Veterinary Technician 1

Job description

Job Title: Veterinary Technician 1
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8483

This individual will support pre-clinical operations efficiency and excellence for the Moffitt laboratory (acute and chronic rodent, awake behaving assessments, neurostimulation and recording, photobiomodulation). The qualified individual will be instrumental in the pre-clinical surgical activities in the lab, which are critical to successful experimental activities and will provide continuity as students and post-docs transition into and out of the lab. The qualified individual will manage laboratory resources (equipment maintenance, inventory, access time, etc.), and become familiar with equipment used. The qualified individual will be creative, and support efforts to onboard new animal models and/or techniques for use in the lab, and coordinate with the principle investigator on procurement of new equipment and models. The individual will provide specialized care and guidance based on an understanding of regulatory compliance and the needs for the lab and animal research. This position will work with animals.


    Coordinate with the principle investigator to be aware of all pre-clinical laboratory activities that are planned or in planning. (20%)Prepare IACUC protocols and animals for aseptic surgical experiments and support the several aspects of pre-clinical research (surgical activities, measurements, etc.), and ensure animals are cared for per protocols. (15%) Perform euthanasia according to the AVMA guidelines. (10%)Order animals, equipment, and laboratory supplies to ensure that lab space and resources are maintained and used properly and efficiently. (10%)Onboard new animal models and develop preparations and capabilities for use in the lab. (10%)Coordinate with PI to determine equipment needs and evaluate vendors, inventory surgical supplies and materials, assess equipment options, secure quotes in preparation for purchase. Remain up to date on IACUC and ARC training and ensure that the lab setup and lab members are compliant with safety requirements to the extent possible (e.g., use of signage, safety equipment, etc.). (10%)Will train new staff members and students of the lab. (10%)Prepare written descriptions of pre-clinical methods to support grant and publication efforts. (8%)Provide technical surgical support, including autoclaving instruments, preparing surgical packs, perform surgical procedures, intra-operative monitoring, and pre- and post-operative animal care, and training graduate and post-doctoral scholars. (7%)


Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Daily contact with principle investigator, research staff, and administrative staff to discuss ongoing experiments and research outcomes.

University: Regular contact with IACUC, Animal Resource Center, SOM Office of Research Administration and other university departments regarding ongoing research experiments and various administrative matters.

External: Occasional contact with animal vendors to exchange information.

Students: Daily contact with graduate students for the provision of surgical and technical services.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Supervise postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in preparing and executing preclinical experiments and measurements.


Experience: 2 or more years of experience as a veterinary technician, preferably with surgical experience working with rodents.

Education/Licensing: Associate’s degree in Applied Science as a Registered - Veterinary Technician


    Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through. Demonstrated judgment and good decision-making. Demonstrated experience in coordinating and managing IACUC protocols.Strong written communication skills and interpersonal skills; must demonstrate the ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the lab, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and School of Medicine staff. Must demonstrate compliance with CWRU animal research and care (ARC) policies and procedures and compliance to regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines and other applicable regulatory guidelines.Must demonstrate compassion for animals within CWRU facilities and dedication to the Animal Resource Center’s mission. Must handle animals with care and respect at all times.Previous experience working with animals preferred. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team. Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter. The ideal individual will be creative, interested in doing things in newer and better ways, and willing to push the envelope to make progress in these regards. Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality. Knowledge of clinical, laboratory, anesthesia, and surgical techniques, supplies, and equipment used in animal research.Ability to coordinate with lab members and with IACUC and animal resource center (ARC) to ensure lab is always clean and audit ready.Ability to help create, enforce, and abide by IACUC and ARC policies, procedures, guidelines, and animal welfare standards.Must be willing to learn to take behavioral assessments using lab equipment.Ability to meet consistent attendance requirements. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.


This position will work directly with animals, including rodents. This position may have direct contact with or have exposure to the following hazards: bloodborne pathogens, chemicals, infectious agents, select agents, radioactive materials, X-ray, class 3b and 4 lasers, animal blood and tissue, and formaldehyde. Major physical demands include transferring animals between the lab and the animal holding facility, maintaining the animal colonies, as well as weekly changes of mouse/rat cages. This position requires the ability to work independently. This position may be required to occasionally travel as well as work overtime if need be.

Case Western Reserve University's animal facilities are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and is managed according to the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” appropriate Federal Animal Welfare Regulations, and the Public Health Service “Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals." This position, and all animal research personnel, are subject to internal compliance to SOM Animal Resource Center Standard Operating Procedures and to compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines, the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.





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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
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