Job Summary: Support the health and responsible use of animals in biomedical research under the care of Research Animal Resources. Must work independently, and must interact and communicate effectively with animal husbandry, veterinary, and investigative staff. Must be able to work with a large variety of species including rodents, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, birds, production animals, and nonhuman primates.
Essential Functions: (70%) Provide veterinary care to animals in support of biomedical research. Must maintain understanding of research studies and protocols to ensure animals receive appropriate care while respecting the integrity of each study. Must be familiar with genetic manipulations that support specific studies, and how they affect animal health and response to illness or injury. Must be able to accurately assess pain in all species, respond proactively and manage pain appropriately.
Using independent judgment and established Standards of Care, assess health conditions of patients. Assess and treat health conditions that may be related to a research study, or spontaneously acquired. Administer medications by oral, subcutaneous, intradermal, intramuscular, and intravenous routes. Perform periodic rounds to monitor ongoing treatments and health concerns. Administer post-operative care. Administer emergency care. Prepare animal patients for, perform, and assist in a variety of veterinary medical and surgical procedures, such as anesthesia prep, monitoring and recovery, dental procedures, wound management, and euthanasia. Perform examinations, and schedule and organize regular health screenings and vaccinations for multiple species. Ensure that inventory is sufficient for these tasks. Maintain accurate and timely records, including GLP and electronic records, animal intake, housing, and enrichment logs. Regularly review medical records for accuracy and completeness. Use and maintain a variety of complex veterinary equipment including, but not limited to, anesthesia machine and ventilator, infusion pump, syringe pump, stereotaxis, suction, warmers, microscope, etc. Manage the pharmacy and equipment: dispense pharmaceuticals, fill prescriptions, and order, stock and maintain inventory of pharmaceuticals and supplies, including controlled substances. Wrap and autoclave instrument packs, maintain cold tray, ensure pharmacy is neat and clean at all times. Manage and perform support services for animal colonies. Manage the health surveillance program, including scheduling and performing tuberculosis testing, serology, parasitology, etc, and coordinating the sentinel program. Review medical records and approve for import and export. Obtain fluid or tissue samples, and perform biopsies. Process diagnostic samples in-house, and prepare for outside lab submission. Must be familiar with and comply with USDA, AWA, PHS, NIH, IACUC and other regulations and guidelines. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Work will include some weekends and holidays, working in all areas of campus, with veterinarian on call.
(10%) Perform technical services for investigators including, but not limited to, anesthesia prep, monitoring and recovery, breeding colony management, ear punching, ear tagging, injections, sedation, euthanasia, and tissue harvesting. Bill investigators for treatments and technical services.
(10%) Train personnel. Train and mentor Veterinary Technician Interns, and newly hired Veterinary Technician Assistants and Veterinary Technicians, to prepare them to work independently in all areas of campus and with all species. As an Instructor in regularly scheduled and special-request classes, train investigators to use proper technique for injections, tissue collection, anesthesia and asepsis, safety, restraint, identification, assessment, euthanasia, and other techniques necessary for quality research results and animal welfare.
(5%) Facilitate regulatory site visits. Prepare for and assist RAR directorship during regulatory site visits from AAALAC, USDA, IACUC and other authorities.
(5%) Other clinical or technical duties as assigned by the manager.
Required Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited veterinary technology program plus four years of laboratory animal experience; or six years of equivalent education and experience. LAT certification required.
Internal Number: 340887
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