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Veterinary Technician - Oncology

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 12, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Professional Fields, Vocational & Technical Fields, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Position Information

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Clinical Sciences

Division Name

College of Veterinary Medicine

Position Title

Veterinary Technician - Oncology

Job Class Code

IC12 (A-C)

Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The mission of the Auburn University Oncology Service is to help animals with cancer achieve longer, happier lives. Working closely with the College of Veterinary Medicine’s other specialty departments, the members of our medical, surgical, and radiation oncology team can provide well-rounded care and specialty testing for the diagnosis of cancer. Treatment options include surgery, injectable and oral chemotherapy, immunotherapy, electrochemotherapy, and radiation therapy – including intensity-modulated radiation therapy ( IMRT ) or stereotactic radiation therapy ( SRT ) via a state-of-the-art Varian EdgeTM linear accelerator. Additionally, our clinical trials may offer innovative diagnostics or treatment options for certain cancer types.

The technician selected for this position will aid in the care and assist with diagnostics, procedures, and treatments of veterinary patients primarily within the Oncology Service of the Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital. The individual will provide technical assistance and support to senior veterinary students, post-doctoral interns and residents, as well as faculty members, with a team-focus on patient care. The successful candidate personifies our hospital’s goal to treat every client with the utmost courteous and attentive treatment, with great awareness of the emotional bond between owners and pets.

The hours for this position will be scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00am to 5:30pm, with some flexibility required. The position is full-time (40 hours/week), with no on-call or weekend shifts required and is considered essential personnel.

Learn more about VET MED and take a campus tour here:

Why should YOU work for VET MED ?
  • Excellent full-time benefits that start on Day 1!
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance options for you and your family.
  • Generous state retirement program with eligibility to receive monthly payments after 10 years of service.
  • How about these numbers? 4 weeks of vacation, 96 hours of sick leave, 6 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child, and 9 official paid holidays .
  • Overnight and weekend shift differentials = more $$$ in your pocket.
  • Veterinary care and food discounts for your pets. Uniform and continuing education allowances.
  • Tuition assistance for you and your dependents after a year of service.
  • Opportunities for advancement.
Need we say more? Probably not – but just in case:

About Auburn:
At Auburn, our work changes lives. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a premier public institution, Auburn University is dedicated to shaping the future of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research, scholarship and selfless service. Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, community outreach, positive work environment, student engagement, and thriving community.

Why employees choose Auburn:
Auburn University was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years. Employees enjoy competitive benefits that include top-notch health insurance, generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, flexible spending accounts and more! Learn more about Auburn’s impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting .

Our Commitment:
Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.

Essential Functions

Duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing exceptional care to patients and compassion to clients of the Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively individually as well as with team-members in a fast-paced and sometimes stressful environment
  • Communicating with clients to obtain thorough patient histories; providing accurate and relevant information about patients to attending clinicians and veterinary students; recording important information into patient’s electronic medical record
  • Proficiency in small animal restraint techniques to promote the safety of patients and personnel; obtaining laboratory samples via phlebotomy, fine needle aspiration, or other methods; implementation, monitoring, and recovery of patients prescribed sedation/anesthetic plans
  • Teaching, coaching, and assisting senior veterinary students with specialized technical tasks
  • Clipping and cleaning for various surgical procedures and biopsies; preparing for and maintaining sterile fields for procedures
  • Administering intravenous, subcutaneous, and oral chemotherapy to patients via prescribed protocols; demonstrating meticulous intravenous catheter placement skills; prioritizing safe handling of hazardous drugs
  • Operating and maintaining equipment; inventorying, ordering, and stocking supplies; cleaning and disinfecting clinic area according to hospital protocols and standards; appropriate handling of medical/biological/infectious/hazardous waste
Minimum Education and Experience

Education Level

Associate's degree in a technical or scientific field related to the position.

Field of Study

Degree in Veterinary Technology or a related field that qualifies an individual to obtain national certification.

Years of Experience

No experience required for entry level

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Depending on the combination of education and experience, selected candidates may be hired as a Veterinary Technician and assigned Levels I, II, or III . Salary range is determined by eligibility for Level I, II, or III .

Consideration for Tech I, Vet Inpatient requires an Associate’s degree in a technical or scientific field related to the area of assignment.

Level II requires an Associate’s degree in a technical or scientific field related to the area of assignment plus 2 years of experience in Veterinary Technology or in the care and comfort of animals.

Level III requires an Associate’s degree in a technical or scientific field related to the area of assignment plus 4 years of experience in Veterinary Technology or in the care and comfort of animals.

Alternate Minimum Education and Experience (If available)

Education Level

Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Field of Study

Years of Experience

When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Active license with the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medicine as a Veterinary Technician, have met all requirements to become licensed, or have passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam ( VTNE ). Veterinary Technician certification or license must be obtained within 6 months of employment.

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

Experience in the care and comfort of animals, as well as detailed knowledge with the oncologic patient; the ability to obtain needed information to select and adapt methods and procedures; and skill in using specialized techniques and equipment to resolve operational problems not full covered by precedents.

Posting Detail Information

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Salary Range

$14.50 - $25/hr

Job Category

Agricultural/Veterinary Medicine

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EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
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