Working Title: Veterinary Technician
Position Type: University Operational and Administrative Staff
Department: Center for Comparative Medicine
Posting Date: 01-08-2018
Veterinary Technician is a professional title in the Animal Care Family. Veterinary Technicians perform medical examinations and treatments in a laboratory environment, and perform medical tests for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. They work with animal care and research staff to provide veterinary care to vivarium animals under the supervision of a veterinarian. Since research animals require care every day of the year, some veterinary technicians are assigned a staggered schedule that includes one weekend day as part of their 40 hour week, are assigned on-call status to back up other veterinary technicians that work weekends and holidays, and are assigned holiday work on a rotational basis with other veterinary technicians. Work is assigned at the task level, and Veterinary Technicians operate with a degree of latitude in specific situations, but do not supervise staff.
Veterinary technicians assist in training of research staff in biomethodology including species-specific anesthesia and surgery. Assignments include assisting research staff in anesthesia and peri-operative care of laboratory animals. Veterinary technicians perform laboratory work, to varying degrees, on specimens they collect from a variety of animal species. Veterinary technicians may be asked to assist veterinarians during physical examination of animals, treatment of animals and surgery.
Veterinary technicians work with animal care and research staff to provide veterinary medical and nursing care to vivarium animals under the supervision of the Veterinarian. Veterinary Technicians have graduated from an accredited veterinary technician program, be licensed in at least one state within the US (preferably Virginia) and have at least one year of experience in a veterinary clinical practice experience.
Technicians can be required to perform other duties as assigned; can be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Must be comfortable with handling animals and working in an animal research facility with a variety of species.
2. Must have the ability to perform animal physical examinations, clinical specimen collection, administer medications and perform laboratory diagnostic procedures.
3. Must have ability to create and maintain accurate records.
4. Must have ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
5. Must have clear communication skills.
6. Must have ability to lift and move a 50lb anesthetized animals.
7. Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time.
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