Veterinary Technician III
The GXWT research group focuses on developing and translating viral gene therapy systems to treat rare diseases and other human disorders that currently lack viable treatment options. Our labs collectively focus on developing recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) capsids and vector genome designs to lay the foundation for treating different diseases with or without primary genetic cause. We are also developing rAAV strategies that utilize CRISPR-Cas gene ending, immunotherapies, animal modeling.
Under the general direction of the laboratory PIs, the Veterinary Technician performs various duties related to laboratory animals' care. Primary responsibilities are to assist in experimental mouse studies and maintain a clean and healthy environment for laboratory animals and observe animals for their general health and well-being. The position is considered essential and requires weekend, holiday, and off hour's coverage as needed.
- Mentor and assist with the training of staff interns, and visiting students
- Assume Management responsibilities and leadership when the manager of veterinary services is unavailable
- Assist with the development and revision of departmental SOPs
- Monitor and administer anesthesia and perform minor surgery
- Communicate with research staff regrading clinical cases
- Assist with packing animals or export to external institutions
- Identify and report animal welfare concerns and/or IACUC protocol deviations
- Assist with the management of small and/or basic rodent breeding colonies
- Handle, restrain, and sex multiple species of laboratory animals
- Ensure accurate maintenance of animal health and animal room records
- Assist with diagnostic laboratory testing in support of the health surveillance or research programs including parasitology, hematology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis.
- Perform clinical evaluations of laboratory animals
- Provide clinical treatments, administer drugs and fluids, collect specimen, vaccinate and euthanize animals.
- Serve as a lead technician in at least one area of specialized expertise
- Identify and report atypical findings with the physical plant including animal housing conditions, maintenance deficiencies, and safety hazards
- Perform other duties as required.
- BS. in Animal Science or Veterinary Science (or equivalent relevant technical experience in laboratory animal science or veterinary medicine)
- 1-3 years of relevant technical experience in laboratory animal science
- AALAS certification at the LATG level required (or may be obtained within 18 months of hire)
- Basic computer proficiency and math skills.
- 2+ years of laboratory experience working with rodent
- Mouse injection procedures for systemic delivery of substances; e.g., tail-vein, facial vein, retro-orbital, intraperitoneal
- Mouse injection procedures requiring recovery surgery; e.g., intracerebral injection with stereotaxic apparati, osmotic pump delivery
- Other injection, surgical, and imaging methods
- Experience with large animal models
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
- Bending, stooping, and lifting
- Minimum Personal Protective Equipment; scrubs, exam gloves, head cover, dust mask, shoe covers.
- Must be able to shower as required by the facility traffic pattern policy.
- Must avoid all rodents as pets, and entrance into animal colonies, which might serve as a vector of disease introduction into the research animal facility.
- Must be able to perform all essential functions of this position with reasonable accommodation if disabled.