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Assistant Chief Histology Tech Duties

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This is a supervisory and technical position dealing with the operation of a full service histopathology laboratory. The incumbent will assist administrative superiors in planning and supervising the work activities of other certified Histology Technicians, developing and/or implementing new histologic techniques, training other technicians in advanced histologic methods, maintaining inventory control, and issuing monthly progress reports. Work is performed by direction from an administrative superior and is subject to review.


Assist administrative superiors in planning and supervising the work activities of other histology technicians.

Instruct technicians in histologic techniques and procedures when routine problems arise.

Check quality control of histologic sections before slides leave the laboratory to determine that work has been properly performed; sections will be reviewed by a board certified veterinary pathologist.

Assist superiors in directing the academic study and practical training of technicians preparing to take the HT (ASCP) registry examination.

Responsible for accurate completion of tissue submissions and research projects.

Coordinate activities for correct and timely production of histologic sections.

Assists superiors in ordering supplies and equipment for the laboratory.

Consults with pathologists and graduate students concerning proper fixation, processing, and staining of tissues for histopathologic diagnosis.

Perform related work as required or instructed by the Laboratory Director and other superiors.


Graduation from high school and completion of formal training in histologic techniques. Demonstrated competency in histotechnology with a minimum of eight years experience in a clinical or research full-service histopathology laboratory; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Candidates for this position must possess, at the time of appointment, certification as a Histology Technician from the Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Extensive knowledge of the principles and procedures of laboratory science.

Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of histologic techniques.

Thorough knowledge of proper tissue fixation and staining of histologic sections.

Basic knowledge of budgetary procedures and ordering supplies and equipment.

Ability to plan, organize, and supervise work schedules of subordinates.



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