Veterinary Technician, Division of Comparative Medicine - Georgetown University Medical Center

Washington D.C.
May 04, 2018
Jul 16, 2018
Education, Healthcare
Full Time
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Veterinary Technician, Division of Comparative Medicine - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University's Division of Comparative Medicine oversees the Research Resource Facility (RRF) which supports animal research and teaching activities for the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and the Main Campus.  The DCM's mission is to provide state of the art facilities and quality animal care to support biomedical research and teaching missions of the University, and to comply with all applicable animal welfare regulations and guidelines.  DCM also advises and educates researchers, staff and students on animal models and biomethodology while promoting best practices for the responsible use of animals. Georgetown University's animal care and use program is accredited by Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International. 

The Veterinary Technician is the first responder for animal health issues, providing reports, pre- and post-procedure care of animals, and technical services such as small animal surgery, blood collection, and treatment of wounds.  Reporting to the Division Director, the Veterinary Technician has duties that include but are not limited to:

Daily Coordination of the Veterinary Technical Services Support Unit

  • Maintains and submits billing records for special technical services provided for investigators.
  • Performs processes, analyzes, and prepares specimens for shipment to outside laboratories.
  • Responds to and advises researchers via written and computerized veterinary records, health notifications and in-person consultations.
  • Meets with any student or researcher who wants to improve on species specific techniques such as blood collections, injections, and gavage.
  • Provides researchers with necessary anesthetic or analgesic drugs at appropriate concentrations in a timely manner and compliance with DEA requirements.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Study Project Coordination

  • Performs injections, blood collection, tissue collection, treatment of wounds, and oral drug administration in a wide variety of species.
  • Maintains written and computerized veterinary medical records and health report notifications and responses.
  • Provides surgical and non-surgical study support services for research projects, including assistance in design/revision of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and study related forms
  • Performs animal observations, and treatment, and pre- and post-procedural care.
  • Coordinates surgical study equipment repair and calibration.
  • Provides technical assistance with rodent genotyping, animal identification, and other rodent research support requests.
  • Performs health checks and maintain records within required parameters.
  • Provides technical assistance with surgery, such as endotracheal intubation, catheter placement, blood sample collection, anesthesia administering and monitoring, intraoperative monitoring, postoperative recovering, and postoperative care.
  • Conducts tumor measurements and monitoring, including regular tumor measurements, and enters data into Excel spreadsheets.

Rodent Health Surveillance and Quarantine Programs

Coordinates, under direction of the veterinarian, the rodent health surveillance and quarantine programs, which includes collection, review and processing of diagnostic samples; ordering new sentinel animals and housing of animals through the facility, obtaining lab results, and maintaining and managing sentinel.


  • Bachelor's degree in a science related field
  • Preference for experience in the laboratory animal science field
  • Demonstrated understanding of biomedical research using animals and animal models
  • Excellent computer, interpersonal, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Availability and willingness to share on-call responsibilities with other Veterinary Technicians
  • Preference for AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level, but candidates with only ALAT level certification will be considered if their credentials are otherwise strong

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