Surgical Veterinary Technician

Bethesda, MD
May 15, 2018
May 25, 2018
Accountant, IT
Full Time
Join the HJF Team! The Surgical Veterinary Technician will be responsible for the technical oversight of surgical procedures and day-to-day post-surgical animal care primarily related to a non-human primate (NHP) animal research protocol, within the Regenerative Medicine Department of the Operational and Undersea Medicine Directorate, Naval Medical Research Center. The incumbent will be responsible for prepping animals and experimental surgery facilities, coordinating appropriate veterinary support services for principal investigators, maintaining veterinarian and research records, and manage the daily health observations and treatments of all research animals. The incumbent will assist with all aspects (planning, organizing, directing and implementation) of the research and/or development in collaboration with others, working to achieve the research mission. The incumbent will act as a technical advisor to staff members to insure that the team meets schedules, adhere to performance requirements, maintains conformance with specific operational standards and protocols and/or resolve technical problems appropriately. The incumbent will assist in carrying out clinical monitoring assessments and clinical evaluation measurements of research animals. The Research Assistant II is expected to read and understand the scientific literature, assist with planning experiments, assist with analyzing data and make presentations to others about the work. Supervision will be provided by the Principal investigator and/or designated Lead Investigator(s); however, the employee is expected to exercise a high level of independence and initiative in the management of the animal laboratory research project within established guidelines. This position will require working some evenings, nights, and weekends depending on the workload of the laboratory.Responsibilities: Assists in managing the logistical operation of departmental NHP protocols to include but not limited to scheduling surgical procedures, preparation of the operating room, procurement and preparation of all medication and compounds, ordering of supplies and pre-surgery animal preparation. Provides direct support for surgical procedures, IV line insertion, monitoring of vital signs, administration of injections/medications, blood and tissue collections, euthanasia, and post-mortem tissue collections in accordance with IACUC-approved protocols and the Guide for the Care and Use of Experimental Animals. Assistance with care of animal to include endotracheal tube insertion, anesthesia/ventilation monitoring, operation of anesthesia machine and ventilators, working knowledge of drugs/medications, administration of anesthesia, analgesia, other drugs/medications, cell products and fluids. Maintains well organized and detailed records including peri-operative andpost-operative records of health, surgical records, laboratory notebook, and research records. Emergency/critical and post-operative care procedures, venipuncture, catheterization, and wound management. The candidate will provide direct support for the monitoring and recovery of anesthetized animals following long-term anesthesia and ventilation support (intensive care monitoring). Conducts clinical laboratory analyses, such as peripheral blood and serum analysis, as directed Other tasks and duties as assigned to include basic laboratory tasks and functions The incumbent will support the Navy s Occupational Safety and Health Programs and work in accordance with established safety practices as outlined in NAVOSHINST 5100. 23B. The incumbent will present data at laboratory meetings and other informal venues. Performs other related duties to the work described herein.Job Specification: Display sufficient familiarity with the care and maintenance of all surgical instruments and equipment Candidate may be required to work weekends, evenings, nights, holidays andon call shifts. Work schedule is subject to change with only 12-24 hours notification. Experience with nonhuman primates and/or large animal surgery highly preferred. Ability to work well with others in a team-oriented/goal oriented environment. Ability to operate basic laboratory instruments and equipment to perform tests. Ability to train and evaluate technical/laboratory staff in proper work methods and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively and prepare complete and concise reports.Minimum Education/Training Requirements: The incumbent must have knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow detailed instructions; good oral/written communication and analytical skills. Bachelor s degree in a scientific discipline is required. The incumbent must demonstrate prior work experience in animal care and possess 2-4 years laboratory experience.Physical Capabilities: The incumbent may be required to stand, sit or bend from a standing position for long periods of time. Also the incumbent may be handling various chemicals and potentially infectious bloodborne pathogens.Work Environment: Animal Facility and Laboratory Environment

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