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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Microbiology Technician II


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 and provide guidance to for treatment options in the areas of bacteriology.
  • Assist with research projects by training Clinicians and Students in basic microbiological diagnostics and logging results.
  • May also provide guidance with structure and scientific methods needed to make the project successful.
  • Assist in development of work instructions with assistance of Laboratory Manager.
  • Perform quality control on all media, reagents and equipment as needed.
  • Assist with supply ordering by tracking supply use and notifying Laboratory Manager of needed supplies; placing orders upon Laboratory Manager’s approval.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in clinical microbiology or other biology related field and three years 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 instruction and direction to lower ranking technicians, students and support staff.

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