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Veterinary Technician

Company: Bellingham Technical College
Location: Bellingham
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:


Bellingham Technical College invites applications for the following professional exempt Licensed Veterinary Technician position. This is a full-time, 10 month (Sep-June), annually continuous position, overtime exempt from FLSA and unions and is at-will. The position reports to the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, with direction from the program Instructors. Position will start in September, 2021.

Under the general direction of the coordinator/faculty, the Veterinary Technician must have knowledge and expertise in the topics they assist in lab instruction and skills evaluation. They should promote the appropriate role of the veterinary technician in the veterinary health care team. Duties must follow state laws regarding the practice of veterinary medicine. The Veterinary Technician must be skilled and knowledgeable to set-up and monitor students. They need to be well-trained in the nursing care of animals (large animal and small animal) including small animal critical care.

Bellingham Technical College is committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a successful and supportive learning environment for a diverse college student population with a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences.

Position Duties & Responsibilities


  • Know and be able to demonstrate the required lab practice, assessment or skill for each module of the curriculum which may include small animal, pocket pet or large animal species;
  • Ensure that the quality and quantity of instruction provided in the lab setting is consistent with the stated objectives of the college and industry; set up lab components, tests and equipment for various courses; and maintain laboratory equipment and supply inventories;
  • Serve as a liaison between the program and the Veterinary community, and provide assistance with clinical scheduling to ensure that all students have the opportunity to gain skill sets required for completion of the program. This will require driving to clinical sites to orient clinical supervisors and evaluate students under the direction of the faculty member;
  • Verify student competence in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains as directed by State Law, the AVMA, and the curriculum under the direction of the program coordinator;
  • Maintain the laboratory to standards that are both OSHA and AVMA compliant;
  • In a teaching and coaching environment, demonstrate with proficiency microscope and lab skills to include: microbiology, hematology, cytology and clinical chemistry evaluations;
  • Assist in reviewing and evaluating the quality of technical skills and animal handling rendered by the veterinary technician student in the lab, field trip and clinical setting; assist in monitoring and documenting student performance.


  • Ensure that the lab atmosphere isconducive to maximum learning and retention of students;
  • Perform routine and non-routine technical procedures on animals in class and at clinical sites;
  • Develop and revise laboratory exercises, skills and assessments as needed;
  • Assist in representing the program to prospective students, faculty, clinical affiliates and potential sponsoring agencies as needed;
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings of the Veterinary Technology Advisory Committee;
  • Consult with other program faculty and staff on issues relevant to student success and retention;
  • Use basic computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and internet, to prepare various reports, track data, conduct research, etc.;
  • May supervise or coordinate the work of other temporary employees;
  • Follow BTC's academic schedule;
  • Follow BTC standards and procedures;
  • Contribute to the College wide goals and activities; be committed to the mission of the College;
  • Other related duties as required.


The knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below represent the characteristics and essential performance expectations of the position. Applicants do not necessarily need to enter the position with all of these knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Knowledge and understanding of Veterinary Technician Program, clinic operationsand animal safety;
  • Knowledge of program, lab and college policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of recordkeeping systems and Veterinary office software;
  • Knowledge of OSHA and AVMA compliance standards;
  • Principles and practices in area of assignment.


  • Skill to administer injections, perform venipuncture, take vital signs of animal, and properly restrain animals, including fractious pets, for examination and treatment;
  • Have ability to work in indoor and outdoor environments and with various small and large animal species;
  • Skill to give treatments/medications intravenously, orally, and subcutaneously;
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in instructional lab support;
  • Preparing and proofreading a variety of reports and/or documentation;
  • Technology literacy; Strong computer software skills;
  • Applying and explaining applicable laws, regulations, policies and/or procedures;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc.;
  • Effective communication skill in working with populations having diverse socio-economic and racial backgrounds and persons with physical and/or learning disabilities;
  • Resourcefulness in problem solving and multi-tasking with a high attention to detail;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Exercising judgment and discretion.

Ability to:

  • Work independently and under minimal supervision;
  • Deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions;
  • Manage time effectively amidst changing priorities;
  • Investigate/research external information resources to determine proper procedures and best lab practices;
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, staff, administrators and other contacts;
  • Operate effectively in a team;
  • Work effectively with students, colleagues, staff and a community who represent a broad spectrum of ages, abilities, ethnicities, and educational, economic, and cultural backgrounds;
  • Adhere to adhere to federal, state, and local safety regulations, policies and procedures to ensure a safe lab environment;
  • Handle multiple unrelated tasks simultaneously while working in a busy environment;
  • Work effectively with vendors;
  • Maintain various confidential records.



  • A Veterinary Technician who is a graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary technician program and is currently licensed as a veterinary technician with a minimum of three years clinical experience;
  • Currently licensed as a veterinary technician and if not currently licensed in Washington State, have the ability to be WA. State licensed within 6 months of hire;
  • Current knowledge of veterinary technology and assistant theory and applications.


  • Five or more years of veterinary clinical experience
  • Current training or teaching experience.

Physical Working Environment:

Requires ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time; walking, stooping, bending, twisting and lifting moderate to heavy weight unassisted; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate equipment; working at a computer; wear surgical attire and lead aprons; must be able to distinguish colors, have good manual dexterity, and have good visual acuity and depth perception in order to perform tasks requiring precision and dexterity. Must be able to perform drug calculations accurately. Supplemental Information

Compensation and Work Schedule:

Full-time salary is $4,371 per month. In months where there are breaks, pay will be reduced. Position also receives sick, personal and vacation leave accruals, paid state holidays, Washington State insurance and retirement benefits package, and some tuition waiver benefits.

Work schedule will vary but is generally Monday through Friday, during the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday, about 40 hours per week; however, schedule may vary including working more than 40 hours as needed, as well as some weekends and evening work. This is a 10 month assignment with scheduled leave without pay periods, generally during December/January, March/April, July/August/September, each year.

Condition(s) of Employment:

Background Check: This position will be subject to a pre-employment background check and employment is contingent on passing a criminal history background check satisfactory to the college.

Application Procedures and Deadline:

Required application materials must be completed and submitted online at and received by 5 p.m. on June 28, 2021. Application materials received after this date and time may be considered until the position is filled. More information about Bellingham Technical College is at,email the Human Resources Office at or call 360 752-8354. BTC is not currently sponsoring H1-B Visa's.

Required Online Application Materials: (Attachments in Word or PDF file)

  • Completed Online BTC Employment Application;
  • Online Supplemental Questions;
  • Attached current resume.

Interviews are scheduled between July 19-20, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: BTC continues to operate remotely. Until further notice, interviews are conducted via phone or video conferencing (Zoom). If you are asked to come to campus for in-person interviews, BTC social distancing protocols will be in place.

BTC is followingCDCandWashington State Department of Health(DOH) guidance regarding social distancing. Additional BTCupdates and resources.

Keywords: Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham , Veterinary Technician, Other , Bellingham, Washington

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