Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

It is the mission of the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory system to provide timely, accurate and pertinent animal disease diagnostic services and educational outreach to veterinarians, animal industries and animal interests. The Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will strive to meet the goals of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences and the University through research to develop new approaches to disease identification, investigation, prevention and through education of professional veterinary medical, graduate and post-doctoral students.

The Western Slope Branch Laboratory is heavily involved in agricultural activities and works closely with livestock producers along with their local veterinarians in the management, care, and prevention of diseases in livestock. In addition, the laboratory serves companion animal owners and other animal services such as Parks and Wildlife, law enforcement, and Animal Control in disease investigation and diagnosis. The laboratory and its staff play an integral role in ensuring the safety of food production, the rapid and accurate diagnosis of zoonotic disease, and the connection between human and animal health.

Position Summary

This position will provide laboratory support and laboratory technical services to the Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Branch Laboratory located in Grand Junction, CO. This position will assist with a variety of diagnostic testing; including bacteriology, serology, molecular diagnostics, parasitology, urinalysis, and necropsy. In addition, this position will include customer service, client communication, sample receiving and shipping. It will require result reporting and client invoicing.

Grand Junction is the largest city on the Western Slope of Colorado. It is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with access to mountain, river, and desert activities. Skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and hunting are all possible within a short radius of the town. In addition, the Grand Valley and surrounding areas are rich agricultural centers, providing fresh produce, local wines, brews and ciders.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology or related scientific field or general bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 2 years experience in diagnostics.
  • Effective English oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in use of computer technology and basic Microsoft office applications.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Diagnostic laboratory experience in a veterinary setting.
  • Experience using a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Demonstrated interest and passion for excellent customer service.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Bacteriology/Virology/Serology/Parasitology Responsibilities Duty/Responsibility

  • Set up samples for bacteriology testing, including reviewing accessions, preparing/handling diagnostic samples and general sample processing (ex – plating on the appropriate media)
  • Assist with serologic testing and serve as primary backup
  • Assist with bacteriology culture procedures as needed and serve as a backup (ex – streaking plates, work with laboratory technicians to perform testing protocols such as bacterial culture and susceptibility)
  • Use diagnostic equipment as part of sample testing.
  • Properly incubate samples/media
  • Prepare and evaluate fecal samples for parasite identification.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Molecular Diagnostics Responsibilities Duty/Responsibility

  • Prepare samples and perform sample extractions and PCR assays
  • Report/release professional results utilizing the laboratory LIMS system
  • Prepare reagents, including all QC documentation
  • Maintain records as directed by supervisor and director
  • Maintain laboratory work space to ensure effective workflow

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Necropsy Assistance Duty/Responsibility

  • Receive and prepare necropsy cases for examination and sample collection by diagnostician
  • Assist with necropsy procedures, including sample collection and labelling for various tests as requested by the veterinary diagnostician.
  • Photograph and document relevant lesions during examination, then attach them to casework and database.
  • Prepare samples for shipment to referral laboratories as needed
  • Clean and disinfect necropsy suite and instrumentation, properly disposing of waste according to SOP

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Laboratory Support and Record Keeping Duty/Responsibility

  • Receive samples, assign data into appropriate computer database. Route samples to appropriate testing section in laboratory
  • Prepare and package samples for shipment to referral laboratories, following established deadlines
  • Answer phones, greet clients. Assist clients in appropriate test selection and sample submission according to established testing schedules.
  • Assist in community, client and producer outreach and educational activities
  • Create and revise appropriate SOP documents with the assistance of senior staff and director
  • Ensure accurate invoicing and results reporting of completed tests and services
  • Participate in team meetings and organizational tasks to improve workflow and customer service.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Laboratory Quality Assurance and Management Duty/Responsibility

This position will provide support to all sections of the WSVDL, including inventory control and quality assurance/quality control duties. The following duties will span all previously listed responsibility sections.

  • Temperature and alarm checks for environmental chambers, incubators and other laboratory equipment
  • Maintenance of logs associated with proper functioning of the laboratory and laboratory equipment
  • Eyewash and shower station testing and records keeping
  • Maintain adequate inventory of supplies that are routinely used in the bacteriology lab, continually evaluate mechanisms for cost savings in purchased supplies
  • Organize the prep room and maintaining a clean environment
  • Autoclave trash and biological waste for the WSVDL
  • Prepare and autoclave supplies, media, reagents, etc, as needed by the WSVDL laboratory sections
  • Wash glassware/utensils/supplies for all lab sections and prepare for final usage
  • Perform QA/QC procedures on media and reagents and document work performed
  • Maintain supply inventory for media/reagent preparation and prep room activities
  • Outside client purchasing/utilization- responsible for preparation and charging of outside client requests
  • Maintenance of all logs associated with proper function of the laboratory
  • Maintenance of autoclave and dishwasher, including verification of working status and arranging repairs as necessary
  • Work with section head and laboratory staff on standard operating procedures

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Western Slope Veterinary Laboratory Technician – POSITION LOCATED IN GRAND JUNCTION COLORADO.
To apply, please visit the following link:
You will be asked to submit a resume/CV and cover letter detailing your education and experience as it relates to the minimum and preferred qualifications of the position. Include any laboratory and/or veterinary diagnostic experience with relevant dates. A list of three professional references with contact information is also required. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other - Work outside of regularly scheduled business hours for STAT or emergency disease outbreak situations

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.