Assoc I, Veterinary Tech (req2318)

Posted: 12/8/2021
Location: Bethesda, MD
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Job ID: req2318


The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.


The Veterinary Associate will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the Veterinarians:

  • Clinical observation and treatment of animals and quality assurance of animal care and use
  • Performing a variety of technical procedures involving animals including basic animal handling, surgery, injections, gavage, and bleeding techniques
  • Performing post-approval monitoring
  • Maintaining essential drugs and supply inventory
  • Maintenance of anesthesia equipment
  • Developing new or evaluating and modifying existing standard operation procedures
  • Conducting or participation in training programs for animal husbandry, technical and scientific staff
  • Participation in ACUC facility inspections
  • Interfacing and communicating regularly with facility technical, veterinary and lead scientific personnel regarding animal health issues
  • Management of individual or group AALAS certification classes and examinations
  • SOP and technical training of investigative and LASP staff
  • Work schedule may include weekend and holiday hours including a rotating on-call schedule


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research or laboratory animal science or four (4) years related experience in lieu of degree. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to education requirements, a minimum of three (3) years of related biomedical or laboratory animal science experience required
  • Extensive experience in laboratory animal science techniques related to animal-based research including sterile procedures, safety procedures, anesthesia and euthanasia techniques, commonly used medications for treating rodent health issues
  • Knowledge of applicable policies, guidelines and regulations that govern the care, use and welfare of animals in biomedical research
  • Ability to function independently in an animal facility and exercise judgment in evaluating animal health issues
  • Ability to perform quality assurance of technical procedures and husbandry issues
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Ability to utilize database and websites to track training and health records
  • Ability to handle laboratory animals
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent observational, interpersonal, organizational skills


  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to animal(s) and/or animal material(s)
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations
  • This position is subject to working with or have the potential for exposure to VACCINIA VIRUS, requiring medical clearance and immunizations
  • This position is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance
  • This position may require continuous or intermittent exposure to and exertion in environmental conditions such as working outdoors, temperature extremes, humidity extremes. etc. as part of the job
  • This position is subject to working with radioactive material and requires to become an approved radiation worker