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Veterinary Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 04/16/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 06/16/2018
Working Title Veterinary Technician
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 39013-DLAR-CHP
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0011698
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

The individual will serve as a Veterinary Technician within the Division of Laboratory and Animal Resources (DLAR). The individual will assist DLAR veterinarians with the provision of veterinary medical care, the preventive medicine program, and perform veterinary technical procedures under the direction of a veterinarian. The individual will also periodically provide support for the daily operations of the animal facility that may involve husbandry or cage wash activities.

The successful candidate must demonstrate professional and positive verbal, written, and interpersonal skills and effective time and process management.
The position requires successful enrollment in the University of Pittsburgh Animal Exposure Surveillance Program and other medical surveillance/immunization programs as dictated by the current research activities and when applicable. Vaccinations and/or TB testing may be required.

The successful candidate must be able to comprehend and follow written and verbal instructions, maintain accurate and legible records and other forms of documentation, consistently demonstrate positive interpersonal and customer service skills, be available to work weekends and holidays, stand for extended periods of time, lift 50 pounds, push/pull heavy equipment, pass the mandatory criminal background check, and possibly the PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Education Required High School Diploma or GED
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Internal candidates:
• One year of experience working with animals in a DLAR facility with a minimum of 6 months of experience working with non-rodent mammalian species OR six months of experience working with animals in a DLAR facility and graduation from an AVMA CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education Activities) accredited veterinary technician program.

External candidates:
• One year of veterinary technician experience working with a variety of animals in a research, clinical, or zoo setting OR graduation from an AVMA CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education Activities) accredited veterinary technician program.

All candidates:
• Ability to work directly with a variety of laboratory animal species
• Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance procedures on mechanical equipment, animal caging, and other equipment commonly utilized throughout the animal facility
• Ability to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate for the species, animal housing conditions, or work area
• Ability to lift/move 50 pounds.
• Basic computer skills including the ability to utilize common applications (e.g., email, Word, Excel)
The following are desired or preferred:
• Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science or a similar biological science
• Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level
• Completion of an AVMA CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education Activities) accredited veterinary technician program
• Licensed, certified, or registered veterinary technician status

Required Licenses/Certifications

Internal candidates:
• Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level
• Valid US driver’s license

External candidates:
• Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level within 12 months of start date
• Valid US driver’s license

Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours Work Schedule to Vary
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Some weekends and holidays

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:


• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit www.hr.pitt.edu/benefits

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a High School Diploma or GED?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Craigslist.org
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Dice.com
    • Monster.com
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • StudentAffairs.com
    • Higheredjobs.com
    • Indeed.com
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents