UBC Forest & Conservation Sciences Department Registered Veterinary Technician Part Time in Vancouver, BC

UBC Forest & Conservation Sciences Department

Branch Vancouver BC CA

Registered Veterinary Technician
Vancouver, BC

Troubleshoot complex equipment and systems problems. It is unique to British Columbia and is the largest facility of its kind in Western Canada….

Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) in Animal Care Services, located at the Centre for Comparative Medicine (CCM), are responsible for directly supporting the animal-based research community associated with the University of British Columbia by providing a high level of surgical and technical skills and related project support working closely with the Clinical Veterinarians and the CCM Animal Care Team. CCM is a rapidly growing and dynamic environment in which staff partner with researchers from both academia and industry. Research conducted at CCM encompasses a broad range of topics from furthering our understanding of basic medical sciences, to enhancing our abilities to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease in human and non-human animals. The work environment is technically complex with the use of computerized large animal anesthesia machines, diagnostic laboratory equipment, and digital environmental monitoring tools.

Work schedules can include weekends and holidays. The individual must be able to lift up to 25 kgs several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning.

Orientation and training will be provided on the job.

Organizational Status

Reports to the CCM Clinical Veterinarian. Works closely with the Animal Care Technicians, CCM Senior Operations Manager and Clinical Veterinarians. Liaises with researchers and their teams.
CCM is a multi-species facility specialized in supporting animal research at UBC through surgical support, training, diagnostic and pathology support as well as housing. It is unique to British Columbia and is the largest facility of its kind in Western Canada.

As part of UBC Animal Care Services (ACS), the largest animal care program in Western Canada and the second largest in Canada, CCM is responsible for providing research support to the animal-based research community associated with the University of British Columbia and its affiliates through its veterinary services team, the compliance team, the procurement team and its facilities. ACS is committed to providing excellence in research support to all UBC researchers with accountability, communication, cooperation, customer service and integrity. ACS reports to the Associate Vice President Research & International.

Work Performed

Provide consistent, high quality and compassionate care to all animals.

Perform veterinary procedures on laboratory and other research animals without assistance or supervision to include, but not limited to: administration of medications or other substances by injection, orally, or topically; preparing surgical rooms including preparing instruments, supplies, and the animal; anesthetizing and anesthetic monitoring; surgical and imaging modalities assistance; performing postoperative care; euthanasia; collection of biosamples; calculation and administration of multimodal continuous rate infusions; creating medical entries in records (to include GLP); conduct health checks; handle and restrain animals; perform husbandry duties; and surgical suite maintenance.

Responsible for daily inspection, observation, and treatment of unusual or unexpected conditions that arise in the course of protocol adherence, including those requiring immediate action and notification to CCM Clinical Veterinarian and/or investigators.

Responsible for providing basic husbandry, handling, and restraint for large animal species, including non-human primates*, on a daily basis. Duties include health, behavior and welfare surveillance of laboratory animals; along with continuous awareness of current species-specific welfare issues, such as common signs of illness, pain, trauma or depression, in accordance with Canadian Council of Animal Care guidelines. Other duties include: animal handling, inventory and record keeping; maintaining breeding colonies of various animals (breeding, feeding, weaning, and keeping records of activities); performing rounds to observe and check the physical health and well-being of laboratory animals; preparing health reports, isolating infected or ill animals and reporting to veterinarian, and general housekeeping and maintenance of facility and equipment.

Troubleshoot complex equipment and systems problems.

Evaluate and maintain an extensive inventory of supplies and equipment necessary for surgical procedures in a variety of animal species. The inventory includes narcotics and controlled drugs, sutures, surgical instruments and linens (sterile and unsterile), anesthesia monitoring and surgical equipment.
Monitor the physical, behavioral and environmental requirements of individual species, particularly the non-human primates. Be aware of natural, normal behaviour as well as behavioural differences (such as aggressiveness and anxiety) and work with the animals to encourage cooperation within a framework of respect, using techniques such as clickers for training.

Implement and maintain species specific environmental enrichment programs to promote the psychological well-being of the animals.

Evaluate and maintain an extensive inventory of food and supplies necessary for a variety of animal species.

Assist in ensuring the facility complies with all applicable regulations, guidelines, and standards that relate to animal care in accordance with the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), and The Criminal Code of Canada Section 446 and 447 of the Criminal Code which protects animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect.

Receive and pack live animal shipments.

