Licensed Veterinary Technician- Team Leader (position located in Elmont, NY)

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Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Elmont, New York, United States
30+ days ago


Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Who we are and what we do:

Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) provides leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation, and scientific innovation and is one of the finest veterinary teaching hospitals in North America.  As an extension of CUHA, the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists’ (CRES) Hospital in Elmont, NY provides state-of-the-art surgical, imaging, diagnostic, and rehabilitation services to enhance equine health. At CRES, veterinarians aspire to assimilate knowledge gained on all fronts – at the track, in the show ring, at the research bench, and in the hospital – to deliver paradigm-shifting veterinary medical care. 

We are seeking a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Team Leader position.  As the CRES LVT Team Leader, you should be extremely independent, self-motivated, have a team-based approach and mindset, and be interested in working in an innovative and challenging environment that will provide an excellent experience with equine animals in all aspects of emergency and patient care.  Our LVT Team Leader will provide support to all technicians, assistants and clinical support staff. The qualified candidate will also cross train as Receiving Technician, Surgery Technician, as well as Anesthesia and Imaging technician. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Practice Manager, provide guidance to the LVT’s and other clinical staff, to include all aspects of supervision (hiring, training and orientation, staff scheduling, conducting annual performance reviews and addressing any performance issues in a timely manner, as well as monitoring and approving staff timecards);
  • Manage admissions and discharges for CRES patients, including assisting with emergency exams.
  • Monitor and assess conditions of all in-house patients in all wards (ICU and regular wards), administer prescribed medications and regularly scheduled treatments as prescribed. Run clinical pathology samples as needed.
  • Responsible for organizing daily cases and maintain the flow and order of the day, acting as a liaison between the clinical and technical staff.
  • Setup before, assist during, and cleanup after all emergencies including any and all surgical cases.  Handle emergency and critical inpatients using sound judgment to best stabilize animals, at times, in the absence of a clinician.
  • Setup before, assist during, and cleanup after endoscopy, ultrasound, imaging and other equipment needed for medical and surgical procedures.
  • Responsible for supporting, planning and organizing the operations of the veterinary technicians and patient care services (i.e. LVT’s, Vet Assistants, Animal Attendants, and pre-veterinary students in all areas they are assigned).
  • Assist Practice Manager in identifying current needs of LVT’s and support staff to maximize well-being and to aid in staff retention.
  • Provide oversight and guidance in education services for the training of LVT’s and other clinical support staff.

This position supports a hospital with 24/7 operations and although you will primarily be working days, you may also need to work holidays, on a rotating basis, weekends, or evening/overnight shifts due to business and staffing needs.

Required Qualifications:  Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from an AVMA accredited institution, plus NYS Licensure required.  Two to four years’ experience as an LVT in an equine clinical practice, ideally with supervisory/leadership experience. Must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple tasks simultaneously while under pressure and paying close attention to details.  Proficiency with patient tracking software.  We seek a self-starter who is patient-centered, client responsive and community-minded.  Must have excellent communication, team building, flexibility and organizational skills. As this is a very physically demanding job, applicant must have demonstrated ability to restrain large animals as well as the ability to jog horses multiple times daily; must have the ability to stand for extended periods of time as well as the ability to kneel and remain in a steady position during procedures or treatments.  Rabies vaccine and ongoing titer checks will be required and paid for by the clinic.

For this position, applications must include both items for consideration:

1. Your resume/CV.

2. A cover letter that includes a Statement of Contribution to Diversity. Because we take effective and inclusive supervision seriously, any applications considered for supervisory positions at the College of Veterinary Medicine must include a Statement of Contribution to Diversity where you describe your past, present, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in your career as a supervisor and/or to convey how you see these commitments continuing in your role as LVT Team Lead at Cornell.

**Please note:  No visa sponsorship available for this position. 

What is in it for you?

Cornell University provides excellent benefits that include professional development, health care options and generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, health and personal leave; 13 paid holidays and superior retirement options.  Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability and diversity initiatives.  For more benefit information, follow the link:

University Job Title:
Licensed Veterinary Technician II


Pay Rate Type:

Contract College

Contact Name:
Carolyn Chow

Number of Openings:

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 58287444
  • Location:
    Elmont, New York, United States
  • Position Title: Licensed Veterinary Technician- Team Leader (position located in Elmont, NY)
  • Company Name: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Practice Type: Equine
  • Job Function: Veterinary Technician
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Associates Degree
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years

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