Assist in animal research at LARC facilities through application of skills in veterinary clinical medicine, compliance/regulatory oversight, conduct of training, and customer service.
Duties include, but not limited to:
- Assist veterinarians and supervisors in performing animal clinical care, compliance/regulatory functions, process improvement, and other related tasks (medical evaluations, supportive medical treatments and procedures, surgery, anesthesia, diagnostic testing, necropsy, checking protocols, maintaining inventory supply, performing audits/inspections, outcome tracking, cost analysis, etc.) and with communication between appropriate persons/entities as a liaison (investigators, staff, vendors, EHS, regulatory bodies, inspectors, etc.).
- Create, maintain, and verify proper record keeping and documentation (animal health clinical records, surgery and maintenance records, controlled drug use logs, quality assurance testing, equipment preventative maintenance, GLP records, EHS and other safety documents, daily activity sheets) in a regulatory environment. Create organizational and tracking documents, procedural descriptions, SOP's perform data entry, and generate reports.
- Discuss and demonstrate proper techniques and procedures by providing information as a leader, trainer, and subject matter expert to research faculty, staff, and junior technicians on assigned topics (methods of animal handling and bio-manipulation, aseptic technique, suturing, anesthesia/analgesia, euthanasia, record-keeping, chemical/biological safety, breeding/colony maintenance, bio-protection, quarantine, sentinel programs, general LARC procedures, etc.). Create, maintain, and update training materials and informational resources (handouts, visual aids, formal and informal presentations, content for e-training and online platforms, SOP's, procedural descriptions). Apply methods to assure comprehension and understanding on training topics (performance assessments, questions/answer, testing, discussion, etc.).
- Provide technical support services for investigators (product research, troubleshooting, assistance with surgery, anesthesia/analgesia, dosing calculations, treatments, sample collection, necropsy, testing, establishing breeder colonies, weaning litters, record-keeping, and communication with PI labs, etc.). Perform other duties as assigned.
- Maintain proper sanitation, environment, and bio-protection status of surgical support, pharmacy, necropsy, diagnostic units, and other assigned support locations. Serve as a back-up to other LARC staff when needed (husbandry, cage wash, admin), especially during times of low staffing or campus emergency.
- Participate in continuing education and training to grow in knowledge of topics related to the care and husbandry of laboratory animals and to keep up-to-date in the field (laboratory animal medicine, laws and regulations, chemical and biological safety, environmental health and safety, occupational health and safety, controlled substance requirements, anesthesia/analgesia/surgery, bio-manipulation techniques, etc.).
High school diploma or GED and five years of relevant animal care experience with AALAS certification (2nd level); OR bachelor's degree in Life/Animal Science or a related field and two years of relevant animal care experience.
Possess a valid driver's license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.
Supervisory skills. Ability to have direct physical contact with multiple species of animals. Willing to participate in Occupational Health Program for LARC employees, including receiving immunizations recommended by Occupational Health Services. Ability and willingness to participate in emergency on-call and/or after-hours call-back work when assigned. Computer use and basic familiarity of software programs for word-processing, data entry, creation of presentations, record keeping, and e-mailing. Ability to follow instructions, communicate effectively with others in multiple formats, and manage multiple concurrent tasks with frequent interruptions. Ability to self-schedule and meet deadlines and maintain confidentiality. Ability to work both independently and as part of a cohesive team, contributing to a positive work environment. Ability to interact professionally with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and attitudes. Ability to train novice and experienced employees, including non-native English speakers. Ability to work in ABSL -1, -2, -3 areas as well as work with chemical hazards. Strong mental concentration. Ability to pay close attention to detail, perform accurate dosing calculations independently, and perform quality record-keeping. Strong use of good judgment and decision making.
Registered Veterinary Technician.
Working Conditions / Demands
Very heavy and strenuous work, often involving very heavy lifting, repetitive motions, bending, lifting, and some delicate operations (drawing blood, giving injections, surgical cutting). Standing up and/or sitting down for prolonged periods of time, ability to work wearing appropriate PPE, and ability and willingness to shower in and/or out of animal housing rooms. Must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
Salary Plan: TE
Salary Grade: 08
Job Function: Research
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