• Veterinary Technician

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Administrative Support
  • Overview

    Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

    The Veterinary Technician Small Animal Facility (SAF) provides support to veterinary staff and Center laboratories by performing a variety of technical procedures and health assessments in aspects of scientific studies involving research and testing in laboratory animals, keeping appropriate records and staying within the specifications of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved protocols. The Veterinary Technician SAF helps monitor and assure compliance with IACUC approved animal research protocols through regular direct interactions with faculty and the staff and other members of Comparative Medicine. 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 Clinical Veterinarian.

    The Veterinary Technician works independently to provide veterinary care to research animals as well as performing specialized job assignments related to research and research support. The primary responsibility of this position is providing veterinary care under direction of the Clinical Veterinarian for research animals, predominantly murine, housed in the small animal vivarium. A portion of this position is devoted to technical skill functions that are essential to the generation of research data for approved protocols of animal care and use. 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 animals housed in the small animal vivarium under direction of the Clinical Veterinarian. To include assessment, treatment plan, communication with research and husbandry staff
    • Maintains appropriate animal health records, and IACUC-related aspects of project oversight
    • May provide trainings, 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, and other injections. Monitor animal’s subsequent wellbeing, and provide supportive care, under the direction of a Clinical Veterinarian or the Director as appropriate
    • May perform harvests of biological specimens for scientific study and/or veterinary assessments, including but not limited to blood, urine, bone marrow, skin, tail biopsies, and solid organ harvests
    • Must be well-versed in laboratory rodent housing, radiation safety, biohazard containment, rodent pathogens, and risk reduction measures as they pertain to facility activities
    • May assist with the general anesthesia, patient monitoring, and surgery requirements for major operative procedures in animals, using appropriate techniques to minimize contamination. Provide follow-up care as directed by a Clinical Veterinarian or the Director
    • May assist in the preparation of animal housing appropriate for the species, and the inspection of newly arrived animals for general health
    • May be responsible for breeding, weaning and identification of animals as assigned
    • Appropriately identifies animals per established SOPs
    • Assists in performance of animal care and custodial duties (feeding, watering, and cleaning) when necessary
    • Summarize and submit appropriate documentation to ensure cost-recovery for services rendered
    • Help supervisors and veterinarians ensure that areas within the facility meet institutional and federal regulatory standards and Guidelines and SOPs. Help the Comp. Med Director respond to any facility or animal concerns posed by the Center’s IACUC
    • May transport animals, supplies or equipment between facilities and institutions or may assist in such activities
    • Participate in continuing education appropriate for professional growth and service excellence in these responsibilities
    • Work on call, weekend, evening, or holiday shifts as needed or assigned
    • Perform other duties as assigned


    Minimum qualifications:

    • A bachelor’s degree in a biological science or Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability 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 and use protocols and 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.

    Preferred qualifications:

    • 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 a valid Washington State Driver’s License and good driving record

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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