Veterinary Anesthesia Nurse

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Aug 23, 2023
Full time Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description


Veterinary Anesthesia Nurse

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

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.

Posted Job Title
Veterinary Anesthesia Nurse

Job Profile Title
Veterinary Technician, Anesthesia C

Job Description Summary
Penn Vet is seeking a highly skilled and compassionate Veterinary Anesthesia Nurse to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for providing general anesthesia and sedation to small animals, including critical and non-critical cases. Your expertise will be vital in developing individualized anesthetic protocols, conducting physical exams, and overseeing the animals' recovery. If you are a certified Veterinary Technician with a strong background or interest in anesthesia and teaching, and you are passionate about ensuring the well-being of our animal patients, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding position. Join our team and make a meaningful impact on the lives of our beloved animal companions and future veterinarians!

Job Description

Are you passionate about providing compassionate care to small animals in need? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for a skilled and dedicated Veterinary Anesthesia Nurse to join our esteemed Penn Vet Anesthesia Team. As a key member of our veterinary staff, you will play a vital role in ensuring the well-being and comfort of our animal patients.


1. Anesthesia and Sedation: Administer general anesthesia and sedation to small animals, including hospitalized, outpatient, critical, and non-critical cases. Your expertise in anesthesia protocols will contribute to the overall success of each patient's treatment.

2. Medical History Review: Thoroughly examine and review the medical history of animal patients, enabling you to develop individualized and appropriate anesthetic plans tailored to their specific needs.

3. IV Catheter Placement: Skillfully place intravenous (IV) catheters, ensuring the safe and efficient administration of medications and fluids during procedures.

4. Physical Exams: Conduct comprehensive physical examinations to assess the health status of patients and ensure their suitability for anesthesia.

5. Anesthetic Protocols: Design and implement customized anesthetic protocols for each patient, accounting for factors such as age, breed, health condition, and surgical requirements.

6. Anesthesia Management: Safely induce, maintain, and recover animals during procedures, carefully monitoring their vitals and overall well-being throughout the process.

7. Post-Anesthesia Care: Oversee the recovery of animal patients, providing attentive care and making informed decisions about their readiness to return to their ward or be discharged.

8. Equipment Preparation: Set up and prepare all necessary equipment for anesthesia cases, ensuring a seamless and efficient workflow.

9. Collaborative Communication: Foster effective communication with the veterinary team, including clinicians, to ensure seamless coordination of inpatient cases and maintain a smooth daily schedule.

10. Some overnight and weekend on-call for emergent and scheduled cases requiring general anesthesia. Nurses are generously compensated for their time and effort.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician, specialization in anesthesia a plus.
  • Proven experience administering anesthesia and sedation to small animals in a veterinary setting.
  • Strong knowledge of anesthesia protocols, pharmacology, and patient monitoring.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to handle critical situations with composure.
  • Excellent communication skills to work collaboratively with the veterinary team and ensure the highest quality of care.

Join our compassionate team and contribute to the well-being of our animal patients. If you are dedicated, skilled, and eager to make a difference in the lives of animals and veterinary students, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding Veterinary Anesthesia position.


Must be a CVT or board eligible.

Veterinary Technician, Anesthesia A- CVT or board eligible- 0-1 year of experience

Veterinary Technician, Anesthesia B- CVT 2-3 years of experience

Veterinary Technician, Anesthesia C- CVT 3-4 years of experience

Veterinary Technician, Anesthesia D- CVT 5-8 years of experience

Veterinary Technician, Anesthesia E - CVT 8+ years of experience and a VTS, or additional certifications

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


The position will be 5 days per week, 8 hours per day. Overnight and weekend on call is required once fully trained and generously compensated.

Physical effort required: Ability to lift 25+pounds with assistance, reaching, standing, bending for prolonged periods of time.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$16.60 - $24.00 Hourly Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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