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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION


Position Classification Title: Vet Lab Specialist,Assc
Position Classification Code: U4039
Job Family: NMDA
Pay Level: 06
Exempt Status: Non-exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Under direct supervision, performs a variety of duties in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory setting. Provides laboratory support, responsibilities may include, but are not limited to specimen receiving and distribution to testing laboratories; cleaning, break down, and storage of laboratory equipment and supplies as appropriate. Provides office support, responsibilities may include, but are not limited to data/results entry, answering the telephone, filing of case records, assisting visitors. Assists with data entry and keeping of routine records and reports on laboratory results according to established procedures. Conduct records management (equipment logs, specimen referral, carcass disposition, case records). Assignments may be confidential in nature.
Standard Duties:
Safely and accurately handle and accession animal diagnostic specimens (e.g., blood, tissue, carcasses, and/or other biological specimens, etc.), including receipt and documentation according to established procedures. Transporting laboratory materials and/or specimens to and from other laboratories as required. Preparing specimens, media, and cleaning up after labs as appropriate to the specific task. Prepare and ship supply orders to clients, and assist in maintaining inventories. Greeting and directing visitors. Accurately enter case data and test results into LIMS. Assist with case files and records for the laboratory. Distribute preliminary and final test results to clients in a timely manner. Prepare and ship specimens to laboratories with proper paperwork. Assist as needed in other laboratory sections without creating deficiencies in primary duties. Learn and incorporate the laboratory Quality Management System into daily duties. Practices safety, environmental and/or infection control methods. Complies with policies concerning the various functions of the laboratory including a) safe and proper handling of laboratory materials and specimens; b) following detailed procedures and instructions in the preparation and breakdown of laboratory equipment, facilities, and solutions; c) using prescribed sterile procedures in the cleaning of lab equipment, facilities, and supplies. Miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of clerical and laboratory procedures and protocols. Knowledge of supplies ordering and inventory control. Knowledge of planning and scheduling techniques. Knowledge of university and department policies and procedures. Use of quality management system and knowledge of QA/QC procedures.
Skills in short- and long-term range planning. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Skill in use of operating basic office and/or laboratory equipment. Records maintenance skills. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Use of personal computers to include word processing and/or data entry skills.
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards. Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures. Ability to maintain accurate and orderly records. Ability to safely use cleaning equipment and supplies. Ability to set up, calibrate, operate, and maintain standard laboratory and test equipment. Develop and maintain effective working relationships. Perform detailed work. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Associate's Degree
   Experience- None
   Equivalency- Any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services
   Certifications/License-
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-