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Senior Diagnostic Haematology Technician

Diagnostic Laboratories

Location:  Hawkshead (nr Potters Bar, Herts)
Salary:  £30,145 to £35,274 Per Annum Including London Weighting
Permanent / Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 25 April 2021
Interview Date:  Wednesday 05 May 2021
Reference:  PPS-0066-21

Are you a highly motivated, organised and experienced Haematology/Cytology technician looking for a new challenge?

Are you looking to develop your skills in a busy veterinary diagnostic laboratory providing routine and specialist lab services? 

Do have previous experience of performing manual and automated analysis of veterinary haematology/cytology samples?

We are currently looking for a Senior Diagnostic Haematology Technician with extensive experience to join our busy veterinary diagnostic laboratory. You will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team of both technicians and pathologists to provide a complete diagnostic service to both onsite hospitals and external clients. The service receives a wide variety of samples from both large (farm and equine), small (dogs, cats etc.) and exotic animals.

Applicants should have a related science degree or equivalent, with previous experience of working in a busy diagnostic haematology/cytology laboratory. You must be a well-rounded scientist that is flexible in your approach, consistently works to a high standard (both individually and within a team), and has a willingness to learn new techniques as required. Familiarity with other veterinary diagnostic disciplines is desirable.

You must be competent in a wide range of manual and automated haematology/cytology techniques including:

  • Operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of automated haematology analysers.
  • Preparation of haematology/cytology smears and cytospins including haematocytometer chamber counting.
  • Ability to perform manual white blood cell differentials and comment on blood smear morphology, manual platelet estimation and counting of reticulocytes.
  • Experience performing coagulation profiles, blood typing and cross-matching techniques.

Within the diagnostic laboratory, computer literacy is essential as this position involves the use of a LIMS system whilst cataloguing and processing veterinary samples, including the recording and reporting of results directly to pathologists and/or clinicians.

All candidates should possess strong communication and team-working skills, the ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail and work in an efficient and organised manner. The ability to write and maintain Health and Safety documents and to follow Standard Operating Procedures is essential along with an expectation to participate daily in sample reception duties. 

For enquiries or to discuss the role further please contact Laboratory Manager, Sue Rodway, 


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The RVC values diversity and is committed to the equality of opportunity. Balancing both the needs of the business with those of our staff, we will consider applications to work on a flexible basis where possible.



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