The Veterinary Technician (VT), with minimal supervision, performs routine medical treatments, preventative health care, euthanasia, assists in surgical and imaging procedures including anesthesia induction, maintenance and monitoring, prepping animals for surgical procedures and administering medications. Performs daily rounds of animal rooms to monitor general health of animals and administer treatments under the direction of the veterinarians. Performs routine and quarantine TB testing. Takes radiographs as needed. Responds as needed when emergency medical treatment is required. Assesses immediate need and consults with a veterinarian or the Senior Veterinary Technician (SVT) or Veterinary Services Manager (VSM) when required. Assists the SVT and VSM in demonstrating proper use of equipment and medical techniques to PIs, research personnel, students and animal care technicians. Provides appropriate environmental enrichment and may also perform regular behavioral assessments of nonhuman primates within the colony. May perform routine sample collection procedures and other colony maintenance procedures (e.g., tail biopsies and setting up breeding pairs). Assists in record keeping for sentinel and quarantine programs. Performs euthanasia and necropsy. Collects routine samples (blood, urine, fecal samples) for shipment to diagnostic labs.
Assists with maintenance of pharmacy, surgical suites, MRI prep, radiology suite, ethylene oxide area and necropsy room. Dispenses medical supplies and drugs (including controlled substances) to PIs and research personnel. Disposes of hazardous materials.
Train staff (e.g., PIs, research personnel, animal care technicians, and students) in animal handling and restraint techniques for commonly used research species with particular emphasis on rodents, which may include injections (subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, intravenous and retroorbital); blood collection (facial vein, saphenous v., tail, retroorbital); anesthesia (using both inhalant and injectable methods) and euthanasia (including secondary methods). This position may also be involved in training individuals in proper use of anesthesia equipment, radiography equipment and other relevant research related equipment within the Animal Care Facility. Assist in updating IACUC protocol covering training activities.
Bachelorâ??s degree in a related field with 2 years of closely related experience with animals, preferably in a laboratory research setting, or equivalent combination of education, skills, and experience.
Surgical experience, including administration of anesthesia and intraoperative monitoring, endotracheal intubation, IV placement, and pre- and postoperative care in a variety of animal models. Knowledge of nursing care, husbandry techniques, and familiarity with animal behavior.
Rodent breeding experience, including understanding of rodent behavior and breeding schemes; record keeping methods; genotyping sample collection; weaning and maintaining genetic integrity of transgenic lines.
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) preferred
AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) required within 2 years of employment
Surgical Research Anesthetist (SRA) certification a plus
Initiative and ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
Ability to work in a fast paced dynamic environment and manage multiple priorities with strong attention to detail
Proven verbal and written communication and customer service skills.
Basic computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Google email; experience with rodent breeding software a plus
Demonstrated ability to make sound judgments
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
Criminal and education background checks required.
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