Veterinary Technician Required to Join Neurology Specialty Team in Miami, FL
Are you an experienced vet technician who loves helping animals recover from life threatening problems?
Have you reached a ceiling in your current job and are looking for the next challenge in your career?
Would you like to work in a practice, which has a clear mission, purpose and positive culture that will excite you, so you enjoy coming to work?
Do you want to learn new skills and grow as part of a highly valued team in a place where you will be appreciated?
Does the thought of helping give the gift of walking again to paralyzed pets and their families excite you?
If so, we may have the role for you!
Southeast Veterinary Neurology exists to keep families together by giving second chances to pets and the people who love them. We deal exclusively with neurologic diseases (diseases of the brain and spinal cord) and are one of the United States’ largest independently owned neurology groups.
We’ve recently started on a mission to help 20,000 pets suffering from neurological disease to walk again by 2025. That’s not an easy thing to do and we won’t achieve it unless we have fantastic people on the team to help us grow and maintain our reputation for quality care. But we are certain we are going to accomplish our mission by providing high quality, thorough and thoughtful care for our patients, compassionate service for our pet-owning clients, and consistently providing expertise to the veterinary community of South Florida and beyond.
Over the past decade, we’ve become a trusted name in specialty medicine and the work and dedication of the team were recognized when we were named on the University of Florida’s “Gator 100” list and received a "Good to Great" award by the South Florida Chamber of Commerce.
We won these awards because we understand that at the very heart of our plans are people. Highly skilled, compassionate, and brilliant people like you. For all the fancy equipment and facilities and awards, it is the culture created and work done by all of the talented individuals at SEVN that really makes us unique. We’re tight knit, highly skilled, motivated, and professional. And though the work we do is challenging and important, we also like to have fun as we help the pets who need us.
Probably the most important thing to know about SEVN is that it’s a practice built on values and so we’d like to share them with you.
The SEVN team values are:
- Growth - because all ships rise on the incoming tide.
- Availability – because superheroes don’t work 9-5
- Teamwork – want to go fast? Go alone. Want to go far? Go together.
- Integrity – actions speak louder than words
- Accountability – we keep our promises
- Excellence - because it’s neurosurgery
These values show up in our work in lots of different ways, from the way we conduct ourselves and treat each other, to who we hire and even what equipment we buy. If these values matter to you too then we think you’d find a good home working with us.
You have learned to be a technically competent and conscientious technician with a minimum of three years of experience in general practice (or a specialty setting). You are adept at multitasking and can perform well under the normal pressure of a vet hospital.
You also have an eye for detail and be a stickler for keeping things clean and orderly. When it comes to getting things done, you probably love a process or checklist so that things are done right and to a high standard.
You may have reached what feels like a plateau and are ready for your next move. Specialty is an area you might have considered working in before, and you might even feel a little bit intimidated by the thought of making such a move. Perhaps you’ve asked yourself questions like, “am I really good enough?”
Don’t let this be the reason not to apply. Because we are a single-discipline service, things are much more orderly and less chaotic than other specialty hospitals. This gives us the opportunity to be able to train you intensively and provides you with the chance to get really good at what you do because you are not being pulled in ten different directions each day! It’s also evidence that growth and teamwork are baked into our values!
Speaking of what we do, when you join us you will be an integral part of the team caring for animals that have suffered injuries or have diseases affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. You will be comfortable with being a veterinary nurse and doing things like delivering best practice anesthesia and patient monitoring and providing exemplary patient care.
You’ll also be confident performing basic drug calculations. Experience with anesthetic patient ventilators would be a plus. (Though we can teach you this.)
Although we are more orderly, it’s still fast paced so you will need to be able to handle multitasking in an organized way. When it comes to delivering great outcomes for patients, understanding what everyone else is working on is essential so you must be able to communicate effectively and harmoniously with your teammates.
About the Role
The work you’ll be helping us do at Southeast Veterinary Neurology matters because we do amazing things like help paralyzed animals walk again so they can enjoy life with their families. In our case, sometimes what we do really is brain surgery! (Don’t worry, we don’t do rocket science – NASA and SpaceX are a few hours north, so we leave that to them).
This work we do is both challenging and intense because neurology requires us to pay attention to the details and work to a high standard. But, when we get it right, animals and their families experience the joy of seeing a loved family pet walk again. It’s an amazing thing to contribute to and your work will be a huge part of this transformation.
We run our hospital similar to a human hospital in that we are somewhat departmentalized, but cross-training is highly encouraged. Depending on where your strengths lie and your experience level, you may join our team in any of our specialized roles. These roles are: a room nurse, a daytime ICU nurse, a surgery/anesthesia nurse, and an overnight ICU nurse. So, there is a lot of opportunity for career progression. If this is your first foray into the world of specialty nursing, then it is likely you will rotate through the different departments to gain experience before specializing.
Your initial duties may include:
- History taking from pet parents and helping our neurologist with exams
- Preparing patients for MRI scans and surgery
- Inducing anesthesia and monitoring patients under anesthesia and in the operating room
- Providing exemplary patient care and administering treatments to our hospitalized patients
- Educating and updating pet parents on medical conditions and care of neurologic patients
- Updating records
- Maintaining hygiene
- Eating cake when the occasion presents itself
- Not disappearing into thin air the second our social media team appears to take some video of a patient - we do a lot of this!
One of our core values is availability because some cases may require us to stay a few hours extra to take care of that pet. We may also need to come in after-hours for an emergency case that just can’t wait until the morning. When this happens, of course, you will be compensated accordingly for the additional hours.
We put it upfront though because if this is something you are not up for, then neurology probably isn’t the niche of veterinary nursing for you.
The Compensation Package
We have a very generous compensation package, which includes:
- Competitive Pay (based on experience)
- Health Insurance with dental and vision options
- 401k retirement plan
- Paid time off
- CE allowance and career development
- On the job training - lots of it!
- Mentoring program to help you be part of TeamSEVN!
- Profit-sharing after 1 year of service
Your Qualifications & Technical Skills
Applicants will ideally have:
- 3 years of experience working in general or specialty practice
Depending on the role in which you are interested and most skilled, you will be proficient in:
- Anesthesia patient monitoring, including EtCO2, pulse oximetry, ECG, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
- Perform advanced drug calculations, and have experience monitoring anesthesia on senior, compromised, or emergent pets.
- Multi-tasking in a fast-paced working environment while maintaining a high level of organization and communication.
- Performing a variety of treatments to hospitalized patients in the ICU
How to Apply
To take the next step in our application process, complete our online application and submit a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for our team and this role, plus your resume. We will respond to all applicants.
Good luck, we look forward to hearing from you soon.