Veterinary Technician II

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Updated: March 13, 2018
Job ID: 213322
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Veterinary Technician II to support the Radiation Countermeasures Program at the Scientific Research Department in the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI), at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. Incumbent is responsible for research and/or development in collaboration with others, and provides support performance of numerous veterinary procedures in accordance with departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as well as approved animal protocols using nonhuman primates. Procedures that the incumbent must be skilled in performing include the administration of antibiotics/treatments; endotracheal intubation; administering and monitoring anesthesia; IV, IM, and SQ injections; fluid therapy; blood transfusion; venipuncture; gavage; pole and collar restrain; euthanasia; and necropsy. The incumbent must be proficient in humanely handling and restraining nonhuman primates. The incumbent accurately keeps animal census and health records; performs periodic surveys of the chemicals, drugs and equipment used in the vivarium; monitors animals for normal behavior, food and water consumption, and is responsible for maintaining various animal rooms, cages and associated equipment and responsible  for the social and environmental enrichment of nonhuman primates.

Responsibilities:

  1. Performs various veterinary procedures at animal facilities under the supervision of attending veterinarian, and supports Veterinary Science Department (VSD) staff in their activities while conducting research project related procedures such as blood collection, pole and collar restraint, care of animals during quarantine and release to normal quarters after clearing from quarantine and any other duties assigned by attending veterinarian. Further participates in research projects by collecting and organizing animal related and experimental data such as periods of morbidity and supportive care, which may include antibiotics, other drugs, as well as blood product administration, and monitors experimental animals closely on a daily basis. Works with nonhuman primates and assists staff with loading animals for irradiation in radiation source facilities while radiation is turned off with fail-safe mechanism. Makes detailed observations about experiments.
  2. Assists in the preparation of technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  3. Conducts lab work, which includes blood collection and processing samples for analysis, maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories, and logbooks.
  4. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains databases.
  5. Participates in the social and environmental enrichment of the nonhuman primates.
  6. Train new laboratory staff members in the handling, restrain, medication administration, sample collection and health evaluation of the nonhuman primates.
  7. Performs rounds/health checks/treatments/sample collection from the animals during after hours, weekends and holidays on rotational basis.
  8. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  9. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; experience handling animals (nonhuman primates higher); ability to follow detailed instructions; good communication and analytical skills. The ideal candidate will have an Associate Degree as a Veterinary Technician. Applicants without a degree or veterinary technician license should have minimally achieved certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) or be working towards getting the degree as part of continuing education. Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) desirable.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline or an associate degree as a veterinary technician or be a licensed Veterinary Technician (prior U.S. Armed Forces members will have a certificate of training from the Army Animal Care Specialist (68T) school) and at least 3 years’ experience working with nonhuman primates. The incumbent must be proficient at using software tools such as Microsoft Word and Excel to maintain, create or modify departmental forms or obtain information. The incumbent must comply with the institute’s occupational health and safety requirements and be able to perform work while wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Administrative experience in project fund management and purchases will be considered favorably. 

Minimum Experience: 4 to 6 years of experience

Physical Capabilities: The incumbent must be able to work on their feet for extended periods of time (entire work day) without interference of previous injuries and must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 75 pounds for short distances. The incumbent must comply with the institute’s occupational health and safety requirements and be able to perform work while wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Administrative experience in project fund management and purchases will be considered favorably.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Applicants without a degree or veterinary technician license should have minimally achieved certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) or be working towards getting the degree as part of continuing education.

Work Environment: Work in an animal facility including some activity in a Laboratory environment.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.

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