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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 6421


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Salary Range 19 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072 $4265 $4479


The VETERINARY TECHNICIAN 1 provides general medical, surgical, intensive care and emergency care service and assistance to veterinarians. This class serves as the primary assistant to higher-level veterinary technicians, veterinary faculty/clinicians and veterinary students by providing basic medical care and treatment to the animal patients and insuring a clean and organized hospital care environment.


This is the first level of a three level series.

This class is distinguished from the higher levels by: The absence of advanced patient care which would include using specialized monitoring equipment and diagnostic techniques as well as limited veterinary student instruction. This classification makes decisions with the input or direction from higher level staff.


The duties listed below are not inclusive but characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this class. Individual positions may perform all or some combination of the duties listed below as well as other related duties.

  1. Hospital Assistance. Typical tasks: coordinates daily receiving schedule, receives and discharges patients, processes intake paperwork, records patient information, inputs hospital charges in billing system, verifies condition of treatment areas and patient cages/stalls.Provides patient care in accordance with instructions, monitors patient condition and effectiveness of medications.
  2. Medical Procedure Assistance. Typical tasks: assists with diagnostic procedures, assists with tabling and restraining animals, monitors patient recovery, provides medical care for hospitalized patients, including checking vital signs, cleaning wounds, changing bandages, monitoring incisions, placing catheters, administering medications and treatments as directed, monitoring intake and output levels, and exercising patients.
  3. Surgical Assistance. Typical tasks: pre-surgical set-up of operating rooms, equipment and supplies. Coordinates operating room turnaround as directed or in accordance with surgical schedules, cleans and disinfects rooms and equipment. Prepares patients with aseptic technique using knowledge of anatomy and surgical procedures. Assists clinicians/students with procedures in the surgical suites.
  4. Student Assistance. Typical tasks: assists with and demonstrates proper animal restraint and handling. Demonstrates and assists in instructing students in the proper use of equipment and supplies, using aseptic technique, performing diagnostic procedures (such as drawing blood and obtaining samples), and performing medical treatments.
  5. Maintenance and Inventory. Typical tasks: cleans and evaluates condition of medical equipment, including performing minor routine maintenance. Ensures that all areas of the hospital are stocked with proper supplies and equipment. Cleans and organizes operating rooms, labs and treatment areas after use. Maintains supply inventories, recording and restocking as necessary. Assists with hospital inventory and maintenance, including cleaning and disinfecting cabinets, carts, counters, sinks and patient cages/stalls as necessary.
  6. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: assists in the hospital as workload demands.


Employees in this class have regular daily contact with veterinary faculty/clinicians and technicians to receive instruction and guidance during medical procedures. Assistance is given to veterinary students and other staff members on a daily basis. Daily interactions also occur with clients of the veterinary hospital and other visitors to the College.


Employees in this class receive direct daily supervision from clinical faculty/clinicians or a technical supervisor who reviews the work for timely completion and conformance to established veterinary hospital procedures and policies. Work is also reviewed through observation and informal discussion with faculty/clinicians that work with the employees in this class. Work assignments are received, verbally or in writing, from faculty/clinicians, technical supervisor or the position description.Employees in this class provide routine veterinary medical procedures and must follow state and federal regulations regarding the use of pharmaceuticals, and use procedural manuals on sterile techniques, instrument care and maintenance as guidelines.


Positions in this class are primarily found in a veterinary teaching hospital and/or veterinary clinic setting. They require willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose, which includes working with large or small animals (dependant on position applied for). Exposure to noxious odors, infectious diseases, chemicals, gas anesthetics, radiation, loud noises, and machinery is likely. Positions in this class may work varied daily shifts, and are subject to nights, weekends, and holidays. These positions require a willingness to maintain conduct and respect consistent with veterinary teaching hospital policies and standards, toward the purpose of animals used in teaching or research. This position will have access to sharp objects and to controlled substances.


Must have current certification as a Veterinary Technician and ability to obtain and maintain Oregon certification within six months of hire date AND demonstrated knowledge in animal handling and restraint in a clinical setting as well as demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Drugs and medications typically used in veterinary care
  • Aseptic techniques, patient preparation and medical procedure assistance
  • Medical terminology
  • Operating room procedures
  • Anesthesia equipment and procedures
  • Record keeping procedures for patient charts
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Lifesaving techniques for animals
  • Veterinary care procedures
  • Basic mathematics (including drug dosage and fluid rate calculation)
  • General computer skills
Finalists for this position will be required to complete a criminal background history and motor vehicle background criteria form. Offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check. This position may require a valid driver license.