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Veterinary Technician Lead

Veterinary Technician Lead

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center’s five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Hutchinson Center, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. Join us and make a difference!


The Veterinary Technician Lead is responsible for assisting the Veterinary Technician Supervisor in overseeing the quality of the work in the canine facilities, and for directly overseeing the Veterinary Technicians in performing routine and skilled animal care duties and custodial care for research animals and facilities.  The position also performs technical duties of animal care requiring knowledge of contamination, disease processes and biohazard containment, and conducts routine husbandry tasks if needed. The Veterinary Technician Lead will assist the Veterinary Technician Supervisor to ensure overall compliance of the facilities to applicable animals care and use and environmental health and safety and labor regulations, policies and guidelines pertinent to animal research activities at the facilities. This position will be expected to operate specialized equipment and to perform specialized procedures as required to provide adequate veterinary care or support animal manipulation segments of research protocols.  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. The Veterinary Technician Lead has a primary assignment at one of the canine facilities at any given time, but must be familiar with other canine facilities and will be expected to rotate to any of the canine facilities when requested.  The Veterinary Technician Lead may be expected to assist with animal care and husbandry duties in the CM small animal facility. The Veterinary Technician Lead reports directly to the Veterinary Technician Supervisor.  


**This is a Friday - Tuesday Shift**


The Veterinary Technician Lead has input into the hiring and evaluation of subordinate technical staff.  The Veterinary Technician Lead will be expected to function in a working line leadership role with responsibilities for training of (in conjunction with the Veterinary Technician Supervisor), as well as oversees technicians performing technical animal care and custodial duties. 


The Veterinary Technician Lead has the ability to independently adjust work schedule to complete duties for absent technicians. The routine husbandry work load for this position may vary from week to week depending upon the type of need in the resource. The Veterinary Technician Lead will be expected to rotate into the lead role at any of the canine facilities when requested, and to share call duties with other leads and supervisors.  


  1. All job duties listed for Veterinary Technician III – Canine Unit, and a working knowledge of Veterinary Technician I and Veterinary Technician II job descriptions. 
  2. Assist Veterinary Technician Supervisor in interviewing and selecting technician applicants for canine facilities.         
  3. In conjunction with the Veterinary Technician Supervisor, assist in assigning duties to technicians, setting priorities, planning schedules, and insuring that proper sanitation, housing, husbandry and preventative health care of animals and safety procedures are in compliance with established procedures
  4. Train or assist in training new technicians and researchers in policies and procedures.        
  5. Complete requests for technical services from researchers, first ensuring with Veterinary Technician Supervisor that all such requests have the pre-approval of the IACUC.
  6. Keep informed of current animal welfare regulations pertinent to the canine unit and help monitor all facilities to assure compliance with standards.  Assist Veterinary Technician Supervisor to update SOP’s used for operating the facility, and provide assistance to compose new SOP’s as needed.
  7. Help to coordinate facilities site visit preparations and work assignments.
  8. Assist in scheduling all technician work and schedule experiments if requested to do so by the Veterinary Technician Supervisor.
  9. Work with veterinary staff to assure that all protocols are being carried out according to IACUC approvals
  10. Identify improved methods of facility maintenance, sanitation, and housekeeping in regards to hygiene and efficiency of operations.
  11. Function temporarily as the Veterinary Technician Supervisor if requested to do so in the absence of the Supervisor.
  12. Maintain open communication with the Veterinary Technician Supervisor, notifying the Supervisor or veterinarians of any animal health issues, staff issues or facilities issues that need to be addressed.
  13. Oversee the maintenance of the animal surgery units.
  14. Provide input and work with Veterinary Technician Supervisor on employee evaluations.
  15. May transport or assist in the transport of animals, supplies or equipment between facilities.  Possible facilities include other local research institutions.
  16. Work on-call, weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed.
  17. Perform other duties as assigned by Veterinary Technician Supervisor or Animal Health Resources Director.




a) Two years experience as a Veterinary Technician III with a superior performance evaluation, or:


b) Three years experience as an Veterinary Technician II with a superior performance evaluation, or:


c) Licensed Veterinary Technician or equivalent and 3-5 years of relevant veterinary and supervisory experience.



  • Demonstrated ability to manage other staff as needed. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of federal and institutional animal welfare laws and policies.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Good verbal and written English communication skills. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions. 
  • Ability to prepare written reports.
  • Ability to lift and move 50 lbs. on a regular basis and to sustain physical activities such as bending, balancing, stooping, reaching, and standing for long periods of time. 
  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment including scrubs, gloves, shoe covers, gowns, ear plugs, face mask, eye protection.
  • Some college training or technical degree.
  • Science and animal husbandry background including prior experience or education in animal care. 
  • Maintenance of a valid Washington State Driver’s License and good driving record.


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