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#104301 Veterinary Technician

Extended Deadline: Tue 6/15/2021

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/13/20 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/24/20. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until position is filled.


Under supervision, the Veterinary Technician will perform standard paraveterinary health care procedures. Maintain clinical records on animals under veterinary observation and treatment.

Perform routine clinical procedures on a variety of laboratory animal species including: animal restraint, handling, examinations, blood and tissue collection and administration of medications; diagnostic laboratory tests and sample preparation; radiology; and necropsy. Perform procedures without close technical supervision in a clinical or laboratory animal setting. Provides animal health care under veterinary supervision. Provides psychological and environmental enrichment to a variety of laboratory animal species.

~ Must be able and able to work weekends, holidays and overtime as required.
~ Must be able to work at several locations, work in biohazard and radioisotope areas or in areas with potential zoonotic disease exposure.


  • Graduation from an AVMA or State of California approved animal health technician program plus two (2) years of applicable experience; certification or eligibility for certification within six (6) months as a Registered Veterinary Technician; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • AALAS certification LAT or higher, preferred.

  • Proven knowledge of the anatomy of laboratory animals and working knowledge of medical/scientific terminology. Ability to work with a variety of laboratory animal species, especially rodents and rabbits.

  • Skilled in making health observations on a variety of animal species and making verbal and written reports on observations. Proven knowledge of policies and procedures for the care and use of laboratory animals.

  • Strong ability to perform various injection techniques (IV, IM, SQ, IP) in a variety of animal species including, but not limited to: rodents, rabbits, dogs, cats, primates, ruminants, frogs, birds, and swine.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform necropsies and collect laboratory specimens (blood and other tissues).

  • Skilled in AVMA accepted methods of euthanasia, including knowledge of various agents and routes according to species involved.

  • Skilled in anesthetic induction and support, intubation, the use of X-ray machines and film development, and surgical assisting.

  • Proven knowledgeable of aseptic surgical technique, sterilization, disinfection and sanitization principles and applications.

  • Thorough knowledge of proper handling and disposal of sharps, biohazardous waste, radioactive and other hazardous materials.

  • Proficiency using standard computer and data base, e-mail and word processing applications.

  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and flexibility in interacting with a diverse group of scientists engaged in research and teaching.


  • Job offer is contingent on a satisfactory completion of background checks.

  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical examination.

  • Must possess a valid California driver's license.

  • Must be willing and able to euthanize animals.

  • Must be able to work at several locations, work in biohazard and radioisotope areas or in areas with potential zoonotic disease exposure.

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Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$23.19 - $25.25 /hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Sun (40 hrs/wk)