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Veterinary Technician Intern

By April 11, 2022May 9th, 2022No Comments


The Veterinary Technician Externship at RRAEH is an exciting, fast-paced position that will allow you to utilize the skills you worked so hard to gain. Students are expected to follow the same policies and guidelines as our medical team and will be expected to present themselves in a professional manner while representing the hospital.

Due to the advanced nature of the medicine we do at RRAEH, externs are required to complete the first half of their externship at another practice. This is so that students can get their feet wet in a clinical setting prior to jumping in to the hectic life of ER. Once you begin your externship with RRAEH, you will be paired up with a senior technician each day to work with and provided with a series of checklists as a guide to learning how RRAEH functions and in learning the skills required in emergency and critical care.

As a Veterinary Technician Intern, you will gain experience with:

  • Triaging emergency cases as they arrive and communicate effectively with veterinarians on incoming cases
  • Providing treatments for hospitalized patients including IV fluid therapy, oxygen therapy, wound care, feeding tube management, and patient assessments for pain and discomfort
  • Technical skills including IV catheter placement, sample collection (phlebotomy, cystocentesis, urinary catheterization),
  • Developing proficiency in radiography, anesthesia during emergency surgery, anesthetic ventilation and neonatal nursing, critical care monitoring
  • Performing in-house laboratory testing including CBC, Chemistry, blood gas analysis, urinalysis, cytology, coagulation tests, blood type and crossmatch, IDEXX snap tests
  • Collect, store and ship laboratory samples for reference lab testing
  • Specialty skills include CT imaging, dialysis and long term ventilatory cases
  • Communicate with clients to discharge patients while providing compassion and empathy in all circumstances

Advanced Technical Skills:

  • Digital radiography
  • Blood and plasma transfusions
  • Nasal insufflation catheters
  • Central Venous Catheters
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • IDEXX laboratory equipment
  • Anesthetic ventilation
  • Endoscopy
  • CT
  • Dialysis
  • Ventilation