Veterinary Research Technician Position

The Veterinary Research Technician provides support and technical assistance on research, clinical and surgical procedures. Will also be responsible for providing ongoing care and health maintenance for all animals within the Institution under the direction of their immediate Supervisor or Veterinarian.

EDUCATION/ EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:
VRT I
Required: High school diploma or general equivalency diploma. Two or more years of job specific experience.
Preferred: Sixty (60) hours from an accredited college or university or Associate Degree from an accredited college or university. Preferred Major: Science. If candidate has 60 hours from an accredited college or university or an Associate’s degree, no experience is required. Must be able to demonstrate expertise in their technical field in order to be assigned this classification. Must be able to follow directions as given by supervisor. Experience caring for non-human primates.
VRT II
Required: High school diploma or general equivalency diploma. AALAS Certification at the ALAT Level OR Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) required.
Preferred: Sixty (60) hours from an accredited college or university or Associate Degree from an accredited college or university OR high school diploma or general equivalency diploma plus experience. Preferred Major: Science Experience: If candidate has 60 hours from an accredited college or university or an Associate’s degree, a minimum of two years of closely related experience, with at least one of the two years completed in a research/veterinary environment, is required. If candidate has high school, requires four years of closely related experience. Must be able to demonstrate expertise in their technical field in order to be assigned this classification.
Skills: Procedure Training and Assistance
• Prepares, induces, maintains, recovers, and documents basic anesthesia events (to include IV catheterization and intubation
• Obtains routine clinical history, and performs a health check.
• Collects, labels, and distributes biological specimens from laboratory animals.
• Performs surveillance testing and collects samples (TB, parasitology, virology, bacteriology, and genetics) as program directs.
• Maintains, operates, and report conditions of standard support equipment.
• Prepares animals for pathologic evaluation, performs euthanasia and verifies death.
• Maintains written documentation and subsequent data entry in to the animal database.
• Determines drug dosages and administers via various routes (SQ, IM, ID, IV, PO, IP, gavage).
• Possesses a working knowledge of all appropriate SOPs.
• Maintains clinical and research support areas (cleaning, stocking, laundry, etc.)
• Understands concepts, SOPS and safety manual for biocontainment.
• Enters and exits biocontainment lab and performs assigned duties with minimal supervision.
• Performs project-specific tissue collection under biocontainment conditions.
• Has basic understanding of HVAC system and understands protocols for notification for errors and alarms.
• Runs CBC and chemistry samples on bench top analyzers.
• Prepares for and assists in biocontainment necropsy.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS:
Work involves strenuous physical activities of various kinds with continuous exposure to hazardous substances, potentially dangerous situations, unpleasant work conditions such as exposure to unpleasant odors or adverse weather conditions. Will work with the following biological hazards – infectious materials (BSL-2) and medical waste. Will work with Baboons and Macaques. Physical hazards include compressed gases, cryogenics e.g., liquid nitrogen, electrical hazards, heat/cold/noise/pressure (walk in coolers, -80 freezers, etc.), radioactive materials, x-ray equipment and others such as UV light, microwave, lamps, laser (black light, laser targeting (DEXA), etc. Chemical hazards include carcinogens (formaldehyde), toxic materials (powder acid, AQ-64, acetone, Cldex, etc. Other harzardous chemicals, including paint (Xylene). Bulk cleaning products (bleach, super blue, etc). This position may require participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program to include hepatitis B or other inoculations. Physical demands may include strenuous physical activity. Will work in the BSL2 and ABSL2 labs. Will sit at a computer for long periods of time. Will drive a motor vehicle on Texas Biomed business. Must have a valid Texas driver’s license and meet Texas Biomed driving standards. Must routinely lift 75 pounds and carry for short distances without assistance. Must be able to wear an air-purifying respirator in a proper manner and, if necessary, pass a respirator fitness test.

OTHER: This is a full-time hourly paid position. Texas Biomed business hours are Monday through Friday 7:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Occasional weekend work, holidays and overtime will be required. Texas Biomedical is committed to a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug screen is required.

Apply online at http://www.txbiomed.org/about/employment. Application packets are accepted electronically or in hard copy. A completed application packet is a requirement for all positions. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status

Application Instructions

Your resume and application must be provided electronically. Please follow the steps below.

  1. Please read instructions before submitting your application.
  2. PDF forms will need to be completed, saved to your computer and uploaded. Please refer to Step 2 for additional information.
  3. Fill out the online form.
  4. At the conclusion of the application process, you will be asked to attach your PDF files.

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