Utah State University

Lab Tech - Principles of Surgery

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(7/30/2020 7:04 PM)
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Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience


The School of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a lab technician to assist with the Principles of Surgery Course. This is a part-time position, working 15 - 20 hours per week.


  • Ability to assist in class instruction for two Principles of Surgery course sections every Monday, with the following schedule: (7:30AM arrive for last minute set-up, class instruction (8:10AM to 11AM), re-set stations and lunch (30 min.), class instruction (11:30AM to 2:30PM), clean-up until 3:30PM, POSx Team meeting (3:30PM - 4:30PM) or until finished).
  • Support the Principles of Surgery course by helping with the course setup at the ATRC campus location. This includes a partial Friday each week to take out specimens/models and surgical equipment and set up stations for Monday's class, under the direction of the Course Coordinator.
  • Ability to professionally communicate with faculty, staff and students.
  • Be someone who can grow into a productive team member who is pleasant to be around and has a good attitude towards student learning.
  • Be someone who learns what the job is and is able to accomplish what needs to be done for the course with an occasional clarifying question or two, but without needing much micromanaging.
  • Utilize resources such as Course Director, Course Coordinator, videos, books, websites, etc. to acquire knowledge, and use this knowledge to aid with student learning.
  • Experience in aseptic technique, surgical planning, instrument handling, prepping a patient for surgery, scrubbing into surgery, and assisting with surgical procedures is a plus however, having the ability and desire to learn these various skills that are taught in the course, is essential.
  • Applicant must be adaptable and teachable in areas where they have previous surgical skills experience and realize that in an academic setting, expectations may be different from private practice.
  • Ability to communicate well with students and help them learn the required course skills and concepts is of utmost importance. Previous teaching experience in this area is ideal but, not required.
  • Ensure that the Principles of Surgery spaces and equipment are cleaned/disinfected, organized and in a safe condition, before class, between course sections and after class.
  • Make sure that students have what they need for each station (part of set-up).
  • Make sure garbage containers and vacuums are emptied on a regular basis and tables/countertops/floors are disinfected regularly, as the university does not provide janitorial services for lab areas (part of clean-up).
  • Ability to lift heavy objects such as surgical equipment & cadavers up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work with/around animal cadavers including but not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, sheep and calves.
  • Ability to take constructive criticism and make the proper adjustments, for the betterment of the course and student learning.
  • Perform miscellaneous course related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • And at least one of the following:
    • Certified Veterinary Assistant or Equivalent training
    • At least 1 year of experience as a veterinary technician
    • At least 1 year of experience teaching

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

3. Professional references needed upon request


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience


Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Additionally, indoor or outdoor work environments may include being confined or in narrow spaces for periods of time. The incumbent may also be exposed to loud noises or vibrations from equipment, and conditions that may affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects up to 50 pounds and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.

College/Department Highlights

The School of Veterinary Medicine is part of a consortium with Washington State University. The School provides the first two years of a four-year program, working in tandem with WSU.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


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USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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