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Technician, Surgery


Department:  Veterinary Medical Centre – Western College of Veterinary Medicine

FTE:  1.0

Status:  Term, up to 6 months in duration with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent.

Competition No.:  17195-T

Salary Information:  The salary range is $4,327.44 to $5,834.14 per month (Applied Scientific Services, Phase 5).   The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose:  To provide technical support in the Small and Large Animal Surgery service.

Nature of Work: This position is responsible to the Nursing Care Manager for the planning and provision of animal care in the Operating Room (OR).  Employee works in a busy confined area with traffic pattern restrictions and dress code; assists with moving of patients and equipment and is subject to heavy lifting and standing for prolonged periods.  This position works in an animal facility with small (canine, feline, avian, and some exotics) and large animals (bovine, equine, caprine, ovine, llamas, porcine) which exposes employees to animal dander, waste, and unpredictability.  Position has on-call responsibility on a rotational basis for evening and weekends.

Typical Duties: Provides patient care consistent with hospital policy and procedure. To assists, Nursing Care Manager with instruction and demonstration of technical skills to undergraduate vet students and vet technology program students in labs and lectures. The successful candidate monitors clinicians, residents, interns and support staff with respect to OR aseptic technique. They will, in consultation with the Nursing Care Manager, updates lab directions/instructions and manuals as necessary and maintenance of equipment, facilities, and supplies. The technician will be required to float to other areas of the hospital when the surgery service demands are down.

Education: Graduate of a recognized two year Veterinary Technologist or Animal Health Technician Program, registered or eligible for registration with SAVT (Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists) and is certified or is pursuing certification with the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians (AVST).

Experience: At least 3 years of direct surgery experience with a thorough working knowledge of OR aseptic technique.  Experience in both large and small animal surgery required i.e. exotics, canine, feline, bovine, equine, caprine, ovine, llamas, porcine.


  • Demonstrated proficient technical skills in the above mentioned fields, excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Ability to prioritize in a constantly changing environment
  • Ability to work effectively and independently as well as part of a team, maintaining a professional and positive demeanor in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to evaluate the work of others
  • Demonstrated effective organizational and time management skills

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Lori Lorenzo at306-966-7106.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.