Veterinary Technician III - Yerkes Main Station

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Yerkes National Primate Resear
YRK: Vet Med Main Station
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with animals., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp., Working with radioactive materials or devices.
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Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
Campus Location (For Posting) : Location

Discover Your Career at Emory University

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Dedicated to discovering causes, prevention, treatments, and cures, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC) is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, Yerkes conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at http://www.yerkes.emory.edu


Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at Yerkes to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with veterinary technician skills and supervisory experience who is familiar with laboratory animal medicine, this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.


The Division of Animal Resources at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking for an experienced Veterinary Technician III for a full-time position to support the Veterinary Medicine department’s Animal Biosafety Level 3 work in the Division of Animal Resources. The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and skill working with nonhuman primate and/or rodent infectious disease models at ABSL-3, including safe work practices, recognizing the appearance of abnormal health conditions, and providing veterinary care to animals and research support to investigators. Specifically, ABSL-3 work with SARS-CoV-2/ COVID19 will be a focus for this position. The qualified candidate will have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and enjoy working on a team in a fast-paced environment. This position reports directly to the Vet Tech Supervisor and Chief of Clinical Operations.



  • Under minimal supervision, assists veterinarians and researchers in anesthesia, surgery, post-operative care, radiology, animal care and treatments.
  • Observes animals and reports abnormalities, sickness, and injury.
  • Assists in diagnostic, preventative and research procedures.
  • Under minimal supervision, may perform minor surgical procedures or other minor invasive procedures.
  • Assists in colony management.
  • May assist in data collection or reporting for designated aspects of research, animal care programs, or colony management.
  • May participate in integrated program of animal environmental enrichment.
  • Maintains animal records and inventory.
  • Assists in capture and restraint of animals.
  • Aids in training new veterinary and/or animal care technicians.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take special precautions against and/or be immunized against hazardous agents.


  • Requires two years of occupational specific training from a college or university or an associate's degree in biology or related field, AND four years veterinary technical experience with a minimum of two years in a laboratory animal setting.


  • A bachelor's degree in a related field AND two years veterinary technical experience in the laboratory animal field.
  • Certification at the LAT level by AALAS may substitute for the educational requirement but requires five years veterinary technical experience, and certification at the LATg level by AALAS requires four years veterinary technical experience. Equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience will be considered.
  • A valid Georgia's divers license and an insurable driving record.
  • Certification at ALAT level preferred.


  • Experience working with animals and agents at Animal Biosafety Level 3
  • Specific interest in working on SARS-CoV-2/ COVID 19 research in animal models
  • Valid Veterinary Technician certification
  • Experience working with rodents and nonhuman primates
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team-oriented approach
  • Experience with anesthesia monitoring in the Operating Room
  • AALAS certification at ALAT level



  • Located at the Yerkes Main Station in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The work schedule will be Monday-Friday 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (rotating weekend and Holiday required)
  • Occasional after-hours work may be required.
  • Work may be physically demanding and include procedures that involve pushing, pulling, and lifting animals up to 50 lbs or 25 kg.
  • This position also requires exposure to biohazards and potentially dangerous animals.
  • A valid driver’s license and insurable driving record may be necessary.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.



Yerkes NPRC in conjunction with Emory University conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which may include an INA and criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications, drug screening, and health assessment. Employment is contingent upon clear and/or acceptable results.


NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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