DLAR-Veterinary Services – Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh – (22000799)
The individual will serve as a Veterinary Technician within the Division of Laboratory and Animal Resources (DLAR). The individual will assist DLAR veterinarians with the provision of veterinary medical care, the preventive medicine program, and perform veterinary technical procedures under the direction of a veterinarian. The individual will also periodically provide support for the daily operations of the animal facility that may involve husbandry or cage wash activities. The successful candidate must demonstrate professional and positive verbal, written, and interpersonal skills and effective time and process management. The position requires successful enrollment in the University of Pittsburgh Animal Exposure Surveillance Program and other medical surveillance/immunization programs as dictated by the current research activities and when applicable. Vaccinations and/or TB testing may be required. The successful candidate must be able to comprehend and follow written and verbal instructions, maintain accurate and legible records and other forms of documentation, consistently demonstrate positive interpersonal and customer service skills, be available to work weekends and holidays, stand for extended periods of time, lift 50 pounds, push/pull heavy equipment, pass the mandatory criminal and social background checks, and possibly the PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Internal candidates: • One year of experience working with animals in a DLAR facility with a minimum of 6 months of experience working with non-rodent mammalian species OR six months of experience working with animals in a DLAR facility and graduation from an AVMA CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education Activities) accredited veterinary technician program. External candidates: • One year of veterinary technician experience working with a variety of animals in a research, clinical, or zoo setting OR graduation from an AVMA CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education Activities) accredited veterinary technician program. All candidates: • Ability to work directly with a variety of laboratory animal species • Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance procedures on mechanical equipment, animal caging, and other equipment commonly utilized throughout the animal facility • Ability to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate for the species, animal housing conditions, or work area • Ability to lift/move 50 pounds • Basic computer skills including the ability to utilize common applications (e.g., email, Word, Excel). The following are desired or preferred: • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science or a similar biological science • Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LAT) level • Completion of an AVMA CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education Activities) accredited veterinary technician program • Licensed, certified, or registered veterinary technician status. Internal candidates: • Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Associate Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level • Valid US driver’s license. External candidates: • Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Associate Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level within 24 months of start date.
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Assignment Category Full-time regular
Job Classification Staff.Research.III Non-Exempt
Minimum Education Level Required High School Diploma or GED
Minimum Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Work Schedule Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Some weekends and holidays
Hiring Range TBD based upon qualifications
Relocation Offered No
Visa Sponsorship Provided No
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable
Required Documents Resume, Cover Letter
Optional Documents Not Applicable