Veterinary Technician
$1,000 Signing Bonus
Job ID: R0031820 | Animal Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia Center for Comparative Medicine seeks applicants for Veterinary Technician positions.

Veterinary technician is a professional title in the Animal Care Family. Veterinary Technicians perform medical examinations and treatments in a laboratory environment, and perform medical tests for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. They work with animal care and research staff to provide veterinary care to vivarium animals under the supervision of a veterinarian. Since research animals require care every day of the year, some veterinary technicians are assigned a staggered schedule that includes one weekend day as part of their 40-hour week, are assigned on-call status to back up other veterinary technicians that work weekends and holidays, and are assigned holiday work on a rotational basis with other veterinary technicians. Work is assigned at the task level, and veterinary technicians operate with a degree of latitude in specific situations, but do not supervise staff.

Veterinary technicians assist in training of research staff in biomethodology, including species-specific anesthesia and surgery. Assignments include assisting research staff in anesthesia and perioperative care of laboratory animals. Veterinary technicians perform laboratory work, to varying degrees, on specimens they collect from a variety of animal species. Veterinary technicians may be asked to assist veterinarians during physical examination of animals, treatment of animals, and surgery.

Veterinary technicians work with animal care and research staff to provide veterinary medical and nursing care to vivarium animals under the supervision of the veterinarian.

Technicians may be required to perform other duties as assigned and may be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the governor.

  • Triage animal illnesses that are reported by animal care staff during the workday from the various vivaria.
  • Perform physical examination to evaluate health problems of ill animals reported by animal care or research staff, follow up at reasonable intervals on those animals receiving ongoing treatment, administer treatments prescribed by a veterinarian, and relate findings of physical examination and responses to treatment to a veterinarian for feedback on cases that are not routine or associated with breed or strain characteristics.
  • Work with the veterinarians to administer health programs for all species, such as programs of routine vaccination, de-worming, specimen collection and health surveillance.
  • Create and maintain applicable records of animal examination, provisional diagnosis, laboratory testing, treatment and response to treatment for ill animals.
  • Must participate in weekend and holiday veterinary technician rotational coverage, as well as on-call rotational coverage.
  • Assist the veterinarians, principal investigator and/or research technical staff with techniques of animal restraint and handling, preparation of surgical candidates by performing anesthesia, aseptic preparation of surgical site, intubation, venous and/or urinary catheterization, and anesthesia monitoring.
  • Perform technical functions such as venipuncture, euthanasia, specimen collection, physical examination and tattooing.
  • Administer anesthesia, maintain anesthetic records, and monitor and record postoperative patient recovery, administering analgesics, antibiotics or other medications.
  • Make appropriate entries into patient care records, and maintain entries in individual animal records for USDA-regulated species retained for greater than 14 days in the research facility.
  • Maintain surgical support facilities in a sanitary state validated monthly by charm swab testing. Maintain surgery area and pharmacy stock with all medications within expiration date and all this in an orderly manner. Schedule and ensure that equipment preventative maintenance is performed.
  • Provide training to research staff when requested in bio-methodology, such as species-specific anesthesia, blood collection, administration of medications, and physical examination.
  • Maintain all controlled substance records. Dispense controlled substances and other drugs to the research staff.
  • Perform anesthesia equipment certification for inhalation anesthetic vaporizers within and outside the Center.
  • Obtain annual licensure for radiographic equipment and adhere to the use of dosimetry badges as required by Radiation Safety and Commonwealth regulations.
  • Assist in workshops, seminars and outreach programs.
  • Train other veterinary technicians, research technical staff and animal care staff in various biomethodologies.
  • Work independently to maintain stocking of consumable supplies and pharmaceuticals and report items in short supply that need to be ordered to the clinical veterinarian.

  • Education: Associate's degree is required.
  • Experience: At least one year of experience obtained in veterinary clinical practices, performing duties such as anesthesia, surgical assistance and some lab work on a variety of animal species, including small animals (dog and cat) and farm animals (cattle, swine, sheep and fowl), is required.
  • Licensure: Certification through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is preferred. Virginia-licensed veterinary technician or must successfully obtain veterinary technician licensure exam within 12 months of hire.
  • Immunization: Employees will be required to comply with the Health System's new immunization policy - OCH-002: Occupational Health Screening and Maintenance (including the Fitness For Duty Evaluation).

  • Must be comfortable with handling animals and working in an animal research facility with a variety of species.
  • Must have the ability to perform animal physical examinations and clinical specimen collection, administer medications and perform laboratory diagnostic procedures.
  • Must have ability to create and maintain accurate records.
  • Must have ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Must have clear communication skills.
  • Must have ability to lift and move a 30-lb anesthetized animals.
  • Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Extensive animal handling or veterinary technician experience with physical examination, administration of medication, and technical procedures like intravenous catheter and endotracheal tube placement in a variety of species is preferred.

Physical Demands:
  • Job requires frequent walking and standing for prolonged periods on wood or concrete, bending/stooping/twisting, kneeling, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, climbing ladders and stairs, repetitive motion, frequent use of both hands and use of either hand independently, frequent fine finger manipulations: keyboarding, and frequent wrist movement: twisting or rotating.
  • Ability to drive a vehicle.
  • Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills.
  • Ability to create and maintain accurate records.
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment, including disposable gloves, protective clothing, surgical masks and ear protection (including earplugs) as mandated by department policy.
  • Ability to lift and move 30 lbs.
  • Comfortable handling animals.
  • Ability to handle a variety of animal species, work around machinery, perform animal physical examinations, clinical specimen collection, administer medications and perform laboratory diagnostic procedures.
  • May be exposed to temperature changes, noise, atmospheric contaminants (including odors and fumes), biohazards, radiation, blood/bodily fluids and chemical hazards.
  • Immunization is required due to potential occupational exposure. Must comply with immunization policy - OCH-002: Occupational Health Screening and Maintenance. Tetanus vaccination must be current. Must complete a pre-employment physical exam including a drug screen.
  • May be exposed to allergens or microorganisms associated with soiled animal caging, sometimes at Biosafety Level, 2 that require decontamination.

Anticipated hiring range is $20.00-$30.00 per hour (or $41,600-$62,400 annualized), commensurate with qualifications, with UVA benefits. There will be an additional $1,000 signing bonus if hired for this position.

For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks, Academic Recruiter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This position will remain open until filled.



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