The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) was first created by the Texas Legislature in 1967 to serve the state’s livestock industry. Now as part of the Texas A&M University System, TVMDL has grown to include two full-service laboratories and two poultry laboratories serving veterinarians, livestock producers, and government agencies across the state and world. TVMDL has proudly served Texas as the state veterinary diagnostic laboratory for over 50 years. In addition to their history of excellence, TVMDL has also made positive contributions to diagnostic testing, veterinary medicine, and disease surveillance, ensuring future Texans and other stakeholders are safe for years to come.
Annually, TVMDL performs over 900,000 tests from every state and approximately 17 countries. Each day, TVMDL tests hundreds of samples in an effort to protect our clients’ pets, livelihood, and Texas’ 18 billion dollar livestock and poultry industries. Employees work in the fields of science, technology, animal agriculture, and veterinary medicine. However, no matter the field, TVMDL employees contribute daily to the One Health/One Medicine approach of protecting both animal and human health through diagnostics.
Working at TVMDL:
As part of the Texas A&M System, TVMDL offers an array of programs to ensure its employees maintain a healthy work/life balance. These programs include health, dental, vision and System paid life insurance with a financial incentive to offset the cost of health benefits.
Other standard benefits include:
· Generous retirement plans
· Employee Assistance Program
· Flexible spending accounts
· Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
· Opportunities to earn state compensation time
· Wellness Release Program offering paid leave to exercise
Additional TVMDL employee programs:
· Formal career ladder
· Continuing education opportunities
· A complimentary onsite fitness center with state-of-the art training equipment and showers
· Free onsite fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, and circuit training
· Discounted diagnostic testing, veterinary care, and pet supplies
· Staff appreciation events throughout the year
The TVMDL laboratory is a secured, state-of-the-art facility full of natural lighting with seating areas that offer a relaxing view of the grounds and pond. Each office is furnished with a sit to stand desk and ergonomic chair.
If this sounds like your kind of place, apply today.
Perform routine and non-routine, complex diagnostic assays using state of the art equipment and techniques with minimal technical supervision. Interpret test results and collaborate with colleagues. Assist in implementing new technologies and diagnostic capabilities.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field or any equivalent combination of training and experience (Four years of experience with a high school diploma or two years of experience with an Associate’s Degree). Two or more years of experience in scientific research, clinical, experimental or diagnostic work.
Required Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations:
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience with liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC/MS), including but not limited to qualitative and quantitative measurements, method development and validation, basic trouble shooting and routine maintenance procedures. Knowledge of quality assurance and safety programs in a laboratory.
Sample Prep, Sample Cataloging:
Perform various extraction procedures (acidic, basic, neutral, hydrolysis, and solid phase extraction) on various sample matrices (urine, blood, tissue, feed, and hair) to enhance detection of drugs and toxins. Assist with sample receipt, storage and disposition procedures.
Participate in routine diagnostic and anti-doping testing. Prepare reagents, standards, and quality control samples. Troubleshoot complex assay or instrument problems by recognizing sources of possible errors and implementing steps for resolution of errors or process improvements. Ability to implement non-routine assays. Proficient in all tests run in the section. Participate in proficiency testing programs.
Data Entry, Interpretation, Results:
Interpret results for tests that require subjective evaluation, in accordance with the test SOP. Ensure documentation for all tests performed in the section meets QA requirements. Review and make adjustments to observations, results, and measurements by Technician I and Student Assistant when scientifically appropriate.
Communicate test results, interpretations, recommendations, and answer complex questions.
Quality Assurance & Safety:
Adhere and conform to quality assurance and safety programs and procedures. Assist in identifying and resolving incidents of noncompliance and nonconformance. Participate in continuous improvement of laboratory operations by recommending actions to improve quality assurance and safety.
SOPs, Procedures, Forms, Other Documentation:
Write and/or edit SOPs for routine procedures. Serve as document editor for SOPs, procedures, forms or other documents related to section protocols.
Research, Reference Materials, Development:
Assist in new assay development and validation, including test development, instrument configuration and documentation of assay protocols. Perform research and catalog reference materials. Write and/or edit scientific publications and presentations documenting research discoveries. Assist in researching, writing and/or editing applications for grant funding.
Supplies, Stock, Inventory, Equipment:
Responsible for ensuring instrumentation is calibrated, maintenance is performed and documented, and all technical aspects are in proper working order. Responsible for quality control monitoring of routine laboratory instruments and equipment, including but not limited to thermometers, pipettes, and eye wash stations.
File, copy and/or scan relevant paperwork, including but not limited to worksheets, forms, accession forms, quality assurance and safety documentation, equipment maintenance forms and logbooks. May recommend laboratory policies and procedures.
Training & Mentorship:
Successfully complete proficiency tests for assigned assays. Assist section leadership in designing, administering and evaluating proficiency panels.
Supervisory, Evaluation, Employee Support:
Assist Lab Supervisor and/or Section Head in oversight of technical staff performing routine testing.
Teamwork & Cooperation:
Foster laboratory teamwork, cooperation, professional standards, and communication.
Work shall be performed with adherence to federal, state, Texas A&M University System, and TVMDL safety rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Perform work in such a way as to not expose others or myself to hazards that are avoidable by reasonable and approved methods.
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.