DUTIES: The Department of Comparative Medicine at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Vet Tech / Instructional Support Assistant. The Veterinary Technician will report to the Supervisor of Veterinary Technicians/Animal Operating Room Manager and will also take clinical direction from facility veterinarian as necessary. The Vet Tech will be responsible for assisting the Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) to meet its obligations to maintain the health and welfare of all species. A qualified individual should be able to evaluate the health and welfare of the animals through beneficial species - specific behaviors, while allowing researchers to reach the specific scientific goals of their research. The selected candidate must be capable of the following: - Daily vivarium room rounds to identify animals exhibiting psychosocial distress when individually housed or with restricted activity. - Meet with research personal and the facility veterinarian to create strategies for treating animals displaying concerning or abnormal behaviors. - Implement and document IACUC approved exemptions from enrichment or social housing. - Assist the Attending Veterinarian and Supervisor of Veterinary Technicians/Animal Operating Room in animal health surveillance procedures. - Prepare the operating room for procedures, including preparation and sterilization of surgical instruments and supplies. - Assist with surgical procedures, including administering and monitoring anesthesia. - Provide post-operative care and treatments as prescribed by veterinarian and document appropriately. - Order and distribute supplies to investigators. This may include the intake, logging, and distribution of controlled substances when necessary. - Maintain a variety of records of animals, clinical procedures, training provided, etc. - Administer treatments and monitor the health of animals during quarantine (e.g., TB testing). - Various other responsibilities may also be assigned and can vary based upon personal interests or departmental needs The Vet Tech must be flexible and able to adapt to a dynamic work environment and work successfully as part of a team while working with a variety of species. The Vet Tech must be able to follow established standard operating protocols, communicate concisely and effectively, with ability to work independently and proactively. The Vet Tech must possess basic computer skills, as well as knowledge of Excel, Word, and Outlook. The Vet Tech may have to work occasional evenings. The Vet Tech should be able to lift heavy animals (e.g., sheep, swine, NHPs). (DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE ABOVE POSITION DESCRIPTION) QUALIFICATIONS: Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology. LATG and/or Veterinary Technician license preferred. A minimum of 1 year of experience performing the following veterinary care functions in a clinical or research setting: - Administration and monitoring anesthesia induction and maintenance. - Provision of veterinary nursing care and treatment. specifically injections, fluid therapy, IV catheter placement, specimen collection (blood, urine, feces). - Knowledge of the most recent editions of the Guide for Care and Use of Lab Animals, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, (BMBL), and Good Laboratory Practice are essential. - Demonstrated experience in proper and safe restraint of animals. - Excellent organizational skills. - Demonstrated ease in learning and teaching new electronic systems. - Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written. - Ability to prioritize multiple tasks. Additional Info: *Please ensure you include the 5-digit Line Number and Job Title in the subject line of your email submission. Hours of work: 8:00AM - 4:00PM. Days of week: Monday-Friday.Closing Date: Open Until Filled STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY / AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
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About SUNY Downstate Medical Center
SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine, Health Related Professions, Nursing and its School of Graduate Studies offer students a broad professional education that will prepare them for practice or careers in any location and community. This education provides exceptional opportunities for those students with a commitment to promoting health in urban communities and addressing the complex challenges of investigating and preventing diseases that confront clinicians, educators, and researchers in such an environment. This special aspect of Downstate's unique mission is reflected in the students it attracts and selects, the vast majority of whom are drawn from the New York City Metropolitan area. Many of these students are members of minority and cultural groups underrepresented in the health professions, and/or come from families of first-generation immigrants or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.