The Animal Resources Technician is responsible for the care and maintenance of the Animal Research Facilities. Some direction in job responsibilities may also be provided by the Illinois campus veterinarian and the Assistant Director of Animal Resources. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Animal Resources. This individual will be required to work weekends and holidays on a rotation basis.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Maintaining animal resources in accordance with current federal, state and local regulations pertaining to laboratory animals;
Updating knowledge on current federal, state and local regulations and where to obtain additional or current regulatory information;
Observing or detecting alterations in animal room environment including temperature, air exchange and light cycles;
Recognizing common signs of clinical illness in laboratory animals;
Providing husbandry care of laboratory animals in a safe and sanitary manner using equipment under established procedures;
Handling, restraining and determining the sex of all common laboratory animals;
Assisting with various methods of animal identification and maintenance of accurate records;
Filling out and filing necessary paperwork
Observing and reporting irregularities in laboratory animals such as variation in dietary habits, abnormal stool or urine specimens, unusual behaviors and deaths;
Working in cage wash area
Providing general technical assistance for a supervisor or investigator;
Providing routine treatments as instructed including procedures such as ear mite medication and clipping of overgrown teeth;
Maintaining personal hygiene and various sanitation procedures;
Performing other duties as assigned.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This individual must have the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and must have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Training will be provided, however, a strong understanding of computers is required. Part of the position requires learning some of the unique process that both the AZ and IL campuses have in place.
Education and/or Experience
High School diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor’s degree preferred. Good written and oral communications required. Two years experience in professional animal care setting preferred, small animal handling experience a plus. Certification from American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) desirable.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Basic skills: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Intermediate skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Basic skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to work with animals.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/).
Internal Number: ANIMA02024
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