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#96612 Veterinary Technician

Filing Deadline: Thu 11/22/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/13/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


As member of team of professionals, provide veterinary health care to research animals. Prepare and maintain detailed and accurate records of health evaluations and surgical procedures. Perform routine or directed clinical procedures on variety of laboratory animal species including animal restraint, handling, examinations, health status monitoring, blood and tissue collection, vaccinations, parasite control and administration of medications; diagnostic laboratory tests and sample preparation; radiology, necropsy.

When directed, independently perform technical procedures. Provide animal health care under veterinary direction. Provide psychological and environmental enrichment to variety of laboratory animal species. Participate and provide training to investigators in anesthetic procedures and other procedures as necessary. Assist with developing and writing SOPs and SDs.

~ On call and holiday work as required on a rotating basis.

~ Weekend and overtime work as required - may be with less than 24 hours notice.

~ Work at several locations on and off campus.


  • Graduation from AVMA or State of California approved animal health technician program plus three (3) years of applicable experience; certification as Registered Veterinary Technician, Preferred.

  • AALAS certification LAT or higher, Preferred.

  • Ability to exercise diplomacy, flexibility and promote teamwork in interacting with diverse group of animal care technicians, supervisors, managers and animal health staff engaged in animal care and support.

  • Skilled in conducting health observations on variety of animal species and producing oral/written reports on observations.

  • Expert knowledge of anatomy of laboratory animals. Ability to work with variety of laboratory animal species, especially rodents and rabbits.

  • Good working knowledge of medical/scientific terminology.

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

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

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

  • Demonstrated ability to accurately calculate drug dosages for animals and administer appropriately, as directed.

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

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

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

  • Ability to use computer and database, e-mail and word processing applications.

  • Knowledge of UCSD policies and procedures for care and use of laboratory animals. Ability to understand compliance inspection reports and follow up as directed.

  • Must be knowledgeable of laws and regulations regarding maintenance and care of laboratory animals, i.e. NIH/ILAR, USDA/APHIS, AAALAC, State of California, University of California, County of San Diego.


  • A background check is required.

  • Successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam.

  • Possess a valid California driver’s license.

  • Work in biohazard and radioisotope areas or in areas with potential zoonotic disease exposure.

  • Ability to euthanize animals.

  • Weekend and overtime work as required - may be with less than 24 hours notice. On call and holiday work as required on a rotating basis.

  • Work at several locations on and off campus.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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Hiring Salary Range
$23.46 - $27.91 /hour
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TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Sun - Sat