Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Jersey City


OverviewThe Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) group at Princeton University is a centralized administrative department reporting to the Dean for Research and is responsible for animal and veterinary care of all research animals at Princeton University. The Veterinary Technician provides support to all Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) Facilities. This position reports directly to the Assistant Director of Veterinary Services.

Veterinary Technicians are considered essential services staff. Essential services staff performs jobs that are necessary and required to maintain basic University operations during scheduled or unscheduled work closures due to emergencies, events or other situations.

Veterinary Technicians have weekend and holiday on-call duties. Must be within a 1-hour radius of the Princeton University campus when on-call to respond to animal emergencies.


Clinical rounds and treatments: 80%

- Performs regularly scheduled rounds of all LAR facilities.
- Maintain records and performs the appropriate treatment for sick animals under the direction of the staff veterinarian, including treatments to be provided on weekends.
- Provides curative and experimental treatments to laboratory animals as prescribed by researchers and/or the LAR veterinarians.
- Assists in coordinating treatment schedules and participates in the delivery of timely treatments as needed, including off hours and on weekends.
- Develops, documents and, as needed, provides the environmental enrichment programs for all laboratory animals, in particular the enrichment program for the non-human primates (in collaboration with the PI's and LAR management).
- Administers the dispensing and documentation of controlled drugs under the direct supervision of the attending veterinarian and according to state and federal guidelines.
- Maintains a reasonable stock of drugs and supplies used in the appropriate care of laboratory animals.

Documentation, audits, and regulatory compliance: 20%

- Monitors mandatory documentation maintained by researchers (e.g., post-operative monitoring, regular weighing for animals on water restriction) for the attending veterinarian.
- Responsible for the oversight of procedural spaces to make sure all calibrations and maintenance is performed and documented.
- Schedule regular maintenance of veterinary equipment, to ensure that equipment is functioning properly and to remain in compliance with regulations and guidelines.
- Ensures, that drugs and supplies are not out of date. Assists LAR Management with performing monthly audits of LAR facilities.
- Ensures that appropriate safety protocols are followed when hazardous materials are used in connection with research animals.
- Other duties as assigned by LAR Veterinarians.

QualificationsEssential Qualifications:

- BA/BS in Animal Science or related field and/or
- Veterinary Technology Degree from an AVMA accredited school and/or
- AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technologist Level
- Minimum 2-3 years’ experience working with non-human primates in a responsibility described above.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a laboratory animal resources team and ability to share knowledge with other animal care staff, students, and new researchers.
- Proven ability to work independently and communicate well with different levels within the organization, and work well with a diverse team for a common goal consistent with the mission of the Laboratory Animal Resources Department.

- Ability to handle assignments and changing priorities as circumstances may dictate.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate well person to person as well as email.
- Ability to use Microsoft Office Applications including Outlook and other software applications used in animal research.

The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a background check and pre-employment screening.

The following are tasks and skills that would be necessary to fulfill while working as Veterinarian Technician in LAR:

- stand or walk continuously up to 6 hours per day;
- sit for up to 2 hours per day;
- lift or carry up to 20 pounds frequently (34-66% of the day) and up to 50 pounds occasionally (less than 33% day);
- push or pull using forces up to 50 pounds frequently (34 – 66% of the work day);
- use hands for simple grasping, pushing or pulling, and fine manipulations constantly (more than 66% of the day);
- kneel, bend, squat, reach overhead, lift overhead, or push or pull frequently (34 – 66 % of the work day);
- knee stand, crawl, or climb step stools or 6-foot stepladders occasionally (less than 33% of the workday);
- lift up to 50 pounds in a range of motions from floor to waist height;
- lift up to 20 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead;
- work in a controlled laboratory environment under a variety of temperature and humidity conditions;
- possess ability to maintain balance, a full range of body motions, and physical agility.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary GradeLTT, 080Standard Weekly Hours40.00Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)YesPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredYesValid Driver’s License RequiredYes

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