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Veterinary Care Technician II


Under the general supervision of a Veterinary Care Manager and Clinical Veterinarians, positions provide advanced assistance to ensure that service goals related to research, husbandry and laboratory animal health and well-being are met. Assist in developing and delivering teaching and training classes, wet labs and special training sessions for Animal Care Services (ACS) staff, investigators and other customers.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Plays an integral role in teaching and training classes, wet labs and special training sessions for ACS staff, investigators and other customers.
  • Performs activities relating to veterinary care as directed, including but not limited to: triage, assessment, treatment, sample collection, documentation, anesthesia and surgery support.
  • Performs animal health treatments, ensuring clinical health records are complete and current.
  • Assists with surgical and post-surgical monitoring and care assistance procedures.
  • Establishes working relationships and communicates effectively with University research staff and ACS staff.
  • Processes incoming animals and assists in routine health maintenance and enrichment programs.
  • Follows established protocols and procedures and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines concerning quality assurance and laboratory animal care and use.
  • Demonstrate a higher level of technical skills, anesthesia skills, or organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates increased participation in protocol support and special services.
  • Ensures treatment regimens are consistent with contemporary veterinary practices and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved protocol provisions.
  • Maintains accurate, precise inventories of drugs and related records.

Education and Experience

Degree from an accredited veterinary technology program; or an associate’s degree and two years of experience as a veterinary technician, including work with research animals.

Licensure and Certification

Veterinary Technician National Examination certification (VTNE) strongly preferred. Certification as Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) or above by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science will be required within 12 months of hire unless otherwise specified by supervisor. Positions that focus on surgical and anesthesia support are strongly encouraged to pursue a Surgical Research Anesthetist certification from the Academy of Surgical Research.


Positions do not supervise.

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