Oregon Health & Science University

Clinical Veterinary Technician 1

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)
Salary Range
$17.43 - $20.34
Sunday - Thursday or Tuesday - Saturday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position

The Clinical Veterinary Technician 1 assists in providing clinical care, nursing support and husbandry for a variety of USDA covered laboratory research animals including those typically housed in a BSL2+. Work may involve an ABSL3 facility. This is the first level of a three-level series.  It is distinguished from the higher levels with increased supervision and reduced responsibility for performing complex animal care protocols and veterinary diagnostic and treatment procedures.  At this level, there is an emphasis on animal health, hospitalized patient care, and training, with increased supervision of techniques and decision-making processes.  It is distinguished from the Veterinary Research/Health Technician series by the emphasis on providing veterinary clinical care and nursing support for sick and/or injured animals.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED, AND 1 year experience caring for animals in a veterinary hospital or a laboratory animal facility including 6 months experience in a clinical position, AND State certification through the Veterinary Medical Examining Board as a Veterinary Technician, AND Certification by the American Association for Lab Animal Science at the Assistant Lab Animal Technician (ALAT) level within one year of employment

  • Demonstrated competence in standard veterinary clinical care, particularly wound management and IV fluid therapy

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written formats

  • Ability to interact in a positive, productive manner with veterinary, scientific, and technical staff

  • Work efficiently and skillfully, with a variety of diverse staff and in difficult and stressful situations

  • Basic skills in Word and Excel

  • Ability to prioritize work demands

  • Perform work in areas where there is potential risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals and sanitizing chemicals, exposure to zoonotic agents through injury, by direct contact with animals or their tissues and body fluids, or by contact with equipment contaminated by animals or their tissues and body fluids

  • Ability to move unassisted through various animal housing areas located in several separate buildings, indoor and outdoor, (including covered areas that are not environmentally controlled), in order to make animal observations, perform animal husbandry tasks, handle, move, or restrain animals, collect samples, administer treatments, and perform other procedures

  • Ability to use proper techniques to safely perform standard clinical procedures, including ability to accurately calculate medication dosages

  • Possess sufficient dexterity and manual skills to safely perform (or learn to perform) basic animal husbandry and animal handling (using proper techniques)

  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 23 kg (50 lbs), and lift objects weighing approximately 19 kg (42 lbs) to approximately shoulder height

  • Valid Driver's License and the ability to drive DCM/ONPRC vehicles on and off-campus

  • Must be able to complete an FBI security risk assessment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the health care of experimental animals in a research setting

  • Demonstrated experience operating a variety of equipment used in clinical practice including, but not limited to gas anesthetic machines, ventilators, pulse oximeters and CO2 monitors, IV fluid pumps on a wide variety of animals

  • Veterinary nursing skills for intensive care patients

  • Excellent eye-hand coordination

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and references.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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