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Veterinary Technician I

San Diego, CA 92121

Posted: 11/03/2022 Employment Type: Contract Job Category: Scientific Job Number: 518260 Is job remote?: No Country: United States

Job Description


Assist veterinary staff in the documentation and triage of all laboratory animal health cases. May also perform technical in-life procedures. Pay Rate Range: $20-26/hr

  • Assist veterinary staff in the documentation and triage of all animal health cases noted by technical staff and/or Attending Veterinarian.
  • Perform routine veterinary technical and husbandry skills including the following:
    • Administration of various therapeutic measures by IV, IM, SQ, topical, oral routes, etc.
    • Bandage/wrapping techniques.
    • Nail/hoof/teeth clipping/trimming.
    • Venipuncture techniques.
    • Vaginal swabs.
    • Proficient animal restraint techniques.
    • Monitor critical care animals (i.e., place IVs, monitor fluids, etc.).
    • Basic animal care, room checks and cage changing as needed.
  • 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.  Assist in maintaining accurate record keeping procedures for the veterinary department.
  • Maintain and follow complex procedures to ensure appropriate animal health and treatment.
  • Assist in providing leadership, animal health training, and guidance to 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.
  • Provides on the floor oversight and advice on complex husbandry for models requiring additional clinical observations, communication, special care and attention.
  • 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.
  • Assist in surgery and peri-surgery care, e.g., provide and monitor anesthesia, prepare surgical packs, administer supportive therapy
  • Communicate with veterinary staff, research investigators and vivarium personnel as required on the health and well-being of research animals.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


  • 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:  0-2 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 preferred. Uncertified candidates will be required to receive certification within 12 – 18 months or show that certification has been substantially completed. AALAS certification preferred.
  • Other:  Demonstrate understanding of Standard Operating Procedures. Excellent organizational, time management and recordkeeping skills. Basic word processing skills required. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. Must be proficient in routine veterinary technical and husbandry techniques.
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