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Veterinary Technician

University of Miami
Miami, FL

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida.

With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful mission to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.

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The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarships, Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR), has a job opportunity for a Veterinary Technician located at the Medical Campus.


The Veterinary Technician ensures the safety and well-being of the animals while complying with applicable rules and regulations. Works independently, interacts, and communicates effectively with members of the husbandry and veterinary staff to include Principal Investigators and their research staff. Provides routine animal medical care and assists with animal medical procedures, including physical exams, observation of animals for disease and discomfort, administration of medications and treatments, collection of diagnostic samples (e.g., blood, fecal samples, etc.) in consultation with supervisor, sr. veterinary technician, and/or veterinarian. Responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of special feed and water schedules. Responsible for the management and maintenance of rodent colonies, including that of breeding colonies, and assists with the rodent health surveillance program. Ensures that supply inventories are maintained and ORs, ICUs, and other related facilities are properly set up.


  • Administers routine medical treatment to animals.
  • Oversees incoming and outgoing animal shipments and assesses the health and necessary treatments for the animals.
  • Supports physical examination schedules and organizes regular health screening for long-term animals.
  • Ensures that medical records are complete.
  • Prepares OR and ICU and other related facilities.
  • Provides pre/intra/post-operative care and anesthetic monitoring.
  • Completes appropriate action forms and health records.
  • Assists veterinary staff with animal procedures such as the collection of biological and/or diagnostic samples, administration of treatments and medications.
  • Assists with special feed and water, monitors schedules, and ensures maintenance of records.
  • Assists with the purchase and inventory of equipment and supplies and orders items in a timely fashion.
  • Assists with equipment certification/calibration.
  • Communicates with clients about unique animal health concerns and offers guidance on options, preventive care, medications, and other treatments.
  • May conduct inventory, ordering, and dispensing of controlled substances for investigators, as directed.
  • Assists with rodent colonies including maintenance of breeding, individual identification, weaning, and other minor procedures and handling.
  • Assists in rodent health surveillance program.
  • Performs animal transfers and assists with physical exams, as directed.
  • Prepares health certificates for veterinary signatures.
  • Observes animals for disease and discomfort and reports findings to senior management, senior vet tech, and/or veterinarian.
  • May assist in training of Principal Investigators (PIs) and research teams and maintenance of training logs.
  • Coordinates treatment schedules and assignments and administers routine medical treatment to clinical cases and animals in quarantine including tuberculosis testing and serology, as directed.
  • Prepares, reviews, and maintains appropriate logs and medical records for accuracy and completeness of all tasks and assignments and informs the supervisor and respective personnel of any discrepancies found.
  • Responsible for processing and submission of veterinary billing for sponsors and investigators. Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.



High School diploma or equivalent required. Associates degree highly preferred.

Certification and Licensing:

Credentialed veterinary Technician (e.g., CVT, LVT, RVT) highly preferred. AALAS certification as an LATG preferred.


Minimum 1 year of relevant experience in animal use research or laboratory animal medicine. Experience in clinical veterinary medicine is highly preferred. Must have experience and strong technical skills in surgical assistance, anesthetic administration, maintenance, and monitoring. Knowledge of veterinary terminology required. Any appropriate combination of relevant education/or work experience may be considered.

Must be able to lift/carry/push/pull 50 lbs without assistance. Designated as Essential Personnel.

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:

  • Skills in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail.
  • Ability to analyze, organize and prioritize work under pressure while meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to process and handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to work independently and/or in a collaborative environment.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with basic veterinary techniques for animals in a research setting, such as SQ, IM, IP, IV, IC, bleeds, retro-orbital injections, oral gavage, cardiac puncture, phlebotomy, and intravenous catheter placement.
  • Knowledge of the handling and care of each common laboratory animal species.
  • Competency in veterinary medicine technical medicine, triage, and acute clinical troubleshooting.
  • Personnel management experience is desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, organization, and attention to detail are required.
  • Understanding of how to operate and troubleshoot major equipment in DVR operating rooms.
  • Commitment to the University’s core values.
  • Ability to work weekend/holiday/outside of regularly scheduled business hours.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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