Veterinary Technician 2
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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POSITION OBJECTIVE

The Veterinary Technician 2 is a member of the Animal Resource Center (ARC) Veterinary Services team. The Veterinary Technician provides direct support to the ARC veterinarians, principal investigators and research staff in the areas of animal health, technical services, investigator staff training and compliance. This position is also responsible for providing administrative support, including billing, maintenance of the surgical and X-ray suites, and monitoring the veterinary drug and supply inventory including required record keeping for and disbursement of controlled drugs. This position is subject to compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines, the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Conduct daily rounds; observe and treat animals under the direction of an ARC veterinarian as needed or as required based on governing regulations and research directives.
  • Review all MMR “sick” cards received in the previous 24 hours. Interface with an ARC veterinarian in order to determine and implement and document follow-up treatment or actions.
  • In coordination with the attending veterinarian, follow-up with principal investigators regarding any problems with assigned research animals.
  • Monitor, record, disburse, and destroy controlled substances accordance with Drug Enforcement Agency guidelines and all applicable governing regulatory guidelines.
  • Monitor expiration dates of drugs and other supplies; assure that expired substances are not in use and destroyed per regulatory guidelines
  • Perform quarterly rodent disease surveillance testing (serology, parasitology, bacteriology, PCR) for all ARC rodent housing rooms.
  • Prepare and send out laboratory specimens as assigned
  • Perform in-house laboratory analysis for including but not limited to fecal floatation, pinworm preparations, mite exams, UA, and Limited Hematology.
  • Assist Veterinarians and/or research staff with necropsies.
  • Maintain necropsy supplies; monitor supply and reorder/restock as needed.
  • Provide information to ARC Administrative Services for ordering of prescription drugs, controlled substances and other supplies under the direction of and with authorization of the Director.
  • Record and examine incoming USDA-covered animals. Maintain accurate and thorough documentation and required regulatory paperwork for all animals.
  • Perform regular animal health maintenance according to ARC policy and procedures. Regular maintenance includes but is not limited to nail trimming, teeth cleaning, monitoring weight, vaccinations etc.
  • Maintain and monitor compliance to ARC and applicable regulatory policies and procedures, including but not limited to animal welfare, animal safety, human safety, prescription drugs and controlled substances.
  • Assist principal investigators with surgical procedures, including anesthesia induction and monitoring, surgical prep, and post-surgical veterinary nursing support.
  • Operate and maintain the aseptic surgical suites.
  • Provide other technical services as requested.
  • Provide information to ARC Administrative Services for technical services billing.
  • Monitor investigator compliance to ARC policy and governing regulatory guidelines. Report suspected noncompliance to the internal compliance supervisor and the Director, as well as to veterinary staff for follow up.
  • Maintain surgical supplies; monitor supply and reorder/restock as needed.
  • Maintain and monitor compliance to ARC and applicable regulatory policies and procedures, including but not limited to animal welfare, animal safety, human safety, prescription drugs and controlled substances.
  • Review and assess competency and compliance of Case research staff working within the Animal Resource Center, and provide feedback to the Director and internal compliance supervisor.
  • Provide training to investigators and animal facility staff in appropriate aseptic surgical techniques, animal handling, restraint, and various other techniques and mandated record keeping.
  • Maintain records for training of research staff.
  • Address internal compliance issues and maintain compliance documentation as needed.
  • NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provide backup to the Quality Assurance Coordinator when needed in the areas of rodent overcrowding, animal enrichment, import/export and cage wash quality control.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • CONTACTS

    Department: Daily contact with supervisor, ARC staff, attending veterinarians, animal care personnel and managers regarding animal health, treatment, experimental procedures, compliance, and various administrative matters.

    University: Daily contact with IACUC staff and researchers regarding animal health, treatment, experimental procedures, compliance, and various administrative matters. Daily contact with researchers and other affiliated (e.g., IACUC members) outside of the School of Medicine. May have contact with the SOM Office of Research Administration.

    External: Regular (weekly) contact with various animal vendors and less frequent contact with other service personnel such as x-ray and anesthesia machine service personnel

    Students: Regular contact with graduate students and medical students for the provision of surgical and technical services.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

    No direct supervisory responsibility. This position will participate in training and providing guidance to Cuyahoga Community College student interns.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Experience: Minimum of 2 or more years of experience as a veterinary technician, preferably in a laboratory animal environment.

    Education/Licensing: Associate's degree in Animal Health from an accredited veterinary technician program. State registration as veterinary technician or Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS); and maintenance of AALAS RLATG certification registry required.

    REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Knowledge, understanding and ability to accurately apply of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within the field of veterinary services, specific to a veterinary technician role.
  • Knowledge of compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines, the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.
  • Ability to handle, restrain, administer substances and anesthesia and provide monitoring and post-operative and other nursing care for a wide range of animal species including but not limited to rodents, rabbits, dogs, cats, and livestock.
  • Ability to perform correct surgical prep and demonstrate knowledge of aseptic surgical techniques.
  • Ability to safely and appropriately operate x-ray machines and develop radiographs using an automatic processor.
  • Ability to maintain familiarity and demonstrate knowledge of and compliance to ARC policies and governing regulatory guidelines.
  • Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to articulately and accurately relay information to investigators, research staff, and other interested parties.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.
  • Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team. Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.
  • Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, sound judgment and good decision-making.
  • Must demonstrate flexibility and ability to work under pressure; must be able and willing to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timeline.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, relational database software and with internet navigation.
  • Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
  • WORKING CONDITIONS

    This position will work directly with animals, including rodents, rabbits, dogs, cats, pigs, sheep, goats, and non-human primates. This position may have direct contact with or have exposure to the following hazards: bloodborne pathogens, chemicals, infectious agents, select agents, radioactive materials, X-ray, human blood and tissue, animal blood and tissue, and formaldehyde. This position requires baseline evaluation of hearing and vision. This position may require the ability to independently lift or assist with lifting animals ranging from small to large in size. The nature of this position may require the use of a respirator. This position may be required to drive or travel to satellite facilities, as well as transport biohazardous waste including clinical samples, human blood or tissue, animals, contaminated equipment, etc. This position is subject to an FBI check and fingerprinting. This position will be required to work some weekend coverage shifts.

    Diversity Statement

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Reasonable Accommodations

    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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