Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  239742
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY
Date:  Feb 4, 2024

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.




BASIC FUNCTIONS:            To assist veterinarians in managing all aspects of health of the prosimians at the Duke Lemur Center



  • Perform technical skills such as animal restraint (nonhuman primates), venipuncture, injections, surgical assistance, radiology, and formulation/administration of special medications/diets as requested
  • Anesthetize animals as required and serve as support technician during procedures requiring anesthesia; assist in animal surgery as requested
  • Serve as a point of contact for the husbandry team regarding animal health and welfare concerns, scheduled procedures, diet change requests, and maintain associated records; triage and elevate concerns to the veterinarians as appropriate
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for all applicable special projects and research department needs for veterinary services
  • Evaluate potential problems relating to the health and welfare of animals or their environmental conditions; notify clinical veterinarian and/or husbandry staff of potential problems and/or take appropriate action to resolve problems
  • Organize, schedule, and facilitate preventative health procedures, emergency care, and research projects throughout the year, ensuring requests have adequate preparation, and assisting as needed
  • Perform routine diagnostic laboratory procedures (i.e., bloodwork, fecal exams, urinalyses, etc.)
  • Administer routine and special treatments and medications for animals as instructed, prescribed, and/or required
  • Manage daily treatment sheets, medication/supply refill requests, and weight schedules, and communicate needs with the husbandry team
  • Provide daily husbandry care and participate in developing and maintaining appropriate and varied enrichment plans for hospitalized and quarantined animals
  • Assist in processing health examinations and related requirements for interstate and international animal shipments; transport animals, supplies, and materials; operate motor vehicles as required
  • Communicate in a positive and professional manner with a variety of personalities; lead by example and demonstrate a team-based, collaborative approach
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely handle animals (nonhuman primates)
  • Input accurate and detailed records into collection database in a timely fashion
  • Manage laboratory/veterinary equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Manage cleaning, stocking and inventory schedule of all veterinary areas
  • Establish quarantine areas as instructed and keep stocked with supplies
  • Conduct staff trainings in animal handling and other veterinary related trainings as requested
  • Assist with tracking budget for applicable purchased items
  • Manage work study student(s) schedule, training and assigned daily tasks
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hours shifts as needed





  • Work requires an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology with RVT certification
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred, but not required



  • Work requires at least four years of experience in a laboratory, zoological, animal care facility or related setting to become familiar with the technical tasks involved in the care of animals (dog, cat, and large animal acceptable).


Job Skill Requirements:

  • Clinical observations and evaluations of animal health status
  • Basic animal restraint technique
  • Anesthetize and intubate animals
  • Assist in surgery
  • Administer daily treatments and medications
  • Perform basic diagnostic lab techniques
  • Knowledge of basic radiology techniques
  • Participate in enrichment plan
  • Ability to work cooperatively and communicate well with a diverse team
  • Must obtain a North Carolina driver’s license within 60 days of employment




Minimum Qualifications




Work requires an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology with RVT. ALAT certification preferred.




Work requires at least one year of experience in a laboratory, OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE zoological, animal care facility or related setting to become familiar with the technical tasks involved in the care of animals (dog, cat, and large animal acceptable).


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh