Laboratory Assistant I The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a Laboratory Assistant I to provide basic technical and clerical lab support to the anatomic pathology diagnostic service. This will involve tissue sample handling, reagent stocking, solution preparation, equipment and laboratory cleaning, entering data and filing of both samples and documents.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Receives new biopsies and assigns them an accession number, enters them into the computer system, properly labels all paperwork, specimen containers and cassettes, and prints labels. Describes biopsy specimens, labels surgical margins (as needed), takes photographs (as needed), trims them into smaller pieces, and puts them in cassettes for processing. Specimen descriptions and trim notes are recorded and saved in Word documents. Completes histology information sheets. Collects all biopsy and necropsy cassettes and ensures accordance with the paperwork. Cleans trim area, and places containers and left over tissue from trimming in the proper storage spaces. Loads biopsies into the processor and starts the correct processing program. Delivers accession logs and histories to the office. Maintains and restocks commonly used items. Aids in management of fixed tissue storage by vacuuming sealing tissues and following proper procedures to dispose of fixed tissues.
Performs general cleaning tasks in the biopsy trim room, necropsy (autopsy) floor and histology lab. These tasks include washing and putting away instruments and trays, scraping and sweeping floors, dusting and cleaning counters, cleaning water baths, and cleaning embedding center, etc. Removes tissue blocks from molds and scrapes off excessive wax after embedding. Unloads molds from the processor. Rotates molds on a "last in/last out" schedule. Operates the embedding center. Cleans processor and refills solutions, as needed. Cleans slide stainer and refills solutions, as needed. Moves slides from the automatic stainer to the automatic cover-slipper and starts cover-slipping program. Removes slides from cover-slipper and sorts according to appropriate pathologist/resident. Delivers slides to appropriate resident and/or pathologist. Keeps inventory of commonly used solutions and re-stocks, as needed. Prepares commonly used solutions such as buffered neutral formalin, alcoholic formalin, formic acid, ammonia water, 70% and 80% alcohols, etc. Enters histology card information into the Google document. Files slides and blocks.
Assists with scanning paper work for archiving, scanning daily biopsy requisition forms, excel spread sheet data entry and shredding of documents.
Internal Number: 186786
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