamwork and communicate well with pet owners and staff members.  

With over 125 years of combined experience amongst our 6 doctors, our practice offers a unique mentorship opportunity for any vet at any level of experience.

El Paso has served the Derby community since 1978, with the original founder Dr. Gary Oehmke still working hard in the practice every day.  Derby, a town of 25,000, offers many larger town amenities with a small town feel while being less than 5 miles from the metro area of Wichita, Kansas.

We provide a wide array of services, medical and surgical, including exotics, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery and oncology.  Specialities include advanced surgical procedures, diagnostics which include in house lab work, digital radiographs, dental radiographs, and ultrasound, and aggressive therapeutic approaches.  Loyal clientele, excellent support staff, top notch customer service, and fair pricing set us apart from the rest.

Pay and signing bonus will be competitive with a full benefits package including health insurance, continuing education stipend, profit sharing, license fees, liability insurance, KVMA and AVMA dues and paid vacation.  Applicant must hold Kansas state veterinary license. Salary and signing bonus commensurate with experience.

Veterinary Technician

As a Veterinary Technician your duties will include but are not limited to; assisting the veterinarians in the Practice of Veterinary Medicine, in-patient and out-patient care, technician examinations, treatments, drug dispensing, medical record notation and maintenance, housekeeping duties throughout the facility, administrative duties, extraordinary customer service and maintaining a practical knowledge of the hospitals procedures, services and policies. The expected manner of every team member is maintain a professional demeanor at all times, use appropriate medical terminology and support practice ownership, management and fellow team members at all times. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION BASICS – 

  • Bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, standing/walking on concrete floor up to 12 hours a day, typing, writing, balancing, twisting, squatting and rotating throughout the day. 
  • Moving animals from cage to cage, room to room. Restraining animals up to 200 pounds intermittently, lifting animals up to 50 pounds and lifting animals over 50 pounds with help. 
  • Ability to maintain an alertness level to keep safe from possible danger, resilience after disappointment or constructive feedback, compassion, to follow the ethical guidelines of your profession and this hospital, powers of keen observation for patient care, excellent reading/comprehension/legible writing skills, ability to negotiate with difficult people and problem solve and the ability to make rational and effective decisions. 
  • Keep team mentality in mind at all times, be prepared and willing to offer assistance and ask for assistance when needed, keep a positive professional outlook, completely abstain from gossip/negative observation regarding clients/team members or other professionals or other behavior that can whittle away at the healthy foundation of a team. 
  • Attend staff meetings and training, participate in hospital functions like open house, community efforts and special events when asked.

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS – 

  • Danger of being bitten or scratched. 
  • Exposure to various risks including but not limited to; zoonotic diseases including bacteria and viruses, gas anesthesia, radiation, disinfectants and other chemicals under OSHA, stress including compassion fatigue, and various medications including euthanasia and chemotherapy drugs.

TECHNICAL VETERINARY DUTIES – 

  • Provide compassionate care for pets.
  • Assist in holding and restraining animals during exams.
  • Restrain pets for veterinarians and technicians
  • Assist in taking X-rays
  • Monitor and collect urine and fecal samples as needed
  • Monitor, record, and report physical signs of hospitalized/boarded pets
  • Clean cages, runs, boarding area and/or hospital facilities, including exam rooms and treatment room.
  • Exercise hospitalized/boarded dogs as needed.
  • Take incoming pets to appropriate areas.
  • Ensure exam rooms and operating rooms are stocked.
  • Assist vet and vet technicians with surgical procedures.
  • Follow isolation procedures. Prevent contact between contagious animals and others. Using the designated products and dilutions for disinfectants, properly disinfect your shoes, hands, and clothing before leaving isolation areas.
  • Complete and update cage cards. 
  • Use warnings and notations on patients file and records as appropriate. 
  • Prior to discharge, remove patients’ catheters and clean patients so that no body fluids or excrement are present.
  • Restrain pets in a manner that allows necessary work to be performed, minimizes patient stress, and ensures their safety and that of other people.
  • Perform venipunctures using patients’ cephalic, saphenous, and jugular veins in a manner that minimizes trauma to patients and injury to veins and allows you to successfully obtain nonhemolyzed blood samples.
  • Collect urine and fecal samples. Use fecal loops for stool collection as needed. When required, perform urinary catheterizations on male dogs or cystocenteses on male and female dogs, and cats.
  • Aseptically place cephalic and saphenous intravenous catheters without causing patient trauma.
  • Express anal sacs.
  • Properly implant microchips and test their functionality.
  • Assist with euthanasia procedures. Hold off veins and release pressure at appropriate times when catheters are not used.

EMERGENCY CARE DUTIES –

  • Provide basic life support, including CPR, airway maintenance, and oxygen therapy.
  • Apply temporary bandages or splints.
  • Know where to find the emergency drug kit. Make sure products have not expired, and understand the basic uses for these drugs.
  • Control bleeding using pressure bandages and tourniquets.
  • Provide fluid and pharmacologic therapy under veterinary supervision.
  • Provide cooling baths and/or enemas for heatstroke patients.

