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Veterinary Technician II

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Health and Medical Services

Posting Number: req19815

Department: University Animal Care

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

University Animal Care at the University of Arizona is in search of a Veterinary Technician II. The Veterinary Technician II will work under the direction of the Clinical Veterinary Team to ensure that adequate veterinary care is provided:

1) Provide clinical and nursing care for a variety of small and large lab animal species;

2) Participate in surgeries, anesthesia, and intensive and postoperative care;

3) Provide support and coverage to all Veterinary Service units (Clinical, Surgical, Farm Animal, Pathology) as needed

4) Maintain standard operating procedures and training materials;

5) Work with investigators & research staff regarding the healthcare and management of lab animal species

The incumbent will ensure that research protocols are followed, animal health records are maintained, and all applicable policies and regulations are adhered to. This position will be required to work nights, evenings, and/or weekends based on project needs.

Compassion for Animals, Hope for People

University Animal Care (UAC) manages multiple centralized animal facilities at the University of Arizona and oversees the campus wide animal care and use program. UAC provides assistance to scientists, physicians, staff, and students who have received Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval to perform research, testing, or educational studies on animal subjects. UAC ensures humane and appropriate animal care and use by providing for the animals daily needs, veterinary care, and monitoring the use of the animals by principal investigators, technical personnel, and students. UAC is devoted to maintaining a safe environment that minimizes the risk of disease or injury to the animals and the personnel who work with them. UAC maintains accreditation by AAALAC International, the gold standard for animal care and use programs.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Performs clinical health rounds to observe the health and well-being of
    laboratory animals and reports abnormalities to the facility veterinarian.
  • Acts independently and with sound judgment to triage new clinical cases for
    appropriate veterinary care
  • Administers medication and treatments as directed. Evaluates responses to
  • Maintains pertinent health records (written and electronic) on laboratory
    animals; this includes general health, date of birth, vaccinations,
    medications, and other relevant health data.
  • Collects biological samples for diagnostic analysis and evaluation.
  • Assists investigators and/or veterinarians with surgeries, including
    administration and monitoring of anesthesia, administration of medication
    including injections, and point of care clinical pathology.
  • Provides post-operative nursing care ensuring recovery from anesthesia is
    satisfactory and incisions and sutures are intact.
  • Performs emergency and critical care support under the direction of the
  • Assists with necropsy procedures.
  • Maintains veterinary care areas including cleaning, inventory, ordering and
    stocking supplies, crash carts, and kits.
  • Performs training in standard veterinary and research technical procedures
    to a variety of audiences.
  • Assists the veterinary staff in assuring compliance with applicable state
    and federal laws, regulations, and institutional policies pertaining to
    biomedical and agricultural research using animals.
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Able to perform a clinical examination of lab animals
  • Effective communication with peers, supervisors, and research personnel
  • Preparing and taking care of medical equipment and supplies
  • Animal vital signs assessment and monitoring
  • Collecting samples and completing laboratory tests
  • Administering vaccinations and medications to animals
  • Dressing wounds
  • X-rays and diagnostic imaging
  • Administering and monitoring anesthetic procedures
  • Keeping the veterinary care premises clean and organized
  • Updating patient records

Physical Requirement:

  • Must be able to lift/move/transport up to 50 pounds
  • Environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting, and

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required. CVT required and a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Arizona Veterinary Medical Association certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) and 2 years of experience.
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) and 3 years of experience as a veterinary technician.
  • Academy of Surgical Research certification (SRT, SRA, SRS).
  • Experience caring for a variety of large and small animal models;
  • Clinical, surgical, anesthesia, and/or intensive care experience is desirable.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Veterinary and Animal Care

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $18.15 - $22.69

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Compensation Guidance

The Rate of Pay Field represents the University of Arizona's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, and internal equity.

The Grade Range Minimum, Midpoint, and Maximum Fields listed below represent a full range of career compensation growth over time in this position and grade. Each unit typically sets starting pay between minimum and midpoint upon hire. The university offers compensation growth opportunities within its career architecture. To learn more about compensation, please review our Applicant Compensation Guide and our Total Rewards Calculator.

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Job Function

Veterinary & Animal Care

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Lierin Cox,

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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