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The Veterinary Technician provides support to veterinary staff and Center laboratories by performing a variety of technical procedures and health assessments in studies involving laboratory animals. Completion of these tasks will be expected to be conducted independently without direct supervision. A clear understanding of research protocols is required for work on animal manipulation segments of the protocols. This position reports directly to the Veterinary Technician Manager.
The Veterinary Technician is classified as essential personnel and, as such, is required to work with a 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.
The Veterinary Technician works independently to provide veterinary care to research animals as well as performing specialized job assignments related to facility and research support. The Veterinary Technician is expected to rotate between any of the animal facilities when requested. The primary responsibility of this position is providing veterinary care for research animals under direction of the Veterinary Technician Manager and Clinical Veterinarians. Other responsibilities range from providing technical services for research support, assistance in the health monitoring program, training to operate specialized equipment, and assisting in other aspects of animal care. The position requires a basic understanding of animal anatomy, anesthesia, euthanasia, veterinary supportive care, biohazard containment, chemical hazard containment, radiation hazard containment and risk-reduction measures. Knowledge of the investigators needs with respect to the scientific process, the content of the corresponding IACUC approved protocols, the animal welfare regulations and the assurance of animal health and well-being are required.
Provides appropriate veterinary care to animals housed in Fred Hutch animal facilities under direction of the Veterinary Technician Manager. To include assessment, treatment plan, communication with research and husbandry staff, and Clinical Veterinarians. This includes preventative animal health care duties.
Maintains appropriate animal health records. Requires proficiency in Microsoft Office and use of the DVMax, eSirius, and Hutch IACUC systems for record keeping and referencing project information.
May provide trainings to researchers or other CM staff, to include facility orientation as well as hands-on training and instruction for routine technical skills involving animal care and research activities.
May perform routine study related activities such as subcutaneous, intradermal, intravenous, intraperitoneal, intramuscular, and other injections. Monitors animals subsequent wellbeing, and provides supportive care, under the direction of veterinarians, as appropriate.
Performs or assists other veterinary staff with exams, drug treatments, wound treatments, bandage changes, ear cleaning, fecal sampling, blood sampling, injections, animal weights, care of neonates, transport, placing of catheters, administering IV fluids, dental care, laboratory procedures (fecals, vaginal cytology, urinalysis, complete blood counts), bone marrow aspirates, instrument care and identification, emergency procedures and other critical care.
May perform necropsies and harvests of biological specimens for scientific study, veterinary assessments, or health monitoring program. May include blood, urine, bone marrow, skin, tail biopsies, and solid organ harvests.
Must be well-versed in laboratory rodent and large animal housing, radiation safety, biohazard containment, and biosecurity for known or potential infectious diseases. Trained to implement risk reduction measures as they pertain to facility activities.
Administers general anesthesia, performs patient monitoring, and may assist with surgery for major operative procedures in animals, using appropriate aseptic techniques. Provides follow-up care as directed by veterinarians.
Inspects newly arrived animals for general health and reports abnormalities to the Veterinary Technician Manager or Clinical Veterinarians. May assist in the preparation of animal housing appropriate for the species.
May be responsible for breeding, weaning and identification of animals and maintenance of colony records.
Appropriately identifies animals per established SOPs, maintains accurate records of animal identification, daily room tallies, and labor allocation.
Performs animal care and custodial duties (feeding, watering, cleaning, laundry) when necessary.
Participates in material management inventory control and request purchase requisitions as necessary. Summarizes and submits appropriate documentation to ensure cost-recovery for services rendered.
Helps supervisors and veterinarians ensure that areas within the facility meet institutional and federal regulatory standards and compliance with CM guidelines and SOPs.
Appropriately uses, documents use, and assures security of controlled substances.
May transport animals supplies or equipment between facilities and institutions. Assists veterinarians with planning and record-keepingfor animal shipments.
Operates cage washing equipment including mechanical rack, autoclave, pressure washer and other cleaning equipment and devices and performs environmental control tests to validate and ensure proper function and document test results.
Takes all training and fulfill regulatory requirements to operate LINAC, gamma irradiators, or other specialized equipment, and becomes proficient in the operation of the LINAC and other equipment as required.
Implements environmental enrichment and social housing requirements for USDA-covered species according to CM and IACUC policies and guidelines and assures compliance with these guidelines for non-USDA species.
Assumes Veterinary Technician Lead responsibilities on a short-term basis if requested.
Participates in assigned required training and other formal continuing education appropriate for professional growth and service excellence in these responsibilities. Licensorfor LVT, membership in the local AALAS branch, and AALAS technician certifications are encouraged and supported by CM.
Works on call, weekend, evening, or holiday shifts as needed or assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A bachelors degree in a biological science or Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology.
Ability to read and write clearly and follow instructions precisely.
Prior experience, training or education in laboratory animal care and in a variety of veterinary technical procedures is desired (typically in excess of one year).
Basic understanding of the scientific process, including aspects of study design with experimental and control groups and in appropriate methods and levels of documentation is also required.
Knowledge of the IACUC oversight process, including methods to assure animal well-being through animal care.
Use protocols via the Comp. Med veterinary care program is essential.
Perform procedures that may require lifting up to 50 lbs. This may include lifting animals, feed, bedding, equipment and/or supplies.
Ability to wear Personal Protection Equipment may include scrubs, disposable coveralls, gloves, shoe covers, gowns, ear plugs / muffs, face mask, and eye protection.
AALAS certification at the LATg level is recommended, and persons hired for this position should continue to pursue this certification as soon as possible once eligible until achieved.
Maintenance of state license(LVT) is preferred.
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 antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
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The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.