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Pathology Technician I

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego, United States Posted: May 14, 2024


The Pathology Technician I performs assigned necropsy and histopathology laboratory duties in support of diagnostic pathology services, conservation research programs, and other initiatives. The position reports to a Veterinary Pathologist in Disease Investigations of the Conservation Science and Wildlife Health Department.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
  • Conducts post-mortem examinations (necropsies/ animal autopsies) on a wide variety of animals, collects tissue samples, and prepares detailed written reports of findings, under the supervision of a board-certified veterinary pathologist. 
  • Prepares tissues for histologic processing and other procedures and assists with histology laboratory operations.
  • Organizes and maintains databases of pathology records, samples, and tissues; fulfills research sample requests; and ships samples to internal and external laboratories and researchers.
  • Maintains laboratory facilities and equipment, inventories laboratory supplies, and requisitions replacements.
  • Assists with supervision and teaching of visiting students and trainees in the necropsy and histopathology laboratories.
  • Takes and files gross photographs of tissues for review by pathologists. 
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
  • The ideal candidate for this position is experienced, knowledgeable, hard-working, detail-oriented, and interested in pursuing a long-term career in a veterinary pathology laboratory.
  • They should enjoy working as part of a team of like-minded individuals committed to using diagnostic pathology to benefit wildlife health and conservation.
JOB EXPERIENCE
  • At least one year of experience with ante or postmortem animal handling or examinations, animal dissections, pathology laboratory work, or other equivalent experience required
  • At least one year of experience with science communication or interpretation of scientific concepts preferred
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences or related field or equivalent specialized training required.
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
  • Able to visually identify and describe anatomic tissues using standard medical terminology and excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to safely work with medical equipment, biohazardous materials, chemicals, and certain machinery in a laboratory environment
  • Proficient in data and record keeping.
  • Able to operate moderately complex computer software programs.
  • Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Able to work effectively with others in a diverse environment
  • Able to attend to the needs of assigned research collections and/or community members.
SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER
  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
Salary
  • Hourly Range: $25.77 to $28.48

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