Package, label, and process biological, biochemical, radioactive and hazardous materials out of the facility.

Follow all safety standards, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and policies.

Assist CCM research staff and users with animal care procedures and techniques.

Recommend revisions to existing policies and procedures to the Assistant Supervisor.

Participate in the delivery of training programs in laboratory animal science to the research community at UBC, as well as lower mainland biotechnology industry partners and ACS staff.

Treat confidentially all information related to research projects, personnel, and locations, and agrees not to disclose any such information to any person except as may be necessary in the proper discharge of work obligations.

Keep abreast of developments in the area of expertise, participating in continuing education programs and maintains necessary certifications.

Participate as an active member on the CCM Safety Committee.

Perform other related tasks as required.

* Non-human primates are highly susceptible to human diseases, such as influenza, measles and tuberculosis. Personnel working with primates must be TB tested prior to working with non-human primates and re-tested annually. All personnel working with non-human primates must provide proof of annual TB testing and be enrolled in the Medical Surveillance Program.

Supervision Received

Takes direction from the CCM Clinical Veterinarian. Receives instructions during orientation, on subsequent new assignments, on changes in procedures, and on unusual problems or matters which are not covered under established SOP’s and policies. Carries out familiar duties and responsibilities under general supervision.

Supervision Given

The incumbent may distribute work assignments to employees at lower classification levels and initiate new employees into routines, procedures, and operation of equipment. May instruct co-workers, researchers, and their staff in techniques and procedures; and ensure adherence to established SOP’s and policies.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

This person must be willing to pay attention to details, be aware of pitfalls and be willing to repeat tasks if necessary. Most of the procedures will require following a protocol already in place; however, there is room for innovative thinking to improve upon existing protocols and provide input into the direction of the project. These positions are expected to exercise some initiative and judgment in establishing priorities and carrying tasks through to completion; new or unusual problems would be referred to supervisor. Incorrect decisions could result in deterioration of animal health, including mortality, and/or disruption or ruination of a research study. Inappropriate judgment exercised by the position may impact the success of the facility, leading to increased expenses and time loss. Inappropriate judgment concerning the use of controlled substances could lead to legal action against the university or revoking of provincial licenses currently held by the university veterinarians.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. R. V. T. diploma required. CALAS Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT) preferred. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in working with small and large animal species in a research capacity, in both CL1 and CL2 environments. Working with industry an asset. Must demonstrate a sound theoretical and working knowledge of the principles and practice of laboratory animal science and working knowledge of veterinary technology, biomedical research, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and intensive/critical care. Must also demonstrate a competency in surgical procedures including surgical preparation, anesthesiology (e.g. using mechanical ventilators, anesthesia machines, ECG, and capnography), common technical procedures and radiography.

Proficiency in understanding the physical, behavioural and environmental requirements of individual species. Ability to identify common medical problems in laboratory animals and take appropriate action.

Ability to work effectively independently in a team environment;

Ability to work weekends, evenings and statutory holidays.

Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail;

Ability to perform the physical demands of the job including: working in humid environments with varying temperatures; continuous exposure to animal dander, odours, excreta, dust, and noise, including potentially lethal pathogens, such as those of non-human primates; be able to walk and stand for extended periods, lift, carry, and move up to 25 kg objects over a distance; perform repetitive tasks; good manual dexterity, mobility, auditory, olfactory, and visual skills;

Ability to operate job-related equipment (e.g., anesthetic machines, radiography, fluoroscopy, cautery machines, anesthetic monitoring equipment, pulse oximeter, Doppler, IV fluid pumps, syringe pumps, EtCO2 monitor, ventilator, rack and tunnel washers, autoclaves, dry heat oven, floor cleaning machine, industrial washers and dryers, bedding vacuum and dispensing system, bottle filling system, and high pressure spray units);

Ability to effectively use software at a moderate level (e.g., Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, NTM eSirius);

Ability to read and comprehend technical material;

Be willing to maintain and upgrade training;

Ability to train others;

Ability to understand and apply policies, SOPs, instructions and applicable Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines;

Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines;

Ability to communicate in a clear, attentive, and polite manner, both verbally and in writing;

Ability to listen actively and attentively, and obtain clarification as required;

Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner;

Ability to work toward consensus and resolve differences;

Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships;

Ability to effectively resolve complaints and interpersonal conflict in a calm, non-confrontational manner, and by exercising sound judgment; and

Ability to exercise tact and discretion.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CA
Posted on: 2016-05-19
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