Job Description

 

Required Skills & Qualifications:

 

  • Must be capable of properly handling and restraining all species of common laboratory animals, have no abnormal fear of any common laboratory species
  •  Ability to work with small and large animals
  •  Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals
  •  Ability to administer treatments to animals per veterinarian instructions
  •  Must be able to clean and change animal cages per the standard operating procedures, instructions on researchers’ protocols, U.S.D.A. and NIH guidelines, and any other requirements
  •  Keep accurate and complete records
  •  Perform cleaning and sanitation of animal rooms and equipment
  •  Be able to work alone and as a member of team
  •  Ability to make good judgement calls
  •  Ability to detect small changes in animal behavior and/or health
  •  Work well under pressure
  •  Interact in a professional manner
  •  Attention to detail is critical for this position
  •  Early morning shift and weekends
  •  Demonstrate cooperative behavior and positive-problem solving and conflict resolution skills

 

Description of Duties

 

  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SOPs and quality assurance standards pertaining to laboratory animals for research.
  • Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations.
  •  Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.
  •  Maintain accurate records of animal health, breeding, and housing/isolator or support areas as required.
  •  Assist with restraint, handling and manipulation of various animal species as assigned.
  • Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas or isolator environments, including room or facility personnel entry and personnel protective equipment use.
  •  Receive, inspect and house incoming animals.
  •  May be involved in strictly maintaining and following breeding and weaning procedures to ensure appropriate production levels.
  • Assist with surgical preparation of animals and monitor anesthesia during surgical procedures
  • Assist with surgical procedures as needed by attending veterinarian
  • Assist with post-operative care of all research animals
  • Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines
  • Perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.

               

 

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