Antech Diagnostics

Parasitology Laboratory Aide

ID 2021-4510

Overview

Antech Diagnostics, the largest exclusively commercial veterinary diagnostic laboratory in the nation, is in search of an Full Time Overnight Parasitology Laboratory Aide working out of our Chantilly, Virginia Laboratory and reporting directly to the Laboratory Manager.

 

As part of the VCA Family, which operates the largest network of freestanding, full-service animal hospitals in the nation, Antech Diagnostics delivers state of the art testing and consulting services to practicing veterinarians.  Our diagnostic spectrum of tests in the areas of chemistry, pathology, endocrinology, serology, hematology, and microbiology enhance veterinarians’ ability to detect, diagnose, evaluate and prevent disease and other conditions affecting animals.

Responsibilities

The Laboratory Aide is responsible for setting up instruments, collection of samples, load samples into instruments and prepare samples for laboratory technicians.   

  • Collect fecal specimens from login, scan into loads, and prepare for set up.
  • Process ova and parasite specimens at a minimum rate of 400 specimens per 8 hour shift.
  • Accurately label processing tubes when building loads.
  • Split specimens for Giardia ELISA when required.
  • Find missing specimens. Print and reconcile queue list.
  • Maintain organization of storage refrigerator.
  • Dispose of old fecal specimens.
  • Library all samples.
  • Maintain all equipment including hoods, centrifuges, etc.
  • Knowledge of lab equipment and procedures.
  • Awareness of quality control and calibration.
  • Cross-train and develop knowledge of multiple specialties within department/lab.
  • Applies job skills and lab policies and procedures to complete a variety of tasks.
  • Reads, understands and follows applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), including safety and quality procedures.  Maintains clean and organized work area.
  • Restocks supplies as needed.
  • Participates in improving lab efficiency, quality, and cooperation.
  • Consult with senior peers on non-complex Parasitology tasks to learn through experience. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required, 2, 3 or 4 year degree in Science-related field preferred.
  • Laboratory skills, with experience setting up, running and reading lab tests and operating lab instruments a plus
  • General science background, including hematology/chemistry helpful. 
  • Must be reliable – attendance is an essential function of the position.
  • Attention to detail. 
  • Organized with ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Fair level of computer literacy preferred.
  • Positive, can-do attitude.

We are a rapidly growing, stable company with excellent advancement opportunity. Medical, dental and vision benefits, plus 401(k) plan and employee pet health benefits available, too!

 

If you are passionate about animal healthcare, are motivated by making a difference we want to hear from you!

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