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES –

  • Know phone functions, including hold, and intercom.
  • Update patient condition  too CSR’s or customers who inquire on status.
  • Answer the phone when CSR’s are unavailable.
  • Use patients’ names during phone conversations with clients about their pets. Know each patient’s sex so the pet can be called “he” or “she.”
  • Possess sufficient knowledge of animal husbandry and basic medicine to answer routine questions or refer calls to appropriate colleagues.

MEDICAL RECORDS – 

  • Be well versed in hospital software, medical record charting, surgical monitoring charts, dental charts, hospitalized patient charts and keep very thorough, legible and professional notes in each. 
  • Be able to record TPR’s, medical history, patient status, procedures, treatments, findings, lab results, surgical notes, pre surgical findings, anesthetic risk, all medications given or dispensed and complete discharge/homecare/report card instructions. 
  • SURGICAL DUTIES –

    • Ensure doctor status and time frame in surgery is communicated through hospital communication system
    • Ensure all medical records and charges are complete and signed off by veterinarian before surgery is complete or immediately following surgery.
    • Ensure client is called with an update immediately after surgery is complete.
    • Understand aseptic principles and apply them to surgical patients, instruments, equipment, and rooms.
    • Know the names of instruments and where they are stored.
    • Prepare the surgery suite(s) for incoming patients.
    • Prepare patients for surgery. Clip surgical fields with straight margins. Minimize tissue trauma. Properly scrub and prepare surgical fields. Maintain clean fields when moving patients.
    • Properly position and align patients for surgery.
    • Use circulating warm-water blankets and/or warming bags to maintain the body temperatures of anesthetic and surgical patients.
    • Practice aseptic technique gloving yourself when called to assist or “scrub in.”
    • Assist surgeons with aseptic gowning and gloving as needed.
    • Anticipate surgeons’ needs for assistance, instruments, and patient monitoring, and treatments.
    • Monitor patients’ recoveries. Protect patients from aspiration and hypothermia. Deflate cuffs and remove endotracheal tubes as soon as gag reflexes return.
    • Stimulate and care for puppies and kittens removed by cesarean section.
    • Update patient records with drugs administered, procedures performed, and patient status during surgeries and recoveries.

    ANESTHETIC DUTIES –

    • Be sufficiently familiar with the anesthetic machines to operate, maintain, and repair them.
    • Routinely check and change soda lime. Record dates of soda-lime changes on the machines.
    • Check anesthetic hoses for leaks and internal contaminants.
    • Ensure that the anesthetic scavenging system is functional.
    • Understand the differences between closed- and open-circuit administration of anesthetic agents, adjustments needed for oxygen flow rates, and anesthetic percentages used for each.
    • Regularly check the level of inhalant anesthetic in vaporizers. Add anesthetic as needed.
    • Check pressures in oxygen tanks regularly and replace tanks at appropriate times. Check regularly for leaks in oxygen hoses and couplings.
    • Test endotracheal tube cuffs for leaks prior to use and replace them.
    • Know the volume of air that should be used to inflate various-sized cuffs to pressure levels that prevent leakage without traumatizing tracheas.
    • Generally understand the various anesthetic agents used for different patients.
    • Administer preanesthetic drugs to surgical patients as directed.
    • Administer IV, IM, and inhalation anesthetic agents safely.
    • Estimate endotracheal tube diameters for patients. Safely pass endotracheal tubes and ensure proper fits. 
    • Use a laryngoscope or other light source as needed to pass tubes.
    • Check patients for proper respiratory function during intubation to ensure that tubes are in the trachea and not the esophagus.
    • Monitor surgical patients by tracking anesthetic depths, heart rates, respiratory rates, temperatures, and pulse oximetry during anesthetic procedures.
    • Adjust gas anesthesia for each patient to safely maintain proper surgical planes. Administer additional injectable anesthetics within safety guidelines as needed to maintain desired surgical depths.
    • Use palpebral, toe pinch, and corneal reflexes to assess and maintain necessary surgical planes.

    SURGICAL CLEANING DUTIES –

    • Clean operating rooms and equipment after use.
    • Clean surgical prep and recovery areas.
    • Wash, sterilize, and store endotracheal tubes.
    • Dispose of used needles and syringes and other sharp objects as set forth by the practice’s policy and OSHA standards.
    • Clean surgical instruments by hand and/or ultrasonic cleaner.
    • Operate and maintain the autoclave.
    • Pack and autoclave instruments. Using lists of instruments as guides, ensure that packs contain the proper numbers and types of instruments and that they are labeled with dates and types of packs. Apply pressure and temperature sterilization tape, and verify effectiveness after autoclaving.

