MTS Level 6 - Dispensary and Supplies Technician - Veterinary Teaching Hospital - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Staff Position
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Veterinary Teaching Hospital - Atlantic Veterinary College
MTS Level 6 - Dispensary and Supplies Technician
Full-Time Permanent Position
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week

$61,485 to $67,534 per annum, as per CUPE 1870

Do you want to join a dynamic team practicing and teaching the highest standards of Veterinary Medicine?  Do you want to advance your skills and work in an environment supporting primary care clinicians and veterinary specialist experts?  Do you want to be part of training and shaping the next generation of veterinarians?  If so, we’d love to have you join us! 

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) at the Atlantic Veterinary College requires a Dispensary and Supplies Technician to lead procurement and supply of pharmaceuticals for the VTH, in addition to completing the daily duties required for the smooth running of Dispensary as a hospital service.  This will typically be weekdays, however the successful applicant may occasionally be required to work on weekends and UPEI closures, as required to meet hospital needs.  This position will work directly with the Dispensary Technician to accomplish the following tasks: 


  • Assisting staff and clinicians with dispensing and prescription needs for the veterinary hospital’s inpatients and outpatients
  • Working with various software products (RxWorks, Cubex and Colleague) and inventory management cabinets in the VTH with respect to pharmaceuticals and supplies
  • Maintaining accurate record keeping in patient’s medical records, in the hospital’s electronic inventory system, and in the hospital’s controlled drug log
  • Procuring, maintaining and receiving pharmaceuticals supplies, and liaising with the many suppliers to ensure pharmaceuticals availability needs are met for the 24/7/365 large and small animal hospital operations
  • Creating and monitoring POs and blanket purchases as per the established UPEI procurement processes, and liaising with Hospital Administration regarding the impact on operating budgets
  • Maintaining, stocking and distribution of pharmaceuticals within the Dispensary, as well as to the hospital’s dispensing cabinets
  • Performing cycle counts of all pharmaceuticals in the hospital and reviewing and reporting discrepancies in accordance with hospital policies
  • Maintain pharmaceutical control levels in the Dispensary and throughout the VTH
  • Maintain accurate pharmaceuticals pricing in the hospital’s electronic medical records system
  • Work with the Systems and Inventory Manager to facilitate accurate inventory counts of pharmaceuticals in Dispensary and throughout the hospital
  • Reviewing and preparing clinician prescriptions, as well as one-over-one review of prescriptions prepared by other dispensary staff and clinicians
  • Accurately invoice clients for prescriptions
  • Providing thorough client communication and medication counselling regarding their pet’s prescriptions and refills
  • Assisting in repackaging and compounding pharmaceutical products and fluid preparations for patient prescriptions and in-hospital use
  • Preparing chemotherapeutic treatments for in-hospital administration, following hospital standard operating procedures and using safe handling practices
  • Must be able to respond creatively to balance the procurement requirements of the hospital with the potentially conflicting demands of hospital users and clients
  • Must be conscientious with regard to procedure, capable of working under pressure and interacting professionally with other departments within the hospital
  • Preparing and invoicing internal department requisitions for the university
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Grade 12 graduation plus completion of an accredited Pharmacy Technician program or pharmacy degree preferred, or completion of a recognized program in a related area and equivalent experience may be considered
  • Pharmacy technician license recognized in PEI or another Canadian province, preferred
  • Minimum two (2) years relevant work experience in a dispensary or pharmacy setting, or an equivalent combination of work and training experience.
  • Experience procuring and maintaining inventory, in particular pharmaceuticals, is required
  • Experience of identifying opportunities for savings and efficient inventory systems, as well as maintaining good supplier relationships
  • Experience in basic compounding and prescription processing
  • Strong computer and word processing abilities with experience using electronic medical records being an asset
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated abilities with client communication and strong customer service skills
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Must be self-motivated and reliable
  • Must be able to work as part of a team, but must also be able to work independently
  • Computer proficiency in pharmaceutical inventory management software would be considered an asset


Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link below.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number 902-894-2895.

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