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Position Overview: After hours call for the CSUVDL & Saturday Morning Necropsy Duty

1. Share week-long on call rotations with other successful applicants including:
i) 5 PM until 8 AM the following morning, Mon-Fri.
ii) 24 hours/day on weekends and holidays.

2. Place large animal carcasses from non-VTH clients into the necropsy cooler. Ensure submission paperwork is complete and label the carcass and other submitted specimens. Carcass placement involves use of the CSUVDL hoist system and may also include use of an external wall-mounted winch or forklift.

3. Saturday morning necropsy duties include:

i) identification and accessioning of cases
ii) placement of carcasses and preparation of equipment and supplies prior to examination,
iii) post-examination cleanup and body disposition in accordance with client wishes.
iv) Other duties as directed by the duty pathologist and resident or tasks assigned by necropsy coordinators. Opportunities to participate in examination, sample collection and discussion of cases are clearly anticipated, but other assigned duties take precedence.

4. Occasional response may be required to assist in placing specimens in the necropsy cooler which are suspected of containing Rabies or other zoonotic disease agents. Rare calls may come from VTH large animal faculty or staff requesting assistance in placing large animals in the cooler in the event the crane rail system is inoperable.

5. Perform independent processing of large animals submitted for cremation preparation.

Duty hours

On call students will serve one calendar week at a time. During the duty week, the on call student must be available by phone from 5PM until 8AM, Monday-Friday and 24 hours/day on Weekends and Holidays.

Saturday AM necropsy duty hours will vary: 8AM-12PM is anticipated.

1.        Current Rabies Immunization.
2.      Ability to learn to operate CSUVDL Necropsy crane rail system & external wall-mounted electric winch.
3.      Current forklift certification or willingness to become certified.
4.      On call students must have the ability to arrive at the CSUVDL Necropsy Dock Area within 15-20 minutes from the time of call.
5.      Students selected for this position must cooperate to construct a weekly rotation schedule insuring call is covered 365 days a year, including Holidays. 
6.      Students must be able to devote a full calendar week to each duty rotation.
7.      Willingness to serve client, faculty and student needs
8.      Desire to investigate the discipline of veterinary pathology
9.      Commitment to CVMBS college values of Collaboration, Accountability, Transparency & Team

Primary: Alex Winter Markham
Faculty Advisor: Allison Watson


2 hours work is recorded in time clock management system for each call a student reports to the laboratory for.

 4 hours of work (8AM-12PM) are anticipated on Saturdays.

Application Materials

1.      Resume and list of 3 references. (limit: 2 double spaced, type written pages) 
1.      Please describe your motivation for this position, including how you anticipate this position will help you advance your educational and career goals. (limit: 500 words)

Application Due Date: March 27, 2023

Anticipated Start Date: May 1, 2023

Anticipated Employment Term: 4 month probationary period; 1 year, annually renewable.

For further information contact:

Alex Winter Markham
(970) 297-1288