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The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title

Job Profile Title
Veterinary Technician D

Job Description Summary
The Veterinary Dental Technician/Anesthesia Nurse is a position that encompasses working in the Ryan Dental Service as a team member, alongside board certified veterinary dentists, dental lecturers, dental residents, a certified veterinary nurse/veterinary dental technician specialist/registered dental hygienist/hygienists. This position involves working in many aspects of dentistry, including general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, and prosthodontics. The veterinary dental/anesthesia nurse will perform duties in anesthesia, general nursing, research, teaching, and client communication.

Job Description

Job Duties:

Duties will depend on surgical caseloads and department needs
  • Work closely with our dental hygienist/certified veterinary technician/veterinary technician specialist to ensure patients are receiving optimal care.
  • Participate in rounds with Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service on working clinical days.
  • Dental and oral surgical procedures: perform nerve blocks, obtain dental radiographs, perform periodontal charting, scale and root plane of teeth using power and hand instruments, polish teeth, prepare dental impressions, provide home care instructions and dental education to clients.
  • Dental assisting: set up/break down of surgery procedure room, assist in chairside dental surgical cases by providing instruments or materials needed for procedure.
  • General nursing: admission of dentistry surgical cases, pre-operative bloodwork, place IV catheters, begin pre-op fluids when needed, urine sample collection, cytology, deliver patient to holding area prior to surgery, client communication regarding surgical schedule, bloodwork, pre-anesthetic instructions. Post-operative: return patients to wards, evaluate confirm patient treatment plans, remove IV catheters, in-house patient treatments.
  • Anesthesia Nursing: responsible for anesthetizing small animal dentistry and oral surgery patients by means of general anesthesia and sedations. You will work closely with our anesthesia service to ensure patient quality care, and maintenance of anesthetic equipment post-surgical use.
  • Assist instructing 4th year veterinary dental students and Harcum students on patient care and anesthesia for dentistry patients.

  • Must have CVT/LVT license
  • Minimum of 3yrs experience in general practice including dentistry and anesthesia
  • Interested in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery
  • Possess a positive work attitude, team player, and can work independently
  • Willing to work towards VTS in Dentistry after 2yrs of employment
  • VTS in Dentistry given priority consideration
  • Weekends/Holidays are not required currently

Veterinary Technician B has 1-2 years experience and is certified.

Veterinary Technician C has 3-4 years experience and is certified.

Veterinary Technician D has 5-8 years experience and is certified.

Veterinary Technician E has 10+ years experience, is certified, plus VTS.

We are hiring at all levels for this position. $20.00/hour is the minimum starting salary for an entry-level position. Minimum starting salaries increase with each level. Relevant education, experience, skills, and licenses/ certifications are among the factors considered in salary offers.


(M, W, Th, F): 7am- 5pm. Hours are subjected to change according to

department needs. May need to stay a bit later depending on surgical caseload.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$20.00 - $30.67

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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