Extended Job Title
Research Veterinary Technician
Org Level 1
Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Ctr
Org Level 7
271101 - LARC Admin Lbk
Performs a variety of duties to assist Veterinarian in the Lab Animal
Resources Center (LARC).
Professional/Personal Reference, Professional License/Certification
This position will primarily support the LARC Cancer Animal Core Facility.
This position provides technical expertise in veterinary nursing care,
clinical observations, and/or surgical manipulations of research animals. This
position will oversee the day-to-day identification, reporting, and
communication of clinical cases in the LARC facilities under the guidance of
the Institutional Veterinarian.
Assists in operating and maintaining the Cancer Animal Facility imaging
equipment, including a microCT scanner, pathology slide scanner, IVIS, and
others. Assists with operating and maintaining the LARC diagnostic laboratory
for routine procedures including hematology and clinical chemistries.
Assist researchers on cancer protocols with animal related duties, including
experimental design, animal identification, minor surgeries, post operative
monitoring, administering medications and study compounds, routine data
collections (body weights, body condition scores, blood, fluids), tissue
collections for necropsy, tissue processing for pathology and molecular
analysis, and other duties as assigned by the Veterinarian.
Maintaining proper medical and research records and creating reports to
collate and demonstrate experimental results using common applications such as
Word, Excel, and Access.
Assist with daily animal health checks by husbandry staff. Monitors health
status of all animals and reports abnormal clinical findings to the
Veterinarian and/or research staff as directed. initiates and monitors medical
treatments of all animals as directed by the Veterinarian. Become familiar
with commonly seen medical problems in laboratory animals and their
treatments. Maintain all forms and methods of animal health and treatment
Assist with rodent health monitoring program as needed, including collect,
preserve, and prepare blood, urine, stool, and tissue samples as needed for
testing and shipment. Collect post-mortem specimens for evaluation and
shipment as needed. Perform any other diagnostic testing as directed by the
Assist with the surgical preparation area as needed. St-up surgical packs.
Assist with anesthesia, surgical prep, and surgical procedures as needed.
Maintain proper medical and surgical records databases. Calculate drug doses
Assist in hands-on technical training of researchers, and research staff,
including: animal handling and restraint, injections, gavaging, and aseptic
technique. Provide technical training and guidance to husbandry staff as
needed/directed by the Veterinarian. Assist husbandry staff and research staff
with examinations and procedures, and alert them to emergencies and other
animal related problems.
Maintain knowledge of current Veterinary Medical standards and Institutional
standards and regulations. Understands, follows, and assists in updating and
maintaining Standard operating Procedures (SOP's) and Quality Assurance
(QA) standards. Gathers various animal health and welfare data for the
department. Collaborates with various academic and regulatory committees on
behalf of the Veterinarian as directed/needed.
Support and assist the Veterinarian in clinical examinations, treatments, and
surgeries as needed.
Become familiar with rodent breeding colonies, strategies, problems, and
Minimum Hire Rate
Associates or Bachelors degree in Animal Science and/or formal Veterinary
Technical training and at least 5 years experience in a Veterinary hospital.
Licensed Veterinary Technician with experience in an academic animal facility.
Knowledge of common laboratory animal species.
Knowledge of laboratory animal regulations.
Excellent communication and organizational skills.
Basic competence in common word processing, spreadsheet, and database
Keen, detail-oriented observational skills.
Willingness to learn.
HSC - Lubbock
LARC Admin Lbk
Resume / CV
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual
selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the
institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the
institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.
Drive vehicles to transport supplies and/or animals between facilities as
needed. Visit satellite facilities as needed.
Miscellaneous additional duties as assigned/requested by the Veterinarian,
Associate Director, or LARC Manager.
As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components
will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant's
race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); 5-10 years'
experience in clinical veterinary medicine as a technician/assistant with
hands on animal work including restraint, administering medications, surgical
prep, surgical monitoring, basic husbandry and basic physical exam skills.
Does this position work in a research laboratory?
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