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Cedars-Sinai Animal Health Technician in Los Angeles, California

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Under general supervision of the Manager of Veterinary Services, the Animal Health Tech performs standard paraveterinary health care procedures. These procedures may include a wide variety of standard repetitive procedures within one clinical or diagnostic specialty, or a limited variety of highly specialized procedures, or of non-standard procedures requiring ingenuity, resourcefulness and adaptability.

The position includes responsibility for the oversight of the health and well-being of all or specific animal subjects in the Vivarium. The Animal Health Tech participates in teaching activities by demonstrating techniques or procedures to researchers and staff. The Animal Health Tech will participate in writing, reviewing and training other staff members and research staff with regard to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) specific to biohazardous animals and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) compliant research activities. Train researchers and technical staff on biomethodology, medical and surgical care, husbandry and use of laboratory animals. The Animal Health Tech will maintain records as necessary to comply with USDA, FDA, DEA, GLP and Comparative Medicine regulations and policies as well as AAALAC Int. standards for accreditation.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Daily observation of all or specific animal subjects to assess health and welfare. Take appropriate action and communicate observations/actions to veterinarian(s), manager, AHTs, and Primary Investigator/research staff.

Assist with large animal surgical and imaging procedure prep and support (IV catheter placement, intubation, clip hair/prep skin, remote delivery/pick up).

Properly stores, administers, and maintains appropriate pharmaceutical records-including controlled substance logs.

Maintains working knowledge of IACUC protocols and SOPs (to include hazardous agents) pertaining to the active large and small animal protocols

Proficient in baseline responsibilities needed to provide relief for rabbit, rodent and large animal daily care (as needed during periods of staff shortage or unusually high workload).

Evaluates, medicates, and monitors all pre-surgical animals as needed. Provides post-operative management and care for animals undergoing surgical procedures.

Employs methods to prevent, control, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries of animals and maintains appropriate veterinary health records. Records vital and necessary information pertinent to health of animals.

Assists with ensuring regulatory compliance (Post-Approval Monitoring) and operation within veterinary ethical standards.

Record keeping and billing: facilitates submission of required documentation, ensures entry into appropriate recordkeeping system. Captures charges for items not recorded in electronic medical records.

Primary Areas:

  1. Large Animal (specifically canine and swine)—Coordinates receiving and acclimation. Creates and maintains electronic medical records. Responsible for post-procedure care. Calculates and prepares routine standard dosing for analgesia and performs sedations for scheduled non-surgical procedures according to approved protocol.

  2. Davis Rodent Colony

  3. Researcher Rodent Biomethodology Trainer

Rotating Primary Areas (qualified team members are assigned to rotation):

  1. AHSP Rodent Colony

  2. BIRI support

  3. Rabbit Colony—Coordinates receiving and acclimation. Creates and maintains electronic medical records. Responsible for pre- and post-procedure care.

  4. Float (qualified to provide proficient overage for Large Animal and Davis Rodent Colony AHTs during absence). Provides support to all clinical areas during period of unusually high workload.

Specialty Areas:

  1. Large Animal Core Surgical Facility (Sx AHT)—reserved for highly qualified team members. Assist and/or independently calculate, prepare, and administer routine standard dosing for anesthesia and analgesia; maintains appropriate records-including controlled substance logs. Induce and monitor anesthesia for various large animal species. Operates specialized core surgical equipment. Prepares and sterilizes surgical instruments and equipment according to approved standards.

  2. Controlled Substance Technician—under supervision of the Manager of Veterinary Services, participates in overseeing the Research Institute’s Controlled Substance user program.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: Advanced proficiencies in:

  1. Communication - Ability to convey and/or receive written/verbal information to/from various audiences in different formats

  2. Time Management - Ability to demonstrate time management and priority setting skills

  3. Technical - Ability to use software applications and operate technological devices (e.g., computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.)

Assoc. Degree/College Diploma. Graduate of an AVMA-CVTEA or CVMA accredited veterinary technology program or passing VTNE score strongly preferred


Assistant Laboratory Animal Tech (ALAT). Certification or eligibility for certification by AALAS at the Assistant Technician, Technician or Technologist level


Minimum 1 year work experience. A combination of education or related work experience will be considered.

Physical Demands:

Constant handling, grasping, feeling, and eye/foot coordination.

Frequent walking, carrying (50 lbs), reaching, hearing and repetitive motions.

Occasional standing, sitting, lifting (50 lbs.), pushing (50 lbs.), pulling (50 lbs.) and talking.

Rare climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.

Working Title: Animal Health Technician

Department: Comparative Medicine

Business Entity: Academic / Research

Job Category: ,Academic/Research,Academic/Research

Job Specialty: Animal Care

Position Type: Full-time

Shift Length: 8 hour shift

Shift Type: Day

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.