Veterinary Technician for TCV Surgery Lab
Job ID: R0034734 | Animal Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, is seeking a Veterinary Technician to work with our TCV Research team. The position carries out research studies and assists in experiments for the thoracic and cardiovascular (TCV) laboratories of Drs. Irving Kron, Victor Laubach and Mark Roeser. The focus of the TCV laboratories is to investigate mechanisms of and therapies for acute lung injury after lung transplantation or during acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The models that are used include large animal models of lung transplantation, ex vivo lung perfusion, in vivo lung perfusion and imaging of lungs to diagnose early injury.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, attentive to detail, and capable of working independently and will work in a variety of day-to-day research activities, including (but not limited to) the following:
  • Large animal operating room preparation and maintenance.
  • Large animal anesthesia and monitoring and observation during operative, postoperative or treatment periods.
  • Sample collection.
  • Recording accurate information and logs of experimental data.
  • Operating, adjusting and maintaining specific OR equipment, scientific apparatuses and instruments.
  • Keeping informed of new lab techniques and procedures.
  • Providing routine and technical assistance to research projects.
  • Laboratory and equipment maintenance.
  • Ordering lab supplies and maintaining inventory.
  • Preparing support materials and equipment.

In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

The ideal candidate will be a licensed Veterinary Technician that has experience anesthetizing large animals.

This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin on April 12, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

  • Education: Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.
  • Experience: Must have at least one year of experience working as a Veterinary Technician in a clinical or laboratory animals setting. Experience with PC-based software, web browser and Microsoft Office software.
  • Licensure: Must have a current license as a Veterinary Technician in at least one state or be eligible to successfully obtain Veterinary Technician licensure within 1 year of hire.

Job requires frequent traveling 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 and 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 (low risk) that require decontamination.

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Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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