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Veterinary Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Perform sample collection, treatment, minor surgery, and other clinical veterinary skills to support research efforts and the effective maintenance of animal colonies. Train staff and students in these procedures. Reports to the Department of Animal Care and Technologies Clinical Veterinarian.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized classification and not part of a series.

Examples of Duties:

  • Provides service support for animal care and use, including: animal inoculations, blood collection, sample collection, drug administration, anesthesia administration and monitoring, and minor surgical procedures.
  • With the Clinical Veterinary staff, provides training in the areas of minor research support (blood and sample collection).
  • Coordinates the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Program by working with Campus Health to ensure those involved with animal research and care have completed safety precautions, including receiving the appropriate shots.
  • Manages the Rodent Sentinel Program by coordinating quarterly antibody testing and transportation of samples and animals.
  • In consultation with the Clinical Veterinarian, conducts triage (first examination) of reported cases and manages the treatment of those animals.
  • Assists in veterinary care

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques in handling large and small animals.
  • Skill in conducting physical examinations and clinically evaluating animals.
  • Skill in anesthetic monitoring and trouble-shooting.
  • Skill in maintaining anesthetic and surgical logs.
  • Skill in blood collection and drug inoculation in a variety of species.
  • Skill in minor surgical procedures.
  • Skill in maintaining detailed records.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to train personnel in techniques used in animal research.
  • Ability to use database and spreadsheet computer software programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Certified Veterinary Technician and four (4) years experience in the veterinary technician and/or research fields; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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