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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.