Performs daily health monitoring, minor surgery, clinical care, and enrichment for laboratory animals. Participates in the design, organization, of research projects related to patient tissue handling and generation of patient derived xenografts. Reports and assists with the management of protocol deviations, adverse events and other project-related issues.
Performs daily rounds to triage new animal health reports and monitor ongoing clinical cases. Communicates with veterinary staff and laboratory personnel to notify and update regarding the status of clinical cases. Performs physical examinations makes treatment recommendations, performs treatments and consults with clinical veterinarians regarding health reports.
Animal Handling and Surgical Support
Performs minor surgeries and large-scale experiments that requires the knowledge of subcutaneous injections, oral gavage and intraperitoneal injections. Prepares sterile instrument packs and prepares surgical suite animals for aseptic surgery. Administers anesthetic agents, intravenous fluids and monitors anesthesia and post-surgical recovery. Submits surgery billing statements to CCM business office on monthly basis for recharge to investigators (essential function for cost recovery).
Colony Health Program
Coordinates the rodent colony health monitoring program (Sentinel Program) and incoming rodent quarantine program. Responsibilities include scheduling of quarterly and quarantine sentinel shipments with the diagnostic laboratory, ordering of replacement sentinels and review of the testing results.
Drugs, Supplies and Testing
Dispenses controlled and non-controlled drugs, and supplies from the CCM pharmacy to laboratory personnel. Performs periodic inventories of drugs, supplies, assay kits and instruments. Prepares and submits animals or specimens (blood, tissue, feces) for testing at diagnostic laboratories as determined necessary by the clinical veterinarians.
Trains animal care staff, laboratory personnel and interns in proper animal restraint, barrier technique and asepsis. Trains laboratory personnel, interns and AHTs in technical procedures such as intravenous injections, blood collection, intubation, catheterization, etc.
Remains current with all regulations pertaining to laboratory animals including the Guide, Animal Welfare Act, etc. Maintains technical familiarity with a wide range of clinical and experimental procedures for a variety of laboratory animal species. Participates in various staff meetings, staff training and continuing professional education. Becomes familiar with relevant Animal Study Protocols and meets with investigators and laboratory personnel to discuss research needs and animal health concerns.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a college level curriculum in veterinary technology requiring a minimum of two years of full time academic study in a program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association or completion of a 4 year degree in animal science, biology, veterinary science, zoology or related field.
Minimum of 4 years’ experience as an animal health technician in laboratory animal medicine. 3 years’ experience as a veterinary assistant or veterinary technician in a veterinary medical facility and at least 1 year experience in a laboratory animal research facility.
Certified by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science at the ALAT level.
Must be able to type and have working knowledge of spreadsheet, word processing and e-mail software.
Current state board licensure in veterinary technology in at least one state.
Experience in animal research.
Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the LAT level.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.