Veterinary Technician II
Harvard University - Southborough, MA

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Veterinary Technician II

Harvard Medical School

New Eng Reg Primate Res Ctr

USA - MA - Southborough

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55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Duties & Responsibilities
The successful candidate will maintains and monitors the health, post-operative care and physical environments of NHP care environments. Performs clinical and research tasks, at a level consistent with experience or training; under the direction of the veterinary staff. Maintains performance levels consistent with and according to The New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC) standards. Veterinary Technicians will be rotated through weekend and holiday duty, and may be assigned periodically to the weekend/holiday ‘on-call’ schedule. Veterinary Technicians will be cross trained for both the Clinical Care and Support Team and Preventive Healthcare and Research Support Team , but will have a primary assignment to one of the two teams.

Required to complete all specified safety and job pertinent SOP training; and attest to understanding this content and the need to carry out these procedures as trained. Reviews, comprehends and complies with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific area. These SOP’s may reflect regulatory guidelines as stated in the AWA, the ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the center’s PHS Assurance. Duties include reporting deviations in cage security, animal room environments, and any other standards noted in the NEPRC’s DVR SOP’s. Works closely with Clinical Veterinarian(s) to perform daily health assessments of laboratory animals, in the colony. These assessments must be accurately and legibly documented on written reports, and transcribed into the animal’s electronic records. Prepares and provides animal treatments as instructed by Clinical Veterinarian(s) or the Veterinary Technician Supervisor. Performs technical functions required by research protocols, such as daily clinical observations and health examinations of sick animals, prior to reporting adverse findings to Clinical Veterinarian. It is expected that all research support be accurately and legibly documented as appropriate for the task. Provides technical support, e.g. animal handling and restraint, blood and other tissues sample collection, injections, treatments, surgical preparation, pre-, peri-, and post-operative observations and assisting with research procedures as directed.

Actively interacts with the veterinary staff, as required to resolve any requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance. Work closely with Behavioral Medicine and Animal Care to provides environmental enrichment, attend related training sessions, and assist in other behavioral treatments or programs as prescribed. Prepares and submits accurate, legible written reports, charts, logs and inventories as requested by Supervisor. Maintains complete and accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing/isolator or support areas as required by NEPRC.

Provides quality assurance, including animal health surveillance, monitoring of incoming animal shipments for container integrity and animal health, monitoring the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), internal facility reporting for monitoring deviations from pre-established parameters, and all other quality assurance services (e.g., water cultures) as required by the Supervisor.

Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures. Complies with safety policies and procedures and MSDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances. Assists with the receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories. Maintains required attendance level and adheres to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed. Performs other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications
Education: High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent college level program strongly preferred.

Experience: Minimum of three years related animal care and handling experience required. Three year of technical experience as detailed in the essential duties and responsibilities section preferred. (Two years if CVT certified.)

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Certification/Licensure: AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) or above OR successful achievement of ALAT certification within one (1) year required. AALAS certification at the LAT level is preferred.

Additional Qualifications
Basic knowledge of rodent technical skills and capability of identifying sick animals and providing medical treatment as prescribed. Computer literacy in word processing and database record keeping preferred. Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a congenial work environment. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with clients, customers, coworkers, and supervisors. Ability to routinely communicate in English language with peers and supervisors, clearly and professionally.

Additional Information
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is regularly frequently to type at a computer.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Some animal room entry may require additional and specific PPE which must be worn at all times in these areas.

This position requires the completion of a satisfactory health screening clearance prior to the start of employment.

The New England Primate Center is located outside of the Boston area and is not accessible by public transportation.

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