Veterinary Care Technician I

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Research/Scientific/Grants
Department:11800000 - OR-ANIMAL CARE SERVICES

Classification Title:

Veterinary Care Technician I

Job Description:

The Veterinary Care Technician I reports to the Vet Care Manager and Clinical Veterinarian.  Provides veterinary care to a wide range of species of animals including (but not limited to) mice, rats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, non-human primates, amphibians, reptiles, pigeons, chickens, cattle, etc. 

Some animals may be experimentally infected.  Employee may be required to be vaccinated to work with these animals or enter their rooms.  Need excellent animal record keeping skills, interpersonal communication skills.  This requires a basic knowledge of standards set forth by the USDA and the Natl Resch Council guide for care & use of lab animals.  Some species are potentially aggressive and some may carry infections that are hazardous to humans or other animals. 

Essential Functions of the Job: 

50% Provides clinical care to laboratory animals as instructed by Clinical Veterinarians. May provide anesthesia and surgical support for multiple species as necessary. Maintains clinical health records and supporting records and databases as needed. Also gives injections, administers oral medications, removes sutures, dresses wounds and changes bandages, and provides other routine veterinary procedures.   Performs activities relating to veterinary care as directed, including but not limited to: triage, assessment, treatment, sample collection, documentation, anesthesia and surgery support.  Performs animal health treatments, ensuring clinical health records are complete and current.  Assists with surgical and post-surgical monitoring and care assistance procedures.

15% Provides customer service communication and support, and technical service support, may assist with pharmacy sales support, irradiation support, and rodent surgical suite/ anesthesia cart - maintenance and reservation management support.  Provides technical assistance and support for ACS staff, investigators and other customers.  Establishes working relationships and communicates effectively with University research staff and ACS staff.

15% Collects biological and tissue specimens for diagnostic evaluations from laboratory animals. This may include but is not limited to collecting blood samples, fecal samples, culture specimens, urine samples, skin scrapings, tissues from necropsy animals and any other specimen requested by the veterinary staff or other samples necessary for health surveillance. Completion of the necessary laboratory record and requisitions is included. 

10%.  May assist in teaching and training classes, wet labs and special training sessions for ACS staff, investigators and other customers.  Processes incoming animals and assists in routine health maintenance and enrichment programs.

5% Processes incoming animals and assists in routine health maintenance. This includes: Preparing records for incoming animals, drawing blood for laboratory processing from animal species, submitting properly labeled tubes and clinical information to the laboratory as needed, coordinating laboratory requisitions with laboratory personnel, administers vaccines, antithelmintics, collects culture specimens, performs TB testing, fecal collection, and administers other medications as directed.

5%  Follows established protocols and procedures and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines concerning quality assurance and laboratory animal care and use.

Other management responsibilities as assigned

Possess strong computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel

Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, overtime as needed; alternating weekend and holiday coverage as needed

Advertised Salary:

  $19.00/hour, commensurate with experience

Minimum Requirements:

Degree from an accredited veterinary technology program, or an associate’s degree and one year of experience as a veterinary technician.

Preferred Qualifications:

Veterinary Technician National Examination certification (VTNE) strongly preferred. Certification as Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) or above by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science will be required within 12 months of hire unless otherwise specified by supervisor.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered for this position, you will need to provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of references. A criminal background check is required for this position.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page  for more specific information.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This requisition has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not apply.

Health Assessment Required: Yes


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