Life Science Technician
Job Code: 5652
Job Grade: A30
The Veterinary Service Center (VSC) within the Department of Comparative Medicine is currently seeking a Veterinary Technician III for a permanent position. The following responsibilities will be expected to be independently performed with minimal instruction:
Maintenance of the health of research animal colony including: a) Follow-up on morbidities submitted including initial assessment and physical examination of animals, implementing first aid and acquisition of biologic samples and contact of Principal Investigator or Responsible Person to obtain permission for diagnostic work-up and/or treatment. b) Administer veterinarian prescribed medications. c) Administer therapeutic modalities such as bandaging, splints, fluid therapy, oxygen therapy, safe application of external heat source, etc. d) Obtain and submit diagnostic samples to laboratory. e) Obtain diagnostic radiographs.
Monitoring/Research Support: a) Monitor the use of animals by VSC employees and research staff to assure compliance with Federal/State/University policies. Be able to take immediate action to prevent inhumane treatment of animals. Notify supervisor and/or veterinarian of compliance problems. b) Aid investigators with experimental procedures as needed. Also teach and train research staff in procedures such as animal handling and restraint, venipuncture and anesthetic techniques. c) Teach and/or train or provide guidance to less experienced or skilled technicians. Mark and identify animals on research studies, procure biological samples, prepare and administer experimental drugs, observe and examine animal research subjects for physiological changes from baseline and adverse reactions.
Perioperative care: assess and record vital signs, administer pre-operative medications, induce anesthesia, intubate, place catheters/leads, etc., set up monitoring equipment, obtain blood gas analysis, adjust anesthetic treatment regimen based on monitoring data, provide surgical support as requested, extubate, monitor recovery, administer post-operative drugs, assess for any postoperative pain or distress, administer analgesics accordingly.
Medical Record Keeping: a) Keep accurate, timely documentation of all health care records, laboratory results, special requests, supply orders, investigator charges, and Drug Enforcement Agency records for controlled substances. b) All records will be current as to time that task was completed and thorough as to the observations made. c) Charges will be made for non-spontaneous problems or illnesses as determined by veterinarian and documented as to quantity and type of supplies dispensed or utilized and technician time taken to accomplish task and record and/or communicate findings to the responsible person.
Quarantine: Perform quarantine procedures (per written standard operating procedures) for newly arriving animals including, but not limited to dogs, non-human primates, rodents, and sheep. Such procedures will include: physical examination, tuberculin testing, collection of diagnostic/biological samples, vaccinations and de-worming.
Ancillary Functions: a) Will be responsible for record keeping, inventory, storage and disposal of all pharmaceuticals used. b) Ordering of pharmaceutical supplies and equipment as directed by Supervisor. c) Laundry. d) Compiling of veterinary charges. e) Will be expected to perform surgical nursing duties including: operating room set-up, anesthesia induction and maintenance (monitoring), sanitizing of surgical and pre-op rooms and cleaning of surgical instruments. f) Responsible for maintaining a clean and neat work environment. g) Must be willing to work with radioactive and/or biohazardous materials.
Required: RVT degree and 3 years’ experience or equivalent education and experience (i.e. 5 years of experience in Animal Research Laboratory). AALAS certification preferred. Knowledge of care and use of all medical equipment and instruments used by the Veterinary Care Staff. General knowledge and skills pertaining to induction and monitoring of general anesthesia; aseptic technique; emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation, implementation of life support drugs, and equipment; use of radiology equipment and ability to take diagnostic films; medical terminology; the biology and physiology of all species of animals used in the research facility; nursing care and proper handling and restraint of all animals. Must have general knowledge of zoonotic diseases. Should have a valid driver’s license. The candidate selected for this position will complete an Occupational Health Surveillance Questionnaire and may be required to undergo a physical examination and immunizations. The candidate will be required to work Tuesday through Saturday. The schedule set forth, although not a permanent schedule (as schedules are subject to change based on business needs), will need to work, Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for appropriate coverage of animal welfare. This schedule does not preclude you from working additional weekend or weekday dates if business needs dictate the need for additional support.
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