Veterinary Technician

Updated: October 9, 2019
Job ID: 215315
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Veterinary Technician to support the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the DLAR.

The incumbent is responsible for veterinary medical care, husbandry, and research support to a variety of research animal species (such as zebrafish, mice, rats, gerbils, laboratory opossums, ferrets, rabbits, ruminants, swine, nonhuman primates) in accordance with departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as well as approved animal protocols. 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; animal restraint; euthanasia; and necropsy techniques. 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 animal species housed.

Responsibilities: 

  1. Performs various veterinary procedures under the supervision of Attending Veterinarian or designated Clinical Veterinarian in support of DLAR staff. Veterinary procedures include but are not limited to the following:  performing animal health rounds, administration of treatments as prescribed, provides social/environmental animal enrichment, collection of biological samples, submit samples to commercial laboratory for processing/analysis, anesthesia support, surgery support, animal restraint, euthanasia, necropsy, and other duties as assigned.  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. 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. Maintains animal health records and/or database.  
  4. Conducts lab work, which includes blood collection and processing samples for analysis, maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories, and logbooks.
  5. Performs data entry for research projects and maintains databases.
  6. Performs animal husbandry tasks such as feeding, watering, cage change, room maintenance, room/equipment decontamination as determined by Supervisor, and other duties as assigned.  
  7. Oversees breeding and reproduction of animals, determines when to wean, determines sex, and separates animals as required based on sex, weight, age, purpose of research, etc.
  8. Receives and processes newly arrived animals.
  9. Assembles, disassembles and moves cages and equipment; unloads, moves and stores feed, equipment and supplies within and outside the university.
  10. Assists with animal census. 
  11. Supports DLAR’s clerical and chargeback system. 
  12. Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures.
  13. Assists in maintaining all regulatory and accreditation standards. 
  14. Maintains required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.
  15. Perform cage wash operations as needed.
  16. Maintain assigned equipment in working order and report deficiencies of the physical plant as needed.
  17. Train new staff members (not limited to DLAR staff) in animal handling, restraint, medication administration, sample collection and health evaluation.
  18. Performs assigned duties after hours as needed (to include weekends and holidays on rotational basis).
  19. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  20. Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
  21. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; experience handling animals; ability to follow detailed instructions; good communication and analytical skills. 

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: The ideal candidate will have an Associate Degree as a Veterinary Technician (prior U.S. Armed Forces members will have a certificate of training from the Army Animal Care Specialist (68T) school).  Applicants without a degree or veterinary technician license should have minimally achieved certification as an Associate Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) or be actively working towards obtaining certification as part of continuing education.  Incumbent must obtain ALAT certification within 1 year of hire. Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) desirable.  The incumbent must be proficient at using software tools such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Google Suite 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: 1 to 4 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 (to include rabies vaccination) 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 an Associate Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) or be actively working towards obtaining certification as part of continuing education.  Incumbent must obtain ALAT certification within 1 year of hire.  

Work Environment: Work in an animal facility including some activity in a Laboratory environment. Current hours of operations are the following:  7:00 a.m. to 3:30p.m. est and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays; duty hours are subject to change in order to meet mission requirements.  

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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 Chief Human Resources Officer.
 

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