Certified Veterinary Technician

Rochester, Minnesota
General Practice
Heritage Pet Hospital
26.00 Hourly
22.00  Hourly
Non Exempt
Full Time

Certified Veterinary Technician - $1000 SIGN-ON BONUS!

(Candidate may have finished CVT Program, but not yet taken the certification test)

Department: Hospital | Reports to: Hospital Administrator | Non-Exempt |



This position will assist the Veterinarian in diagnosing and treating pets. This position is responsible for maintaining medical charts, completing preparatory procedures for Veterinarians, and providing general healthcare information to clients. The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on the location and job level. This job description is considered to be foundational. When applicable, your manager will outline more specific responsibilities for you.


This position is responsible for maintaining medical charts, completing preparatory procedures for Veterinarians, and providing general healthcare information to clients. Perform duties to support the veterinary staff.

Compensation depends on experience.


WHAT YOU'LL DO (Responsibilities included but not limited to:)

Foster a culture built on our values: Respect, Learning, Do the Right Thing,

WOW Service, and Fun

Provide professional, efficient, quality medical care and exceptional service to clients while maintaining maximum productivity

Obtain patient medical history from the client and referring veterinarians as needed

Perform initial evaluation of pet's condition, collect information from client, observe pet's behavior, and checks vital statistics

Complete preparatory procedures and assist the Veterinarian throughout the

rest of the examination, diagnosis, procedures, and treatment phases

Restrain pets during exams as needed

Create and maintain patient medical records and documentation

Obtain and prepare various samples including blood, urine, and fecal samples

for diagnostic testing.

Perform laboratory tests on samples and update the patient's medical chart

Educate clients about pet health needs, nutrition, and preventative care

Perform X-rays, EKG, and provide results to the Veterinarian (depending on experience level)

Fill prescriptions under the direction of a Veterinarian

Administer injections, vaccines, and medication with supervision and under the direction of a Veterinarian Perform dental prophylaxis, venipunctures, catheterization, and other procedures under supervision of a Veterinarian

Prepare patient, medications, and equipment for surgery

Support a practice environment that promotes collaboration and teamwork and ensures the delivery of quality, compassionate, effective, and efficient health care to pets

Comply with all practice policies, quality assurance guidelines, and minimum standards of care

Perform other duties or projects as requested


WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR (Essential Qualifications):



Associate's degree from a two-year veterinary technology program 


Professional Licenses/Certifications:

Licensing requirements for Veterinary Technicians vary by state (may have finished CVT Program, but have not taken the certification test)

Successful completion of the Veterinary Technician National Examination (may have finished CVT Program, but have not taken the certification test)

State-recognized veterinary technician certification (CVT, LVT, or RVT) with credential in good standing preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

Knowledge of veterinary hospital practices and procedures

Strong organizational and time management skills including managing multiple priorities

Ability to handle and maintain sensitive and confidential information with discretion

Strong attention to detail and high level of accuracy

Interact with a variety of clients and employees in a professional, caring, compassionate, and tactful manner

Basic knowledge of the generic and brand names, common uses, and side effects of drugs utilized in a veterinary practice

Basic knowledge of medical equipment and terminology

Basic proficiency with a variety of computer programs including Microsoft

Outlook, Word, Excel, and Practice Management software (PIMS)

Basic written, verbal, and active listening communication skills with a customer-oriented approach

Basic analytical, critical thinking, judgement, and problem-solving skills

Practice low-stressed handling of patients 




While performing the duties of this job, the team member is regularly required to talk and hear. The team member must frequently use a computer for long periods of time. Specific vision abilities are required to do this job including close vision. This position requires walking and/or standing for long periods of time, bending, reaching, grasping, and repetitive motions. Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs. unassisted, 75 lbs. with assistance. Working environment may be stressful with aggressive, frightened, abused or injured pets that may bite or scratch.