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Job Summary

The Veterinary Technician is responsible for providing support for veterinary care of laboratory animals, assisting with training of new personnel in animal procedures, and maintenance of quality control and health surveillance programs to ensure compliance with USDA, PHS and AAALAC guidelines. Practices effective written and verbal communication with peers, research staff and management to facilitate an excellent standard of animal care.

This is an Essential Reporting position. An employee designated as Essential Reporting has essential job skills that are needed for response and recovery and is expected to report to campus as soon as possible.

Fulltime Regular, Overtime Eligible, Benefit Based

Job Duties

  • Perform daily animal facility rounds, including examination and treatment of sick animals. Report to supervisor regularly regarding new and ongoing animal health cases. Assist in performing treatments and physical examinations. Provide technical support to researchers as needed. 
  • Maintain accurate, current and complete records, including but not limited to: animal health reports, medical records, health surveillance data, animal transfer information and quality assurance records. Perform billing data entry for veterinary technical services. Review technical service charges monthly.
  • Train staff members and researchers in use of the animal facilities and in humane animal procedures including surgery. Understand biocontainment procedures, including use of PPE, strict traffic patterns within and between each containment area and train others in these concepts.  
  • Perform quality assurance procedures including but not limited to: autoclave testing, water quality testing, gas anesthesia monitoring, evaluation of sanitation effectiveness, and facilities inspections. Participate in the environmental enrichment (EE) program for laboratory animals, including routine review of EE provision logs.
  • Coordinate and perform routine health surveillance testing.
  • Coordinate and arrange for internal and external animal transfers including shipment of rodents and other animals to and from Caltech and transfer of animals between Caltech animal facilities.
  • Assist with clinical and surgical procedures. Sterilize surgical equipment and other supplies. Perform radiographic procedures.
  • Assist with reviewing, revising, and creating Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Maintain inventory of drugs, equipment, and other items. Ensure that outdated items are removed from stock. Order new items when needed. Organize and stock injury response kits. Check and coordinate controlled drug inventory and maintain records to comply with Institute policies and state and Federal laws.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings. Participate in weekend, holiday, and after-hours on-call duty.
  • Participate in training and continuing education activities as required by state and Federal guidelines and accreditation standards.
  • Coordinate and implement measures to ensure safe handling of animals that have been treated with biohazardous or chemically hazardous substances, including training of other personnel.
  • Review decentralized husbandry logs. Generate electronic reports with animal health and/or facilities data.
  • Perform other administrative, technical duties or special projects as assigned by supervisor. Assist with various animal husbandry tasks as requested.

Basic Qualifications

  • Associate degree in animal science, biology, or related field or equivalent experience to become RVT eligible.
  • Registered Veterinary Technician or eligible in California.
  • Six months experience in a laboratory animal facility or veterinary practice.
  • Must be able to successfully pass the required pre-employment medical clearance. Upon hire, must be willing and able to participate in an Occupational Health program that requires vaccinations (e.g., MMR, COVID) along with routine TB testing and other testing and vaccinations, as required by and at the discretion of the Institute.

Dr. Karen Lencioni | 626 395-8664 | Caltech Pasadena