Job ID: 163223

Lead Veterinary Technician (9534C) - 20718

University of California, Berkeley

  • Jul. 15, 2021
  • Lead Veterinary Technician (9534C) - 20718
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Research Scientist/Associate
  • Surgery/Surgical Sciences
    Veterinary Medicine - General

Lead Veterinary Technician (9534C) - 20718

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 27, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC) ensures the health and wellbeing of animals used for research and teaching through the provision of veterinary care and oversight, animal husbandry (if not done by the PI), research support services, and training. In addition, OLAC is in charge of animal purchases and acquisition, husbandry and veterinary care, animal shipping, pharmacy and animal supply purchases, and accessing animal facilities.
Although the day-to-day assignment of space rests with OLAC, overall space needs and allocations fall under the purview of the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) with input from a faculty advisory committee, the Committee on Animal Research Space Assignment (CARSA).


Lead oversight of veterinary services and areas:
  • Oversee and execute maintenance of clinical and surgical areas in all facilities at a high level of cleanliness and ensure standards in compliance with all applicable internal and external regulations (USDA/OLAW/AAALAC/IACUC)
  • Coordinate development, review and maintenance of veterinary services SOPs including nonhuman primate exposure materials.
  • Ensure proper maintenance, use authorizations and repair of all clinical instruments and equipment and identify new equipment needs.
  • Oversee drug and supply inventory maintenance to include controlled substance inventory duties in coordination with EH&S.
  • Perform procedure calendaring and schedule the direct activities of junior staff (AHT I-III, URAP, externs).
  • Ensure treatment lists for weekend/holiday are completed correctly.
  • Accompany approved individuals on OLAC facility tours (IACUC, USDA, AAALAC, DEA, etc) as nursing care point person as needed.
  • Perform regular rounds of veterinary services areas to ensure compliance with applicable SOPs, internal and external regulations.
  • Perform administrative functions related to duties described and/or other duties as assigned.

General Nursing Duties: - all species including nonhuman primates.
  • Perform daily rounds of all species.
  • Perform all necessary medical treatments.
  • Manage postoperative recoveries in coordination with veterinary nursing, husbandry and research staffs.
  • Participate in discussions with veterinary staff and researchers to identify newly emergent health needs of research animals.
  • Conduct routine diagnostic and laboratory procedures for all research animals (blood sampling, colony disease control diagnostics, radiographs, anesthesia, surgical assistance, oral hygiene, euthanasia, necropsy, etc)
  • Maintain accurate medical records for all species in compliance with applicable regulations, coordinate consistent use of animal health management software.
  • Perform or assist in all procedures to maintain the health surveillance program for rodents, fish and other species as determined by the campus veterinarians.

Research Services:
  • Coordinate the processing, review and resolution of veterinary research service requests.
  • Provide clinical research services to investigators for any research animal model including nonhuman primates. Procedures include but are not limited to: all aspects of anesthesia and surgical assistance; blood and other sample collection and processing; injections and gavage; catheterizations.
  • Coordinate equipment rental and space requests in the veterinary services areas.

  • Provide procedure training and assist in onboarding of AHT I-III
  • Provide intra- and interdepartmental training to researchers and animal care staff in all aspects of disease recognition, health and behavior evaluation, asepsis, surgical technique and peri-operative care and various clinical techniques as needed.
  • Assist internal and external trainers with provision of one on one training, small group workshops or development of online training.
  • Perform regular rounds of facilities to evaluate surgical outcomes and identify potential training needs, animal welfare and compliance issues.

Required Qualifications
  • Applies veterinary nursing skills to the broad range of tasks necessary to care for laboratory animals species such as mice, rats, guinea pigs, bats, nonhuman primates, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds. Nursing skills include restraint, catheterization, phlebotomy, anesthesia (volatile and injection) administration, peri-operative monitoring and emergency response, laboratory sampling skills
  • Knowledge and experience with medical record-keeping, including data entry and database management software and controlled substance records
  • Solid knowledge of regulations as applicable to the use of animals in academic research (USDA/OLAW/IACUC/AAALAC)
  • Medical equipment maintenance (x-ray, anesthesia machines, ventilator, autoclave, etc)
  • Experience establishing appropriate anesthetic protocols, surgical preparation
  • Ability to manage time and schedule tasks appropriately with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently work well with other team members in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a variety of stakeholders, including faculty principal investigators
  • Ability to effectively follow standard operating procedures as they relate to environmental health and safety (ie proper use of personnel protective
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and walk moderate distances from facility to facility

  • Bachelor's degree in a basic science or health related field plus five years of applicable experience; certification or eligibility for certification as a registered animal technician in the state of California; or an equivalent combination of education and experience providing the knowledge and abilities essential to successful performance of the duties assigned to this position.

Licenses or certifications required, if any:
  • Registered veterinary technician (RVT) license or equivalent level of training and experience AALAS certification (LAT preferred minimum) or intention to progress to LATg certification

Preferred Qualifications
  • AALAS certification at the LATg level
  • Specialized training in anesthesia or surgery on laboratory animal species

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $33.09 - $44.90, Steps 1.0 - 8.0.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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