Veterinary Technologist
Univ of Kansas Medical Center - Kansas City, KS

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The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) animal resources are comprised of ~100,000 gross assigned sq. ft. in 4 buildings located on the KUMC campus in Kansas City, KS. The entire centralized animal care program at KUMC was fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation and Assessment of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) in 1992 and has maintained its accreditation since that time. Laboratory Animal Resources has grown to employ 40 persons and provide services for over 100 investigators and 500 research staff.

Responsible for biotechnical services and all animal health care aspects at Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR). Veterinary Associate reports to assigned veterinarian and may be required to support other doctors due to specialized knowledge and skills. Assists with clinical, surgical, and post-surgical care. Responsible for preventive medicine programs. Maintains clinical records and submits billing information. The incumbent should be willing to work assigned or selected work shift (for example, Tuesday-Saturday).

Required Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree and LATG certification, or
Bachelor's Degree and certified veterinary technician certification.

Must be able and willing to work selected or assigned 5-day shift
Must have valid driver's license
Solid communication skills
Should receive Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification within 3 years of employment
Ability to effectively deal with diverse personalities and cultures
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Ability to wear personal protective equipment, including a respirator
Advanced computer skills
Should provide three professional references including one from direct supervisor

Preferred Qualifications
CRO or Pharma experience
Customer oriented attitude
Ability to multitask
Values teamwork
Values continuing education
Looking for career growth
Looking for long term employment

Instructions for applying
Please complete an electronic application and click the "Apply for this Posting" button at the top of the page.

Duty (1) Description
40% - Clinical

Conduct daily health checks and identifies clinical abnormalities
Notify veterinarians and investigators about changes in animal health status
Administer prescribed treatments and obtains diagnostic samples from animals
Assist veterinarians with maintenance of the medical records
Assist veterinarians during necropsies.
Prepare surgical and other instruments for survival and non-survival procedures
Perform aseptic surgical techniques
Assist in preparing animals for radiology
Assist veterinarians while in surgery, including animal preparation and anesthesia administration
Assist veterinarians and investigators with post-surgical care
Perform basic housekeeping duties and adheres to surgery area decontamination schedule
Maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment
Assist in the developing and updating Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and policies
Update traffic flow schedules and assists veterinarians with LAR website updates

Duty (1) Essential or Marginal

Duty (2) Description
25% - Preventive Medicine Programs

Administer rodent health program
Submit water samples for testing and prepares reports for LAR management review
Assist veterinarian in evaluation of animal enrichment program

Duty (2) Essential or Marginal

Duty (3) Description
30% - Biotechnical Services and Training

Assist investigators and their research staff with training needs.
Administer training sessions for researchers and LAR staff
Complete assigned biotechnical service requests.
Prepare quotes for surgery and supplies
Submit billing information
Assist census group with preparation of animal use report.

Duty (3) Essential or Marginal

Duty (4) Description
5% - Other

Maintain/ensure compliance with established federal, state and local regulations relating to laboratory animals and facilities.
Follow established health and safety procedures.
Follow facility traffic flow and security procedures.
Perform related duties as assigned.

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Mental/Cognitive Requirements:
Comprehend and use basic language, either written or spoken, to communicate information and ideas

Comprehend and use technical or professional language, either written or spoken, to communicate complex ideas

Perform numerical operations using basic counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing

Perform Complex quantitative calculations or reasoning using algebra, geometry, statistics, or abstract symbols

Problem Solving
Formulate and apply appropriate course of action for routine or familiar situations

Use logic to define problem, collect information, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, interpret information and deal with abstract variables for unique or unfamiliar situations

Other Mental/Cognitive Requirements (please describe)

Physical Activities
Repetitive Motion - Repeating movements of arms, hands, wrists
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Talk - Express or exchange ideas verbally
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Hear - Perceive sound by ear
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

See - Obtain impressions through the eye
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Level of physical activity
Very Heavy

Physical Requirements
Kneel- Bend legs at knee, come to rest on knees
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Crouch/Squat - Bend body down and forward, bending legs and spine
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Crawl - Move on hands, knees and feet
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Climb - Ascend/descend ladders, stairs, ramps
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Occasionally (.5 to 2.5 hours/day)

Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Walk - Move about on foot
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Average distance per shift

Stoop - Bend downward and forward at waist
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Lift - Raise or lower 10 lbs. from one level to another
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Lift - Raise or lower 25 lbs. from one level to another
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Carry - Transport an object
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Push - Press with steady force, thrust objects forward, downward, outward
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Pull - Drag or tug objects
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Turn/twist - Move a body part in circular motion
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Bend - Bend downward and forward by bending the spine at waist
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Balance - Exceeding ordinary body equilibrium
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Reach - Extend hands and arms in any direction
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Handle - Seize, hold, turn with hands
Constantly (5.5+ hours/day)

Ability to distinguish color
Frequently (2.5 to 5.5 hours/day)

Other Physical Activity (please describe)

Average amount of time for other physical activity