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The Animal Lab Technician II is responsible for performing the routine and specialized duties related to the husbandry of the experimental animals and the sanitation and environmental monitoring of vivarium facilities and documentation of such. Observes animals for abnormalities, performs animal care, cage sanitation, room and general facility sanitation, bar-coding of cage cards and uploading of data. Prioritizes work assignments and multitasks. Performs paraveterinary duties as directed by the Clinical Staff.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Responsible for routine and specialized feeding, watering, handling/restraint and primary enclosure exchanging for all species and expertise with large species housed in the vivarium facilities.
• Monitors animal room environments (temperature, photoperiods, humidity) recording of data and reporting abnormalities to appropriate individual(s).
• Responsible for following constantly varying written and verbal (in English) instructions regarding the provision of a wide variety of special diets and medicated water to constantly varying populations of animals and accurately documenting same.
• Operates cage-washers, autoclave, automatic water bottle fillers and bedding dispenser. Uses pressure washer and floor scrubber for secondary enclosure sanitation.
• Provides care for animals that are immuno-compromised, have known/unknown pathogens or are designated as biohazardous.
• Responsible for reading, comprehending, and following a standard operating procedures (SOP’s) related to the numerous biohazardous agents (bacteria, viruses, radiation, carcinogens, anti-neoplastic agents, etc.) used in various species in the Vivarium.
• Responsible for reading, comprehending, and following SOPs specific to husbandry aspects of GLP compliant research.
• Provides care for animals on GLP studies and documents such in a Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) compliant manner.
• Observes and recognizes symptoms of abnormalities (anorexia, diarrhea, malocclusion, pododermatitis, etc.) in laboratory animals. Takes appropriate action (hands-on animal resolution of problem) and/or promptly reports problems to the appropriate individuals.
• Maintains aspects of animal Clinical Records (including records for animals used in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) compliant research.
• Receives delivered animals, inspects animals for abnormalities and houses incoming animals. Observes received animals for health abnormalities and deviations from expected quantity, sex, age, weight, strain/stock designation etc. Promptly reports any health concerns or deviations in expected delivery criteria to appropriate superiors.
• Responsible for computer literacy at a level which allows for animal receipt (printing of cage cards), animal transfers, etc., in addition to knowledge of barcode census and billing system.
• Responsible for assisting Clinical Staff with new animal conditioning and treatments. Performs para-veterinary duties as instructed, and maintains clinical records as required.
• Assists with rodent breeding programs (noting birth dates, projecting weaning dates, weaning, sexing, pairing, etc.)
• Operates department vehicles as required.
• Responsible for filling in for Animal Care Coordinator in his/her absence.
• Responsible for independently identifying additional tasks (other than those assigned) which need to be performed.
• Performs up to 4 program support projects per year
High School Diploma/GED minimum
Bachelor’s Degree preferred
3 years of Laboratory Animal Science experience
Licenses: Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science preferred, Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)
Working Title: Animal Laboratory Technician II
Department: Comparative Medicine
Business Entity: Academic / Research
Job Category: Academic/Research
Job Specialty: Animal Care
Position Type: Full-time
Shift Length: 8 hour shift
Shift Type: Day
Base Pay:$19.33 – $32.86