The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) has a job opening for an experienced Animal Technician to work full-time in the Research Service Veterinary Medical Unit under the direction of the facility supervisor and the Veterinary Medical Officer.
Our Veterinary Medical Unit supports world-class medical scientists, whose breakthrough research combats human disease and helps Veterans and people with disabilities. It is rewarding to know that your hard work as an Animal Technician makes a difference in the lives of others!
About This Role
You will join the team of other experienced Animal Technicians, who will offer the necessary guidance and support. In your role as an Animal Technician, you will provide care to research animals by practicing standardized husbandry procedures. You will be taking care of a diverse group of animals including transgenic mice and rats, hamsters, rabbits, pigs, amphibians, and sheep.
We are looking for applicants with experience providing care to research animals in a research setting, in collaboration with fellow caretakers, investigators, and veterinary staff.
Schedule: Monday Friday 6:30 am 3 pm, weekend and holiday work will be required.
This is a temporary 40 hours/week position in Palo Alto, CA. This position is scheduled to last up to 6 months with potential to become permanent. PAVIR reserves the right not to extend the term of this position.
Life Insurance - paid by PAVIR
Long-term and Short-Term Disability Insurance - paid by PAVIR
Flexible Spending Account
401(k) Retirement Plan
Professional Development Training
PAVIR, located on the premises of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, is a mid-size nonprofit foundation, closely connected with the VA and Stanford University. We offer ongoing training, generous benefits and supportive environment. We work with more than 160 uniquely talented medical scientists across a broad spectrum of research areas. We recruit talented employees who believe in making a difference in the lives of others through innovative research.
PAVIR is affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). As a condition of employment, all PAVIR employees are required to have an approved appointment with VAPAHCS and complete a background check.
Primary Responsibilities of the Animal Technician
Provide standard and specialized care for a diverse group of species including several species of transgenic mice and rats; hamsters, rabbits, pigs and sheep;
Perform cage change outs as required by regulations and SOPs;
Perform daily health checks ensuring adequate feed, water, and no signs of illness;
Remove dead animals on a daily basis and report to veterinary staff and investigators;
Monitor breeding and identification of all rodents in the colony and assure that required documentation is maintained to assure that all animals are properly identified;
Maintain cleanliness of all equipment used by animals such as cages, water bottles, wire bar lids and filter tops;
Maintain cleanliness of animal rooms as well as support areas as assigned;
Assess and improve sanitation practices based on current health status;
Document the occurrence of any clinical problems/illness that are observed in the animals and communicate effectively with veterinary staff regarding these occurrences and provide follow up to the veterinary staff as well as the investigators;
Apply treatment to animals as directed by veterinary staff;
Oversee logistics related to synchronizing supplies delivery traffic (including but not limited to inventorying PPE, feed/bedding, etc. and safely storing chemicals, feed/bedding, PPE in appropriate containers), facility maintenance/Engineering, pest control, EMS;
Perform rodent procedures, such as blood draws, injections, and anesthesia;
Develop and share solutions for operational challenges with VMU management;
Receive incoming animals, check shipping documents and house them as described in the standard operating procedures;
Provide VMU management with a current caging and equipment inventory in a timely manner to assure that caging needs are consistently met and equipment shortages do not occur;
Assure successful operation of ventilated racks and hoods; assure accuracy of light cycles in the animal room; Inform VMU supervisor of any needed repairs in a timely fashion.
Qualifications for the Animal Technician role
HS diploma or equivalent.
Certificate as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) or more advanced (LAT, LATG, RVT) desired.
Ability to work on weekends and holidays is required.
Experience providing care to research animals in a research setting in collaboration with fellow caretakers, investigators, and veterinary staff.
Ability to make judgment calls on rodent housing traffic based on health status;
Knowledge on Tick Lab Animal Management Software;
Readiness to learn animal care taking under the guidance of the Veterinary Medical Officer, lead technician, facility supervisor, and animal health technician;
Ability to comply and abide by safety and sanitation procedures and laws;
Ability to follow directions and procedures;
Good communication skills;
Ability to work in a team environment.
Ability to lift feed materials of up to 50 pounds. Sit, walk or stand for an extended period of time. Other physical demands include bending, twisting neck and body, squatting, kneeling, pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds, squat and bend at the knees and waist repeatedly. Work in a wet/hot environment for extended periods of time. Perform repetitive hand movements, power grasping (requires a clenched fist and some exertion), simple grasping (gripping an object with the hand), fine manipulation, reaching above or below shoulder level, carrying items.
Exposure to wet lab environment, bloodborne pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals or reagents and potentially noisy equipment.
The workplace is set in an animal research facility with potential exposure to zoonotic diseases. Allergic responses may develop to animal dander. The Animal Technician will be provided with appropriate protective equipment to ameliorate these conditions.
PAVIR engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. Please refer to our website for additional information: www.pavir.org
PAVIR is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with a Disability are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact email@example.com - Human Resources department.
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The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. Please refer to our website for additional information: www.pavir.org