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Job #: G270
Posted Date: November 20, 2018
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Veterinary Technician I
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Animal Resources
The ARD is dedicated to providing the highest quality of veterinary medical care, husbandry, enrichment and professional technical support to enable the scientists and their research.
Position Description:

The position is expected to:

Laboratory Animal Care:

  • Support the Veterinary Team with the provision of routine health care for a variety of laboratory animal species.
  • Provide technical study support for all animals and animal research at the Institute.
  • Perform or support routine health surveillance diagnostic testing.

Laboratory Animal Training:

  • Provide laboratory animal training and technical expertise to ARD and the Salk Institute Community to meet departmental/institutional goals and the needs of research/support staff.
  • Write training and veterinary technical related standard operating procedures (SOP)/guidelines;
  • Provide hands-on training and support to users of ARD databases and electronic systems.

Behavioral Testing:

  • Interact with investigators to plan, coordinate, and execute behavioral testing paradigms in rodent species.


  • Graduation from AVMA or State of California approved animal health technician program.


  • AALAS certification ALAT or higher.


  • + 2 years’ experience in a laboratory animal facility or research facility with specific pathogen free (SPF)rodents, rabbits, non-human primates and other lab animal species.
  • + 1 year clinical veterinary experience.


  • + 5 years’ experience in experience in a laboratory animal facility or research facility with specific pathogen free (SPF)rodents, rabbits, non-human primates and other lab animal species.
  • + 3 year’s clinical veterinary experience.
  • Proficient with anesthesia (pre-per-post operative).
Special Requirements:
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule based on workload and deadlines.
  • Must be able to work assigned schedule of 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with any of these shifts; Monday – Friday/ Sunday-Thursday/ Tuesday-Saturday or Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed before or after regular shift or on weekends.
  • Post offer physical required which may include respirator fit test.
  • Emergency on-call duties may be required.
  • Willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.


As a safeguard for employees and animals, all ARD employees may be subject to vaccines/tests/physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as required by research needs including but not limited to:

  • TB Testing/Clearance (every 12 months / once a year)
  • Hepatitis B (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Tetanus (vaccination < 10 years)
  • Diphtheria (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Measles (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Periodic physical exams (may include respirator fit test)
  • Other vaccines/tests as required by Occupational Health & Safety standards
Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant grasping, handling, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, touching/feeling, walking, communicating, reading, writing, exposure to animals, fumes/odors/mists/dusts, potential allergens and working inside.