Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$28.14 - $33.50 / Hour
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TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Sun - Sat

#117221 Veterinary Technician

Filing Deadline: Fri 7/8/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/27/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

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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.


  • Graduation from AVMA or State of California approved animal health technician program plus three years of relevant experience; certification as Registered Veterinary Technician or an equivalent combination of experience/training required.

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

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

  • Demonstrated ability to work with variety of laboratory animal species, especially rodents and rabbits.

  • Expert knowledge of anatomy of laboratory animals.

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

  • Strong skill and ability 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).

  • 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.

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

  • 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 data base, e-mail and word processing applications.

  • Good working knowledge of medical/scientific terminology.

  • 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.


  • Must be able to work on-call and on holiday as required on a rotating basis. Must be able to work overtime and on weekends as required, maybe with less than 24 hours' notice.

  • Willing and able to work at several locations on and off-campus.

  • Must be willing and able to work in biohazard and radioisotope areas or areas with potential zoonotic disease exposure. Ability to euthanize animals.

  • Possess a California driver's license.

  • The job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results and successfully passing a pre-employment physical exam.

  • Preferred: AALAS certification LAT or higher.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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