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Laboratory Technologist

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Job Details

Job no: 776042
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 10
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory 10046059
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: 43268.00 - 55000.00 Salary Commensurate
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Health Care Support, Veterinary/Animal Care, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Position Summary

The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (MSU VDL), a service unit in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is a full-service, fully accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory for all species. Serving livestock, poultry, horses, and wildlife as well as companion, exotic, aquatic and zoo animals, the MSU VDL is equipped to assist with the care of animals throughout every stage of their life cycle. Our comprehensive test offerings give clients easy access to routine and specialty diagnostics.

The Laboratory Technologist will assist in the examination/ testing of animals submitted to the laboratory for routine postmortem exams and for surveillance projects (TB, Chronic Wasting, etc); Collects and prepares samples for additional testing within the laboratory; instructs and demonstrates examination and sample collection procedures to veterinary students; trims tissues and assists with initial preparation of tissues for histological exams; assists with after-hours submissions as needed. Scanning of documents; downloading gross image pictures into the computer in presentation software; collect and handle appropriately tissues from rabies suspect carcasses; euthanize moribund animals submitted for necropsy laboratory; maintain the written record of amounts of controlled substance used including appropriate case number; coordinator with the Laboratory Sanitation Worker regarding cases that require special cleansing or disinfection; dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner by following Environmental Health and Safety guidelines. Working hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday – Friday but may be adjusted as needed and may include weekends and nights for emergencies. Working Conditions: Moderately disagreeable working conditions involving with potentially dangerous animals and chemical and/or biological hazards.

The duties of the position include:

  • 40% - Trims and process formalin-fixed tissues on necropsy, NVSL and CWD cases. Trims formalin-fixed field necropsies, MDNR cases, zoo cases, SP cases as needed.
  • 35% - Assists in necropsies on animals under according to directions from the duty pathologists. Collects samples according to instructions by the duty pathologist. Identifies and corrects ordering/labeling errors. Participates in problem-solving. Assists pathologists or staff/faculty from other sections in tracking down errors/mislabeled cases or troubleshoots trimming or ordering errors or any other errors. Euthanizes moribund animals submitted to the necropsy laboratory. Gives orientation and training to PDI 631 and 630 veterinary students as well as veterinary technology students and others. Instructs and demonstrates necropsy techniques to students and others. Enters orderable tests for necropsy and field necropsy cases and sends the tissue to other labs for testing. Communicates with other labs if questions arise from how to order a test. Maintains the records of controlled substances used including appropriate case number. Also completing photography and image work of necropsies.
  • 10% - Processes and collects tissues from CWD/TB deer heads and TB cows.
  • 5% - Maintains QA/QC records, identifies variances, resolves QA/QC issues, and drafts SOP's for laboratory procedures. Maintains EHS records to be up to date as well as following proper PPE protocols. Disposes hazardous waste in an appropriate manner according to EHS Guidelines.
  • 5% - Orders and stocks the supplies of the necropsy laboratory.
  • 5% - Maintains and accurately documents the daily and weekly check lists, e.g. daily freezer temps, monthly Bio-safety cabinet readings, monthly moping and taking out of the BL3 trash in the women’s locker room, making sterile packs when the count is under 10, weekly freezer log). Unloads animals that are submitted to the lab and maintains the weight log on all necropsy animals.

The College's vision is to be the destination for teaching, innovation, care, and service. Six goals, backed by specific strategies, guide our organization as we move forward. Read more at to learn about the MSU College of Veterinary Medicines goals, strategies and progress.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided opportunity to flourish and open doors in their pursuit of excellence. We encourage and welcome our community to share ideas with us surrounding opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four year college degree program in a related science field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic laboratory techniques; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; the job may require specialty certifications, approvals, or training; may require successful completion/continued maintenance of accessibility standards. Must be a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Michigan.

Desired Qualifications

Laboratory experience in safety and security awareness; ability to consistently identify and classify numerous specimen types; ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, demanding environment; ability to multi-task and meet deadlines without overlooking details and maintain a high quality of work standards; work independently as well as in a team environment; demonstrate a high level of initiative; strong experience in MS Excel, MS Word, Windows, file management and manipulation, and password secured environment; Strong communication and problem-solving skills. A successful candidate will be a professional who is organized, does not sweat the small stuff, but also sees the details, and is able to remain calm, cool, and collected under pressure. The ideal candidate for this role will be team oriented, collaborative by nature, customer service focused, independent problem solver, and have a positive attitude, all while maintaining a professional demeanor.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter, resume and 3 professional references

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

Please provide contact information (email and phone number) for 3 professional references.

Work Hours


Summary of Physical DemandsLiftingCarryingPushing/ PullingClimbingSummary of Health Risks

TB risk or have potential exposure to animals or to specimens with Mycobacterium. - Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue. - Wear a respirator (does not include paper dust mask worn for comfort) -Risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety, including Rabies, EEE, WNV, Formalin

Bidding eligibility ends 5/10, 11:55 PM

Advertised: May 4, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 17, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time


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  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
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  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

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Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

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