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Veterinary Technician-University of Minnesota                                               

Research Animal Resources Minneapolis, MN

Qualifications Required:

-Graduate of Animal Health Technician Program or equivalent training

Preferred Qualifications:

- Associates degree in Veterinary Technology- CVT- AALAS certification (ALAT, LAT or LATG)

- One year relevant laboratory animal care and/or veterinary technical experience

- Highly developed technical skills- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

- Strong leadership skills and ability to work independently

- Ability to work successfully with a variety of personality styles and cultural backgrounds

- A strong customer service ethic

- Comfortable with a variety of computer software and willingness to learn new programs

About the Job: This employee will provide patient monitoring, care and treatment under direction of the area veterinarian and according to established Standards of care, including pain management, wound treatment, surgery prep, anesthesia induction, monitoring and recovery, medication administration, venipuncture, diagnostic lab sampling and processing, pharmacy inventory maintenance, emergency care and environmental enrichment.Provide training on routine animal care as well as specialized techniques. Prepare appropriate and legal medical records in accordance with GLP and other guidelines. Stay up to date on relevant rules and regulations pertaining to laboratory animal and general veterinary care.All offers of employment for this position will be conditioned on the completion of a medical questionnaire, evidence of current tetanus immunization, and/or fitness for duty examination to ensure the applicant's ability to work in an environment that may present occupational health and safety hazards associated with the work.

About the Department:Animal research at the University of Minnesota is conducted within the Health Science programs in the Academic Health Center, as well as in other programs such as College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Hormel Institute. Research Animal Resources Manages twenty animal facilities on two campuses that are diverse and decentralized supporting a wide range of species with an average daily rodent cage census of 24,000. The primary focus of RAR is on service and administration of the animal care and use program at the University of Minnesota.

Submit applications on-line via the UMN website at http://employment.umn.edu

(position title: Veterinary Technician, job ID number: 329298).

Operations Support Specialist


Provides administrative and clerical support for the operations of preclinical research departments such as creating and maintaining study startup worksheets, creating forms and labels based on protocol requirements, managing sample documentation and transportation, assisting with the animal procurement process and monitoring use.


§  Associate or Bachelor degree in biological sciences or related field.

§  Three years’ experience in an animal laboratory setting.

§  Medical device research experience, with knowledge of and experience with technical operational processes and functions of a biocompatibility testing setting preferred.

§  Strong working knowledge of AAALAC, USDA, FDA, ISO, USP, JMLWH and GLP regulations.

§  Working knowledge of Microsoft software such as Word, Excel, Power Point, etc is required.

Animal Technician-Large Animal


Provides for the basic needs of large laboratory animals by performing animal husbandry tasks such as feeding, weighing, and preventive health maintenance activities, by providing social interaction with the animals, and by maintaining a clean living environment according to company SOPs.

The hours are generally 7:00-3:30, with rotating days of the week in order to support coverage on weekends and holidays. Overtime is often expected.


§  High school diploma or GED.

§  Previous animal handling experience.

§  Basic computer skills such as email, word processing and data entry into spreadsheets.

§  The ability use cleaning equipment, such as hoses with spray nozzles, and work in moist environments for long periods of time, to ability move freely around and respond to large animals, and the ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds.

Surgical Technician


In a laboratory environment, performs surgical preparation including anesthetic calculations, sedation and induction, intubation, IV catheter placement, specimen collections and surgical site preparation, performs lab work, monitors anesthesia and vitals, takes readings and  measurements, preps procedure rooms, and may perform basic surgical procedures or assist with post-operation recovery on animals. Creates a positive experience for clients through excellent client service throughout surgical procedures.

This position requires standing for long periods of time, the wearing of lead protective garments for long periods of time during procedures requiring radiological monitoring, as well as constant exposure and frequent physical contact with a variety of large and small species of laboratory animals.


§  Associate or Bachelor degree in related veterinary field (Animal Science, Veterinary Technology or Biology) is required, and a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) certification is preferred

§  Experience prepping and monitoring animals before and during surgery is required.

§  Experience in a laboratory setting is preferred, however knowledge of research animal physiology, pharmacology, and general animal care required.

§  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Research Technician-Large Animal


Facilitates client sponsored preclinical research by providing care for large laboratory animals before and after surgical procedures, including post-op recovery, clinical observations, TPRs, administering medications, preventive health activities, data collection and providing for their basic needs.


§  Desire to work with large laboratory animals

§  Associate or Bachelor degree in related veterinary field (Animal Science, Veterinary Technology or Biology), or the LAT certification is required, and a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) certification is preferred.

§  Experience working with and handling large animals is required.

§  Experience in a laboratory setting is preferred, however knowledge of research animal physiology, pharmacology, and general animal care required.

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