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VETERINARY TECHNICIAN III
Job Title: VETERINARY TECHNICIAN III
Job Code: 3508
Job Level: 11
Revised Date: 07/01/2006
Job Family: JF 05
Perform and participate in a variety of technical tasks and activities related to the care of various animals.
Perform and participate in routine and standardized technical tasks such as the monitoring of health status to provide for the health care of animals.
Evaluate potential problems relating to the health and social welfare of animals; notify supervisor of perceived problems.
Assist in the organization and scheduling of events to facilitate the performance of procedures related to research projects; coordinate and participate in the performance of routine and standardized tests to include weighing animals, obtaining specimens, and observing behavioral patterns.
Serve as liaison to the veterinarian in providing health care to the animals; administer daily treatments and medications for animals as instructed or required; assist in or provide routine and emergency medical treatment.
Perform technical skills such as venipuncture, surgical assistance, animal restraint (especially NHP) radiology, and injections.
Further NHP duties will include participating in developing and maintaining an appropriate and varied enrichment plan for NHPs and documenting such efforts.
Perform antibody production in a variety of species, which requires knowledge of antigen boosting and blood collection techniques.
Report or take action to correct changes in environmental conditions which affect the well-being of the animals.
Formulate and administer special diets to ensure adequate vitamins and trace mineral elements; determine animal food needs and place regular food orders with vendors, ensuring optimum cost and variety in diet; feed and water animals according to schedule.
Ensure complete and accurate maintenance of all animals records. Assist in processing health inspections and related requirements for interstate and international shipment of animals; transport animals, supplies, and materials; operate motor vehicle as required.
Anesthetize animals as required and serve as circulating nurse during procedures requiring anesthetized animals; assist in animal surgery as requested.
Administer routine, post-operative and daily treatments to animals as instructed, prescribed and/or required; assist in diagnostic treatments such as performing routine hematologic and parasitologic tests and collecting blood and other diagnostic specimens.
On a regular basis of at least 7 hours a week, manage and maintain a project in addition to and separate from all of the duties described above. The vet tech III level individual will act as the primary, if not sole, contact person for this project. The project will often involve regular, high-level contact with the research community, IACUC and possibly other regulatory agencies and will be expected to be ongoing.
Supervisory track: Supervision of direct reports that have responsibilities for meeting administration's expectations for the given project. Provide daily guidance, organization, and interaction to the direct reports that include short and long-term schedules, SOP's, form development, etc. Regularly assess the progression and documentation of the direct reports and the project on a daily basis as well as providing regular reviews or disciplinary action as advised by HR.
Service track: Manage and maintain the organization, scheduling, development, documentation, etc. for the given project. Regularly assess the progression of the project. Consistently meet service expectations in terms of timeliness and customer appreciation.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Work requires Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology with RVT. Obtain LATG within 24 months of hire, LAT desirable.
Work requires four years of experience in a laboratory, animal care facility or related setting to become familiar with the technical tasks involved in the care of animals (at least three of which was in a lab animal facility, desirable).
OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
1. Clinical observations & evaluations of animal health status
2. Assist in surgery
3. Anesthetize and intubate dogs/cats
4. Administer daily treatments and medications
5. Basic animal restraint techniques (excluding primates)
6. Basic diagnostic lab techniques
7. Basic radiograph techniques
8. Participate in enrichment plan
9. Anesthetize and intubate swine
10. Basic NHP's restraint techniques
11. Large animal technical skills
12. Rodent, guinea pig, rabbit, etc health evaluation and treatment
13. Ability to follow and enhance enrichment plan for NHP and other species
14. Supervisory Track: Supervision of direct reports that have responsibilities for meeting administrations expectations for the given project. Provide daily guidance, organization, interaction to the direct reports.
15. Service Track: Manage and maintain the organization, scheduling, development, documentation, etc for the given project. Regularly assess the progression of the project. Consistently meet service expectations in terms of timeliness and customer appreciation.
DLAR Refining Skills:
1. Large animal handling skills
2. Rodent, guinea pig, rabbit, etc handling
4. Placing catheters
5. Prepare surgical packs
6. Intensive care and emergency care
7. Antibody Production process
8. Able to train PI staff in lab animal technical skills
9. Interact more professionally and knowledgeably w/ high risk, high visibility groups
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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