Veterinary Technician I

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jun 18, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description


Job #: H017

Posted Date: May 20, 2020

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.



  • Graduation from AVMA or State of California approved animal health technician program and eligible to sit for VTNE


  • AALAS certification ALAT or higher.
  • RVT (or CVT/LVT).



  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a laboratory animal facility or research facility with lab animal species or equivalent (i.e. 2 years of clinical experience and/or RVT training through schooling)


  • 3 or more years of 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 or more year of clinical veterinary experience.
  • Proficient with anesthesia (pre-per-post operative).
  • 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.
  • 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.


Application Details

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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled