BluePearl Licensed Veterinary Technician - Surgery ( Vet Tech / LVT ) in Kirkland, Washington

Seattle Veterinary Specialists, a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Kirkland, WA is hiring an exceptional Licensed Veterinary Technician for our Surgery Department!

Do you like excitement and learning new things? Are you looking for growth? Do you enjoy working in a team? Would you love free unlimited coffee? Then this is the opportunity for you!

The projected schedule for this position will be Monday through Friday days.

Offering a relocation bonus for qualifying candidates.


The primary function of the Surgery Veterinary Technician is to be responsible for treatments of stable hospitalized patients and stable outpatient diagnostics and treatments.


It is recognized that some skills may not be performed at all hospitals. The veterinary technician is expected to complete skills in accordance with the hospital’s policies.

  • Implements appropriate animal husbandry skills to decrease disease spread, injury and stress to patients.

  • Provides nursing care to stable patients according to hospital standards of care and core values.

  • Reports patient signalment, problem list and plan during nursing rounds.

  • Operates and troubleshoots medical equipment necessary to perform job duties according to operating manual, and identifies and reports abnormalities.

  • Able to obtain accurate patient history and follow appropriate line of questioning during appointments.

  • Able to assist with neurologic examination.

  • Able to refill food or medications according to the dispensing clinicians orders.

  • Interprets and completes in-patient and out-patient workup requests by clinician within their skill set.

  • Performs all in-house laboratory diagnostics and appropriately submits out-house laboratory samples to all diagnostic labs used.

  • Reviews normal laboratory results with owners and answer questions or concerns they may have.

  • Communicates with owners effectively over the phone obtaining patient updates and relaying the clinician’s recommendations clearly and accurately.

  • Calculates basic medical math.

  • Understands classification of commonly used medications, associated side effects and appropriately monitors therapeutic response.

  • Administers medications via appropriate routes and duration.

  • Prepares medications and patient for discharge, and communicates discharge instructions to client.

  • Able to reconstitute and label medications appropriately.

  • Performs phlebotomy.

  • Able to select proper blood tubes for various diagnostics.

  • Able to place peripheral intravenous catheter in cephalic and saphenous veins.

  • Understands, monitors and troubleshoots indwelling urinary catheters and closed urinary systems.

  • Able to pass a male urinary catheter for urine collection under the supervision of a level II technician or higher

  • Performs physical exam; accurately counts heart, pulse rate, capillary refill time, mucous membranes, temperature, respiratory rate and effort.

  • Understands normal vital parameters and alerts doctor when abnormal or if there is a change in the patient’s status.

  • Able to set up intravenous fluids and can operate all brands of intravenous fluid pumps and can troubleshoot errors.

  • Able to disconnect and connect patient from intravenous fluids aseptically.

  • Able to monitor patient response to fluid therapy including signs of overload.

  • Administers subcutaneous fluids.

  • Appropriately restrains non-aggressive feline and canine patients.

  • Able to read and follow orders written on treatment sheet accurately and in a timely manner.

  • Understands and troubleshoots oxygen delivery via appropriate routes.

  • Possesses a working knowledge of anesthesia/monitoring equipment and assists with patients assigned ASA I or II classifications.

  • Performs all necessary functions of a preanesthesic workup under the direction of a level II technician or higher.

  • Intubates patients under the direction of a Level II technician or higher.

  • Understands aseptic techniques used during any surgical procedure.

  • Extubates and appropriately monitors post-operative patients under the direction of a level II technician or higher.

  • Remains current on R.E.C.O.V.E.R CPR guidelines and demonstrates proficiency in designated role as assigned by attending clinician and/or supervisor.

  • Performs radiography using proper technique and PPE.

  • Able to assist with patient positioning for surgical and imaging procedures.

  • Identifies signs of pain and alerts clinician.

  • Supports clinician and client throughout euthanasia process.

  • Aids in the development of others to competently perform skills in prerequisite levels.

  • Assists other services during primary service downtime or as directed by supervisor.

  • Maintains continuing education and licensure according to state and hospital guidelines.


  • Participates in a minimum of five (5) internal or external continuing education credit hours annually, including annual OSHA training.

  • Proactively seeks opportunities to improve upon skill sets and learn additional skills, enabling greater contribution to the work team.


  • Current certification/license in veterinary technology.

  • Mastery of Veterinary Assistant Level II competencies and maintains proficiency.

  • Experience working in a veterinary practice preferred.

  • High School graduate.

  • Strong interpersonal skills: able to communicate effectively with clients, doctors, management, hospital personnel, tenant specialists, consulting professionals and clients.

  • Strong organizational/time management skills: able to set, prioritize and attain goals with attention to detail.

  • Strong professional development skills: able to complete continue education in the field of veterinary medicine concurrently with job description.

  • Strong sense of integrity: able to maintain highest ethical standards, personal responsibility and accountability and confidentiality of clients, doctors, and all staff.

  • Strong analytical thinking skills: ability to use objective data to solve problems/create solutions.

  • Follows and upholds the veterinary technology profession’s ethical codes.

Who are we?

BluePearl Veterinary Partners grew from the dreams of numerous veterinarians who believed pets should have access to high quality, cutting edge healthcare.

We are seeking hospital support with the same philosophy who are looking to grow their career in an exciting environment with a family atmosphere!

Your success is our success!

At BluePearl, the continued education of our techs is paramount. Not only do our techs get to work in state of the art facilities with the best veterinary teams in the nation, but they also have access 90% paid scholarships with Penn Foster and CE allowances. We also go even further to hold monthly CE meetings, associate feedback sessions, and opportunities for mentorship and cross-training .

Additional Benefits:

BluePearl offers health benefits options, competitive compensation, flexible hours, scrub allowance, opportunity to bring your dog to work, additional training, and unlimited growth potential!

Why our Kirkland location?

Seattle Veterinary Specialists, a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Kirkland, WA, is one of several BluePearl hospitals serving the area.

The 20,000-square-foot hospital houses a highly qualified team who deliver veterinary care 24 hours a day, 7 days per week in emergency medicine, cardiology, critical care, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, surgery, radiology and diagnostic imaging. The hospital also has an ambulance and blood bank services. The latest diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities offered in the Kirkland hospital include digital radiography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT, fluoroscopy, endoscopy, electro-chemotherapy, CO2 LASER, a dedicated intensive care unit, full service in-house laboratory, and rehabilitation services. We currently support an internship and residency program that promotes a learning atmosphere. The team at SVS believes in collaborative medicine between all departments to provide patients comprehensive care.

Kirkland, WA, 10 miles outside of downtown Seattle, is considered part of the Seattle metropolitan area. The Seattle area has some of the best parks in the nation—more than 6,189 acres of them—perfect for swimming, hiking, fishing and more. Seattle is ranked among the top ten best cities for bicycling and consistently lands in the top five fittest cities in the nation. Kirkland’s exciting downtown waterfront boasts restaurants, art galleries, a performing arts center, public parks, beaches and a collection of public art, primarily bronze sculptures.

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the personnel so classified.

BluePearl is committed to a diverse work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or affectional preference, or gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

Job Category: Technicians

Requisition Number: LICEN06498

Posted: 2018-02-13T22:11:26.762Z

Full Time

Location: Kirkland, WA, USA