Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX, United States
May 11, 2021
Position Description Performs a variety of duties to assist Veterinarian in the Lab Animal Resources Center (LARC). Major/Essential Functions Maintains knowledge of current Veterinary Medical standards, institutional standards, and regulations. Understands, follows, and assists in updating and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance Standards. Gathers health and welfare data for the department. Oversees daily animal health checks by husbandry staff from multiple facilities. Monitors health status of all animals and reports clinical findings to the veterinarian and/or research staff as directed. Initiates and monitors medical treatments of all animals as directed by Veterinarian. Become familiar with commonly seen medical problems in laboratory animals. Maintain all forms and methods of animal health and treatment identifications. Oversees and maintains the rodent health monitoring program (Sentinel program) from multiple facilities. Collect, preserve, and prepare blood, urine, stool, and tissue samples as needed for testing and shipment. Collect post-mortem specimens for evaluations or shipment. Update and maintain Sentinel Program departmental database. Maintains the surgical preparation area. Set up surgical packs. Assist with anesthesia, surgical prep, and surgical procedures as needed. Maintain proper surgical records and databases. Maintain stocks of legend pharmaceuticals and dispense as needed. Assists in hands-on technical training of Researchers and research staff, including: animal handling and restraint, injections, gavaging, and aseptic techniques. Provide technical training and guidance to husbandry staff and research staff. Assist husbandry and research staff with examinations and procedures, and alert them to animal related emergencies. Maintains LARC Diagnostics Laboratory. Performs diagnostic testing, necropsies, and tissue collection as directed. Occasional Duties Become familiar with rodent breeding colonies, strategies, problems, and troubleshooting. Support and assist Veterinarian in clinical examinations, treatments, and surgeries as needed. Drive vehicles to transport supplies and/or animals between facilities. Visit satellite facilities as needed. Required Qualifications 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. Preferred Qualifications 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, including basic competence in common word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs. Keen, detailed-oriented, observational skills. Willingness to learn. Required Attachments Resume / CV Pay Statement 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. EEO Statement 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 veteran.