• Animal Surgical Technician

    Job Locations US-TX-San Antonio
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field.


    CAMRIS clients include U.S. government agencies and multilateral and private organizations. Our core practice areas include public health, agriculture and food security, economic development, education, environment, humanitarian assistance, democracy and governance, and medical research.


    CAMRIS seeks Animal Surgical Technicians for the 59th Clinical Research Division (59th CRD), the largest Clincial Investigation Facility in the Air Force Mecical Service (AFMS) and is a free standing facility and vivarium. 


    • Assists as a sterile or non-sterile member of the Surgical Research Team and acts as the non-sterile circulator during surgical procedures. 
    • Serves as an assistant to the veterinary anesthetist with responsibility to assess the biologic and physical status of any animal to be anesthetized. 
    • Provides critical care assistance to the veterinary surgeon during veterinary research protocols and training projects and safely and effectively restrains, handles, and transports animals. 
    • Performs general procedures in the pre-operative area, surgical suite, post-op recovery area, or animal housing facility. 
    • Handles and prepares surgical specimens (tissue/blood samples, etc.). Assists supervisor with tasks and procedures involving use of determining or selecting the most efficacious approach to varied and diverse situations. 
    • Insures animals are prepared for surgery doing all things necessary procedures during pre-operative stage to have the animal ready for all surgical or testing procedures. 
    • Operates steam sterilizers and ultrasonic cleaner and maintains sterility of surgical supplies and instruments through proper storage. Operates/assembles surgical equipment to include but not limited to physiologic monitors, electric or pneumatic saws, drills, defibrillators, anesthesia machines, hypo/hyperthermia units, electro-surgical machines and amps. 
    • Assists in safely transporting, handling, and restraining animals according to established department operating instructions. Assists in performing behavioral tests on animals using various procedures as identified in specific research protocols. Supports hyperbaric medicine operations by assisting in the preparation of animal subjects for research procedures. 
    • Operates radiographic equipment and assists in special radiographic procedures and fluoroscopy, including sedating, anesthetizing and restraining of animal for the procedure. 
    • Compiles and enters data into computer databases as required by specific protocols. 
    • Assists in protocols involving the Hypobaric/Hyperbaric chamber. 


    • Two years of experience performing surgery required. 
    • One year experience as a sterile surgical scrub tech required. 
    • Experience of mathematics to perform such tasks as dose calculations. 
    • Experience of infection control as it relates to cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization in the surgical environment. 
    • Experience of database creation and maintenance using computer based spreadsheets or databases (i.e., Microsoft Excel/Access). 
    • Have knowledge of sound research design and implementation and be able to help the research team identify problems and formulate solutions. 
    • Have knowledge of Animal Care procedures including pre and post-operative care and the use of anesthesia. 


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