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Montana State University WIMU Veterinary Lab Director in Bozeman, Montana

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Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 24347

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Ileana Yates-Johnson

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Classification Title Research Professional

Working Title WIMU Veterinary Lab Director

Brief Position Overview

The successful candidate will play an integral role in working with course instructors at the MSU campus to facilitate a variety of laboratory sessions ensuring coordination and execution of hands-on learning experiences for first year veterinary students. The laboratory manager will be expected to communicate regularly with course instructors and work independently to maintain an organized and well-supplied lab.

Position Number 4C9762

Department WIMU General Fund Commitments

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $42,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Candidates are sought for the position of Laboratory Manager at the Montana State University Campus of the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine.

Montana State University ( MSU ), the University of Idaho (UI) and Utah State University ( USU ) are partners with Washington State University ( WSU ) in its Regional Program in Veterinary Medical Education to serve the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah. This innovative and highly successful program, known as the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah ( WIMU ) Regional Program. The WIMU regional program serves students with interests in all facets of the veterinary profession, whether they are interested in companion animals, horses or livestock, in private practice, industry or academia, or whether they are unsure. The opportunities available for DVM education in the WIMU regional program prepares graduates for entry into any of the exciting dimensions of veterinary medicine. Up to ten Montana students will spend their first year in Bozeman at Montana State University. MSU faculty members teach the 1st year curriculum which includes Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Immunology, General Pathology, Professionalism and Ethics, Introduction to Clinics, and Introduction to Surgery.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage WIMU laboratory. Duties include but are not limited to maintaining inventory of supplies needed for instructional labs (Histology, Neurology, Anatomy and Pathology).

  • Specimen preparation, prosecution of embalmed specimens, gross cadavers’ acquisition, and osteology bone preparation.

  • Coordinate with course instructors on a regular basis to facilitate adequate supplies and setup for laboratory periods.

  • Ensure laboratory compliance with university policies.

  • Build relationships with area clinics and shelters for acquisition of cadaver specimens through donation.

  • Supplies will be ordered as needed for undergraduate anatomy lab at MSU .

  • Additional duties outlined below:

General Ordering of Laboratory Supplies:

  • Dog cadavers

  • Bovine eyes

  • Sheep Brains

  • Pig or sheep hearts

  • Goats, horse, and calf

  • Gloves, scalpel blades

  • Disinfectant, hand soap and cleaning supplies

  • Chemicals and bone bleaching supplies

  • Aprons, Tyvek suits

  • Media for formaldehyde scrubber

Anatomy Laboratory Duties:

  • Setup for lab, including cadavers and instruments

  • Tag preparation for exams

  • Operating power tools to aid in opening the pelvis and thoracic cavity

  • Wash towels and lab coats

  • Sweep and scrub floors, wipe down counters

  • Deep cleaning of downdraft tables

  • Prepare 2 phenoxyethanol, mold control and disinfectant solutions

  • Organization and inventory of cold room cadavers and tissues

  • Feeding and maintenance of beetle colonies

  • Skeleton and bone osteological specimen preparation and maintenance

  • Bagging and disposal of cadaver waste. (Coordinated through At Home on the Range)

Pathology Laboratory Duties:

  • Pickup and storage of donated necropsy animals from local veterinary clinics

  • Organization and inventory of animal histories

  • Organize and inventory of freezer specimens

  • Organize and inventory of cold room specimens

  • Thaw animals prior to necropsy labs

  • Sharpen necropsy knives

  • Setup for lab

  • Printing of case histories for pathology slide sets. (as needed)

  • Collection, fixation, cutting in tissues, processing, cutting sections and staining slides

General Laboratory Duties:

  • Update chemical hygiene plan as needed

  • Updated material safety data sheets as needed

  • Ensure weekly and monthly eye wash and fire extinguisher maintenance

  • Ensure compliance with formaldehyde testing and records

  • Complete routine self-inspections of the lab

  • Change scrubber media in cold room as needed

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelors Degree in related field OR equivalent in a related field.

  • Comfortable with working routinely with live and deceased animals of various post-mortem states.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Masters, or advanced training in related field.

  • Experience working in educational / research settings.

  • Experience demonstrating a proven track record of independently managing tasks and responsibilities.

  • Knowledge of regional veterinary clinics and shelters.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have the ability to interact with students in a professional manner.

  • Work independently while managing a variety of tasks.

  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain a clean and well-organized workplace.

  • Be detail oriented and keep a regular work schedule.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Be able to lift 50 lbs.

  • Be able to work in inclement weather conditions.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 28, 2024; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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