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Veterinary Technician

Company name
Southern California Institute of Techology


Pasadena, CA

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Veterinary Technician


Job Category:

Fulltime Regular

Exempt Overtime Eligible:

Overtime Eligible

Benefits Eligible:

Benefit Based

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

Position is responsible for providing support for veterinary care of laboratory animals, assisting with training of new personnel in animal procedures, and maintenance of quality control and health surveillance programs to ensure compliance with USDA, PHS and AAALAC guidelines.

Job Duties

Perform daily animal facility rounds, including examination and treatment of sick animals. Report to supervisor regularly regarding new and ongoing animal health cases. Assist in performing treatments and physical examinations.

Provide technical support to researchers as needed.

Maintain accurate, current and complete records, including but not limited to: animal health reports, medical records, health surveillance data, animal transfer information and quality assurance records. Perform billing data entry for veterinary technical services. Review technical service charges monthly.

Train staff members and researchers in use of the animal facilities and in humane animal procedures.

Understand biocontainment procedures, including strict traffic patterns within and between each containment area and train others in these concepts.

Perform quality assurance procedures including but not limited to: autoclave testing, water quality testing, gas anesthesia monitoring, evaluation of sanitation effectiveness, and facilities inspections. Participate in the environmental enrichment (EE) program for laboratory animals, including routine review of EE provision logs

Coordinate and perform routine health surveillance testing.

Coordinate and arrange for internal and external animal transfers including shipment of rodents and other animals to and from Caltech and transfer of animals between Caltech animal facilities.

Assist with clinical and surgical procedures. Sterilize surgical equipment and other supplies. Perform radiographic procedures.

Assist with reviewing, revising and creating Standard Operating Procedures.

Maintain inventory of drugs, equipment and other items. Ensure that outdated items are removed from stock. Order new items when needed. Organize and stock injury response kits. Check and coordinate controlled drug inventory and maintain records to comply with Institute policies and state and Federal laws.

Participate in regular staff meetings. Participate in weekend, holiday and after-hours on call duty.

Participate in training and continuing education activities as required by state and Federal guidelines and accreditation standards.

Coordinate and implement measures to ensure safe handling of animals that have been treated with biohazardous or chemically hazardous substances, including training of other personnel.

Perform other administrative, technical duties or special projects as assigned by supervisor. Assist with various animal husbandry tasks as requested. Review decentralized husbandry logs. Generate electronic reports with animal health and/or facilities data

- Other duties as assigned

Environmental Conditions:

- Likely exposure to animal dander, diseases, odors, bites and scratches

- Likely exposure to housekeeping/cleaning/disinfecting agents

- Likely exposure to dust

- Likely exposure to biohazardous and chemical hazards

- Likely exposure to ionizing radiation

Basic Qualifications

Associate Degree in animal science, biology or related field

Registered Veterinary Technician in California

- Six months experience as a veterinary technician in a laboratory animal facility or veterinary practice


- Standing: remaining on one's feet

- Walking: moving about on foot

- Lifting: raising or lowering an object from one level to another

- Carrying: transporting an object, usually by hand, arm or shoulder

- Pushing: exerting force upon an object so that the object is moved away

- Pulling: exerting force upon an object so that it is moving to the person

- Climbing: ascending or descending objects usually with hands/feet

- Balancing: maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling over

- Stooping: bending the body by bending the spine at the waist

- Kneeling: bending legs to come to rest on one or both knees

- Reaching: extending the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction

- Handling: seizing, holding, grasping, or otherwise working with the hand(s)

- Fingering: picking, pinching or otherwise working with the fingers

- Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words

- Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds by the ear

- Eye/hand/foot coordination: performing work through using two or more appendages

- Infrequent lifting/carrying of objects up to 50 lbs

- Ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less

- Ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus

- Ability to distinguish and identify different colors


- Handle and restrain animals for physical examinations and treatments

- Calculate drug doses based on mg/kg body weight

- Give injections via subcutaneous, intravenous, intramuscular and intraperitoneal routes

- Place intravenous catheters

- Place endotracheal tubes

- Administer medications by oral gavage

- Collect samples, including blood, feces and urine

- Perform and monitor various types of anesthesia

- Assist with and perform various surgical procedures, maintaining a sterile field

- Perform diagnostic tests, including urinalysis, fecal parasitology, PCV

- Routine necropsy or rodents, birds and amphibians

- Maintain complete medical records


- Autoclave

- Ethylene oxide sterilizer

- Gas anesthetic machine

- Radiographic equipment

- Portable blood gas analyzer

- Pulse oximeter

- Digital thermometer

- Portable glucometer

- Water circulating heating pad;

- Bair Hugger patient warming unit

- Centrifuge

- Luminometer


- iPad, Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Office 365/SharePoint


- Ability to communicate clearly in English by phone, in writing and in person

- Ability to understand technical language including veterinary medical and genetic terminology

Preferred Qualifications

- Bachelor Degree in animal science, biology or related field; AALAS certification

Required Documents

- Resume

- Cover Letter

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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