    DENTAL TASKS – 

    • Know the names of surgical and dental instruments and their storage locations.
    • Understand and use proper attire when operating dental equipment, including masks, eye protection, caps, and protective apparel such as a gown or scrubs.
    • Recognize significant dental and gum disease, record it in patient records, and bring it to the attention of doctors.
    • Perform digital dental radiography
    • Perform dental scaling and polishing procedures without traumatizing the gingiva.
    • Perform fluoride treatments.
    • Maintain proper dental records for each patient.
    • Maintain dental equipment including dental machines and radiology equipment.

    RADIOLOGY TASKS – 

    • Maintain radiographic, developing, and shielding equipment to maximize patients’ and employees’ safety. Record maintenance data.
    • Minimize radiation hazards. Use protective equipment and wear exposure badges during radiographic exposures.
    • Properly measure patients for effective translation to radiograph machine settings. Charts are available by weight or cm measurements
    • Utilize a radiograph technique chart that minimizes waste caused by erroneous exposures.
    • Position patients to obtain diagnostic-quality radiographs of skeletal anatomy, internal organs, superficial lesions, or extremities. 
    • Consistently use right and left markers.
    • Adjust machine settings to correct technique failures.

    EXAM ROOM TECHNICIAN DUTIES –

    • Ensure efficiency of assigned doctor by being one step ahead of doctor in every exam; inform doctor of next room they must enter and then start exam preparation in that room.
    • Perform suture removals, nail trims.
    • Draw up vaccines and/or injections for administration.
    • Answer questions and educate clients about basic pet care and procedures including nutrition; internal and external parasite control; immunization protocols; the administration of topical, oral, otic, and ophthalmic medications; spay and neuter procedures; and behavior and obedience training.
    • Complete cursory overall examinations of patients and record your findings in the medical records.
    • Identify external parasites.
    • Discuss husbandry and preventative medicine with owners including new puppy and kitten information, clinic protocols including: vaccines, heartworm and flea/tick prevention, and routine laboratory testing. 

    HOUSEKEEPING – 

    • Be prepared to perform routine kennel duties including walking, feeding, medicating, scrubbing, mopping, laundry and bathing.

    ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES - 

    • Learn to exceed our client’s expectations, answer questions, return phone calls, offer tours and provide grief counsel. 

    REPORTS TO: Veterinary Technician Manager

    **THIS IS BY NO MEANS A COMPLETE LIST. SOME TASKS MAY BE ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC STAFF MEMBER OR DEPARTMENT TO COMPLETE. SOME TASKS MAY BE ADDED OR REMOVED. PROCEDURES AND POLICIES MAY CHANGE.** 


Part-Time Kennel Technician

The Kennel Technician ensures that the hospital is left clean and sanitary at the end of each day and work week. 

Doctors and Veterinary Technicians provide specific instructions in giving medications, feeding specific diets or following special sanitary procedures. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION BASICS – 

  • Bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, standing/walking on concrete floor up to 12 hours a day, typing, writing, balancing, twisting, squatting and rotating throughout the day. 
  • Moving animals from cage to cage, floor to floor, room to room. Restraining animals up to 200 pounds intermittently, lifting animals up to 50 pounds and lifting animals over 50 pounds with help. 
  • Ability to maintain an alertness level to keep safe from possible danger, resilience after disappointment or constructive feedback, compassion, to follow the ethical guidelines of your profession and this hospital, powers of keen observation for patient care, excellent reading/comprehension/legible writing skills, ability to negotiate with difficult people and problem solve and the ability to make rational and effective decisions. 
  • Keep team mentality in mind at all times, be prepared and willing to offer assistance and ask for assistance when needed, keep a positive professional outlook, completely abstain from gossip/negative observation regarding clients/team members or other professionals or other behavior that can whittle away at the healthy foundation of a team. 

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS – 

  • Danger of being bitten or scratched. 
  • Exposure to various risks including but not limited to; toxoplasmosis, gas anesthesia, chemotherapy drugs, radiation, drugs and chemicals under OSHA, rabies and euthanasia drugs as well as compassion fatigue.

PRIMARY JOB DUTIES – 

  • Provide compassionate care for pets.
  • Restrain pets for veterinarians and technicians
  • Monitor and collect urine and fecal samples as needed
  • Monitor, record, and report physical signs of hospitalized/boarded pets
  • Clean cages, runs, boarding area and/or hospital facilities, including exam rooms and treatment room.
  • Exercise hospitalized/boarded dogs as needed.
  • Bath, groom and provide care to boarded and hospitalized animals.
  • Ensure that cages and animals are properly identified and that personal property (toys, treats, blankets, leashes) are stored in the proper area identified.
  • Launder and dry towels and blankets.
  • Ensure all tasks on cleaning checklist are completed with care daily.

REPORTS TO: Kennel Manager

**THIS IS BY NO MEANS A COMPLETE LIST. SOME TASKS MAY BE ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC STAFF MEMBER OR DEPARTMENT TO COMPLETE. SOME TASKS MAY BE ADDED OR REMOVED. PROCEDURES AND POLICIES MAY CHANGE.** 


To complete an application for one of these positions, please go to:

Employment Application El Paso Animal Hospital


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