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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Microbiology Technician I


Perform a variety of diagnostic assays in the areas of clinical microbiology, mycology, serology and parasitology in order to provide identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing for treatment of pathogens of veterinary importance.

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.

  • Diagnostic bench work including but not limited to bacteriology and mycology.
  • Duties include culture set up, delineation, identification and susceptibility testing.
  • Requires knowledge in scientific method, aseptic technique and microbiological principles
    Diagnostic bench work in the areas of parasitology and serology; duties include analyzing fecal samples for parasites of veterinary importance and performing ELISA and agglutination tests to identify blood borne pathogens of veterinary importance.
  • Input results into the hospital information system accurately and in a timely fashion.
  • Communicate with Clinicians and Students professionally regarding status of cultures, results and guidance for proper sample submission.
  • Perform quality control on all media, reagents and equipment as needed.
  • Prepare request forms and samples for shipment to referring laboratories.
  • Keep bench area clean and organized. Restock supplies and reagents as needed and report inventory needs to Laboratory Manager.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in clinical microbiology or other biology related field or a bachelor’s degree in another field with related veterinary experience, and one year of relevant laboratory experience.

Licensure and Certification



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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