Veterinary Technician

Coral Gables, Florida
May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR), Office of the Vice Provost for Research has an exciting opportunity for a Veterinary Technician.

Job Summary (Purpose and Function):
The Veterinary Technician provides routine animal medical care and assists with animal medical procedures, including physical exams, observation of animals for disease and discomfort, administration of medications and treatments, collection of diagnostic samples (e.g., blood, fecal samples, etc.), and the maintenance and monitoring of special feed and water schedules. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for the management and maintenance of rodent colonies, including that of breeding colonies, and will assist with the rodent health surveillance program. The Veterinary Technician will ensure that supply inventories are maintained and that OR, ICU and other related facilities are properly set up.

• Observe animals for disease and discomfort, complete appropriate action forms and health records, and report findings to supervisor. Perform animal transfers. Assist in physical exams. Assist veterinary staff with animal procedures such as collection of biological samples and administration of medications and treatments and keeping accurate records.
• Manage rodent colonies including maintenance of breeding colonies, individual identification, weaning, other minor procedures and handling.
• Assist in administration of treatments and medications and special feed and water and monitor of schedules. Assist in the collection of diagnostic samples (e.g. blood, fecal samples). Assist in rodent health surveillance program.
• Conduct equipment and supply inventory and ordering; maintenance and update maintenance files. Set up of OR and ICU and other related facilities.
• Must be able to lift/carry/push/pull 50 lbs. without assistance.
• Some weekend/holiday/evening work is required.
• Participation in the department’s Emergency Response Team will be strongly encouraged.
• Other duties as assigned.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

• Handling and care of lab animal species - Thorough knowledge of the handling and care of lab animal species.

• Active Listening- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
• Speaking- Talking to others to convey information effectively.
• Reading Comprehension- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
• Computer Literacy- Using standard and job specific systems (i.e. Microsoft Word and Excel).

• Problem Sensitivity- The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
• Oral Comprehension- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
• Oral Expression- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
• Speech Recognition- The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
• Written Comprehension- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Work Styles:
• Initiative– a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
• Adaptability/Flexibility– being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
• Attention to detail– being careful about detail and thoroughness in completing work tasks.

Minimum Qualifications (Essential Requirements):
• High School or equivalent plus one (1) year in laboratory animal science, OR
• Degree preferred in Animal Science or a related field plus one year of experience in laboratory animal science. Any appropriate combination of relevant education and/or work experience may be considered.
• AALAS certification as a LAT preferred and/or certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).
• Must have animal handling skills.
• Excellent oral and written English communication skills.

Apply online. Position #P00004435

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