Medical (Veterinary) Laboratory Technologist

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

United States

December 25, 2021


Title: Medical (Veterinary) Laboratory Technologist

Location: Upper East Side

Org Unit: Lab of Comparative Pathology

Work Days: Monday-Friday

Exemption Status: Non-exempt

Position Summary

Under supervision, performs veterinary and environmental diagnostic and research testing for the Laboratory of Comparative Pathology (LCP) which supports the Research Animal Resource Center (RARC) and the Genetically Modified Animal (GMA) Phenotyping Service.

Job Responsibilities
  • Receives requests, enters them in Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), and processes samples according to laboratory protocol.
  • Organizes and performs clinical pathology testing to comply with the sample priority schedule to maximize testing efficiency and accuracy.
  • Monitors assay results and quality controls to verify adequate precision of methodology, reagents, and instrument functions; evaluates test reports for transcription errors.
  • Maintains and calibrates instruments daily to ensure their accurate and consistent operations and promote increased instrument life span.
  • Troubleshoots instrument and reagent problems to determine cause of malfunction or inaccurate test results.
  • Assists clinical staff laboratory with test submission requirements, methodology and results interpretation.
  • Tests cell-related components of blood samples to enumerate and identify their cellular components, including the microscopic evaluation of blood smears and the use of automated and manual counting techniques (Hematology).
  • Examines blood and body fluids for various components using automated instrumentation (Chemistry and Serology).
  • Processes blood and body fluids for microscopic examination by veterinary pathologists, including slide preparation and staining (Cytology).
  • Analyzes chemical and microscopic components of urine samples, using automated instrumentation and manual techniques (Urinalysis).
  • Identifies parasitic organisms in various animal sources, using sedimentation and flotation techniques and microscopic evaluation (Parasitology).
  • Isolates bacterial infectious agents from various samples using selective media and API strips, and verifies functionality of autoclaves (Microbiology).
  • Tests water for pH, conductivity, alkalinity, and chemical contents (Water Analysis).
  • Education
  • High School Diploma
  • Experience

    Recent graduates with relevant training will also be considered.

    Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or equivalent preferred.

    Bachelor of Science from an accredited college or university in biological sciences or an Associate's degree in Medical Technology considered.

    Certification as a Medical Technologist (MT) (American Medical Technologists-AMT), Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) (ASCP), Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) (ASCP), Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) (Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science-CSMLS), or equivalent military certification preferred.

    One -3 years of laboratory work experience preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Willing to work with samples from laboratory animals such as mice, rats, rabbits, pigs, non-human primates and others.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Proven capability or track record of problem-solving.
  • Strong willingness to learn.
  • Appreciates and understands the connection between individual goals, departmental goals and the organizational mission.
  • Approaches our job knowing that there are internal and external customers whose expectations we strive to exceed.
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethics at all times.
  • Maintains a flexible and forward thinking approach to the way work is done.
  • Maintains a team-oriented approach, and possesses the ability to cultivate positive and collegial workplace relationships.
  • Possesses excellent work-related skills and the ability to apply them, while continually seeking ways to improve.
  • Possesses the ability to facilitate the flow of information through effective written and oral communication.
  • Understands the need to be responsible for our own outcomes, and takes pride in delivering the best possible work product.
  • Licenses and Certifications Working Conditions/Physical Demands

    Standard laboratory environment.

    Position requires handling of specimens from non-human primates and purposely infected or xenobiotic research animals.

    Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork- Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Weill Cornell Medicine provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.