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Animal Health Technician III

at University of California San Francisco

Posted: 9/20/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2854029

Job Description

Job Code and Payroll Title
9535 Animal Health Technician III

Job Summary
Under the general supervision of the responsible veterinarian and the Animal Health Technician (AHT) Supervisor, the AHT III performs assigned responsibilities, as well as technical and administrative responsibilities to facilitate the daily operations of the animal health and welfare, and research support programs of LARC. The AHT III performs the daily para-veterinary health care procedures and research services in the lab animal setting. The AHT III must be able to perform all of the duties required of an AHT II. This position requires ability to maintain a great degree of confidentiality.

In addition, the AHT III level is responsible for more complex animal health and experimental surgical issues and must be able to perform the required tasks independently and in an unsupervised manner. Areas of responsibility may include any of the following areas (or similar duties as subsequently assigned):

• Liaison to external agencies regarding animal health issues subject to local, state, and federal rules and regulations
• Highly specialized research procedures including the proper operation of clinical instruments and equipment and the administration of analgesics and anesthesia, surgical and post-operative support
• Quarantine of non-human primates, and other species introduced to UCSF’s vivaria and colony management,
• Understand and participate in sentinel health or similar programs
• Understand and perform necropsy techniques and other diagnostic or clinical diagnostic techniques
• Understand and perform administrative tasks as needed by LARC
• Assist in developing procedures aimed at improving program functions within the research environment and compliance with regulatory entities.

The job involves the ability to lift 30 pounds; working with animals of various sizes for periods of up to 4-5 hours.

LARC is a 24-hour, seven days per week operation, requiring weekend, Holiday, and emergency coverage by Animal Health Technicians on a rotational basis.

The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) is one unit of the VC Research and is charged with the proper care of animals used for research. The veterinary health unit of LARC is responsible for the daily para-veterinary health care procedures and research services in the lab animal setting. The veterinary health unit monitors animal health, oversees pre- and post-experimental treatment, assures accurate medical record keeping, advises Principal Investigators (PIs) in effective management of animal health issues, assists the clinical veterinarians with diagnosis and treatment, and works closely with animal technicians, supervisors, veterinarians, investigators and their staff to assure compliance with protocols approved by the Institutes Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.


Req Number

All UCSF Locations

Job Title
Animal Health Technician III

Appointment Type


Shift Length


Work Days
Five full days per week which can include weekend days, along with participation in the after hours / weekends / holidays on call schedule. We will work with employee to reach an optimal weekly schedule

Required Qualifications
• Completion of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or State of California approved two-year animal health technician curriculum plus four years of applicable experience; certification or eligibility for certification as a registered Animal Health Technician; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position
Technician, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Experience in surgical and anesthetic management for laboratory animal species
• Working knowledge of all applicable regulations governing the humane care and use of animals for research
• Broad based knowledge and experience in wide range of animal health issues for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) covered and non-covered species
• Excellent computer applications skills; working knowledge of all aspect of Microsoft Office, desktop computing, and web-based training
• Maintain a very high level of confidentiality and integrity in all matters
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work independently; well organized for accurate record keeping, file maintenance; able to meet deadlines

Note: Physical/health screening required.

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, or animal science and four years of laboratory animal experience, or an equivalent combination and experience
• American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification and Registered Veterinary Technician certification or intention to obtain the same
• Experience in a university or biomedical research facility

• Certification or eligibility for certification as a Registered Animal Health Technician

Position Type
Full Time

Department Name
Laboratory Animal Resource Center

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.