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Veterinary Operating Room Surgical Technician III


Assist with surgical procedures as needed, performs routine and surgical nursing care functions on animal patients such as surgical preparation, aseptic technique, and pre-surgical treatments. Shares expertise and acts as a team leader.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Assembles surgical supplies and equipment needed for surgical procedures.
  • Prepares surgical instrument table.
  • Maintains aseptic techniques and actively monitors situations which could lead to breaches in aseptic technique.
  • Maintain prep room and OR suites.
  • Assist with student orientation.
  • Properly package and wrap instruments in accordance with hospital specifications.
  • May require working alternate shifts, holidays or “on-call duty”.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Service Resource – Shares expertise and acts as a team leader.
  • Trains and mentors other staff.
  • Instructs co-workers as needed regarding daily tasks. Acts as a trainer and information resource for staff.
  • Makes recommendations for improvement in internal policies and procedures. Assists supervisor with staff schedule; oversees the call center when the manager is out.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and four years of appropriate experience or college coursework in a related field.

Licensure and Certification



May provide general instruction and review to veterinary students. May provide periodic instructions and review of student workers, and OPS technicians in the absence of a professional staff member or higher tanking technician.

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