Lab Techn/Necropsy (Vet Lab)

New Mexico State University

Not Specified, United States Full-time in Science & Technology
    • Job ID 1494499

    Job Description

    Position Title: Lab Techn/Necropsy (Vet Lab)

    Employee Classification: Lab Techn/Necropsy (Vet Lab)

    College/Division: New Mexico Dept of Agriculture


    Internal or External Search: External – Open to all applicants

    Location: Remote Locations

    Offsite Location (if applicable): Albuquerque

    Target Hourly/Salary Rate: $16.05/Hr

    Appointment Full-time Equivalency: 1.0

    Exempt or Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt

    Classification Summary:Performs complex and specialized work related to a necropsy facility and ancillary laboratory activities in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

    Classification Standard Duties:Manages specimen receiving and shipping section. Assists in necropsy procedures and maintains necropsy area equipment and expendable inventory. Conducts histology sample cut-in and functions as emergency backup in histology laboratory as needed. Prepares microbiology samples, performs inoculation procedures and routing as needed and directed by pathologists. Performs various serologic techniques and functions as backup to assist serologist/virologist as needed. Conducts parasitology examinations. Distributes samples to appropriate in-house and referral laboratories. May instruct and oversee the activities of staff performing the same type of work assigned to these areas. Maintains all responsibilities within quality assurance program. Performs related duties as assigned.

    Required Education, Experience, Certification/License, Equivalency

    Required Education:High school diploma or GED.; Required Experience:Four (4) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.; Equivalency:An Associate’s degree in a related field may substitute for two (2) years of experience. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may substitute for four (4) years of experience.; Required Certification/License:

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    KNOWLEDGE:Knowledge of: data collection and recordkeeping procedures; basic veterinary anatomy; medical terminology; Good Laboratory Practices; quality assurance principles; SKILLS:Skill in: advanced computer usage; public contact and relations; excellent organizational skills; ABILITIES:Ability to: follow and give verbal and written instructions; understand diagnostic laboratory objectives including quality management system; work effectively under pressure; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisory personnel, peers, aides, trainees, and laboratory staff; demonstrate a high level of technical competence, judgment, and leadership; be detail oriented in performances of duties; effectively instruct subordinate personnel; operate and maintain clinical equipment.

    Job Duties and Responsibilities

    Assists the Laboratory staff at Veterinary Diagnostic Services with specimen preparation and processing. This position will perform basic laboratory procedures, maintenance of instruments and equipment, disposal of biohazardous specimens, and sample preparation, inventory management, and aseptic cleaning of the laboratory areas. Follow quality system guidelines at all times within an ISO 17025 and NAHLN certified laboratory. This position will perform related work as required.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Special Requirements of the Position

    Although not required, if you have a college transcript, please feel free to include them with your application.

    Department Contact: Cheryl Mason-Herrera

    Contingent Upon Funding: Contingent upon funding

    Bargaining Unit Eligibility: This is a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

    Standard Work Schedule: Shift: Other Shift

    If Not a Standard Work Schedule:

    Working Conditions and Physical Effort

    Environment: Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.

    Physical Effort: Moderate physical activity.

    Lifting Requirements: Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.

    Risk: Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

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