VETERINARY TECHNICIAN I, BUMC Lab Animal Science Center (8823/E2417)

Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The veterinary technician is responsible for providing consistent and high quality care for laboratory animals in accordance with Animal Welfare Act, the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”, NIH policies and guidelines and all other applicable regulations and policies.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

Complete daily clinical health observations for multiple laboratory research animals and administer clinical treatments in an expeditious manner and according to established protocols.

- Must be able to work independently.
- Provide both written and/or verbal updates on health cases and animal health rounds to research clinical veterinarian and other department staff members as well research lab members.
- Interacts with research lab staff on daily basis in person and electronically about health cases and treatment orders directed by veterinarian(s).
- May assist with providing veterinary coverage to animal housing outside of central housing.
- Maintain accurate records for all species.
- Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of rodent sentinel colony program in assigned areas.
- Assist with monthly inventory and equipment oversight.
- Assists with and prepares for quarterly Non-human primate testing.
- Work with research laboratory staff to complete special service requests when directed by manager.
- Participate in the environmental enrichment program and may perform behavioral assessments when requested.
- Trains animal care staff and laboratory personnel in areas such as clinical diagnosis, terminology, restraint and protocol related procedures. May perform microsurgery to assist in re-derivation procedures.
- Perform research or technical procedures for investigators on a fee-for-service basis when requested.


Education & Certifications: In Order of Preference

- A.S. or B.S., in life science discipline or veterinary technology.
- Degree obtained from a school that is accredited by an organization that is recognized either by CHEA or by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or both.
- AALAS certification at LAT level
- Preferred LATg or goal of achieving LATg within one year of hire is desirable.
- Certified Veterinary Technician or eligible to sit for VTNE exam is desirable but not required.
- A combination of relevant work and/or experience may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

- Preferred 1-3 years of proven laboratory animal handling and experience.
- This position will require working in the ABSL-3 environment.
- Preferred previous experience working in veterinary setting, laboratory or veterinary hospital.
- Basic animal handling, health assessment, and nursing care for rodents and other commonly used laboratory animals preferred.
- Proficiency in animal studies including IP, IV, SQ injections, oral gavage, animal handling, proper restraint, rodent weaning, genotyping, ear tagging, blood collection, surgical preparation for different species, pre, peri, and post-operative observations, euthanasia, and rodent rederivation.
- Excellent communication skills/customer service experience.
- PC computer and software experience preferred.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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