Animal Care Technician - Lab Animal Resources 15940
The Office of Lab Animal Resources in the Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Animal Care Technician. This position p erforms animal care duties including washing animal cages, caging racks and other equipment. Setting up clean cages for animal rooms. Performs other custodial duties within the animal vivarium. Feeding, watering and changing cages on a variety of animal species used in Biomedical Research. Observing animals closely.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Disassemble rodent caging and separate equipment. Prepare routine daily maintenance on cage washers as described in SOP's and as directed by supervisors
Reassemble rodent cages, auxiliary equipment, other cages and equipment. Prepare cages for room setups and cage changes.
Provide general custodial duties for work area and support areas.
Observe animals in assigned animal rooms and report any abnormalities to the supervisor or veterinary staff
Provide food and water to animals and cage changes as described in the SOP's and daily work schedule
Set up for newly arrived animals and put newly arrived animals in cages as directed by the Supervisor.
Stock PPE cabinets and other area where supplies need to be stocked
Assist in unloading and receiving all supplies to the vivariums.
Attend all training sessions and complete all on-line required training
Attend all mandatory staff meetings.
NOTE: This position might involve work during weekends, holidays or after hours. The person in this position must be available to work during weekends, holidays or after hours. This position also requires initial and periodic Medical Monitoring exams through the Occupational Medicine Program.
Pay Grade: 10
Associate Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience with animals.
Experience working with either laboratory animals or farm animals preferred.
Perform tasks in wash room in timely fashion by working efficiently and effectively as a team with co-workers
Ability to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including a PAPR (personal air purification respirator).
Good observation skills. Good manual dexterity for handling small laboratory animals (i.e. mice and rats).
Ability to follow written and oral instructions in English.
Ability to perform tasks which require exposure to animal species.
Must be able to accept exposure (with proper PPE and respirator protection) of animal dander, dusts and fecal matter, fumes from various cleaning solutions and chemicals.
Also exposure to hot humid environment of cage washer and autoclaves and cold extremities for working outside with farm animals.
Ability to be flexible to perform all types of tasks, and comprehend changes and be able to implement changes immediately. Provide feedback when changes are implemented
Ability for compassion toward animal welfare in a research environment.
Certified by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) as a Certified Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) preferred.
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Job Posting: Nov 20, 2020
Posting Classification: Classified
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 216843
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