Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the position of: Lab Technician
This individual supports instructional program and the functioning of the Anatomy and Necropsy Laboratories in the areas noted below.
The individual must be able to work with both dead and live animals; as well as toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals and potentially carcinogenic substances in accord with Health and Safety Standards and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Thus, an understanding of health and safety is important. The candidate must also be willing to assist in the preparation of specimens and materials that at times may be malodorous.
Ensure the smooth running of anatomy and necropsy facilities, and at all times to do whatever is needed to accomplish this over-arching task without being instructed, including (but not necessarily limited to) the following specific tasks:
Anatomical Laboratory Duties – 70%
• Ensure at all times that the Anatomy Lab, Museum Rooms, Walk-in Cold Rooms and external areas are clean and attractive by the implementation of daily cleaning protocols which include sweeping and mopping floors, tables and walls, refilling stock items while also cleaning coolers and cold storage facilities on a regular basis.
• Prepare fluid solutions for embalming, injecting and maintaining cadavers.
• Create and maintain cadaver models as directed.
• Tag and catalogue all specimens that come into the lab and are later disposed.
• Dissect specimens as needed in the teaching program. Training in animal dissection and anatomy knowledge will be provided.
• Liaise with and collect suitable specimens from the local abattoir to be used for teaching and research.
• Incinerate and dispose of organic waste and biohazard materials.
• Assist faculty with the use of live animals in instruction; including obtaining, holding, and returning the animals to their correct kennels, stalls, or other.
Necropsy Laboratory Duties – 10%
• Assist pathologists with necropsy procedures which include teaching, research and diagnostic cases.
• Liaise with the Ross University Veterinary Clinic (RUVC) and the St Kitts community to ensure adequate specimen collection and case submissions.
• Prepare animals, tables, room and instrumentation for necropsy, including laying out instruments and ensuring knives are sharp.
• Store samples selected by the pathologists in formalin or solution.
• Submit selected specimens for further investigation (bacteriology, clinical pathology, toxicology, histopathology etc.) with adequate documentation.
• Prepare tissues for histopathology (trimming).
• Prepare digital photos of each necropsy for archiving and teaching purposes.
• Store necropsy reports and affiliated lab results in the medical record.
• Organize storage of slides from necropsy, biopsy, and research histology.
• Mix and maintain formalin/klotz solutions.
Assist Faculty with Professional Veterinary Student Teaching – 20%
• Ensure that teaching specimens are ready and available when needed for instruction.
• Assist the instructional team with the preparation of learning material for teaching, research and examination purposes.
• Assist students in locating cadavers/organs in storage vats and in their return to the vats.
• Proper maintenance and upkeep of specimens and preservation solutions as needed.
• Have the capacity to teach related laboratory subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of the instructional team in a laboratory setting.
• The laboratory manager will be required to assist the students in the laboratory work-up during their practical training and train the students to have good laboratory practice.
Any other duties as assigned by management.
• Minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Biological Sciences or related field combined with additional years of experience in a laboratory setting
• Good knowledge in Microsoft Office, Windows XP, 7 and 8 and database applications.
• Proven ability to communicate professionally in a corporate veterinary medical environment.
• Flexibility to work overtime, weekends and holidays.
• Ability to lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
• Background in laboratory maintenance, animal handling, butchering and embalming is desired, but not required.
• Knowledge of anatomy is highly desired.
• Capacity to work independently.
• Organizational and communication skills are essential.
We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.