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Senior Veterinary Technician
Under the direction of veterinary staff, maintain and monitor the health and physical environment of Charles River or external customer animals involving complex instructions and requiring technical expertise. Assist veterinary staff in the documentation and triage of all laboratory animal health cases. May also perform technical in-life procedures.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Coordinate all veterinary care procedures for the service groups to maximize the veterinary staff’s capabilities.
• Develop pilot programs on new veterinary technical initiatives.
• Assist veterinary staff in management of the environmental enrichment program.
• Assist veterinary staff in the documentation and triage of all animal health cases noted by technical staff and/or Attending Veterinarian.
• Conduct regular clinical rounds and routine health monitoring and examinations in support of studies and in accordance with the requirements of the research program, and assure the implementation of preventive measures such as vaccinations, anthelminthic treatments, etc.
• Investigate site staff reports of animal health issues and/or conditions suggesting problems with animal well being. As appropriate, recommend, administer, and record (following coordination with study directors) routine treatment of animals. Generate summary reports as necessary.
• Perform and document appropriate clinical observations. Ensure corrective actions for health or welfare issues are developed and implemented in accordance with the research programs.
• Notify veterinary staff, study directors, and other appropriate personnel of conditions that are indicative of pain and distress or other abnormal findings that could lead to such conditions or compromise studies.
• Perform minor surgical procedures, suturing, routine dentistry, anesthesia monitoring. Perform surgical site observation for post-op cases.
• Perform routine veterinary technical and husbandry skills including the following:
o Administration of various therapeutic measures by IV, IM, SQ, topical, oral routes, etc.
o Bandage/wrapping techniques.
o Nail/hoof/teeth clipping/trimming.
o Venipuncture techniques.
o Vaginal swabs.
o Proficient animal restraint techniques.
o Monitor critical care animals (i.e., place IVs, monitor fluids, etc.).
• Perform animal follow-up observations or new findings as required.
• Monitor animal health, visually, and by following detailed schedules.
• Generate animal treatment records and perform, track and schedule follow-ups.
• Maintain appropriate medical records for each animal in accordance with study and regulatory requirements. Monitor and ensure accurate record keeping procedures for the veterinary department.
• Maintain and follow complex procedures to ensure appropriate animal health and treatment.
• Provide input into the creation/revision of SOPs and assist in implementation and training of new SOPs.
• May act as team leader for less experienced technical staff. Assist in providing leadership, animal health training, and guidance to less experienced technical staff and other laboratory personnel.
• Assist in keeping inventory and stocking the vet rooms (i.e., drugs and supplies). Assist in organizing and maintaining the vet exam rooms.
• May be responsible for tissue sampling, routine animal manipulations and administration of fluids or other treatments as required.
• May perform routine technical and husbandry functions (general housekeeping) on studies and must adhere to safety procedures.
• Perform other related duties as required.
• Education: Graduate of a collegiate veterinary technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Training Activities or equivalent program in veterinary technology.
• Experience: 5+ years related experience working with animals in a pre-clinical laboratory or clinical setting; experience working in a CRO with multi-species preferred.
• An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above if the individual is credentialed as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
• Certification/Licensure: LVT license or CVT/RVT certification required; AALAS certification at LAT or higher level preferred.
• Other: Must have demonstrated technical expertise with a variety of animal species with a focus on rodents, rabbits, nonhuman primates, dogs, pigs and small ruminants. Experience working in a regulatory controlled environment, adhering to SOP’s. Experience in a GLP environment preferred. Excellent organizational skills, especially with time management and record keeping. Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to lead independently. Must be proficient in the use of computers (Microsoft Office Suite). Must be able to work independently. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
6995 Longley Lane
Reno, NV 89511
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