Animal Laboratory Technician
Must have previous experience performing Husbandry on Mice and/or Rats.
Top Three Skills:animal husbandry
attention to detail
Job Description: Our client a Research I institute is seeking candidates to serve as Comparative Medicine Specialists in their Animal Resources. On a daily basis these candidates will be responsible for general animal husbandry, changing rodent cages, and potentially euthanization of rodents in the event they are sick.
Work Environment: These candidates will be working along side of Research Scientists as well as other tenured comparative medicine specialists to complete daily tasks. The rooms will be smelly, and cages potentially filled with rodent feces. Candidate must be comfortable handling and being around rodents on a daily basis.
Qualifications: Worked with animals in a medical setting
HS Diploma or higher
Be actively engaged and help where needed
Performance Expectations: Candidates will be expected to come in day one and start off training and learning the SOPs that surround the different types of daily tasks that need to get done.
Interview Information: Candidates will do a phone screen with Stephanie Jordan who oversees the labs.
1st Shift : 7:30am - 4:30pm need to flexible on weekends
Additional Information: Provide husbandry to laboratory animals, maintain animal inventory records and Animal Husbandry and Room Maintenance Records, and perform facility sanitation in animal facilities. Work schedules are assigned by the Facility Manager or his/her designee for that specific animal facility. This position requires weekend and holiday work hours, and involves daily exposure to laboratory animals and their waste products. The following duties are performed daily under management supervision:
1.Perform daily work involving the handling of conventional and genetically engineered animal models with immunocompromised health status, animals recovering from surgery or other invasive procedures, neonates etc. 2.Perform duties within various animal biosafety levels. 3. Change cages or pens following aseptic and conventional technique and assures animals are not contaminated when outside of their primary enclosure. Maintain animal rooms (secondary enclosures) and facility hallways in a clean state so that secondary infections or other contaminations do not occur. Animal room and hallway maintenance should include sanitation monitoring performed by taking bacterial cultures or RODAC plating. 4. Sanitize animal facility equipment including the use of tunnel washers, rack washers, automatic watering systems and autoclaves for sterilization. Operate cage washer, autoclave and other animal facility equipment. Assemble caging supplies with properly sterilized feed (previously i
rradiated or autoclaved) and water (acidified, autoclaved, or reverse osmosis) in a manner that assures that they remain sterile through the handling process. 5. Evaluate animal's health each day and report abnormal clinical signs to the veterinary staff. Perform treatments as prescribed by the veterinary staff and report progress of therapies. Provide specialized technical assistance (dosing, tissue procurement, necropsies, and treatments) to veterinarians and investigators. 6. Perform weanings when requested by researcher or staff assuring that each animal?s sex is accurately determined and that females and males are properly separated. Palpate breeding animals to determine if females are pregnant and separates them prior to parturition. 7. Record critical facility data/documentation on a daily basis as required by local, state, and federal regulatory agencies overseeing how animals are cared for and used in research, teaching, and education. 8. Track progress of neonates
and determine when animals should be weaned; report to the PI and the facility manager and check in animals when weanings are scheduled to occur; monitor and document cages that are overcrowded due to multiple litters in one cage, too many adults in a single cage or animals that are beyond nursing age. 9. Receive and process incoming animals and supplies in the absence of the Facility Manager or designee.
10. Participate in animal quarantine and health surveillance programs for the facility. Adhere to containment practices in the event of an infectious pathogen outbreak or when working in biocontainment facilities.
11. Use current technology including PDAs and bar code scanning applications to record daily cage census, animal health observations, weaned cages, and other important management practices. 12. Report facility and environmental issues that fall outside animal welfare regulatory requirements (as defined in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals) to Facility Manager or designee. Assist the Facility Manager or designee with incoming animals and supplies.
13. Implement environmental enrichment program intended to minimize animal stress in the research setting. 14. Perform routine euthanasia on laboratory animals according to the American Veterinary Medical Associations (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia. 16. Attend technician meetings and training sessions on all aspects of laboratory animal care and uses of animals in biomedical research as scheduled by the supervisory staff.
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