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Classification Number: 6414


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Salary Range 17 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072


The VETERINARY HOSPITAL DRUG ROOM TECHNICIAN performs technical support tasks in the drug room of a veterinary hospital under the supervision of a clinician or pharmacist that includes inventory control, inspections and/or parenteral product preparation.


This is a single class and not currently part of a series of classes.


Positions in this class may perform some or all of the duties listed and unless otherwise specified, all duties are performed under general supervision of a clinician or pharmacist.

  1. Dispensing Pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Selects correct medication and medical supplies from storage area and places it in container; repackages drugs from bulk to specified amounts and container; prepares routine orders for dispensing such as drawing liquids into syringes. Prepares container labels with identifying information. (e.g. patient and veterinarian, quantity, strength and frequency of use, time and method of administration, and special instructions).
  2. Inventory control. Typical tasks: reviews stock on hand and maintains warehouse inventory system. Monitors inventory by comparing physical inventory to electronic inventory system and reporting discrepancies for adjustments to electronic system.
  3. Inspections. Typical tasks: under general direction of a clinician or pharmacist, conducts routine inspections of supplies on medication carts and in storage areas for proper sanitation, expiration dates and storage methods.
  4. Parenteral Product Preparation. Typical tasks: under direct supervision of a veterinarian or pharmacist, aseptically admixes parenteral products such as large volume parenterals, IV piggybacks, total parenteral nutrition, chemotherapy and dialysis solutions. This includes performing necessary calculations and aseptically manipulating syringes or other devises in the preparation of the sterile product.
  5. Non-sterile compounding. Typical tasks: under direct supervision of a veterinarian or pharmacist, re-compound non-sterile capsules or powdered and liquid materials/medications.
  6. Documentation Records. Typical tasks: maintains inventory controls of controlled substances and special records of controlled and investigational drugs under the guidance of a pharmacist; prepares container labels with identifying information (e.g. patient and veterinarian, quantity, strength and frequency of use, time and method of administration, and special instructions).
  7. Deliveries. Typical tasks: may deliver medication orders that have been checked by a veterinarian or pharmacist at scheduled times or as needed; places delivered drugs under refrigeration if required; compares dosage instructions and medications by reading order to receiving staff; picks up additional orders and may pick up used containers which require special handling.
  8. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: answers phones; may answer technical and patient demographic questions from information contained on patient profile; refers questions requiring professional judgment to a veterinarian or pharmacist; checks for and discards outdated drugs; assists with physical inventory; prepares individual label with identification and instructions and/or mass produces labels for multiple use regimens; orders stock from storeroom to maintain inventory.


Employees in this class have regular contact with veterinarians or pharmacists regarding their assigned duties and may have contact with other institutional agency personnel to clarify patient demographic information or timing of medication orders.

Employees in this class may have contact with clinicians, veterinary students and owners. Under no circumstances can the employee offer judgmental or decision related information regarding medication therapy. Unless otherwise specified, all other work related interactions in this employee class will follow the Oregon Board of Pharmacy technician policy and procedures.


Employees in this class receive direct daily supervision from a clinician or pharmacist who provides work assignments verbally and in writing and checks the accuracy of all packaging, transcribing of medical orders, and filling of medication carts. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion for accuracy, timeliness and conformance to drug room policy and procedures.

Employees in this class follow Oregon Board of Pharmacy Hospital Drug Room rules, Oregon Board of Pharmacy Technician rules, Federal and State Drug Enforcement Rules, State and Federal rules and regulations and agency/institution-specific policies and procedures as guidelines for packaging, handling, distribution and disposal of medications. This position will handle sharp objects and will have access to controlled substances.


Positions are found in a veterinary teaching hospital and/or veterinary clinic setting.??Exposure to noxious odors, infectious diseases, chemicals, gas anesthetics, radiation, loud noises, and machinery is likely.


The Veterinary Hospital Drug Room Technician requires one year of training and/or experience demonstrating knowledge of:

  • Medical terminology and abbreviations
  • Pharmaceutical terms and drug names (generic and trade)
  • Mathematics to compute dosages and rate of drug use
  • Metric system, weights and volume
  • Principles of record keeping
  • Inventory control procedures
  • Pharmaceutical and supplies ordering procedures
  • Pharmaceutical storage and maintenance procedures
  • Aseptic technique and non-sterile compounding
  • General computer skills
  • Customer service skills

Some positions may require a valid Oregon Drivers License.

Finalists for this position will be required to complete a background history questionnaire. Offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactorily passing the background check.