"At least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of academic credit from a regionally accredited college/university, with a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), or an associate degree from a regionally accredited college/university, with a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both).â Â â ASCP BOC July 2019 U.S Procedures for Examination & Certification OR âSuccessful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnician programâ and acceptable laboratory experience. â ASCP BOC July 2019 U.S Procedures for Examination & Certification Related undergraduate courses in physical or natural sciences or a four year degree. Experience in a histopathology laboratory with fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy, staining and standard laboratory operations. Experience in a high volume laboratory environment. Knowledge of medical terminology and/or animal anatomy. Data entry experience.
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is engaged daily in missions of service, instruction and research. Case work processed by this laboratory includes approximately 90,000 to 95,000 cases per year submitted by veterinarians and animal owners from Iowa and surrounding states, as well as research samples from both the University and the private sector.
The primary responsibility of this position is to prepare tissues for histopathologic evaluation from animals submitted to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for disease diagnosis and research purposes. Preparation of tissue samples for diagnostic evaluation includes: trimming, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining. The technician must be skilled in performing and understanding embedding, microtomy and special staining. Other duties include and are not limited to: monitoring and maintaining the laboratory and the equipment within, troubleshooting, keeping records, handling formalin-fixed tissues, using histology cutting tools, modifying special staining procedures, entering data and helping to train new employees and students under the supervision of a histology supervisor.Â
To perform these essential job functions well, the successful candidate must be able to maintain consistency of output during repetitive tasks both independently and with co-workers. The successful candidate also must be able to maintain focus, have acute attention to detail, communicate effectively, be engaged and have familiarity with basic laboratory techniques.Â
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
â¢ Prepares human and animal tissues from surgical, diagnostic, and autopsy sources, employing established techniques for fixation, dehydration, embedding, sectioning and staining of the specimens.
â¢ Must develop proficiency in use of microtome.
â¢ Utilizes specialized staining methods, and fixation and processing procedures.
â¢ Assists in recording data pertinent to the histology laboratory.
â¢ Prepares and maintains dyes, stains and other solutions.
â¢ Maintains and cleans equipment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
â¢ Knowledge of care and use of laboratory equipment.
â¢ Knowledge of principles of sanitation, health hazards, and the necessary precautionary measures.
â¢ Knowledge of standard cleaning techniques and equipment and supplies required.
â¢ Knowledge of keyboarding and computer data entry skills.
â¢ Ability to communicate effectively with others.
â¢ Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
â¢ Ability to collect data, maintain accurate records, and prepare reports.
â¢ Ability to use and care for tools in maintenance and repair work.
Schedule is 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.