Veterinary Surgery Technician

Category: Technician        Type: Full-Time        Start Date: Immediately

About VSC Sarasota

Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota is a brand new, state-of-the-art specialty center located in the beautiful area of University Park in Sarasota/Bradenton. We specialize in small animal veterinary surgery and rehabilitation where patients require high levels of care. At VSC Sarasota, we are committed to providing the highest level of client services by offering individualized attention and compassionate care to all of our clients and patients.

We strive to help our clients understand their pet’s condition and will advocate the best possible treatment. Operating at the forefront of veterinary medicine, we stay apprised of new innovations and offer the most current surgery techniques, medical technologies, and novel therapies as well as exceed our clients’ expectations with honesty, respect, and compassion by treating each pet as if they are our own.

At VSC Sarasota, we provide a very collaborative and enjoyable teamwork environment. We encourage growth, innovation, and additional training. We practice in a rich and rewarding environment where patient care can be optimized and learning is continuous.

We are located in a rapidly growing area with entertainment, shopping, and recreation all around. Surrounded by some of the nation’s top rated beaches, only a short fifteen-minute drive from the hospital will take you to the gorgeous coastline of Sarasota Bay. Outdoor activities are in abundance and the weather is very accommodating. The pristine Nathan Benderson Park, within biking distance of our hospital, offers frequent local events and activities year-round and will host the 2017 NCAA Rowing competition.


Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota is looking for a compassionate, driven, and outgoing Licensed
Veterinary Technician to join our team. Interested candidates should have compassion for both animals and humans, show a commitment to quality care, conduct themselves with the utmost integrity, and always be able to provide the best service possible for our clients and patients.

The ideal candidate must have strong communication skills, an energetic attitude, empathy, and enthusiasm for helping both clients and patients. Technicians must possess good critical thinking and problem-solving skills, be able to multitask and accept constructive criticism. You should be committed to furthering your education, thereby providing the most advanced care to our patients. Additionally, you must excel in collaborating with co-workers, our referring veterinarians, and our clients.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide compassionate care to patients and clients at all times; maintain professional and courteous manner, even when stressed
  • Possess strong communication skills, an energetic attitude, empathy, and enthusiasm for helping clients and patients
  • Demonstrate excellence in customer service, attention to detail, written and verbal communication skills, as well as mental reasoning and mathematics skills
  • Must have basic computer literacy skills and be able to handle multiple unrelated tasks simultaneously while working in a busy environment.
  • Maintain positive and cooperative relationships with teammates; excel at collaborating with our referring veterinarians and their staff
  • Willingness to learn, be guided and pursue continuing education opportunities
  • Work well independently and in a group
  • Possess sufficient ambulatory skills in order to perform duties while in the hospital including the ability to manipulate (lift, carry, move) 50 lbs. or more; walk, stoop, kneel, and crouch intermittently, and stand for long periods of time
  • Professional appearance required; scrubs are to be worn at all times
  • Ability to be confident around animals, showing proper safety and restraint techniques
  • Understand during peak season that patient needs and work volume may often require more than 40 hours per week to complete essential duties of this job.



  • Assist in all levels of patient nursing care
  • Display willingness and eagerness to learn about surgical diseases and their treatments
  • Knowledge and experience of handling fearful, painful and/or aggressive patients while using proper safety and low stress restraint techniques
  • Examine, monitor, and recognize patients for clinical signs of illness, distress, pain; Detect behavioral changes or clinical symptoms that could indicate illness or injury and notify the veterinarian to take proper measures to treat
  •  Provides emergency first aid and nursing care for sick, injured or recovering patients; Perform CPR and lifesaving procedures
  • Ability to place and maintain intravenous catheters as outlined in hospital nursing manual
  • Familiarity with function of fluid and syringe pumps and proper fluid administration knowledge
  • Proficiency in math and formulating drug dosages; Calculate and administer medications
  • Adherence to policy and procedures when handling controlled drugs
  • Administration of medications (both oral and parenteral), treatments, or blood products, etc. to patients as prescribed by the veterinarian
    • Collect patient samples for laboratory testing, operate in-house laboratory equipment, proper preparation of samples for outside laboratory testing, and ability to recognize abnormal results
  • Knowledge of radiation safety and adherence to state and federal laws; Maintain use of proper radiation protection techniques while performing radiographs at all times
  • Knowledge of patient positioning for radiographs
  • Safe handling and proper disposable of medical sharps and waste
  • Maintain and properly operate all hospital equipment and surgical materials
  • Intubate, anesthetize, and maintain patients under anesthesia; knowledge of anesthesia monitoring, recognize abnormalities and notify the veterinarian
  • Assist and monitor patients in all surgical and outpatient procedures
  • Prepare patient, OR and surgical instruments necessary for each surgery or procedure
  • Knowledge and proficiency of sterile technique, surgical site preparation, and OR protocol and procedures
  • Monitor patients pre and post-op and notify the veterinarian of any abnormalities
  • Clean, prepare, and maintain surgical suites, exam rooms, treatment areas, kennels, reception, to control the spread of pathogens
  • Clean, maintain, and sterilize surgical instruments or equipment according to hospital protocol
  • Proficient with the hospital records keeping system and patient monitoring system using available resources
  • Follow hospital policy for cleaning and stocking
  • Collect and record patient vital signs, complete patient history and record in digital medical record system
  • Ability to place bandages, casts, and splints as directed by the veterinarian
  • Follow hospital euthanasia procedures and assist veterinarian when necessary

Client Services

  • Perform reception duties including answering clinic phone, scheduling appointments, handling receipt of payments, and assisting clients all while being courteous and friendly
  • Greet clients and patients by name and check-in/check-out for appointments
  • Place follow-up calls to clients regarding their pet’s post-procedural recovery and answer any questions that may arise
  • Provide knowledgeable instruction concerning the care and treatment of our patients; Educates or advises clients on care of their pet regarding services at VSC
  • Follow hospital policies and procedures when handling client concerns or complaints
  • Record all client communications in hospital digital records system
  • Admit/discharge patients following hospital policy and procedures; Communicate all necessary forms, consents and/or instructions
  • Know common procedures, treatments, drug names and protocols and be able to explain to clients

Every employee represents Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota at all times. Employees are expected to act in the best interest of the hospital, even if doing so requires actions not listed in this job description. The job description is provided for informational purposes only and is subject to revision by management when client needs and patient services require change. There may be additional responsibilities assigned as necessary.


• Education: Associates Degree
• Degree or License: Licensed Veterinary Technician (or equivalent)
• Experience: Minimum of 1-2 years as technician at specialty hospital or 3 years as technician in general practice

Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota is committed to a diverse work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We provide equal employment opportunities to all candidates and to ensure that access to jobs is strictly based on job-related criteria.

We are a Drug-Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota is committed to a diverse work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We provide equal employment opportunities to all candidates and to ensure that access to jobs is strictly based on job-related criteria.
We are a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.
8033 Cooper Creek Boulevard,
        #101, University Park,
        Florida 34201


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