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Animal Care Technician

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Animal Care Technician
Med-Surgery - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (22008683)

The position is for a Research II, Animal Care Technician. The incumbent will provide surgical and technical support for large animal procedures performed by the Starzl Transplantation Institute in pre-clinical research. The support will include, but is not limited to, anesthesia induction and monitoring, post-operative animal care, blood draws, drug therapy, chart maintenance, and animal ordering and transportation. The individual will also be responsible for the maintenance and repair of surgical equipment, which includes surgical instruments, anesthesia equipment, tethering systems, and monitoring equipment. The Animal Care Technician will also order and maintain supplies necessary to perform surgical procedures and post-operative care and procedures. The individual will be trained to perform minor surgical procedures such as cut downs, wound closures, etc. and assist with training of postdoctoral fellows and students.

The applicant should be highly motivated to learn, detail-oriented, able to prioritize multiple tasks, and work independently. This individual will collect, organize, and analyze medical and research data. Sound judgment, strong analytical skills, and exceptional interpersonal skills are a must.


Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology or related discipline and a minimum of two years of experience as a veterinary technician in surgical procedures and post-operative care in a biomedical research-based facility. Bachelor’s degree preferred.


The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community. This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.

 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement. 
Assignment Category: Full-time regular
Job Classification: Staff.Research.II Non-Exempt
Campus: Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required: Associate
Minimum Experience Level Required: 2-3 years experience
Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Work Arrangement: On-Campus: Teams that work on campus, in an office, or in a lab.
Hiring Range: TBD Based Upon Qualifications
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable
Required Documents: Resume
Optional Documents: Cover Letter

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