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Are you a veterinary technician? Do you like talking with pet owners about nutrition and would you like the opportunity to work with three board-certified veterinary nutritionists and pursue a veterinary technician specialty in nutrition? If so, we may have the perfect career for you!

The Foster Hospital for Small Animals is seeking a VETERINARY TECHNICIAN – NUTRITION. This position collaborates with clinicians, residents, interns, technicians and students and serves as a liaison between the service and clients. The technician books appointments, assists with client questions, and handles communication. A Bachelor’s degree, certification, and teaching experience preferred but not required. Schedule may include evenings and holidays. Interested applicants may apply on line at http://jobs.hr.tufts.edu or call Human Resources at (508) 839-7975 for more information.

Description

The Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals provides 24-hour care for pets 365 days of the year. Since 1979, we have offered high quality medical care, consultation, referral and emergency veterinary services for the care of dogs, cats and exotic pets. The hospital also serves as the primary clinical training environment for the veterinary students, interns and residents.

The Nutrition Technician collaborates with clinicians, residents, interns, technicians and students to provide exceptional patient care and client service in the Small Animal Hospital. The Nutrition Technician also serves as a liaison between the service and clients – facilitating booking of appointments and assisting with client questions and other communication.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • High school diploma (or the equivalent) and at least two years as veterinary technician or Associate’s degree in veterinary related field. New graduates of an accredited veterinary technician/technology school will be considered. CVT eligibility required.
  • Competency in technical skills such as venipuncture and medication administration.
  • Familiarity with medical terminology and basic pathophysiology as appropriate for a veterinary technician.
  • Ability to restrain small animals in a safe, compassionate manner.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a diverse team of co-workers, clinicians, students, staff and clients.
  • Enthusiastic, genuine, empathetic and self-motivated professional with a positive, upbeat attitude.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to handle a variety of diverse tasks each day.
  • Basic computer skills including the ability to learn the electronic medical record system.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodation.
  • Strong interest in nutrition, particularly evidence-based nutrition and desire to continually increase knowledge and skills in veterinary medicine and specifically in nutrition.
  • Ability and desire to learn to evaluate information and assess validity of information found online, in books, in pet food marketing materials, and other sources.
  • Strong math skills – arithmetic and basic algebra.
  • Good writing, typing and record keeping skills. Ability to give and take constructive criticism.

Preferred Qualifications:

Credentialed as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology or related field. Demonstrated leadership skills and resourcefulness.  Teaching experience. Interest in becoming a technician specialist in nutrition. See http://nutritiontechs.org/ for more details on certification.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

The schedule for this position requires flexibility to insure that adequate patient care is provided without interruption or exception. Schedule may include evenings and may include providing University and calendar holiday coverage on a rotating basis.

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Posts authored by the Clinical Nutrition Service team are by Dr. Lisa M. Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN, Dr. Deborah E. Linder, DVM, MS, DACVN, and Dr. Cailin R. Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

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