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Job Req ID:  106496

Veterinary Surgery Technician

We are seeking a Veterinary Surgery Technician.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Surgical-Anesthetist Responsibilities

  • Prepare animals for imaging, minimally invasive procedures, and/or surgery by performing manual restraint, pre-anesthetic administration, IV placement, intubation, clipping and scrubbing animals, anesthetic administration, anesthetic monitoring, and patient positioning.
  • Prepare tissue, blood, and urine samples for submission and shipping to third party labs for evaluation.
  • Place central arterial and venous access lines.
  • Act as the operating room nurse, surgical assistant, lab manager or anesthetist.
  • Provide post-operative care including pain management, cleaning, and animal comfort.
  • Set up and break down surgical & imaging facilities including cleaning and disinfecting the suite and cleaning, packing and sterilizing instruments.
  • Prevent and handle anesthesia emergencies, mechanical ventilation, and CPR.
  • Endotracheal intubation of difficult species including birds, rabbits, and pigs.
  • Imaging and operative room assistant including basic operation of imaging equipment (X-ray fluoroscopy and MRI), physiological monitors, and anesthesia machines.
  • Maintain all clinical and surgical equipment including x-ray and anesthesia machines, ECG, cautery, autoclaves, etc.
  • Perform intake and discharge of veterinary clinical cases.
  • Provide communication with referring veterinarians, clients, faculty, staff, and security personnel.
  • Assist with lifting companion animals weighing 50-100+ pounds.
  • May not have contra-indications to working in MRI or CT environment.


  • Assist investigators in various research protocols, including maintaining animals under anesthesia while performing imaging scans and other varied research studies.
  • Assist with the collection of tissues for histopathology, submission of tissues for processing, and limited histopathological staining.
  • Draft animal protocols and health, safety, and environment documents pertaining to the laboratory.
  • Maintain inventory and supplies used in lab.
  • Maintain general cleanliness and organization of laboratories.
  • Maintain logs that adhere to standards for JHU, JHMI, USDA, and NIH policies.

Clinical Care and Health Maintenance

  • Administer medication for treatment through multiple routes including oral and parenteral.
  • Obtain samples from multiple species including but not limited to blood, urine, feces and lavage fluids.
  • Perform health maintenance for dogs, cats, pigs and rabbits.


  • Teach investigators, fellows and technical staff to perform various technical procedures.
  • Train personnel in routine clinical care, daily maintenance of animals under medical treatment, maintenance and monitoring animals during all phases of anesthesia, including proper dosage and proper route of anesthesia for a variety of species.

Inventory Control

  • Stock pharmacy with veterinary supplies, lab supplies and drugs.
  • Keep controlled substance log and perform quarterly inventory of controlled substances.
  • Order supplies and equipment for imaging, surgery, and animal health care.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Develop standard operating procedures.
  • Maintain anesthesia log books, clinical trial log books, and electronic records.
  • Schedule imaging/surgery and technical service procedures. Prepare bills for services provided.

Technical Responsibilities

  • Perform weekly preventative maintenance on imaging and laboratory equipment.
  • Maintain and schedule all licensure, safety and mandated laboratory requirements.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Associate’s Degree in veterinary technology or related discipline.
  • Some related experience.
  • Additional experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Classified Title: Veterinary Surgery Technician 
Working Title: Veterinary Surgery Technician   
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CD  
Starting Salary Range: $16.75 - $23.00 - $29.30/hr (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Varies 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus 
Department name: 10003174-SOM Rad MR Research 
Personnel area: School of Medicine 


Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:


Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.


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