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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 524C
Category: Science & Engineering


This is the senior, specialist or leadworker level of the series. Positions in this level perform specialized work related to the health, care and management of laboratory animals used in scientific research under the general direction of a veterinarian or research investigator. Positions maintain continuous surveillance for clinical signs of disease, either experimentally related or spontaneous. Conducts screening tests to monitor laboratory animal health and administers chemotherapy when warranted. Prepares laboratory animals for surgery, including pre-operative sedation and general anesthetic, also prepares operative field for aseptic procedures. May perform minor surgery and provide post-operative intensive care.

Typical Work

Initiates diagnostic tests on laboratory animals in which abnormalities are suspected, e.g., blood sampling for complete hematology and chemistry workups, radiography, paracentesis, auscultation, palpation, etc.;

Maintains detailed records regarding individual laboratory animals including animal's health, weights, procedures performed, medications administered, research project assignments, etc.;

Assists with necropsy procedures and distribution of laboratory animal tissue to the scientific research community;

Works with, assists and counsels administrative and research staff in matters relating to or affecting the laboratory animal facility;

Plans and reviews work of technical staff and also recruits, hires and evaluates other technicians;

Prepares detailed reports and budgets; designs or reviews design and construction of laboratory equipment, facilities and services;

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require a Bachelor’s degree in a medical, biological, or allied field, and two years of applicable experience; or graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program, and two years of working experience with laboratory animals. Registration by the state of Washington may be required.

Class Specification History

New class replaces 4892 Veterinary Technologist; effective June 1, 2005.