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Veterinary Laboratory Technician II (Revised)

Holyoke Community College
Holyoke, MA

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Assists faculty with Veterinary & Animal Science Department curriculum and labs; trains faculty and staff in the use of new equipment and techniques; orders equipment and supplies; manages laboratory and departmental budget and inventory; prepares laboratory media, reagents, and live material; organizes, sets up, and breaks down laboratory exercises; performs laboratory exercises with students; monitors student activity in lab sessions according to AVMA-mandated veterinary technician student Essential Tasks; maintains lab equipment and supplies; implements current laws, regulations, and best practices regarding laboratory safety. Responsible for the care and health of all animals used in the Veterinary & Animal Science Department’s programs; supervises student workers and animal care attendants in the care and maintenance of all of the animals used in the Veterinary & Animal Science Department’s programs.

  • Assists Veterinary & Animal Science Department faculty and students in laboratory classes.
  • Maintains laboratory records, including ordering and maintaining all supplies and equipment.
  • Continuously maintains ongoing records of animal use within all Veterinary & Animal Science Department labs, including records of all procedures, treatments, injections, venipuncture sites, etc...
  • Arranges and coordinates guest presenters and off-site visits and field trips, including maintaining contracts for field trips and off-site visits.
  • Responsible for serving on HCCs Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating USDA records for all of the Department’s animals.
  • May be asked to coordinate student externships, maintain contracts with externship sites, and handle externship evaluations.
  • Schedules and confirms all clinical and surgical appointments of publicly-owned patients.
  • Oversees and coordinates set-ups for Veterinary & Animal Science Department (and some Biology Department) labs, ensuring that appropriate materials are available for class use.
  • Performs laboratory procedures, including but not limited to hematology, urine analysis, cytology, blood chemistry, and fecal analysis.
  • Maintains and uses equipment for laboratory procedures including all hardware and software programs used in the clinical laboratory.
  • Performs veterinary technician duties, including but not limited to: administration of medication to animals, placement of patient intravenous catheters, intubation of surgical patients, preparation of surgical patients, monitoring of anesthesia, assistance in surgery, autoclaving of surgical instruments, etc.
  • Responsible for the care and health of all animals used in the Veterinary & Animal Science Department’s programs.
  • Supervises student workers and animal care attendants in the care and maintenance of all of the animals used in the Veterinary & Animal Science Department’s programs.
  • Responsible for maintenance of all kennel and animal rooms.
  • Obtains animals for labs and where appropriate, is responsible for the disposition of the animals when school is not in session.
  • On snow days, fulfills the role of essential staff and must be able to reliably perform animal care duties; must be able to clear the kennel area of snow.
  • Fills in for other lab technicians during vacations or when needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications


  • At least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in a veterinary practice within the last five years or substitutions for experience as described in the State Classification Specifications;
  • Certified veterinary technician in the state of Massachusetts;
  • Graduation from a AVMA CVTEA accredited veterinary technician program;
  • Successful completion of the Veterinary Technician National Exam;
  • Knowledge of veterinary drugs and their actions;
  • Familiarity with radiographic equipment, monitoring devices and veterinary procedures;
  • Ability to handle and restrain various animal species;
  • Experience in placing intravenous catheters, endotracheal intubation, surgical assistance, and administering and monitoring various anesthetics;
  • Highly organized;
  • Willingness and ability to work as a team member with faculty and students towards the delivery of high quality biological science education;
  • Experience with word processing and spreadsheets;
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • *A comprehensive list of duties may be found at the Massachusetts Human Resources Division- Classification Specification under the “Laboratory Technician” series.

    • BS degree and certification in veterinary technician specialty;
    • Demonstrated evidence of life-long learning;
    • Some experience working in a research laboratory setting;
    • Mechanical aptitude for minor repairs of laboratory equipment;
    • Knowledge of current laws, regulations, and best practices regarding laboratory safety and animal care;
    • Teaching experience

    Full-time, AFSCME unit position (10 month position)

    Funding Source: State

    Hours: 37.5 hours per week (August 1 - May 30)

    - All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
    - Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.

    Holyoke Community College is committed to excellence and opportunity through diversity in education and employment. Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, and national origin, in its education programs or employment.


    Working at Holyoke Community College

    Since its founding in 1946, Holyoke Community College has focused on inspiring futures through education and training, access, and engagement. The goal is simple-exceptional preparation for personal and professional success through education for all learners.

    HCC's highly-qualified, committed faculty and staff engage learners through innovative, relevant instruction and comprehensive student support services, ensuring that our students are well prepared for their next step in life-whether to transfer to a four-year institution, to advance in a career, to build skills, or simply to enhance their quality of life.

    HCC faculty and staff support students in discovering their academic abilities and career aptitudes for the future they choose. We think they'll find that HCC provides the best start for attaining their goals, for one of the best dollar values in education today.


    Located in Western Massachusetts' scenic Pioneer Valley, HCC draws students from more than 70 cities and towns throughout the region and from beyond. As a gateway to quality, accessible education and career advancement, more than 100,000 students have come through the doors seeking to realize their dreams and aspirations. HCC boasts the largest enrollment and awards the highest number of associate degrees and certificates among Western Massachusetts community colleges. At the college's 65th commencement in May 2012,a total of 1,000 students received approximately 1,026 associate degrees and certificates. Graduates ranged in age from 18-80, and came from 70 Massachusetts towns, as well as Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and from as far away as Florida, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina. Our international grads included citizens of Israel, Malawi, Peru and South Korea.


    HCC offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate options, as well as adult basic education/GED programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit community service personal and professional enrichment courses. To accommodate students' busy lives, HCC offers day, twilight, evening, weekend, and online classes. Academic programs, in a variety of disciplines, are designed for immediate career entry or for transfer to four-year institutions. Plus, for those seeking additional intellectual challenge in their coursework, HCC is known for its exceptional learning communities (team-taught interdisciplinary courses organized around a common theme) and its Commonwealth Honors program, among other programs and services.


    HCC has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. Many students attend HCC with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university. And many do so after graduating-often with generous and even full scholarships-to public and private four-year colleges and universities across the country. Locally, HCC is the largest feeder institution for Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst.

    Immediate career entry

    HCC offers short-term certificates and training for students whose goal is immediate career entry. HCC's Career Center provides additional assistance in helping students obtain employment in the region's many workplaces.

    A vibrant community resource

    Throughout the year, HCC is home to numerous recreational and cultural activities and events that are open to the community. View an art exhibit at the Taber Art Gallery, catch a live performance at the Leslie Phillips Theater, enjoy the college's annual Jazz Festival, or come watch one of HCC's competitive varsity athletic games. HCC has the largest disc golf course in Western Massachusetts, and it's free and open to the public.

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