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The mission of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is to improve the health of food and fiber producing animals, companion animals, sport and recreational animals, exotic animals, and wildlife. These activities protect and improve public health, promote environmental stewardship, and foster economic growth.
The Receiving unit of the AHDC is a team based, customer service oriented environment, which receives and processes more than 500,000 samples annually, and is an integral part of the organization.
The Technician thrives in an outcome-driven environment with clear deadlines, enjoys working on routine and detailed tasks, and is able to identify and troubleshoot problems using standard operating procedures. They are extremely reliable, flexible in dealing with unpredictable workloads, and work well under pressure in a team-based environment
Receive and open packages, confirm completeness and accuracy of all incoming samples and submission forms, ensure all samples are properly labeled with correct animal/owner identification, properly document all accession-related information on submission forms, sort samples according to test requests.
Enter submission information into Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), assign unique system-generated accession numbers to submission forms, generate labels and adhere to samples, submission forms, and any additional paperwork related to the case.
Using the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), properly handle specimens including fresh tissue, formalized tissue, serum, whole blood, urine, feed, fluids, etc. May be required to section tissues, split fecal samples, and ream, balance, and centrifuge blood samples prior to pipetting serum into secondary labeled vials.
Participate in rotational bench schedule within the Receiving unit.
Contact clients concerning any problems and/or discrepancies related to submissions. Work with unit leadership, Veterinary Support Service staff and other subject matter experts to resolve client questions. Assist laboratory units with sample related issues. Receive and process submissions delivered overnight, at the Receiving window, and/or from the Anatomic Pathology unit.
Disinfect working station and all tools used throughout the day.
Monitor and maintain certifications, and attend trainings, to meet job expectations and requirements, including all required Cornell University Laboratory Safety courses.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Employees of the AHDC must adhere to the Quality Assurance system, confidentiality statement, standard operating procedures, and organizational policies.
Employees are expected to meet all of the Cornell University Staff Skills for Success, which are essential for individual and organizational success.
Employees working in the lab must receive the pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis vaccination series prior to or immediately after hire, which will be paid for by the department.
Employees may be required to work outside of normal business hours, including occasional holidays, evenings, and weekends.
The hours for this position are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, with required participation in Saturday and holiday rotations.
This is a two-year term position; reappointment will be contingent upon funding and performance.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
Associate's degree in a science discipline, or other formal training program of two years or equivalent.
One to two years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Basic computer skills (starting applications, using Word and Excel, printing documents, using the internet).
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Strong attention to detail; ability to keep detailed and accurate records.
Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information with tact and discretion.
Works well both individually and within a team environment.
Must maintain a valid driver's license.
Ability to push, pull, lift, or carry up to 20 pounds.
Experience working in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, veterinary practice, or an animal health related facility.
Licensed animal health technician.
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