Experienced Medical Technician/Quality Manager

at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, United States

Job Description

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:


+ 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.

Along with the online application, please attach:

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

+ Three professional referrences with contact information

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

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

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.

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.

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

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Job Posting: JC210052115

Posted On: Apr 12, 2022

Updated On: Jun 06, 2022