Veterinary Technician III - Comparative Medicine

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Medical Lake, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime

Scheduled Hours

Position Summary
Conducts daily rounds to monitor health and provide surgical support and medical treatment for multiple species of laboratory animals. Documents and communicates findings about animal health. Prepares animals for surgery and monitors anesthesia during surgery. Collects biological samples from animals and administer treatments under the supervision of veterinary staff. Performs weekend rounds to triage health issues in multiple species. Conducts work according to departmental SOPs, IACUC policies, and the regulations of the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service.

Job Description

Rotational work on weekends and holidays is required.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Independently conducts daily rounds (including weekends) and examines, evaluates, treats, and documents health issues and their related service charges in research animals.
  • Prepares animals for surgery, including calculating and administering doses of drugs, anesthetizing, intubating, preparing and draping, and monitoring vital signs.
  • Monitors and documents the psychological well-being of animals and provides environmental enrichment.
  • Prepares, maintains and cleans surgical suite and anesthesia equipment in accordance with established policies and regulations.
  • Under the direction of the Training Coordinator, provides hands-on training to other veterinary and husbandry technicians and to research staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • LVT, associate degree and two years of experience plus LAT.
  • Ability to handle animals.
  • Proficiency in veterinary techniques, including animal anesthesia, surgical preparation, blood collection, and dosing.
  • Ability to comprehend written and spoken English terms used in a biomedical research environment.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow SOPs and written instructions from veterinary, supervisory, and research staff.
  • Ability to communicate medical issues in written animal medical records, verbally, and via email.
  • Conscientious attitude and concern for quality and animal welfare.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate degree in veterinary or animal science.
  • LVT (licensed veterinary technician).


Salary Range
$16.24 - $27.63 / Hourly

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement
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EEO/AA Statement
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