Animal Care Technician II, Mid-Level (AALAS Certified)
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The Animal Care Technician II exists to support the Division of Comparative Medicine's animal husbandry function in support of animal research initiatives. S/he performs diligent and responsible animal care for laboratory animals, including routine and specialized duties including feeding, medicating, cleaning, restraint and transportation. They will review, comprehend and comply with all SOPs and quality assurance standards, monitoring daily animal health and welfare activities while performing animal health observations. Fulfilling animal husbandry duties as directed by their direct supervisor (Animal Care Supervisor), Facility Manager and Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine, the Animal Care Technician II has additional duties that include nut are not limited to:
Feeds, medicates, cleans, restrains, and transports laboratory animals.
Monitors the daily animal health and welfare activities.
Cleans and sanitizes the animal facility as well as assigned rooms.
Receives, examines, transfers, identifies, and properly houses incoming shipments according to SOPs.
Safely handles animals and equipment exposed to hazardous (biohazardous, radiological or chemical) agents and dispose of hazardous materials.
Reviews, comprehends and complies with all SOPs and quality assurance standards.
Maintains accurate records and documentation of procedures performed according to SOPs.
Maintains and repairs animal caging and support equipment as needed.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned that are appropriate to the position and area.
Requirements and Qualifications
High School Diploma or equivalent
At least two years of animal husbandry or related animal care experience
Incumbent will be working in a designated area, but will also spend a significant amount of time in the animal facility where he/she could be exposed to biological hazards, chemicals, and laboratory animals
Must be able to lift 50 lbs, work in hot and/or steamy environments, work with animals/animal odors and perform work that involves repetitive bending, twisting and pushing motions
Must possess verbal and written communication skills to read and follow instructions in English
This position is considered essential personnel and is required to work weekends, snow/emergency days and University holidays
AALAS technician certification at the ALAT level or equivalent educational qualifications is required
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