|Under direction, work independently with responsibility to the Attending Veterinarian, provide specialized veterinary, technical and research support services to principle investigators through Campus Veterinary Services (CVS). Routinely provide veterinary treatment to research and teaching colony animals and supports campus vivaria in Davis, Sacramento and outlying areas in compliance with national and state regulations and standards to maintain Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) accreditation. Provide specialized technical support to campus-wide research and teaching activities. Independently treat a diverse range of species (approximately 50) used for research and teaching on campus such as rodents, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) covered species including nonhuman primates, livestock, and other traditional and non-traditional laboratory animal species (birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc.). Except for the rodent sentinel program, administratively oversees the campus' animal care and health practices, the screening of incoming animals, the campus' diagnostic and disease control practices to ensure overall compliance with animal welfare standards. Provide surgical and anesthetic support including induction, maintenance and recovery from anesthesia and post-operative monitoring in all species. Maintain administrative documentation of procedures consistent with internal policy, USDA, ILAR Guide and the Animal Welfare Act. Collect samples, initiate the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases in laboratory animals, and provide training and oversight of students and volunteers. Act as a resource for investigators by providing a variety of rechargeable research support services, training, and consultations.
Lift and move equipment and animals that may weigh up to 50 lbs.
Handle move and transport animals of diverse species ranging from rodents, fish and reptiles to nonhuman primates and livestock.
Valid California driver's license required. Position will participate in Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Pull Notice System.
Work with or around areas with sick animals some of which may be capable of inflicting injures hazardous materials, and/or infectious diseases and nonhuman primates.
Perform assigned duties in Biosafety level (BSL) 1, 2 or 3 facilities where laboratory animals including nonhuman primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous diseases such as herpes B virus, Q Fever, Valley Fever, Brucella, etc.
Work in an odiferous environment, damp or dusty conditions that are found in animal facilities and outdoor animal enclosures.
Employees shall participate in required preventative medical monitoring programs which may include blood tests, immunizations, TB screening, respiratory screening and clearance, and/or complete physical exam; blood born and air born pathogen training to meet federal, state, and university requirements.
Wear protective clothing and respirators in circumstances that require personal protection from infectious disease.
Work flexible schedule, overtime, holidays and occasional weekends on short notice.
Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions.
UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Background Check Required:
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.
Combination of education and work experience in laboratory and/or exotic animal medicine.
California Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) license.
Clinical experience working with a variety of laboratory animal species such as rabbits, ferrets, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, dogs, cats, pigs, cattle, and sheep. Experience to communicate in writing and verbally with a diverse range of people.
Experience developing educational programs using multiple modalities.
Clinical experience working with a variety of laboratory animal species, specifically working with rodents and nonhuman primates.
Experience with animal care procedures and practices related to animal husbandry and management principles.
Experience restraining various species, such as rodents and nonhuman primates, as well as other traditional and nontraditional lab animal species.
Experience performing humane euthanasia of lab animals such as inhaled, overdose, and manual euthanasia of rodents and avian species, and overdose euthanasia of larger species.
Experience monitoring and assessing anesthetic depth, heart rate, blood pressure, a and respiratory rate during anesthesia on a variety of species such as rodents and nonhuman primates.
Experience catheterizing animals, performing anesthetic induction, intubation, venipuncture for blood collection and treatments, and administering oral, IV, SQ and IM treatments in animals.
Experience performing tissue sampling, blood collection in rodents and performing various permanent identification techniques.
Experience with electronic medical record systems.
Surgical instrument usage and care experience.
Knowledge of pharmacology, antibiotics, anesthesia drugs including a wide variety of medicines used in surgery and/or treatment of diseases.
Experience using common veterinary therapeutics including bandaging, pharmaceuticals and analgesia.
Knowledge to perform routine diagnostic procedures including but not limited to; hematology, fecal flotation, radiography, urinalysis, cytology.
Skills using a variety of anesthetic, ventilation and monitoring equipment.
Skills to safely restrain and handle various animals including animals known to be fractious with people and other animals.
Skill to modify equipment and provide solutions for getting equipment and/or systems operational.
Skills to establish an anesthesia protocol and select the most appropriate monitoring equipment per patients needs.
Experience with interpreting IACUC animal use protocols.
Knowledge of USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations.
Knowledge of occupational safety guidelines for radiation, biohazards and chemical hazards.
Knowledge to recognize animal care needs as they relate to the campus animal care program and the campus veterinary services mission.
Experience with DVMax Electronic Medical Records system.
Knowledge of personal computers and software such as Microsoft products such as Outlook, Word and Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
Experience training others.
Knowledge to provide guidance and instruction in the areas of surgery, animal care, treatments and other clinical care services.
Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) or higher level.