||The Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System (VDL) provides diagnostic services to private veterinary practitioners; animal owners; animal interests; local, state and national governmental entities; and a wide variety of research and surveillance projects. The VDL is one of 60 veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the United States and Canada accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The VDL is one of twelve Core Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), designated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), to provide surveillance for foreign animal diseases and diagnostic surge capacity in the case of an animal disease outbreak. The VDL system is comprised of a main laboratory in Fort Collins and branch laboratories in Grand Junction and Rocky Ford.
The mission of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is to provide timely, accurate and pertinent animal disease diagnostic services and educational outreach to veterinarians, animal industries and animal interests. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will strive to meet the goals of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University through research to develop new approaches to disease identification, investigation, prevention and through education of professional veterinary medical, graduate and post-doctoral students.
The VDL – Grand Junction, Western Slope Branch seeks to fill 1 full-time Lab Technician position to work at the Veterinary Diagnostic. The primary responsibility of this position will be to assist with all phases of laboratory diagnostics, as well as perform these duties in the absence of fellow laboratory technicians, including related administrative duties associated with the position. This position will also be responsible in assisting the additional Laboratory Tech positions in continuity of the quality control/quality assurance system of the laboratory.
• The applicant must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a minimum of associates of science degree and have a combination of work experience and laboratory-related course work.
• The applicant must demonstrate a passing grade in at least one laboratory-based course in both chemistry and microbiology.
• The applicant must have a working knowledge of asceptic techniques.
• The applicant must have experience in multi-discipline laboratory, preferred bacteriology, molecular, and virology.
• At least one year of experience working in a diagnostic or research laboratory is highly desirable.
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills are extremely important.