Veterinary Tech II

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jan 15, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description


Job #: G939

Posted Date: January 14, 2020

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Veterinary Tech II

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 practice approved veterinary technical skills autonomously with or without constant/direct supervision on behalf of the attending veterinarian to ensure the health and wellbeing of research animals in accordance with all federal, state and institutional laws, regulations, policies and guidelines and based on departmental programmatic needs. The incumbent is expected to work actively with USDA covered species, including non-human primates (NHP). The position is also expected to assume a leading role in providing highly skilled technical support to research programs, and in training of animal users and less-experienced animal care technicians at the Institute.



  • Graduation from AVMA or State of California approved animal health technician program.
  • RVT (or CVT/LVT) and LATG certification or ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire into position.


  • VTS-Laboratory animal medicine specialty certification.



  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in a laboratory animal facility or research facility with specific pathogen free (SPF) rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, non-human primates, and other laboratory animals, of which up to 2 years of experience may be obtained through completion of veterinary technician schooling.
  • The 5 or more years of overall experience must also include a minimum of 3 years of training experience in laboratory animal science and 3 years of clinical veterinary experience, which may be obtained concurrently.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with animal husbandry, handling and restraint, blood sampling, injections, administering medications.

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 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 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 and walking. Calculating, communicating, reading, writing, exposure to animals, fumes, odors, mists, dusts, potential allergens and working inside.

Application Details

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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled