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Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Diagnostic Technician in College Station, Texas

Job Title

Diagnostic Technician

Agency

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

Department

College Station - Clinical Pathology

Proposed Minimum Salary

$14.00 hourly

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

About TVMDL:

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) was first created by the Texas Legislature in 1967 to serve the state’s livestock industry. Now as part of the Texas A&M University System, TVMDL has grown to include two full-service laboratories and two poultry laboratories serving veterinarians, livestock producers, and government agencies across the state and world. TVMDL has proudly served Texas as the state veterinary diagnostic laboratory for over 50 years. In addition to their history of excellence, TVMDL has also made positive contributions to diagnostic testing, veterinary medicine, and disease surveillance, ensuring future Texans and other stakeholders are safe for years to come.

Annually, TVMDL performs over 900,000 tests from every state and approximately 17 countries. Each day, TVMDL tests hundreds of samples in an effort to protect our clients’ pets, livelihood, and Texas’ 18 billion dollar livestock and poultry industries. Employees work in the fields of science, technology, animal agriculture, and veterinary medicine. However, no matter the field, TVMDL employees contribute daily to the One Health/One Medicine approach of protecting both animal and human health through diagnostics.

Working at TVMDL:

As part of the Texas A&M System, TVMDL offers an array of programs to ensure its employees maintain a healthy work/life balance. These programs include health, dental, vision and System paid life insurance with a financial incentive to offset the cost of health benefits.

Other standard benefits include:

  • Generous retirement plans

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave

  • Opportunities to earn state compensation time

  • Wellness Release Program offering paid leave to exercise

Additional TVMDL employee programs:

  • Formal career ladder

  • Continuing education opportunities

  • A complimentary onsite fitness center with state-of-the art training equipment and showers

  • Free onsite fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, and circuit training

  • Discounted diagnostic testing, veterinary care, and pet supplies

  • Staff appreciation events throughout the year

    This position is enrolled in the TVMDL Salary Step Program, guaranteeing two pay increases in the first 18 months of employment for satisfactory performance.

The TVMDL laboratory is a secured, state-of-the-art facility full of natural lighting with seating areas that offer a relaxing view of the grounds and pond. Each office is furnished with a sit to stand desk and ergonomic chair.

If this sounds like your kind of place, apply today.

General Description

Prepare and analyze samples, run various laboratory instrumentation, perform assays, and report results for various veterinary diagnostic specimens (whole blood, serum, plasma, urine, feces, fluids, and/or aspirates). This role requires performance of routine, repetition tasks of moderate complexity and the ability to troubleshoot routine procedures with considerable supervision.

Sample Prep, Sample Cataloging

Participate in sample processing by retrieving samples, ordering appropriate testing in TVMDL’s laboratory information management system (LIMS), ensuring samples are fit for purpose of test, and distributing samples to appropriate clinical pathology station. Review submittal forms and interpret test requests/client instruction(s). May file and/or catalog samples, slides, specimens or other diagnostic material for archival purposes.

Testing

Prepare cytological samples for pathologists. Perform hematological analysis of whole blood on an automated analyzer and manual microscopy. Perform clinical chemistry and immunoassay testing on serum/plasma using a clinical chemistry and immunoassay analyzer. Perform and document required analyzer maintenance. Prepare reagents and calibrators using calibrated pipets. Verify analyzer(s) accuracy by running known control samples and analyzing control data via Levey-Jennings charts. Perform urinalysis using manual methods and microscopy. Process and perform testing on various parasitology samples. Perform simple enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) techniques and radioimmunoassay’s (RIAs).

Data Entry, Interpretation, Results

Read, compute, and record observations, results, and measurements into LIMS. Ensure documentation for all tests performed in the section meets quality assurance requirements. Review, release, and publish accurate results for testing within normal reference intervals.

Client Communication

Contact clients to clarify basic test requests, verify sources/locations for cytologic specimens, and discuss inappropriate sample submissions.

Quality Assurance & Safety

Adhere and conform to quality assurance, safety programs, and procedures. Assist in identifying incidents of nonconformance and noncompliance. Review quality assurance documents (Standard Operating Procedures, forms, etc.) to ensure clarity of instructions and perform trainings and testing within a timely manner. Responsible for safe handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals when relevant.

SOPs, Procedures, Forms, Other Documentation

Review and recommend changes or improvements to section SOPs, forms or other documentation related to section protocols.

Research, Reference Materials, Development

Assist in research, cataloging reference materials, and development of new test methods as needed.

Supplies, Stock, Inventory, Equipment

Catalog incoming supplies and stock inventory. Inform management when supply inventory is low, inadequate, or expired. Perform calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment as trained.

Administrative Duties

File and scan relevant paperwork into internal document management system as needed (including, but not limited to: worksheets, forms, accession forms, regulatory forms, quality assurance and safety documentation, equipment maintenance forms, and logbooks).

Training & Mentorship

On proficient stations, mentor and train new technicians.

Supervisory, Evaluation, Employee Support

None

Supervising other Managers

None

Teamwork & Cooperation

Foster laboratory teamwork, cooperation, professional standards, and communication. Participate in cross training with fellow technicians in sections throughout the laboratory. Provide backup to fellow technicians in case of absences.

Other

Participate in flex scheduling by working 9am to 6pm and occasional weekends.

Work shall be performed with adherence to federal, state, Texas A&M University System, and TVMDL safety rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Perform work in such a way as to not expose others or myself to hazards that are avoidable by reasonable and approved methods.

Work in conjunction with Diagnostic Services and Marketing to actively promote new or modified tests, TVMDL services or other client-education topics by writing and/or editing copy, speaking at conferences or meetings, or participating in TVMDL-sponsored exhibit shows. Assist/host/lead programs for 4-H students, career fairs, student tours and other lab guests.

Required:

Education and Experience:

High School graduation or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Knowledge of laboratory equipment, scientific apparatus, and computer equipment.

Ensure attention to detail. Able to multitask and work cooperatively with others.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred:

Education: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a related field

Experience: Clinical laboratory experience

Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations: Medical Lab Technician (MLT) or Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Knowledge: Understanding of veterinary terminology and anatomic locations

Skills: Ability to use laboratory equipment, microscopes, pipettes, and computer equipment

Abilities: Detail-oriented

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

TVMDL tests hundreds of specimens from clients across Texas, in neighboring states, and around the world every business day, The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) contributes significantly to protecting the health of livestock, poultry, companion animals, exotic animals, racing animals, and wildlife.

As one of the busiest diagnostic laboratories in the nation, TVMDL delivers accurate and timely test results that are essential for early detection and control of disease — including more than 16,000 tests annually to detect high-consequence pathogens. TVMDL’s diagnostic services make a critical contribution to the One Health/One Medicine approach to protecting public health. Every day, veterinarians, animal owners, animal industries, and government agencies depend on TVMDL’s globally recognized expertise.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact (979) 845-2423.

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