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The Veterinary Technician is responsible for providing support for veterinary care of laboratory animals, assisting with training of new personnel in animal procedures, and maintenance of quality control and health surveillance programs to ensure compliance with USDA, PHS and AAALAC guidelines. Practices effective written and verbal communication with peers, research staff and management to facilitate an excellent standard of animal care.
This is an Essential Reporting position. An employee designated as Essential Reporting has essential job skills that are needed for response and recovery and is expected to report to campus as soon as possible.
Perform daily animal facility rounds, including examination and treatment of sick animals. Report to supervisor regularly regarding new and ongoing animal health cases. Assist in performing treatments and physical examinations. Provide technical support to researchers as needed.
Maintain accurate, current and complete records, including but not limited to: animal health reports, medical records, health surveillance data, animal transfer information and quality assurance records. Perform billing data entry for veterinary technical services. Review technical service charges monthly.
Train staff members and researchers in use of the animal facilities and in humane animal procedures including surgery. Understand biocontainment procedures, including use of PPE, strict traffic patterns within and between each containment area and train others in these concepts.
Perform quality assurance procedures including but not limited to: autoclave testing, water quality testing, gas anesthesia monitoring, evaluation of sanitation effectiveness, and facilities inspections. Participate in the environmental enrichment (EE) program for laboratory animals, including routine review of EE provision logs.
Coordinate and perform routine health surveillance testing.
Coordinate and arrange for internal and external animal transfers including shipment of rodents and other animals to and from Caltech and transfer of animals between Caltech animal facilities.
Assist with clinical and surgical procedures. Sterilize surgical equipment and other supplies. Perform radiographic procedures.
Assist with reviewing, revising, and creating Standard Operating Procedures.
Maintain inventory of drugs, equipment, and other items. Ensure that outdated items are removed from stock. Order new items when needed. Organize and stock injury response kits. Check and coordinate controlled drug inventory and maintain records to comply with Institute policies and state and Federal laws.
Participate in regular staff meetings. Participate in weekend, holiday, and after-hours on call duty.
Participate in training and continuing education activities as required by state and Federal guidelines and accreditation standards.
Coordinate and implement measures to ensure safe handling of animals that have been treated with biohazardous or chemically hazardous substances, including training of other personnel.
Review decentralized husbandry logs. Generate electronic reports with animal health and/or facilities data.
Perform other administrative, technical duties or special projects as assigned by supervisor. Assist with various animal husbandry tasks as requested.
Likely exposure to animal dander, diseases, odors, bites, and scratches.
Likely exposure to housekeeping/cleaning/disinfecting agents.
Likely exposure to dust.
Likely exposure to biohazardous and chemical hazards.
Likely exposure to ionizing radiation.
Occasional bending, reaching, lifting.
Frequent sitting and typing.
Occasional pushing, climbing.
Infrequent heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.).
Frequent exposure to animal allergens.
Occasional exposure to biohazardous and chemical substances.
Occasional exposure to ionizing radiation.
Possibility of animal related injuries, including bites and scratches.
Use of personal protective equipment.
Possibility of injury by sharp instruments, including scalpels and needles.
Associate Degree in animal science, biology, or related field or equivalent experience to become RVT eligible.
Registered Veterinary Technician or eligible in California.
Six months experience in a laboratory animal facility or veterinary practice.
Willing and able to participate in an Occupational Health program (requiring routine vaccinations (e.g., MMR) along with routine TB testing and other testing and vaccinations as required by the Institute).
Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrate effective organizational skills.
Maintain legible logs and records.
Perform duties in accordance with department policies/procedures.
Ability to understand technical language including veterinary medical and genetic terminology.
Handle and restrain animals for physical examinations and treatments.
Calculate drug doses based on mg/kg body weight.
Give injections (such as: subcutaneous, intravenous, intramuscular and intraperitoneal routes).
Place intravenous catheters.
Place endotracheal tubes.
Collect samples, including blood, feces and urine.
Perform and monitor various types of anesthesia.
Assist with and perform various surgical procedures, maintaining a sterile field.
Perform diagnostic tests, including urinalysis, fecal parasitology, PCV.
Routine necropsy of rodents, birds and amphibians.
Maintain complete medical records.
Ethylene oxide sterilizer
Gas anesthetic machine
Portable blood gas analyzer
Pulse oximeter and similar surgical monitoring equipment
Water circulating heating pad
Bair Hugger patient warming unit
Basic function of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Must be able to lift/carrying lab supplies, equipment and/or objects weighing up to 50 pounds
Standing: remaining on one's feet in an upright position
Walking: moving about on foot
Lifting: raising or lowering an object from one level to another
Carrying, transporting an object, usually by hand, arm, or shoulder
Pushing: exerting force upon an object so that the object is moved away
Pulling: exerting force upon an object so that it is moving to the person
Climbing: ascending or descending objects usually with hands/feet
Balancing: maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling over
Stooping: bending the body by bending the spine at the waist
Kneeling: bending legs to come to rest on one or both knees
Crouching: bending body downward and forward by bending legs
Reaching: extending the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction
Handling: seizing, holding, grasping, or otherwise working with hand(s)
Fingering: picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers
Feeling: perceiving attributes of objects by means of skin receptors
Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words
Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds by the ear
Eye/hand/foot coordination: performing work through using two or more
Near Acuity: ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less
Accommodation: ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus
Color vision: ability to distinguish and identify different colors
Bachelor Degree in Animal Science, Biology or related field
Advanced skill level with Microsoft Office, including Office 365/SharePoint and proficiency with iPad/tablet computers
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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