Oregon Health & Science University

Veterinary Surgery Technician 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Comparative Medicine
Salary Range
Min $22.57 - Max $30.52
Monday through Friday
7:00am to 3:30pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Department of Comparative Medicine provides for the health and welfare needs, care, and housing of research animals throughout the OHSU central and waterfront campuses, and supports research innovations of OHSU Investigators.

Function/Duties of Position

The Veterinary Surgical Technician 2 provides general technical and nursing support for the veterinary surgical program including surgical and equipment preparation, anesthesia monitoring, surgical assistance and post-operative patient care of veterinary patients within the animal care department. This classification is the second level of a three level series.  It is distinguished from the lower level by providing more technical support including anesthesia monitoring, nursing support, preparation of animals for surgery, dispensing of medications, performing surgical assistance to the research team. It is distinguished from the higher level by providing a less coordination of the surgical activities and the need for a higher level of supervision.  

Required Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience caring for animals in a veterinary hospital or laboratory animal facility including 2 years in a surgical setting OR equivalent combination of experience and training
  • State certification through the Veterinary Medical Examining Board as a Veterinary Technician
  • Certification or ability to obtain certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the Laboratory Animal Technician level
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong written and verbal abilities
  • Veterinary anesthesia, analgesia, peri-operative care
  • Dose calculation
  • Operating room maintenance and prep
  • Aseptic technique
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds of varying educational levels
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED. Completion of an AVMA-accredited degree or certificate program in veterinary technology
  • Experience with swine, sheep or other agricultural species; ferrets, guinea pigs, or other exotic animals/pocket pets; mice, rats, canines, or other traditional laboratory animal species
  • Familiarity with animal welfare guidelines and regulations

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and resume or CV.


Working conditions:

  1. Exposure to animals, animal tissue and fluids, and designated biohazards.
  2. Busy environment with constant interruptions, multiple demands, and interactions with people from diverse backgrounds of varying educational levels.
  3. Ability to work overtime and weekends.
  4. Ability to report to work early on occasion.


Physical demands & equipment usage:

  1. Ability to carry and lift up to 40 pounds.
  2. Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  3. Ability to sit at a computer for extended periods of time.
  4. Use of computers and multi-line telephones.
  5. Use of anesthesia machines, positive-pressure ventilators, and physiologic monitoring equipment

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.


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