Routine technical work involving the handling, care, feeding, and observation of animals used in controlled research projects. This role is distinguished from that of Animal Care Worker by the degree of responsibility imposed, the amount of initiative and personal judgment used in the administration of animal diets, or supervisory responsibilities performed. Work is subject to spot-checking for conformance with instructions and sanitary procedures; most assignments are performed without review of work methods. Functional contacts include co-workers, students, and researchers.
Care for a variety of species such as rats and mice for the purpose of research.
Handle, feed, treat, administer medication, draw blood samples and obtain fecal, urine, or other specimens from animals. May euthanize and dispose of dead animals in accordance with standardized procedures. May exercise independent judgment in determining the proper amount and kind of feed to be given animals. Maintain orderliness and sanitary conditions of premises, clean cages, rooms, stalls, and adjacent areas. Dispose of waste material and replace bedding.
Assist researcher in the breeding of animals. Observe and record occurrence of estrus in female animals and control and record all mating occurrences. Assure correct records are maintained in association with animal care, feeding and treatment.
Observe animals for behavior and report any sign of abnormality (e.g. failure to eat, diarrhea, injury, etc.). May handle and tame young animals received by shipment to accustom them to contact with humans prior to conducting experiments with them.
Prepare animals for experimental procedures and assists academic and staff employees in experimental work as instructed; assist experimenters in restraining animals, has animals selected for experimentation in proper location at correct time.
Keep stock of feed and supplies and delivers equipment, materials, animals, and supplies to departmental facilities as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.
High school graduate or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge skills and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
One year experience in animal care activities, or sufficient experience as animal technician trainee.
Ability to handle and work with animals; ability to recognize abnormalities in animals' behavior. Ability to administer routine diets and medications without supervision.
Good health and physical coordination.
Depending on the nature of work performed, the incumbent may be required to wear a respirator or self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) as outlined in the "Industrial Standard for Respirator Use".
Certification as Junior Technician by AALAS is desirable.
Full Time/Part Time
Full Time Position
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Work under general supervision, following established practices and procedures for most assigned duties. Receive daily oral and written instruction regarding special assignments or changes in work routine.
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