Senior Veterinary Technician (NIH 35)

Life Sciences
- Bethesda, Maryland
Posted 3 weeks ago

JOB TITLE:            Senior Veterinary Technician




The Senior Veterinary Technician is a working supervisor with daily responsibilities of a veterinary technician in addition to providing support and supervisory assistance to the Technical Supervisor.

Under the direction of the Technical Supervisor and Facility Veterinarian, the Senior Veterinary Technician shall be responsible for daily health case rounds, preliminary health exams of sick animals prior to reporting to the Facility Veterinarian and assistance with the rodent health surveillance program.  This person must be knowledgeable of veterinary medical terminology with training in animal treatment and supportive care for rodents. This person may also be responsible for assisting investigators with technical procedures, identification of animals, breeding of transgenic animals, weaning, sexing, and keeping appropriate records.  Additional responsibilities of the Senior Veterinary Technician include inventory and ordering for vet tech department supplies.  This person will assist in the hiring and training (to include weekend and holidays) of new veterinary technicians in collaboration with the Technical Supervisor, as well as daily oversight and scheduling for veterinary technician staff.



  • Must be literate and able to effectively communicate information in written and spoken English.
  • AALAS LAT certification required.
  • Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology, or Animal Science related degree and/or certification as a LVT or RVT preferred.
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a lab animal facility or equivalent veterinary care position
  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to work on weekends and holidays as part of a rotating schedule.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word documents and Excel spreadsheets) and e-mail (Outlook or equivalent)


Skills and Abilities


  • Organized and efficient approach to performing daily responsibilities resulting in accurate completion of tasks within allotted timeframes.
  • Effective problem solving and critical thinking approaches to addressing concerns or areas for improvement.
  • Strong teamwork approach to department responsibilities, seeking out tasks to complete and aiding wherever possible to ensure entire team is successful.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to an ever-changing environment minimizing stress to self and others.
  • Ability to take constructive criticism and apply suggestions for improvement.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information, both orally and in writing, to lab personnel, veterinary staff and coworkers in a professional manner.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor always in times of high stress





  • Work in conjunction with the Attending Veterinarian and research staff to ensure the best care possible for the animals and research support to the customers.
  • Create schedules for subordinate Veterinary Technicians and provide training, coaching, and guidance to ensure growth and understanding.
  • Coordinate work schedules with Technical Supervisor and the Project Manager.
  • Perform inventory, place orders and stocking of supplies ensuring that no expired items are present and ample supply of all items are always available.
  • Seek specialized training or cross training to maximize delivery of services.
  • Provide care to research animals, performing health observations, and providing veterinary care as directed, reporting problems/abnormalities to the Attending Veterinarian.
  • Interface with NIH researchers/staff.
  • Ensure that proper veterinary care and treatment for NIH/NINDS animals is maintained.
  • Administer drugs or treatments to animals, as directed, and recording performed treatments on the animal clinical records.
  • Assist researchers or their staff by answering questions, assisting and training for procedures such as restraint, medical treatment, weaning and facility documentation as needed.
  • Perform/assist with weaning and genotype sample collection.
  • Assure that procedures and practices involving the program of animal care are appropriate for the continued maintenance of AAALAC accreditation of the NIH animal facility.
  • Assist, when requested, in experimental planning and logistics/scheduling requirements.
  • Ensure all safety requirements are met.
  • Assist the Technician Supervisor in anticipating/planning for changing workloads/schedules.
  • Identify and report potential problem areas related to animal use, care, or health, or problems with facilities or equipment which might be hazard to animals or personnel.
  • Participate in/oversee the animal health surveillance program.
  • Assure that records, log book, and other clinical and project records are appropriately and contemporaneously maintained.
  • Compliance with the QA/QC program.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of existing and proposed laws, regulations, and guidelines affecting the care and use of animals at the NIH.
  • Maintain a broad general knowledge and competence in lab animal science husbandry, technical procedures, and facility management.
  • Assist/perform blood collection or other technical/veterinary procedures as needed.
  • Perform routine animal husbandry, cagewash and facility support functions as needed to ensure the needs of the facility are met.

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