SimLab/Equine Lab Technician

Apr 15, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Health & Medical, Medicine
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00106282

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Department of Clinical Sciences (DOCS) is dedicated to excellence in educating and training veterinarians and comparative biomedical scientists, furthering health care and wellness through discovery and clinical research, providing outstanding and compassionate medical care to a diverse range of animal patients, effectively engaging animal-owning public, government and industry partners, and providing leadership in integrating biomedical sciences to advance One Health. Within DOCS, the equine section coordinates and delivers more than 7 laboratories and hands on experiences for students interested in equine veterinary medicine. These laboratories are team taught, immersive experiences that require significant preparation and organization. The Simulation Lab houses models and simulators used to train veterinary students in the hands-on technical skills needed to be proficient in veterinary medicine. The SimLab is used for both instructor directed teaching and for self and peer directed practice of technical skills to be used in multiple species. NC State veterinary students learn and practice skills in the SimLab during all four years of their training.

Essential Job Duties: The specific purpose of this position is to provide technical, organizational, and research expertise for the teaching and research programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine, specifically the SimLab and Equine Lab. The technician will be responsible for organization, preparation, assistance with teaching and break-down of the laboratory portions of selected Equine Department of Clinical Sciences (DOCS) courses for veterinary students. The technician will share responsibility for maintaining cleanliness and organization of the equine sim lab spaces where laboratories are taught. This includes assisting equine course coordinators with scheduling, coordinating faculty for team - taught courses, creating budgets, preparing and maintaining IACUCs, purchasing necessary supplies, creating and using supply lists for laboratories, facilitating learning stations in team-taught laboratories, and assisting with after lab clean-up. The technician is also responsible for modification of current equine models used for teaching, and with development of new equine models to facilitate laboratory activities. The technician coordinates and organizes resources for research and teaching which may include collection of samples, specimens, and reservations through the Teaching Animal Unit. This may require transporting supplies and equine research specimans. The technician will work with the SimLab team to provide clinical skills experiences for veterinary students on models of small animals, farm species and horses. The technician will work with faculty to assist with teaching skills, will be responsible for ensuring appropriate resources are available on the website and will coordinate the production of new instructional resources (such as instructional guides, videos, new models, etc.) in conjunction with faculty and staff. The technician works with faculty to help develop models and resources as described above and so must be familiar with routine technical skills used in animal patient treatment such as methods for collecting diagnostic samples, catheter placement, sterile preparation, surgical draping, surgery skills, dental skills, anesthesia skills, physical examination skills, medical administration skills and palpation skills.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Department Required Skills: Self-starter with an analytical and collaborative mind-set who can effectively work independently. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and spreadsheet management. Exemplary communication skills to work with faculty veterinarians, students, staff, outside companies, surplus suppliers and the academic affairs office. Desire to teach veterinary students in all aspects of clinical skills instruction. Familiarity with feedback techniques and communication tools to motivate learners. Familiarity and experience with routine technical skills used in animal patient treatment. Previous experience working independently to identify problems and plan methods and techniques for solving technical or research problems. Enthusiasm for supervising students and assessing their work. Able to handle and restrain horses. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds frequently and 90 pounds with assistance Strong organization/coordination skills. An ability to write instructional sheets for clinical skills tasks following some basic training. Commitment to helping to provide the best CVM student experience possible.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Training and/or experience to include veterinary clinical medicine and surgery, experience in a veterinary college, or familiarity with medical terminology. One year technical, clinical, and equine handling experience required. Two or more years technical, clinical, and equine handling experience strongly preferred. Registered veterinary technician or equivalent training and experience. Prior instruction experience.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "":http// Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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