Veterinary Technician

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Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


To work with the veterinary clinical faculty, veterinary residents, and other licensed veterinary technicians to provide and help coordinate the medical care of research animals within the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM); to serve as a liaison between the veterinary clinicians and research laboratory personnel; and to maintain complete and accurate medical records.

The department provides benefits in addition to the starting salary in the form of comprehensive medical insurance, dental coverage, retirement matching, life insurance, disability benefits, and other support and benefits that can be reviewed at


  • Assisting in the implementation and coordination all ULAM veterinary medical care protocols concerning maintenance of animal health as well as prevention and treatment of disease in laboratory animals. This often will involve communication with scientists and staff within the University of Michigan research laboratories.
  • Providing direct assistance to the veterinary clinical faculty and veterinary residents in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • Maintaining animal records to ensure compliance with regulatory agency guidelines
  • Attending and actively participating in team meetings and clinical rounds
  • Training laboratory personnel in proper animal handling and restraint, as well as various medical techniques
  • Sharing equally with other licensed veterinary technician team members to provide consistent care to all animals on weekends and holidays

Required Qualifications*

  • Associates degree in animal health technology.
  • 1-3 years of experience 
  • Must have an active Veterinary Technical license in the United States and has passed the VTNE exam and be licensed in Michigan within 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to work independently as needed while still working courteously and effectively with others.
  • Ability and willingness to work with many species including but not limited to mice, rats, rabbits, ferrets, dogs, cats, sheep, pigs, cattle and nonhuman primates.
  • Significant experience related to animal handling, methods of blood collection and drug administration, and anesthesiology.
  • Experience conducting diagnostic tests including hematology, clinical chemistry, and endo- and ecto-parasitology exams.
  • Basic computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and e-mails).

Work Schedule

Provide work coverage until 5pm during the weekdays. Expectation for covering weekend and holiday duties is a shared responsibility amongst team members.

Additional Information

ULAM is firmly committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging, which are core to the culture and values of the Medical School Office of Research. Our community supports recruiting and cultivating a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and the world. We strive to create a work culture where each team member feels respected, valued, and safe. 

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.