Research Assistant III Lab (Group Leader III - Preventive Healthcare)
Harvard University - Southborough, MA

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Job Duties same as the Standard Veterinary Technician.

The following job duties primarily support the health surveillance of non-human primates housed at the NEPRC. These duties may be performed independently or in support of the work performed by DVR staff veterinarians. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

Veterinary technicians have primary responsibility for set-up and break down of preventative healthcare stations.

Veterinary technicians have primary responsibility for sedating and retrieving animals for preventative health care assessments and return to pen/cage when examination completed.

Technicians are expected to monitor animals until completely recovered from ketamine anesthesia.

Veterinary technicians have primary responsibility for weight measurement, somatometrics (if indicated), administering tuberculin skin test (TST), phlebotomy, tattooing, dye marking, and ensuring housing of weaned infants.

Veterinary technicians have primary responsibility for reading of TSTs at 24, 48 and 72 hour time points. Facility veterinarian is to be consulted in the event of a questionable reading or grade 3-5 (positive) reactions.

Veterinary technicians have primary responsibility for entering body weight, clinical data, and TST results in to the clinical record. Housing changes made or errors identified during preventative health care should be recorded in the housing log.

Veterinary technicians have primary responsibility for the accuracy of sample/tube labeling, timely centrifugation of blood samples, and decanting of serum into individual vials for storage.

Participate in job specific training of new practices to be adopted into the NEPRC program, with the goal of implementing such training into their on the job duties. For example: record documentation standards, animal welfare training, recapture of escaped monkeys, SOP revisions, animal training and other behavioral medicine programs, etc.

The following job duties primarily support research activities performed at the NEPRC. These duties may be performed independently or in tandem with DVR staff veterinarians. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

Veterinary technicians have primary responsibility for collection of phlebotomy samples and non-invasive biological samples (wicks, feces, urine, saliva). Veterinary technicians are accountable for entering encounters into the electronic medical system in a timely fashion. Veterinary technicians have primary responsibility for the accuracy of sample/tube labeling.

Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in collection of invasive sample collection (BALs, endoscopy/GI/vaginal biopsy, lymph node biopsies). This includes set-up and break-down of equipment, sedation and retrieval of the animal, assistance during procedure, and monitoring of the animal until recovered.
Veterinary technicians will be responsible for recording prescribed

With advanced training, veterinary technicians at the RAIII level can provide surgical and anesthesia support. See above treatments in the treatment log (analgesics and antibiotics prescribed according to NEPRC DVR SOPs or under the direction of a clinical veterinarian) and generating postoperative monitoring sheets.

With advanced training, veterinary technicians at the RAII level may administer intramuscular, perform intrarectal vaccinations/inoculations, and collect colon biopsies.

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

Minimum of three years related animal care and handling experience required. Three years 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.

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 read, write, speak and understand English.

Additional Information
While performing the duties of this job, the employee iregularly 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts; with laboratory animal caging of various species of non-human primates and rodents, and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, biohazard materials and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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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