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Job no: 106399-US
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Other

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University Staff-Ongoing

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This is an Ongoing appointment

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $16.00

Job Summary:

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is one of seven federally supported National Primate Research Centers and the only one in the Midwest. WNPRC's mission is to increase the understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human health and quality of life through research. To accomplish this, the WNPRC helps discover treatments, preventions and cures for human disease; generates new knowledge of primate biology, from the molecular and whole animal levels to the understanding of primate ecosystems; facilitates research progress by providing expertise, resources and training to scientists worldwide; and collects primate information and disseminates to the research community and to the public.

Based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the WNPRC is committed to diversity both as an end in itself, but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparaties through research. To support this commitment, we encourage applications from candidates who hold these same values of diversity and inclusion.

This is an entry-level Veterinary Technician position providing technical support to the Veterinary Services Unit in the Animal Services Division of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) located at UW-Madison. The successful applicant will assist WNPRC Veterinary staff in performing a wide range of duties relating to the care of nonhuman primates at the WNPRC. This position requires an individual with strong oral and written communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to make decisions in emergency situations. Additionally, the candidate should have an understanding of, and willingness to learn, animal behavior, particularly that of nonhuman primates and the basic understanding of communicable diseases and transmission of disease amongst humans and nonhuman primates. Some experience as a veterinary technician in a small animal clinic or laboratory setting is preferred.


Additional Requirements:

- Wisconsin Certified Veterinary Technician or eligibility to become certified is preferred.
- Requires the ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs independently and physical and manual dexterity to perform specialized technical tasks.
- Position requires the ability to stand for up to 75 percent of the time.
-Physical ability to lift, sit, stand, bend, reach, squat, twist and push to safely handle and care for the nonhuman primates.
- Must be TB negative.
-Must be comfortable working around or directly with infectious diseases
- Applicant will be required to provide proof of immunization for measles or have a measles titer within the first week of employment. Depending on the results of the blood test, applicant may need to be immunized.
- Allergies to animals must be controlled by medication.
- Must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate WNPRC vehicles.
-Criminal background check is required.
-Incumbent may be assigned to work at the WNPRC's central location on campus or either of two satellite facilities in Blue Mounds or at the WIMR (Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, near UW Hospital).

Schedule Comment:

Monday-Friday 8:00 - 4:30. The possibility exists that schedule may transition to Tuesday-Saturday or Sunday-Thursday.

Night and weekend work hours required as dictated by operational and scheduling needs, therefore applicants must be willing to work overtime, including occassional evening and weekend hours.

The Primate Center has oversight of animals at 4 different locations, including facilities on campus, at WIMR (near UW Hospital), and in Blue Mounds, WI. Veterinary Technicians may be assigned to work at any of these locations at any time during employment at the WNPRC.


Rachael Buss
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "Apply Online" button to start the application process.

To apply, you will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume highlighting your qualifications as they relate to this position, and a list containing two professional references.

For consideration of this position, you must provide the following information in your application materials:

- Highlight your experience working with and caring for animals.
- Describe your experience with collecting blood, fecal, and/or urine samples from animals.
- Describe your experience with common veterinary procedures such as; clinical triage, venipuncture, intubation, wound care and anesthesia support.
- Describe your knowledge and skill level of anesthesia techniques and principles
- Describe your knowledge of common computer programs emphasizing experience working with electronic health records systems

Minimum pay rate is $16.00 per hour

This recruitment will be used to fill 2 position vacancies.

Additional Link:Full Position Details NOTE: A Probationary Period will be Required The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Applications Open: Oct 15 2018 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Oct 31 2018 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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Posted: 10/19/2018
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