Utah State University

Experienced Medical Technician/Quality Manager

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/9/2022 6:49 PM)
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Minimum $50,000 commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University is seeking applicants for an experienced Medical Technician/Quality Manager (Lab Manager). They will werve as a quality control manager for the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UVDL), a laboratory scientist/manager for the Clinical Pathology Section at UVDL, and assist in the instruction of clinical pathology to USU employees and students.


Quality Control Manager – 50% of time

  • Oversee all UVDL quality control documents, including standard operating procedures from the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
  • Maintain currency in the laboratory quality management software.
  • Ensure all testing performed at the UVDL is done within established procedures.
  • Prepare for and successfully complete audits for all UVDL laboratory sections by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).
  • Oversee all annual internal UVDL audits, excluding the Clinical Pathology Section.
  • Direct all UVDL corrective actions.
  • Ensure UVDL laboratory participation in requisite proficiency tests and safety training.

Clinical Pathology Laboratory Scientist and Manager – 40% of time

  • Perform diagnostic laboratory tests, validation studies, and proficiency tests for the Clinical Pathology Section. Available testing presently includes blood smear preparation and evaluation,
  • cytologic sample preparation, urinalysis, and blood and fluid sample preparation and analysis for hematology, clinical chemistry, or endocrinology.
  • Assure all quality control requirements for clinical pathology testing are met.
  • Record all data as part of quality assurance program maintenance for the Clinical Pathology Section.
  • Prepare all quality control reagents, standards, and control samples for the Clinical Pathology Section.
  • Maintain and calibrate laboratory analyzers for the Clinical Pathology Section including but not limited to automated hematology, clinical chemistry, and endocrine analyzers.
  • Record test data utilizing the institution-based computer system (LIS) for test result entry and data acquisition for the Clinical Pathology Section.
  • Oversee ordering, inventory, and maintenance of laboratory supplies and reagents for the Clinical Pathology Section and provide a chemical inventory and safety plan to the USU Environmental
  • Health and Safety (EHS) office.
  • Oversee the routine service and maintenance of equipment for the Clinical Pathology Section and ensure the currency of all external service contracts.
  • Write and review standard operating procedures for the Clinical Pathology Section under the guidance of the on-site veterinary clinical pathologist.

Clinical Pathology Laboratory Instructor – 10% of time

  • Assist in the instruction of fellow USU employees and students (veterinary medical, veterinary technical, graduate, and undergraduate students) during teaching class laboratories under the
  • guidance of UVDL clinical pathologist(s).
  • Prepare laboratory reagent and supply list budgets.
  • Order and maintain teaching laboratory reagents, supplies, and equipment.
  • Prepare teaching slide sets and “patient” samples.
  • Review and help revise the teaching laboratory class notes.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in medical technology (MLT), medical laboratory science (MLS), science, or related field plus two years of experience; OR an equivalent combination of education plus experience.
  • At least two years of clinical laboratory experience including quality assurance experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MLS
  • ASCP certification
  • 5+ years of clinical laboratory experience including quality assurance experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The ideal candidate for this position will be detail-orientated, well-organized, a good problem-solver, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and work well with others. In particular:

  • Advanced analytical skills are required in order to perform manual cell counts, leukocyte differentials, microscopic urine examination, and quality control data evaluation.
  • The ability to prioritize job duties between quality assurance and clinical pathology obligations in order to complete case submissions in a timely fashion is required. As such, the ideal candidate will be mentally flexible and both comfortable with and proficient at multi-tasking to adapt to varying caseloads.
  • Intermediate level knowledge and proficiency at operating, calibrating, and maintaining automated clinical laboratory analyzers, refractometers, centrifuges, and slide staining equipment as
  • scheduled and in accordance with established SOPs is required.
  • Intermediate level knowledge of light microscopes and the proficiency at evaluating clinical blood smear and urine slides is required. Variations in samples from veterinary species are taught by
  • the UVDL clinical pathologist when the knowledge in this area is limited.
  • Intermediate level clerical skills and the ability to effectively use standard computer software (Microsoft, Windows, etc) and office equipment (computers, printers, scanners, phones, etc) is also required.


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. Three professional referrences with contact information
  3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $50,000 commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UVDL) is a cooperative effort by Utah State University (USU) and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF). The purpose of the laboratory is to provide timely, in-depth, cost efficient, veterinary diagnostic services to safeguard animal health, protect the agricultural economy, and shield the public against zoonoses (diseases transmissible from animals to humans). In these roles, the UVDL serves practicing veterinarians, personnel in regulatory state and federal governmental positions, public health officials, and animal owners. Diagnostic services include clinical pathology, anatomic pathology, bacteriology, virology, serology, toxicology, and molecular-based assays. The main laboratory is on the campus of USU in Logan, Utah, and a branch laboratory is in Spanish Fork, Utah; together these laboratories constitute the Utah component of the national veterinary diagnostic laboratory system. The main laboratory also serves as a vital instructional resource to the USU School of Veterinary Medicine and Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences at the USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. The SVM program currently consists of a 2+2 curriculum, with students completing years 1 & 2 at USU-Logan before transferring to Washington State University to complete their clinical experience in years 3 & 4. Recently the Utah legislature committed funding to create a four-year College of Veterinary Medicine, which USU anticipates opening at the Logan camps in 2025.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

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:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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