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Tufts Medicine Research Associate I (Vet Tech) in Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Overview

This position reports to the Principal Investigator and the Pre-Clinical Surgeon of the Cardiovascular surgical and interventional research laboratory within the MCRI and requires surgical and anesthesia proficiency in a variety of laboratory animal species and animal models. Independently, or under general supervision of the pre-clinical surgeon, induce and monitor general anesthesia in laboratory animals; perform surgery; provide technical assistance and nursing support to postoperative animals; assist investigative staff with experimental procedures, pre-, intra- and postoperative care and monitoring; and provide nursing services to animals. Actively participates in interdepartmental training and continuing education seminars.

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree. (preferred to be in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology, Animal Health Science or a related field.)

  2. One (1) year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree.

  2. Three (3) years of experience in medical or clinical research environment.

  3. Experience working with data and analyses in SAS, SPSS, or S-Plus.

  4. Experience teaching statistics and statistical programming.

Licenses, Etc.

MVTA and/or AALAS and/or ASR and/or SRA certifications recommended.

Duties and Responsibilities : The duties and responsibilities listed below are intended to describe the general nature of work and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

  • Serve as key member of team executing biomedical research studies to aid in the design and development of cardiovascular (CV) treatments and medical devices.

  • Induce and monitor general anesthesia in laboratory animals and maintain anesthesia and surgical equipment.

  • Assist pre-clinical surgeon and investigators in surgical procedures, treatments and pre- and postoperative care of laboratory animals including weighing animals.

  • Administer medications and provide care to animals including those recuperating from surgical procedures.

  • Assist with provision of necessary enrichment for CV animals housed in the facility.

  • Ensure compliance with animal use protocols and all other regulations regarding this research.

  • In conjunction with other team members, maintain the CV surgical facility, ensuring it is clean. Clean and/or sterilize surgical instruments and related equipment.

  • Records accurate data including animal weights, medical treatments, surgical records, etc.

  • Maintain supply inventory and order supplies in a timely fashion to ensure availability for procedures.

  • Maintain established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety, environmental and infection control standards.

  • Keep up with current developments in methods, standards, and requirements for training in animal research and current laws, regulations, and policies governing animal research, teaching, and testing.

  • Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.

  • Maintain collaborative, team relationships with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the working groups achievement of goals, and to help foster a positive work environment

  • Perform other similar and related duties as required or directed.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs with or without accommodation.

  • Normal laboratory environment. May be exposed to radioactivity under controlled conditions in accordance with institutional safety standard requirements.

  • Must be able to perform all essential functions of this position with reasonable accommodation if disabled.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge in laboratory animal medicine including anesthesia and surgery in a variety of small and large species.

  • Knowledge of the regulations governing animals used in biomedical research.

  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and use of email.

  • Must have demonstrated productivity and effective interpersonal skills; and have the ability to work effectively and professionally with others.

Tufts Medicine is a leading integrated health system bringing together the best of academic and community healthcare to deliver exceptional, connected and accessible care experiences to consumers across Massachusetts. Comprised of Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, MelroseWakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Care at Home - an expansive home care network, and large integrated physician network. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at Tufts Medicine. Tufts Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, national origin, gender identity and/or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation by emailing us at .