Veterinary Technician II

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Job Location
Seattle, WA
Job Description

Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutch our interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians, including three Nobel laureates, work together to eliminate cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. We bring a relentless pursuit of and passion for the advancement of disease treatments and the betterment of human life globally. We are an independent, non-profit life sciences research center comprised of distinguished researchers, corporate and program staff across a wide range of scientific and operations areas. If you're ready to make a difference, let's change the world together. Join us. Careers Start Here.

The Veterinary Technician II responsible for performing routine husbandry, housekeeping, and skilled veterinary technical duties necessary for adequate care and support research animals and facilities. The position performs technical duties of animal care and veterinary support requiring knowledge of contamination, disease processes and biohazard containment. May be assigned to train on and operate specialized equipment and to perform specialized procedures. May be assigned work on or assist on animal manipulation segments of research protocols.

- Care for canines in accordance with standard operating procedures including: cleaning and sanitize canine enclosures, feeding animals (standardized and prescribed diets), assuring that animals have fresh water at all times, transferring animals to clean caging, performing complete housekeeping duties in animal housing areas and surrounding premises, performing laundry cleaning services and bathing and socializing of the canines.
- Prepare canine primary enclosures, inspect newly arrived animals for general health, report abnormalities to the supervisor for veterinary evaluation and treatment and perform preventative animal health care duties.
- Identify animals according to SOPs and maintain accurate records of animal identification, daily room tallies and labor allocation.
- Operate cage washing equipment including autoclave, pressure washer and other cleaning equipment and devices and perform environmental control tests to validate and insure proper function and document test results.
- Collect urine and fecal samples, take biosamples for laboratory analysis, administer prescribed medications to animals and perform preventative health care duties.
- Participate in material management inventory control and request purchase requisitions as necessary.
- Responsible for breeding, weaning and identification of animals and maintenance of records.

- Perform or assist veterinary staff, Veterinary Technician Leads, or other Veterinary Technicians with exams, drug treatments, wound treatments, bandage changes, ear cleaning, fecal sampling, blood sampling, injections, animal weights, anesthesia, surgery, pre and post operative care, necropsy, care of neonates, transport, placing of cathers, administering IV fluids, dental care, laboratory procedures (fecals, vaginal cytology, urinalysis), bone marrow aspirates, instrument care and identification, emergency procedures and other critical care, and other duties as assigned.
- Assist investigators with technical duties associated with research protocols.
- Attend and participate in assigned required training classes or other training requirements.
- Proficiently use the DVMax system or equivalent for record keeping.
- Drive Center AHR van as part of transport assistance as required.
- Work on call, weekend, evening, or holiday shifts as assigned.
- Assist Veterinary Technician III and Veterinary Technician Lead in maintaining animal surgery units and assist with surgical procedures.
- Appropriately use, document use, and assure security of controlled substances.
- Assume Veterinary Technician Lead responsibilities on a short term basis if requested.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- One year experience as a Veterinary Technician I with a satisfactory performance evaluation and satisfactory completion of a Veterinary Technician training course.
- Two years experience as a Veterinary Technician I with a satisfactory performance evaluation, or:
- Licensed Veterinary Technician or equivalent and one year of relevant veterinary experience.

- High School diploma or equivalent.
- Good verbal and written English communication skills.
- Ability to follow instructions precisely that are presented in English.
- Good computer skills.
- Ability to lift and move 50 lbs on a regular basis and sustained physical activities such as bending, balancing, stooping, reaching, and remain standing for long periods of time.
- Ability to wear Personal Protection Equipment may include scrubs, disposable coveralls, gloves, shoe covers, gowns, ear plugs / muffs, face mask, and eye protection.
- Some college training or technical degree.
- Science and animal husbandry background including prior experience or education in animal care.
- Maintenance of a valid Washington State Driver's License and good driving record.

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