Lab Animal Tech - Large Animal
Department Description: Research-Animal Facility
Job Location: Boston, MA
Req ID: 34681BR
Job Summary: Under the direction of the Supervisor, Manager and Veterinarian provides technical assistance with large animal surgical procedures to include all pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative monitoring of all large animal surgical patients. Duties include induction of anesthesia, catheter placement, administration of all anesthetic drugs and fluids, monitoring and recording of vital signs and recovery from anesthesia. Provides all post-operative treatments and analgesia and records these treatments in the clinical records or other departmental documents. Assists with maintaining the Sentinel Health Surveillance Program, monitors cage wash and husbandry staff, inspects animal colonies for health and wellbeing and provides treatments according to departmental standard operating procedures and Veterinarian instructions. Provides technical assistance and training with rodent procedures to include proper handling and restraint, anesthesia, bloodletting techniques and other common small animal techniques. Assists with inventory control including feed and bedding and personal protective equipment.
- Provides technical assistance with all large animal surgical procedures. This includes induction of anesthesia, tracheal intubation, catheter placement and all related pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative techniques. Provides all approved drugs and fluids during and after surgical procedures. Maintains all surgical records and appropriate treatment records.
- Prepares surgical suites, anesthesia equipment and surgical instrumentation for surgical procedures. Ensures that appropriate sterile environment is achieved. Maintains inventory of supplies for operating suites and surgical prep suites. Assists with controlled drug inventory under the direction of the Supervisor or Veterinarian.
- Monitors health and wellbeing of all animal colonies. Provides medical treatments to both large animal and small animal patients as determined by the department standard operating procedures, approved protocols or Veterinarian instruction. Records all pertinent information on required departmental forms. Reports all health conditions to the Supervisor, Manager or Veterinarian immediately.
- Maintains the Sentinel Health Surveillance Program including obtaining samples and preparing these sample for transport to an external diagnostic laboratory according to departmental standard procedures and schedules determined by the Veterinarian. Review sample results with the Supervisor and update room entry order documents.
- Evaluate all incoming animal orders for accuracy of name, strain, age, weight and gender. Place appropriate cage cards on each box, disinfect according to standard operating procedures for the site and place boxes outside the respective holding room. Ensure that any special instruction are relayed to the caretaker and denoted on the respective cage card. House new animals as needed.
- High School diploma or GED required. Associate's degree in Animal Science or related field preferred.
- Certificate 1 Laboratory Animal Technician preferred., and Certificate 2 Asst Laboratory Animal Tech preferred.
- 1-3 years related work experience required.
- Three years experience in a Laboratory Animal or Veterinary hospital setting directly involved with technical or surgical procedures with knowledge of and experience in pre and post operative care or AS degree in Animal Science and 6 months of work experience in veterinary surgical techniques or BS degree in Animal Science and relevant internship experience veterinary surgical techniques.
- Must be able to work well as part of a team and follow detailed instruction and carry through with minimal supervision. Must not be overly allergic to animals so as to affect ability to work with laboratory animals.
- Basic familiarity with computers. Ability to navigate at a basic level within web-based applications.
- Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are based on specific instructions, standard practices and established procedures which generally require little or no supervision.
- Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are routine, somewhat repetitive and generally solved by following clear directions and procedures and by identifying opportunities for process improvements.
- Independence of Action: Ability to follow general instructions and procedures as provided. Work is monitored by supervisor/manager.
- Written Communications: Ability to read, and write in English in order to understand basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively with patients, families and other medical center staff; and respond to basic questions.
- Oral Communications: Ability to understand spoken English in order to follow basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively in basic English with patients, families and medical center staff in response to routine questions.
- Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
- Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
- Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.