May oversee the daily operations of a small animal care facility, or a portion there of, including the routine care of animals and maintenance of equipment. Serves as a resource in the management of a particular technical specialty such as mice or primates. Provides technical assistance to research and clinical medical personnel in the performance of research and emergency procedures. Feeds animals and supervises the administration of special diets and medication. Assists veterinarians with pre- and post- operative animal care. Collects blood, urine, and other required specimens from animals as requested for medical research. Observes and monitors animals for signs of illness, trauma or social instability. Monitors environmental conditions in animal housing facilities and inspects the condition of facilities and equipment for cleanliness and proper operation. Ensures that the facility complies with federal regulations for care and maintenance of research animals. Maintains daily records pertaining to animal care. Complies with OSHA standards and other applicable federal and state regulations when working with hazardous chemicals, materials, animals and power equipment. Follows protocol in the proper containment and disposal of biohazardous waste and contaminants. May train and supervise new technicians (ACT Trainee to ACT Level II). Performs related responsibilities as required. Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents. Required to work weekend, emergency and holiday work schedule. This position is considered essential personnel.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES TYPICALLY NEEDED TO PERFORM THIS JOB SUCCESSFULLY: (Note: The following criteria will not be used in screening qualified applicants but may be considered in the final decision-selection process of candidates interviewed.)
1. Solid analytical skills and attention to detail;
2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
3. Excellent organizational skills;
4. Excellent interpersonal skills;
5. Ability to multi-task, and prioritize work assignments;
6. Ability to maintain confidentiality in all work performed
7. Ability to follow oral and written instructions
8. Ability to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds and push items weighing up to 200 pounds; able to stand for extended periods of time.
1. - High school diploma or equivalent and four years of animal husbandry or related animal care experience, which includes one year of laboratory animal experience.
-Bachelor™s degree in a related field and one year laboratory animal experience
-Graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program and one year laboratory animal experience
2. Three years of laboratory animal experience and certification as a AALAS LAT (Laboratory Animal Technician)
Location/Region: New Orleans, LA (US)