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The Veterinary Technician Manager is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of all veterinary technicians and veterinary technician leads in Comparative Medicine inclusive of large and small animal programs. This role ensures appropriate provision of veterinary technical care for resident animals, support for on-going research and availability of training for staff and researchers. The position directly assists the Veterinary staff in compliance with all applicable animal welfare regulations and policies.
The Veterinary Technician Manager reports directly to the Clinical Veterinarian and has the Veterinary Technician Leads, and the Veterinary Technicians as direct reports.
The Veterinary Technician Manager works independently in performing job assignments and uses judgment in technical animal care activities with minimal direction from clinical veterinarians. Directs the work of the staff and allocates the resources of the program to meet the needs of the research projects. This position is responsible for ensuring completion of critical animal care functions in compliance with regulatory obligations and coordinating alternative arrangements for completion of necessary duties when needed including Center closures.
The Veterinary Technician Manager is classified as essential personnel and, as such, is required to work with minimal amount of absences and during all Center closures except in the event of a major disaster when access to animal housing and use facilities is prohibited by governmental emergency personnel.
Supervise and assign duties to Veterinary Technician Leads, and in coordination with Veterinary Technician Leads, supervise and assign duties to Veterinary Set priorities, plan schedules to ensure full coverage of all animal facilities with regards to veterinary care, health monitoring, and research or other technical support
Identify staffing needs. Interview, select, discipline, evaluate, promote, and motivate staff. Coordinate training and development of Conduct regular employee performance reviews and evaluations
Work with Human Resources, Comparative Medicine Clinical Veterinarians and Sr. Director, and Shared Resources Administration to clearly define staff roles, career paths, and to create clear and appropriate staff
Interact with investigators and research technicians to meet their animal care and service needs. Answer questions regarding policies and procedures, respond to complaints and review investigator requests for services for clarity, insuring technicians' completion of assignments according to instructions
Keep informed of current animal welfare legislation and guidelines and monitor, along with veterinary technicians and CM Operations Staff all animal care areas to assure compliance with established standards. Review and update Standard Operating Procedures/ Policies/ Guidelines annually and create new ones as required
Complete and submit a variety of administrative reports, assuring accuracy of record keeping and data collection and maintain computerized animal health
Oversee maintenance of animal equipment such as anesthesia machines, facilities, and supply inventories, submitting maintenance requests and purchasing orders as needed
Oversee organization and maintenance all aspects of the necropsy, treatment and surgical facilities, including equipment, drug inventories, packs, and cleaning
Assist with surgical procedures and assist investigators with a variety of technical duties associated with research
Monitor animal treatment records, ensure that all treatment regimens are carried out, observe treated animals daily, communicate changes in condition or complications to veterinarian, route paperwork appropriately and maintain file of animals
Inform investigators of animal health status, obtain permission to treat when necessary and refer animal health reports and investigator questions
Interact with diagnostic support laboratories to coordinate sample submission and ensure timely return and recording
Assist in the proper conduct of the quality assurance programs for existing colonies of all animals housed on site, including evaluations for disease and genetic
Schedule and assist veterinarians and other pertinent members of CM in creating staff training. Ensure that all training is current and up to date. Review and update all training material annually and conduct training as required
Provide a safe as well as positive work environment, working with Environmental Health and Safety, Occupational Health, Ergonomics, Human Resources, and other institutional entities as required
Participate and assist in monitoring legend and controlled substances inventory and use tracking
Familiarize self with operations of major equipment within Comparative Medicine including LINAC, anesthesia machines and ventilators, and other relevant systems
Coordinate the transportation and shipment of the animals, inspecting them for acceptability and appropriateness of the transport means, assisting with diagnostic evaluations and veterinary evaluations of the animals as needed, and maintain the separation from other animals as required by SOPs. Assist in the development and revision of transportation and shipment SOPs as required
Work with the Veterinary Staff to deploy resources as necessary throughout the day to ensure effective and safe operations at the facilities including assistance with other components of Comparative Medicine such as Specialized Mouse Services, Comparative Pathology, the Preclinical Model Core and/or Animal Imaging
Work with Shared Resources Administration and others to facilitate on-going maintenance, capital project work, and to provide data for billing and accounting purposes
Interact with vendors to discuss improvements in products or identify solutions to any problems with equipment
Work with Shared Resources Administration and Clinical Vets/ Sr. Director to lead tours of the facility
May transport or assist in the transport of animals, supplies, or equipment between facilities
May assist Veterinary Technicians if needed to meet animal care requirements
Perform other duties as assigned
A Bachelor of Sciences degree in a medical, biological or allied field
Minimum of five years of relevant veterinary experience
Minimum of three years of relevant supervisory and managerial experience
Excellent leadership and management skills with demonstrated ability to lead a diverse group of individual performers in delivering services
Demonstrated understanding of federal and institutional animal welfare laws and policies, with experience in a laboratory animal setting
AALAS laboratory animal technician certification, with preference given to candidates who are certified at the LATg level and/or CMAR
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent computer skills
Ability to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment and master new skill sets quickly
Commitment to promote and support a collegial and supportive work environment for all staff
Licensed veterinary technician or eligible for LVT credentialing
Familiarity with IACUC procedures, understanding protocol implementation, and institutional responsibilities in this area
Maintenance of a valid Washington State Drivers License and good driving record
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.