The Animal Caretaker works closely with veterinary, medical and research specialists as part of a multidisciplinary team managing various animal species in a biomedical environment. The role encompasses veterinary care of multiple species and responsible for technical support of research and teaching laboratories and ensures compliance with American Association for Laboratory Animal Science standards. The incumbent will assure that all tasks are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner while adhering to applicable federal agency and Columbia University policies and procedures. This individual maintains performance levels consistent with and according to Columbia University ICM standards.
Performs daily observation of animals; monitors animal food, water and bedding; monitors and controls environmental conditions within animal holding rooms;
Is responsible for cleanliness of animal rooms, including daily cleaning, scheduled cage changes and monthly disinfection of animal rooms; washes and sterilizes equipment, including cages, racks, and bottles; maintains animal census information; participates in the health monitoring program.
Assesses animal health, recognize common diseases of lab animals, perform the appropriate diagnostics, and provide the appropriate treatment and/or eradication strategies with consultation of the veterinarian; communicate findings with building husbandry supervisor; document animal health abnormalities, diagnostic plan, diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatments.
Provides assistance to researcher/investigators to include animal handling and restraint.
Serves as an instructor in training courses on the safe and humane handling of research animals.
Maintains an inventory of technical and medical equipment and supplies.
Performs additional duties as assigned.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Individual must be physically fit to do heavy repetitive lifting and pushing of equipment daily. Individual must not be allergic to animals, latex, waste products, bedding or solutions.
Availability for mandatory weekend/holiday coverage as scheduled on a rotating basis.
The candidate selected for this position is required to undergo a drug screening test prior to a final offer of employment being made.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 515096
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