This position is located on the SUNY Canton campus in Canton, New York.
Who we are:
The Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is an AAVLD accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory located in Ithaca, NY within the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. The AHDC includes the Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) with laboratories in Canton, Cobleskill, Ithaca, and Warsaw. We are committed to improving the health of all animals and the work we perform helps protect and improve public health, promote environmental stewardship, and foster economic growth.
What we do:
As one of the most comprehensive veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the country, we receive over 200,000 submissions and process close to one million specimens annually, using both state of the art technology and methodologies that are more traditional, across twelve disciplines.
What you will be doing:
As a member of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center, you will work collaboratively across the organization in support of the mission while adhering to the AHDC Quality assurance system.
Your home base will be within the Quality Milk Production Services laboratory located in Canton, NY, where you will work as an Extension Aide.
Using a company vehicle, you will perform a courier route, which involves picking up samples from various locations, reconciling samples with submission forms (both paper and/or electronic), delivering samples to lab within specified time period, creating accessions, and preparing samples for testing according to SOP.
In addition, you will also assist QMPS Field Veterinarians by performing surveys on dairy farms in New York and neighboring states; this includes collecting milk samples, identifying abnormal udder secretions, performing subjective evaluations of various environmental and clinical conditions in a consistent manner, and evaluating milking system performance.
As a member of the team, you will also need to assist with general housekeeping duties, including entering data into our LIMS, disinfecting incubators and work areas, preparing supplies for testing, and managing sample storage and medical waste.
Additionally, you will provide exceptional customer service to both internal and external clients at all times; this includes working well with all shareholders (students, other technical staff, clients) in a good natured and cooperative manner.
As a member of the QMPS Team, you will be proactive and assist where needed to ensure our clients receive accurate results in a timely manner. You will also proactively keep the learning going, and help promote a positive working environment.
What are the qualifications?
You have, at the minimum, an associate's degree, with at least one year of experience working around cows.
You must enjoy working both in a laboratory and on a farm cows, where strong attention to detail and the ability to keep complete and accurate records is obligatory.
Basic computer skills are necessary, as you will be using various software programs to perform the job!
It would be great if you have experience working within an established quality system, however we are willing to train if you are willing to learn.
Similar to the field of human medicine, you will have access to confidential client information and must have the utmost discretion.
You have a bachelor's degree in animal science, and at least two years of experience in dairy farm operation, involving herd health, and milking equipment function.
Additionally, you have basic knowledge of Hispanic culture with the ability to communicate in Spanish.
It would be ideal if you also have familiarity with applied research and quality assurance programs.
Working in the diagnostic laboratory is very rewarding especially for those who enjoy learning new skills, understand the importance of teamwork, work well under pressure, and find fulfillment in task completion.
This is not a physically demanding job, but you must be able to sit for extended periods in a vehicle and at a computer; however, we understand the importance of ergonomics and do our very best to reduce the potential for injury.
We do require all employees receive a vaccination for rabies, which will be paid for by the organization after you begin.
This is a full-time, 39 hour per week, position with irregular hours Monday through Friday; holiday and weekend rotations may be required based on business needs.
This is a one-year term position; reappointment will be contingent upon funding and performance.
What is in it for you:
Cornell University is a wonderful place to build your career! We provide great benefits, including educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with many local and national companies, health care plans, enrollment in New York State Employee's Retirement System (NYSERS), and very generous vacation, and health and personal leave accruals. Learn more about the amazing benefits by clicking here!
Working at the College of Veterinary Medicine also comes with additional benefits, including access to onsite massages and exercise classes, an active Staff Council dedicated to maintaining a positive work environment, and an overall welcoming community interested in helping its members be successful.
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