University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 235853

Position Summary:
The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) is a high volume laboratory that provides a broad range of veterinary diagnostic testing services to approximately 2,500 clients. The principal objective is to provide animal disease testing services to veterinarians across the State of Wisconsin and the country.

The WVDL works closely with an array of professional entities including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections, Division of Animal Health (DATCP); the National Wildlife Health Center (USGS); the Division of Public Health of the Department of Health Services (DHS); the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR): the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH); the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM); the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD); and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA). These alliances provide for cooperation and information transfer as each organization pursues its mission. The WVDL is a National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Core Laboratory and therefore is a part of our national defense against livestock disease disasters. A significant part of WVDL's work involves surveillance testing for the USDA and DATCP, as well as extensive testing for the national livestock genetics industry, much of which is located in Wisconsin. In addition, testing is performed in support of Wisconsin's fish industry. The WVDL has laboratories located in Madison and Barron, Wisconsin.

This is an Associate Microbiologist or Microbiologist position at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Barron, WI. This incumbent will function as a microbiologist supporting the Bacteriology, Serology, Pathology and Client Services sections. This position requires the passing of yearly proficiency tests and successful completion of routine competency activities to maintain authorization for USDA, National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and other testing programs. Occasional weekend work of 4 hours will be required.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Barron Laboratory Supervisor and scientific direction of the Microbiology Section Head.

Principal duties:
70% Technical Sections
Bacteriology Section:
Prepare veterinary diagnostic and environmental specimen (tissues, feces, milk, swabs, etc.) for routine bacterial and fungal culture, ensure that specimens are properly setup upon receipt according to requests, processed on subsequent testing days, and retained according to WVDL policies and procedures, prepare and examine specimens for the presence and identification of parasites, prepare bacterial isolates for MALDI identification, prepare and maintain sufficient inventories of media and reagents for routine laboratory testing, including the NPIP Salmonella monitoring program, perform laboratory supply, media, reagent and chemical inventory as needed, and autoclave and dispose of biohazardous waste according to WVDL policies and procedures.

Serology Section:
Perform serological tests offered at the Barron laboratory including agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID), plate agglutination, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA),ensure that serum samples are properly organized, labelled and set up for requested testing, and retained according to WVDL policies and procedures, read, interpret, and accurately record test results on worksheets, forms and in the laboratory information management system (LIMS), prepare media, reagents and samples for testing, including dilutions and titrations as needed, autoclave and dispose of biohazardous waste according to WVDL policies and procedures, communicate with clients regarding collection and submission of samples, participate in special scientific projects and method development studies as assigned by supervisor or section head, and perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or section head.

10% Pathology Section
Unload animal carcasses, place them in appropriate locations in the necropsy laboratory and assist with positioning, manipulation and pathological examination, assist Veterinary Pathologist with the collection of tissue samples and documentation of necropsies, independently perform avian tissue harvest procedures for bacteriological examination, clean and disinfect the necropsy room and refrigerate carcass bins daily, clean and disinfect power saw and other instruments and equipment as needed, and cut in tissues for histopathological examination as assigned, properly dispose of tissues, and ensure traceability of all processes through appropriate organization, labelling and record keeping.

10% Client Services Section:
Client administrative support, such as the following:
Receive specimens from delivery services and walk-ins, unpack, organize, and prepare specimens for processing, direct office deliveries to appropriate sections, enter information from submission forms into LIMS system including reference number and special codes, names, address, animal identification, tests requested and any other pertinent information; assure correct tests and information have been logged into LIMS system, contact veterinarians for clarification when test instructions are incomplete or incorrect samples are submitted, review accession in LIMS system to assure owner, clinic, and veterinarian data are entered correctly and match the submission form, and create new accounts in LIMS system as needed, print accession labels and attach to appropriate paperwork and samples, scan all accession information and place in appropriate archive folder(s); file originals, deliver samples to appropriate testing sections.

Referral testing activities, such as the following:
Determine the appropriate lab to refer test to; may consult with case coordinator; complete and scan submission form; ensure completed referral submission form matches sample; coordinate receipt of referral test results; enter results into LIMS system; update intranet referral log records, and prepare daily mailing to Madison lab.

Telephone and reception coverage, such as the following:
Answer/screen all incoming telephone calls, take message, transfer, refer calls to appropriate lab staff, participate in establishing clerical support procedures and work flow, and identify and recommend resolution to problems internally and with external clients.

10% Quality and safety performance expectations:
Acknowledge documents as assigned, perform document reviews, and write or revise documents (SOPs) as assigned; complete and acknowledge training as required; perform laboratory equipment duties such as calibration, preventative maintenance, cleaning and function checks and associated documentation as assigned; initiate non-conformance documentation, participate in CAR/PAR activities and problem solve as part of the improvement process; complete quality control records and maitain records for duties assigned, wear appropriate PPE, and stay current on all safety training.

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