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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Histology Technician II


Prepares tissue specimens for routine and special procedures. This position will require the ability to troubleshoot and work independently. Performs all technical aspects of histology including: embedding, microtomy, routine and special stains, maintenance of all equipment: tissue processors, microtomes, cryostats, automated strainers, coverslipper. Handles all specimens knowledgeably by consulting with the pathologist.

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.

  • Performing Immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining of routine and research slides.
  • Loading and programming of tissue processor following established procedures.
  • Performing preventative maintenance on microtomes, automatic stainer, cover slipper and other equipment as specified.
  • Handling and processing of veterinary surgical and necropsy specimens.
  • Perform and troubleshoot all special stains.
  • Follows all written work instructions as approved by the QA/QC program in compliance with AAVLD guidelines.

Education and Experience

Associate’s degree in a biological science and four years of histology experience. Licensed as an HT/HTL (Histotechnician/Histotechnologist) in Florida or ASCP.

Licensure and Certification

HT/HTL Histotechnician in Florida or ASCP.


Received: Detailed and precise supervision from clinicians, supervisors or higher ranking technicians. Instructions are both written and oral. Minimal supervision is required but supervisor is normally available for advice and consultation.

Exercised: May provide general instruction and guidance to veterinary students, technicians and clinicians as required in the submission of lab samples.

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